Winter Wonderland Mantle

Today, I thought I would give you a preview of some of the Christmas decorating going on around our house!

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This year I decided to decorate with silver and white to create an ethereal winter wonderland effect.

My biggest challenge decorating our mantle is that it has a BIG, FAT, UGLY flat screen TV on it. This was a battle I lost with my husband. With only one mantle in the house and few locations for a TV, it was the only realistic place for it.

Please tell me I am not the only one who argues over these things! I suggested taking it down for my mantle photos (you can imagine how that went over)!  So, please don’t let the elephant in the room distract you!

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The outer stockings are from Pottery Barn and the soft faux fur ones in the middle are from Restoration Hardware.

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The ornament garland was purchased on clearance at Target last year after Christmas.  I love to shop after Christmas sales.  I think each one cost me about $5.  I could have done a DIY version, but it was going to be time-consuming and I would have to buy ornaments, so I opted for the simpler approach!

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The silver gazelle head is from Marshall’s and was only $25.  The mirrored obelisks are actually bookends that I found at Homegoods.

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The deer was bought at Michael’s decades ago and I spray painted it silver.  The votive holders are from Marshall’s.


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These faux magnolia flowers were actually a Dollar Store find.  The center stamen was actually gold glitter so I used to craft glue and silver glitter to make them match my decor.

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The silver magnolia wreath is actually the same wreath I posted about here, but I painted it silver and added a white peacock ornament for some interest.

What do you think?  I am pretty happy with it and am glad I used only things I had on hand. It is so easy to go overboard at the holidays and want to purchase all new things.

Our tree and other sections of the house have pops of jewel tones, which I will show you in a later post!  Stay tuned.

I am linking my mantle up to this link party over at Our Fifth House.  You should check it out for more mantle inspiration!!

Fall(ish) Mantel

I have a confession to make.  I have never really loved decorating for fall.  I think it is because my birthday is in October and the decorations and colors in the calendars, etc,. were always orange and brown.  As I child I did not like those colors and they are still not my faves.

However, right now I do love gold and white and that can work for fall as well.  So, here is my new obsession incarnate on a mantle.

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The lanterns are from Threshold at Target and I found them for $10 each on clearance!  The framed pictures are just framed marbled paper.  The frames are brown Ribba frames from Ikea that I spray painted gold, and the paper I found at Hollander’s.

The wood centerpiece is from Marshall’s and it is called Grapewood.  Grapewood is a natural wood that grows in coastal parts of California.  Each piece is unique.  I love its rustic and beachy feel.

How have you decorated for fall?  It it one of your favorite seasons?