December 11, 2013

Christmas Mantel 2013

It's today guys!!
I have no idea why I get so excited about sharing my mantel each season but I dooo!!!

Probably because I get so excited to start with a blank slate and come up with something entirely new each time. 
I don't get to do that to everything in my house (I'd be in trouble if I did!) 
so this is the next best thing!!
I shared a fun sneak peek of the mantel during my Holiday Home Tour but I'm excited about sharing the whole thing with you today!!

I went with touches of gold, warm woods and pops of red. 
And I'm in love with it!!

I always start with a 'centerpiece' that I've usually created in my head a couple months before the mantel goes up.
I'm weird, I know.
But it keeps me on top of things :)

In this case, we had an old discarded mirror in the garage that I wanted to transform into a distressed, acid-washed mirror. 
And I really can't take much credit for it because Hubby did all the hard work.
I gave him the supplies & the steps and he did it while I was at work. 

There may be a tutorial coming up on it...we shall see :)

I knew I wanted splashes of gold throughout the mantel so I painted the mirror gold & added a pretty gold 'merry' banner across it that I whipped up with some gold sequin paper & wood letters. 

I shared the tutorial for my pretty little cotton ball wreath yesterday. 
It was perfect mounted on my round wooden piece that I created.
You'll be seeing more on that's meant for something else :) 

 I added a few of my DIY felt & fabric trees that I used last year on the ends of the mantel for a little height.
I love my trees! 
My tall gold one was a new purchase this year from The Holiday House.
I just couldn't resist the gold sparkle. 
I also got my cute little 'wonderful time of the year' sign there too. 

If you've been around a while, you might remember my 'joy' letters I used on my mantel a couple years ago. I took them down and let them hang over a stained board. I'm still all about the 'joy' at Christmastime :) 

I also re-used my 'O Come Let Us Adore Him' framed printable I had last year.
You can find your own printable copy here

I'm in love with the gold mixed in with reds this year. 
So happy that I took that plunge. 

My 'merry & bright' sign was a DIY project last year. 
Sometimes I make too many things & forget to share. 
Sorry :/ 

We got a couple new stockings for our added family this year :) 
I like the mismatched look between the four of them. 

And a red & white rag garland was the perfect touch to finish everything off. 

I love pulling out my vintage Coca Cola bin every year at Christmas.
It was my grandfather's and now I get to smile every time I look at it. 

I also pull out my DIY advent calender every year and little man loves counting down to Christmas with it. 

And of course one of my favorite views is it glowing :) 
I weaved a strand of white lights through the garland and now I get to sit and bask in all the Christmas cheer it gives!!
It's even better with the fireplace going. 

Hope you guys enjoyed my Christmas mantel- it's definitely a joy to share it every year!!

You can check out Christmas mantels from years past here and here


To see more of my house decked out for the holidays, check out my Holiday Home Tour!!

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1 comment:

  1. i love this! and i really hope a tutorial for the gold fram mirror is coming. i *think* i know what you did but im not sure. it looks really pretty!!


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