Our Christmas Mantel 2015

Today I am sharing our fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas. The board and batten and shiplap on our fireplace/TV wall is finally finished and for the first time since we bought our home 17 years ago, I have a mantel to decorate! 

Our home is decorated with lots of neutrals (whites, greys, browns, black and wood tones) year round and I add red and some sparkle for Christmas.

The fireplace is in our family room beside the TV nook. Now that I finished the shiplap and faux beam mantel I love sitting in here while my guys watch TV. I check up on my favourite blogs and Instagram feeds and enjoy the view.

I chose to keep the rustic feel on our mantel with vintage wooden spools, pillar candles wrapped in birch and tied with twine, a 'snowy' garland with frosted pinecones and berries, and a carved white deer. 

We have cross-stitched family stockings that I am hanging upstairs so I sewed some simple white denim twill stockings and added upholstery webbing for a cuff. Large black metal letters with burlap ribbons add a bit of interest.

The greenery with frosted berries and pinecones hanging from the mirror matches the garland on the mantel. I added tiny twinkle lights to the mantel but the batteries are dead so I will replace them and take some evening photos.

Our fireplace gets lots of light from the kitchen patio doors, family room windows, and two skylights at the back of our home. I just wish the front rooms were as bright!

I enjoy mixing our Christmas decor with my vintage collections and year round decor, changing it up from year to year. 

My goal is always to use what we have in different ways, hand craft new items, and only spend a small amount on a few new pieces and supplies. My budget limits me to not buying all the latest things but at the same time encourages me to be creative in making our home comfortable and pretty. 

The old milking pail is filled with greenery, birch logs, pinecones and red wood berries on sticks.

I love seeing the boad and batten finally continue around from the kitchen side of the wall. It was a project that I started in 2011 so it is nice to only need a few little trim pieces to be totally finished.

I was going to make stocking hangers but ran out of time but with a rustic mantel a few extra nail holes adds character.

I am very close to being finished decorating in our family room, kitchen, dining room and living room and will share tours of those spaces over the next week or two. I still need to pick up and add fresh greenery.

Way too many photos of my mantel but after waiting this many years, and purposely trying to avoid taking pictures of this wall, I was having too much fun.

This very old antique Canadiana buffet that we use as our tv stand (and stores all my pie and cake pans) is not quite finished. I still need to add another coat of black, distress it and refinish the top. 

At this busy time of year I am very thankful that you took time to stop by. Is your holiday decorating finished, have you yet to start, or are you somewhere in between? I hope you have a great day!

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  1. Very, very nice, Elizabeth! I haven't done any decorating at all, just still working in my shop.

  2. It is beautiful, Elizabeth! I love the simple elegance of it and yet it has a bit of a rustic feel, too. Perfect! I haven't done anything inside yet but the outside is all decked out! xo Diana

  3. Elizabeth your mantel is gorgeous. It is looking very festive in your home.

  4. Always love seeing your decorating ideas....

  5. I love all of your sweet attention to detail.

  6. Congrats on getting your first fireplace mantel! I know that must be so exciting this time of year. I love your stockings on it and how you styled it. Fireplaces are such a great focal point to a room and having a pretty mantel on it is just icing on the cake!

  7. How exciting to have your mantel finished in time for Christmas decorating. It looks beautiful! I'll look forward to seeing the rest of your home decorated. Pam

  8. Your mantle is very cozy and I love the letters on the stockings-might have to steal that idea!

  9. Beautiful! Adore those wooden spools ... I think that's my favorite! Merry Christmas!

  10. Very beautiful!! You did a great job. Love the red and white!!! Gorgeous photos.


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