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Decorating your Mantel by Layering

While the Christmas tree is usually the show stopper and takes center stage for the holidays, a fireplace or mantel can be a close second.  It is definitely a focal point in your family room and needs to be decorated just as nicely. I like to use the same color scheme as I do in my tree to give my home a cohesive look.

Follow these easy steps to create a beautiful mantel.

First, I start with my classic pre-lit garland from Frontgate.  They have so many options for garland, wreaths, and other holiday decor that you just can’t go wrong.  I have had this set on my mantel and staircase for 6 years and it’s still going strong.  I tried a real garland last year,  I loved the look and smell of a real garland, but it was a lot to take care of.  Choose what works best for you.

Adding picks to your garland gives it a much fuller look.

Adding picks or florals to your garland will give it a much fuller look. These are ice picks from Michaels.  You can usually find their things Christmas items 40%-50% Off.

Decorating your mantel in the same colors as your theme will give your home a cohesive look.

My theme this year is the Burberry ribbon and I am pulling in the red, black, and white color scheme

Using the Burberry ribbon in the mantel and your tree gives your home a cohesive look.

Adding stockings to your mantel gives it that personal touch. Even if you change your mantel and theme each year your stockings are the constant that will give your family that feeling of tradition. I’m a sucker for creating memories and tradition. The mantel and decor will fade, but the memories are what you will cherish for years to come.

Adding stockings to your mantel gives it a personal touch.

My favorite part of this mantel is the red and white striped ribbon.  It really pops against the greenery and lights. I used this ribbon on two of my trees this year.  You can also check out my Christmas tour 2015 to see this ribbon used in a big way.

I hope these few tips will give you a little inspiration for creating a mantel with some drama. Follow me on Instagram so you can see all the holiday pictures I am posting.  Happy decorating.

Yours truly,


Links To Like December 2016

Well I can’t believe we are heading into 2017.  I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I thought it was a good time to tell you about some things I have been loving in case you are still looking for some last minute gifts.

Stocking hung by the chimney with care.

Items I’m Currently Loving

I am still in love will these Pottery Barn bean bag chairs.  Everyone loves them from toddlers to adults.  They come in super handy for lounging and extra seating in our movie room.

These are perfect for this time of year, but I use them year round.  Check out these twinkle lights from Anthropologie.  My daughter will be getting an apartment soon and she may be finding some of these in her stack of gifts.

I am currently reading Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days Of Christmas.  It is about a Blogger (go figure) whose neighbor is a real piece of work.  She decides to kill him with kindness and write about it on her blog.  It is a quick read and will get you in the holiday spirit.

Check out this clothing line from Family Christian. They make christian inspired t-shirts, sweatshirts, and wrist bands. One of my favorites is “In Jesus name I play.”

Do you know what Stance socks are?  If you have a teenager you do!  Every year we open matching pajama pants on Christmas Eve. To make a long story short, nobody is wearing the pants I buy.  I think these socks will make a better gift and a darn cute matching family picture.

Are you able to find those Hatchimals anywhere?  Well I think these Fur Real Friends are really amazing and would make a great gift.  Plus you can find them in stores.  I saw some at Target this morning.

I have always wanted a set of white and silver dishes and I love these from Kate Spade’s home line.

Who invented stockings anyway? That person should be on the naughty list.   By the time you stuff stockings you have spent enough money to buy several more gifts. Are you finished shopping yet? I did a lot of shopping online this year, but still need to get a couple more stocking stuffers.  I hope you are not feeling too stressed and can enjoy your family during this holiday season.

Yours Truly,