Christmas In The Living Room: My Holiday Mantel

elegant french christmas mantel

It's such a busy time of year and definitely my favorite as a wife, mom...and a designer/stylist/photographer with some exciting events to share with you over the next couple of weeks! As I write this post I think that I'm pretty much finished with Christmas decorating and...

shabbyfufu christmas mantel 2016

am up at our beach home and will be here for another week, so I feel pretty good about getting so much accomplished already! 

Every year I change things up around the home for the holidays and although the look is expensive I shop very little. When I do buy a few new things it's with a careful eye and thoughts of reusing what I purchase in other ways and sometimes for other seasons...

holiday mantel with lanterns

Like the stunning Park Hill lanterns that I purchased {on sale~:} a few months ago and talked about filled with...books and something else...HERE

Lanterns are one of my go to's for decorating and I do use them for candles as well...like the lantern below that I'll be sharing soon on another post...

restoration hardware lanterns christmas

merry christmas silver banner

The mantel is simple with a French country elegant theme, similar to my fall mantel. I cleared all of the autumn items off and added a faux greenery wreath that I found online and there are so many to choose from with a realistic look...

blogger christmas 2016

I added in the pinecones and the lights and some additional faux cedar garland. We don't have the kind of greenery for the most part in South Florida for cutting and using for holiday adorning, and since I did all of this too early for the stores to have fresh...faux was the way to go. 

Admittedly I love the fact that you can use it year after year, so in the end it costs less. I'll be filling it in with fresh cuttings from the tree lot once I'm back in town...
glittered christmas wreath

I did lightly spray everything with flocking spray (found on Amazon.com) that really gives it that winter look I was going for...

silver and gold christmas decorating

The Merry Christmas glitter garland, faux fur stockings and all of the wrapping paper goodies are from Target.com ...since I know that you would ask. They have really been knocking it out of the park this holiday season:~} 

I'm joining in this week with 27 other bloggers for a Christmas Ideas tour and if you are looking to be inspired, you'll surely find some take away tips from these fabulous bloggers all week long!


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