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A Traditional Christmas Mantel

It’s really beginning to feel like Christmas! The gifts are wrapped, the tree is decorated, and I’ve watched about half of the Hallmark Christmas movies ;). Our living room becomes the heart of our home at Christmastime and I’m excited to give you a first glimpse at our Christmas decor. I’ll be giving a full home tour next week, but for today, I’m joining my blogger friends on the Seasonal Simplicity tour hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie and sharing our traditional Christmas mantel. Traditional Christmas Mantel with Plaid I love decorating the mantel. The fireplace is cozy even bare, but adorned with a garland and decor, it feels extra special. Of course, the light of the fire and candles on the mantel add ambience and holiday glow. I’ve decorated this year with accessories I already had on hand. I started with two magnolia garlands which I’ve had for at least six years. I love the golden undersides of the leaves which add variety and keep the garland from looking too uniform. Wondering how to attach garland to a mantel? See this post. I’ve woven a fur ribbon and a tartan ribbon into the garland to add fullness and texture. What colours do you like to decorate with? I’m always drawn to cool blues, grays, and whites and this mantel is no exception. Juicy blue berries and clusters of white berries help create a look that is very lush. I’ve tried to create minimal and simple mantel displays but somehow, I’m always drawn to more maximalist arrangements. The brass chevron fireplace screen and the shield mirror are used year round but I’ve added other gold accents to bring a festive touch. I love how this champagne-hued bay leaf wreath looks on top of the mirror. The metallic taupe beads add a subtle shine. The creamy cable knit stockings are a classic and I love their cozy, soft texture. I’ve held them up using these discrete modern stocking holders. The candlesticks are vintage ones I inherited from Sean’s mom. They could use a good polish but I think I like the dark tarnish. Can you tell I love plaids?? You can never have too many, especially at Christmastime 😉 That multicolour plaid wrapping paper is available in my Society6 shop. I’ve paired it with other natural patterns, a kraft paper and black gingham and a wood-look paper.  And the scene is set. We’re ready for many cozy, winter nights ahead, right here in front of the fire. Now head on over and see the beautiful mantels from my blogger friends. Today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series. We’re all sharing our holiday mantel decor with you – be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas mantel decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.   Cozy Cabin Christmas Mantel at The Happy Housie  Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel at A Pretty Life  Bright Colourful Merry Mantel at Tatertots and Jello  Red, White, and Gold Christmas Mantel at This is Our Bliss  Cozy Traditional Christmas Mantel at JoAnna Anastasia   Natural Cozy Christmas Mantel at Modern Glam  Christmas Mantel Decorating Idea at Craftberry Bush  Merry and Bright Christmas Mantle at The Handmade Home  Assymetrical Christmas Mantel at The DIY Mommy  How to Hang a Garland on a Shelf at Fynes Designs   Christmas Mantel Decor at House by Hoff  Traditional Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators  Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas at Jennifer Maune  Mixing Faux and Fresh Greenery Christmas Mantel at Deeply Southern Home  How to Decorate a Mantel for Christmas at She Gave it a Go   How to Decorate a Mantel with a TV Above It at Home Made Lovely  Christmas Mantel Decor at Life is Better at Home  How to Style Your Shelves for the Holidays at My Sweet Savannah  Christmas Mantel with Dried Oranges at Clean & Scentsible  Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling for the Holidays at This is Simplicite   Christmas Mantel Decor with Lighted Garland at Grace in Our Space  Rustic Luxe Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Cherished Bliss  Modern Boho Christmas Mantel at Cassie Bustamante  Christmas Mantel Decor at Life is a Party  Asymmetrical Garland Mantel at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

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