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03 November, 2018

4 Elements of a Christmas Mantel and Some Inspiration

Now that November has arrived, my mind is turning to decorating for Christmas! Always first and foremost in my mind is the mantel because, for me, it sets my theme for the holidays and gives me a direction for the rest of my decor. So I thought I would share my thought process with you and also show you a few of my past mantels for a little inspiration!

Over the years, I have realized that my mantels always have four elements...a wreath, a garland, stockings and a lantern or candles on each end. Maybe I'm a little traditional in that department but I have learned that this is what pleases my eye. What can I say? I need symmetry!

And when I know that the family will be at my house, I plan my mantel so that the stockings are the stars! My PLAID AND EVERGREEN MANTEL does just that!

And I love the way the Christmas blocks add to the feeling that my grandchildren will be celebrating with me!

You can also see the four elements in my TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS MANTEL...

...with a full woodsy garland, simple boxwood wreath and my favorite galvanized lanterns...

...along with our special family stockings! That's mine...Granny with the kitty cat. Did you guess?

My BURLAP AND PLAID CHRISTMAS MANTEL is one of my favorites because it made it into the special Christmas edition of Country Sampler magazine several years ago! 

The wreath, starring handmade plaid and pine cone roses, is one of my favorites as well.

The inspiration for my TARTAN AND MAGNOLIA Christmas mantel was a pair of fabulous stag candle holders!

I found them on sale after Christmas and kept them for a year, knowing that they would take center stage on my mantel!

A magnolia wreath, an evergreen garland and my burlap and plaid stockings completed my four elements.

This mantel features FRENCH TICKING, BURLAP AND MERCURY GLASS. The stockings are handmade from (don't tell) old drapery panels... is the wreath. Handmade burlap roses and silver balls help to make it festive.

This mantel has a FARMHOUSE THEME, with burlap stockings, galvanized lanterns...

...and a simple grapevine wreath topped with greenery, berries and a grainsack bow.


...with a snowy garland, Nordic print stockings and ribbons, little tin houses and wintery-white birch firewood! Those little houses just spoke to me, helping to make this one of my favorites!

Now it's time to think about this year's mantel and I have to admit that ideas are still swirling in my head However, for now it's finally feeling like fall here and I'm looking forward to my favorite holiday ...Thanksgiving! How about you? Are you starting to plan your Christmas decor?

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  1. You do the best mantels!! I always look forward to seeing what you do for Christmas each year. I don't have the imagination to do different designs each year but I do get inspired from you! I have to admit that I love and look forward to Thanksgiving but Christmas seems to be on my mind a bit also!

  2. Love all your mantel creations! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. I tried to figure out which one was my favorite, and I just couldn't do it. I like elements of each and love how you put them all together into a total, festive, beautiful display!

  3. GORGEOUS! I love your mantel. So beautiful. I am inspired.

  4. Really nice, but way too early for me to put up winter items! Ironic that you have a fireplace in the south. I love having Autumn decor up until after Thanksgiving, then I add Winter/Christmas/Yule decor after December hits. Do you put up generic winter decor and leave up after Christmas? Snowmen, evergreens?

  5. Thank you for breaking it down to the elements! It's our first year with a mantel and I'm overwhelmed.


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