Christmas joy is spreading throughout my house but since I only have so much time and energy I look for ways to keep some areas simple, but still beautiful. I want to add a few touches and just move on. Do you ever feel like that? Today I’m sharing my 5 minute Easy Christmas Mantel Decor – this is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. I need (ok, want) this space to be pretty – it’s a main feature in my living room, but I’ve spent a lot of time on the trees in here (I promise you’ll see those next!) and I didn’t want this to compete with them (plus, yes, I’m all about some Christmas decorating shortcuts!).
You can see what my living room fireplace looked like before being decorated for the holidays here. It’s a nice clean look that I enjoy, and for Christmas I wanted this space to still be “restful” to my eye. I didn’t immediately have inspiration about what to do here, so I focused on doing the trees first. Then I was working on this Welcoming Red & White Christmas Table with that lush Magnolia leaf garland and I had my “a-ha!” moment!
Now my collection of blue & white ginger jars still shines and I can check one more area of Christmas decorating off my list – and get on to more tasty pursuits like baking (and eating) my favorite Pecan Pie bars! The tall vase here was a HomeGoods find, while the smaller biscuit jar is from Pier 1.
I found these creamy cable knit stockings with faux fur trim at Michaels Craft Store on black Friday. Every season I seem to sew or buy stockings – I think I may need an intervention soon… Here I share a tutorial on How to Make Your Own Dropcloth Stocking. I still love the ones I made, but when I saw these, I just loved the color and the texture of the sweater with just a hint of luxe thanks to the faux fur – and they were on a super-duper sale thanks to coupons. How could I resist?!
Thank you so much for following along with me on these decorating adventures!