Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Simple Christmas Mantle Decor Ideas

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…” ~ Clement Clarke Moore. 

Christmas is a magical time of year, isn’t it? It happens to be (as you have surely guessed by now!) my most favourite time of the year & a time when I absolutely love to decorate my house.

There seem to be two key areas where my love for festive decor shines the brightest–the Christmas tree (of course) & the fireplace mantel. I’m a really big fan of a traditional Christmas Mantel, with lots of layers of full greenery, & pops of saturated colour. 

I haven’t started to decorate properly...yet! But I have put a few bits & pieces out already, as I really cannot help myself! I’ve put together my own little checklist as it were, of what items I’m going to use to decorate my Mantel, maybe you’ll be able to get some inspo. 

First up is the Garland

Let’s face it, for most of us, decorating an entire mantel with real greenery is not affordable or feasible. As much as I drool over those staged magazine shots of the quintessential Christmas mantel draped with fresh cedar garland, I know it’s not gonna happen in my house – & maybe not yours? (If yes, then I am soooo envious!)

So I’ve opted for this Traditional Christmas Garland with Pinecones & Berries from Tesco Direct, & it’s a bargain for only £10.00!! I’m going to use this as my foundation, weave some pretty, twinkling lights through, then bulk out with some festive accessories. 

Next up is Bunting-

There is something about plaid & burlap that makes me think of ‘Simple, Country.’ I just love the natural touches & look. This Merry Christmas Bunting ticks all those boxes. It’s been really well made & very sturdy, so I can tell this is going to last for years! 

Then we have Accessories

Talking about loving the natural look, I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful Christmas Log Couple Artwork. Stunning, isn’t it?! It’s made up from solid oak & delicately cut into a very cute love heart & arrow shape, engraved with your initials, just like the ones you would draw in your school books, back in the day. I can’t wait for it to be delivered, it’s going to look fab at the foot of my fireplace. This would also make a brilliant Christmas gift, say for a couple on their first Christmas together. 

Can you get any more traditional, using this Large Christmas Nutcracker? I haven’t purchased any as of yet, but I think this one has my heart. May have to buy 2, just so I can make it symmetrical, haha! 

One for the ‘Home Alone’ fans out there. This brilliant Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Print, looks absolutely fab on top of the Mantel, but if you haven’t got a Mantel, not to worry! It would make the perfect finishing touch anywhere in your living room. 

This is one for the children. My 2 eldest children always insist in ‘helping me’ with the Christmas Decor, instead of fighting it, (you learn to pick your battles when it comes to kids!) I just tend to let them carry on, & 9/10 they’ve done a fab job! When they learnt that this Personalised Christmas Countdown Stag Head was on it’s way to them in the post, they’ve insisted it has to be hung somewhere around the fireplace. So that is where it shall be hung. Kids! 

Last but not least Candles-

I plan to buy a couple of candle stick holders like this one here, to place on top of my Mantel & use traditional Christmas red candles. I think the copper finish would match well, & they are only £5.00! 

Seriously want to pull all my decorations down from my loft now & get decorating!! Although Mr.B loves Christmas just as much as I do, I don’t think he would go for it... not just yet anyway! Do you get excited about getting your home all festive ready? Or are you dreading the very thought of it? 


*Disclaimer- I was very kindly gifted the Christmas Bunting/ Christmas Log Couple Artwork/ Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Print & Personalised Christmas Countdown Stag Head, for the purpose of this post. However all thoughts & opinions are that of my own. 


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