While it’s been a pretty significant time commitment the past several weeks, working on the house I’m decorating for Concord’s Holiday House Tour has been so, so nice for me.
With our moving day less than two weeks away, there is not a Christmas decoration in sight. I walk in the door every day to boxes and messes and stress. I vacuumed the inside of my car yesterday so I would have one clean sanctuary in my life.
So when I walked into the house I’m decorating today and it was clean and bright and filled with festive holiday decorations, I could almost hear myself relax.
Now technically I am probably not supposed to share photos of the house until after the tour has happened this coming Saturday. But I wanted to share the two mantles in the house today so I could join in the fun over at Carmel’s and Michelle’s blogs!
I decorated two mantles in the house, one in the living room and one in the family room.
For the living room, I went with a rustic-natural-glam look. The weathered wood starburst mirror and frames, chevron basket, and oversized birdcages with pillar candles are my rustic elements. I filled the basket with some birch logs and added pinecones and preserved boxwood wreaths and topiaries to the mantle for a touch of something natural. The ornament garland with gold, silver, and glittered balls puts some glam into the equation.
I used a chalk marker to pen the word “joy” on my DIY mini chalkboard.
I made the garland entirely out of ornament tubes from the dollar store and will tell you all about it soon. It was a really affordable and easy way to add some sparkle and dimension to the mantle.
The living room tree sits to the right of the mantle and the ornament garland sparkles so prettily with the reflected tree lights.
For the family room mantle, I used a lot of white, gold, and greenery with just a touch of red. My favorite antique gold sunburst mirror is the neutral but striking backdrop for everything.
I made a “NOEL” vignette using a wreath and some craft store letters covered in textured scrapbook paper – how-to details coming soon!
To give the garland a lush, natural look, I first hung a fake greenery garland then clipped some evergreen branches from the yard and tucked pieces of it all around to give the garland a full and natural look. It looks totally real but with only a fraction of the mess and/or expense of buying a real garland every year. I draped a couple red wooden bead garlands over the greenery for just a pop of red.
I wanted the NOEL sign to be the focus here so kept the rest of the mantle decorations on the neutral side – a bleached wood lantern with pillar candles, a white vase with clipped holly branches, and a collection of antique wooden spools.
Thank goodness I’ve had this house to get out all of my Christmas decorating spirit. It makes me even more excited (if that’s even possible) to decorate our new house for Christmas next year. Which, incidentally, also has two mantles :)
Linking to Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, City Farmhouse, The Blissful Bee, Craftberry Bush, DIY Showoff, It’s Overflowing, Jennifer Rizzo, Liz Marie Blog, Miss Mustard Seed, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, I Heart Naptime, Tatertots and Jello, Whipperberry