Traditional Christmas Mantel

12.08.2015

The last few years I have done some fun things for my Christmas mantel, but this year I decided to be very traditional. As I am getting older I want to do less and less decorating with stuff for Christmas which means dragging out less and having less to put away. I took a lot of stuff to GoodWill this year and that felt good. I hope others can find joy using my decorations that I just don't need anymore.


I started with this new lighted garland that I purchased and it's pretty darn real looking.

I tucked in some faux feathers since I have also added feathers in the tree this year.



I am also using plaid here and there so I tied this flannel wired plaid ribbon that I found at HomeGoods around my Pottery Barn Outlet deer that I bought last year.



The dried hyrangeas were removed from the urn and replaced with some branches and pine cones. Easy and simple change.



The crock is filled with birch logs and a pine swag I bought for the front door and ended up not needing so I stuck it in here.





We have had a lot of cloudy days so the lights are usually on.

First I had clear candle holders, but the black ones look so much better. Have y'all seen these Luminara candles sold at Pottery Barn that look like they have a real flame? They went on sale plus I had a discount coupon so I bought two of them. I wanted the birch ones, but they were on back order until January. Well, January is a bit too late for Christmas decorating.

This mantel was easy to do because all I keep on it are a decorative finial or vase at each end through the year. All I had to do was put those away and add the garland, stockings, and candles.
Easy, just the way I like it.

I'll share the other Christmas decor in here soon.

Don't forget to come share all your Christmas decorations and more at Wow Us Wednesdays that starts at 7pmEST tonight!

Also it's day two of the Christmas tour I was in yesterday with more links today that you can find HERE.

And another new tour starts today with bHome that I will be sharing in on Thursday.
Be sure to check these links out today.
DAY 1

26 comments:

  1. Loving the traditional look this year, and the feathers add just a bit of the unexpected. The pine swag in your crock is perfect, and Miss Bailey's stocking is just too cute!

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  2. A two thumbs up!....Looks great and love how you added the feathers!...And what I love about this too is that it will take less than a minute to de-construct!...

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  3. Beautiful Kim. I love the touch of feathers to your garland.

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  4. Kim, first the mantel is beautiful in its' simplicity! I am thinking like you, as I get older, simplify and purge! I love that you can remove the Christmas in a few minutes!

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  5. Kim, I really like your Traditional Mantel décor. I think the white paint just makes everything look so beautiful. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  6. Your home is so beautiful Kim and looks gorgeous decorated for Christmas- I love the little touches that make it look so warm and comfortable. I agree with you about making things a little more simple and not dragging out so much stuff!

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  7. Kim, as usual I love what you do. So are the lights on your garland battery operated? Every year I run into this problem of putting lights in my garland and trying to hide the cord where it has to run down to plug into the wall beside the fireplace. I've tried battery operated lights but they are so dim. Any suggestions?

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    1. No, they plug in. The bookcase that doesn't have the tv has an outlet and I have a white cord against the wall of the bookcase and attached to the plug at the end of the garland so you don't see it. Thanks

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  8. I love the traditional mantel! My mom and I also enjoy doing "less" decorating as the years go on, either because we're liking the simpler look - or we're just too tired ;) You know what they say though: "Less is more."

    ~Lor @ cozycomfyhome.com

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  9. I'm finding that simplicity is becoming more and more important to me as well. Your mantel is lovely and natural and very appealing!
    Brenda

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  10. It looks beautiful, Kimmie! Simple but very elegant. Love that painting over your fireplace too. Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Simple but beautiful. Love the feathers!

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  12. Beautiful Kim, I love that painting and the traditional garland is so pretty.

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  13. Kim - you have a beautiful, timeless style and your mantel is a reflection of that! I have always loved your painting. I know what you mean... I did catch myself thinking this year about the post-Christmas cleanup! :)

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  14. Everything looks absolutely beautiful, Kim! Classic and traditional are always right on the mark and you carry it out with perfection.

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  15. You just described me...older, wanting to pull out less stuff so I have less to put away! Ha! Traditional is my niche...so I find your mantle to be beautiful! And feathers...I need a source. Where do you get feathers? :-)
    Your Christmas decorations this year are just lovely! Pine cones and birch wood. Very natural. Sheila

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  16. I so understand how you feel about dragging lots of stuff out. It's just not appealing to me, thinking about putting it all away. Your mantel is gorgeous, Kim. Understated Traditional Elegance. I think I must have had my head under a rock, because I'm seeing your amazing painting above the fireplace for the first time. I love me a landscape, especially with cows/and or sheep!

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  17. I am jumping right on that simplicity bandwagon with you. I've put out way less decorations and am looking forward to putting much less away. Still need to purge the Christmas closet, though. You've inspired me. And your mantel looks lovely!

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  18. Traditional and simple is always beautiful!

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  19. I so agree with you Kim about less is more. Your mantle looks lovely!

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  20. Kim, I think we are all looking for more simplicity these days! You've inspired me to purge as well. Your mantel is "just right!"

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  21. Lovely! And I'm with you on the culling of 'stuff'. Every year my husband says 'Now, just remember... everything you drag out will have to be put away'! I'm starting to listen to him more and more!! ;-)

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  22. I am reading your post while in Charleston SC. We been traveling the South for 2 weeks and are going to finish up in Helen GA. This is the third year we have traveled during the holidays. So I had to get it in my head to cut back on decorating. This was hard. Since I normally go all out. From bathrooms to fence gates! I seriously cut back on fall, so I'm gonna sort all my containers, down already from 23 to 13, and reduce some more. Because next year we'll go to NC and Tennessee. So I'm thinking ahead.

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  23. Love the traditional mantlescape.... I know that my wife and I are also talking about doing less decorating for EVERY holiday... We are almost 60 years old, as we look at the number of tubs of decorations we have we say why??? Then we start and it just takes on a life of its own. This year I shopped our stuff for my mantlescape.. and it was so much fun, not mention I did not have to spend a dime !!! Wishing you the Merriest of Christmas's, remembering that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.... The Chipley's Curtis & Sherrie.

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  24. I love the traditional look you chose this year. I'm all for less decorating in this very busy time of the year.

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