Our Simple Christmas Mantel

 Happy Wednesday Girls!

Christmas music is playing here.
 The overeating has begun and Black Friday purchases are arriving on my front step.

We are happy at home working away like little elves.
(Stick with me because I have a secret to share)

Now let me show you the mantel I've been working on.
We are still loving the planking above the mantel. 
The white wood brightens the room and adds
a little interest.


Remember me telling you that my husband thought my fall mantel looked like
Christmas? I just decided to go with that and tweak it a little.


The hymnal paper was replaced with pretty scrapbook paper.
The wreath got a pretty puffy new red bow.


 A couple of new candles and some red berries were added.
The mercury glass on the far right is new. 
Found that on a fun day out with a friend.

I usually use lots of garland and lights but this simple look is making
us happy right now.


Hope you are having a wonderful day.

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50 comments

The Refeathered Roost said...

Your mantel is simply beautiful. Love the wreath hanging from your frame. I really, really love your tidbit about never knowing what's outside of the frame of the picture and not being intimidated by beautiful pictures. Wise words for fellow bloggers! Thanks for sharing!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Love your mantel, Stacey! I'm simplifying this year; and I am in no rush to get all of my decor done for the blog. I still have no tree; and the living room is full of boxes. Thanks for sharing your reality!

Jenniffer said...

Hi Stacey- Your planked fireplace looks gorgeous. I really mean that, and I love your paired down look to go with it. Beautiful! Thanks for the reality picture, too . . . that is just about every nook and cranny in my home! Up until a few weeks ago I was living with paint cans, brushes, and tools in my hallway for months. And I have projects all over in that mid-way-state that I started 9 years ago (like painting my livingroom) that have yet to be completed. Since my time, money and energy is so limited, I am learning to be content in whatever state the house is in. ;)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Your mantel is lovely. I love the silver and red. I took some pictures today, trying to keep out the corners with the messes, but it was too dark in my house. Hopefully tomorrow the messes will be cleaned up and the sun will be shining!

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Kathleen Grace said...

I have become a big fan of simple decorating in the last few years. I live in a small house and too much stuff is too much! The mantel looks beautiful, I really like the scrapbook paper background for the wreath, but I really loved the hymnal paper too! And thanks for the reminder about comparison and perfection, That can be hard to remember when we are faced with blog after perfect blog of decorator perfection.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Your planked fireplace looks so good!!! Every time I see your pretty mantel, it makes me want to go out and buy more candle holders and candles. So pretty!

Gina said...

LOL! I love that you can keep it real! That being said, your mantel looks beautiful. Sometimes simple is just the right thing!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your mantel is so pretty Stacey! LOL - I can't look at any more Christmas home tours. I haven't done a thing yet!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE IT Stacey!!

JoAnne said...

It's so true, you never know what is lurking behind the pretty pictures so we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves. I usually have plenty 'lurking' behind my photos as well. Your mantel is very pretty ~ I love how you tweaked your wreath and the silver accents add the perfect sparkle!

Dee said...

Oh I love the changes you made to your mantel and the red touches are so festive and pretty... :)

Kelly said...

Your mantel looks very pretty for Christmas. I like the papered frame background for your wreath.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your mantel looks so lovely! I'm a huge fan of mercury glass, especially during Christmastime! So whatcha doin' with the door?

Katie Mansfield said...

Haha. You are too funny showing the door. That is what is like around here too. Stuff just around the corner. No matter how hard I try to clean this stuff up it just keeps getting moved.
I love your planked mantel. So glad you are having fun with your decor. Love the wreath!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Lovely mantel Stacey! I have my mantel done too but can't let it alone...I keep changing it! Lovely door is it old?

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the simplicity of your mantel...so very beautiful and festive..and curious on what you are doing with the door?

Just a little something from Judy said...

The mantel look is classic and so pretty! It amazes me how a framed green wreath can look so good!

Jan said...

I love your mantel, but I love your 'confession' even more! There are days when I wish I could 'crop the crap' out of my line of vision.

Charming Lucy said...

That is just beautiful! I love the wreath. And I do get intimidated by all of the lovely homes and women in blog land sometimes. We must remember that God made us all perfect in His eyes and we need to try to be the best we can be. NO competition(: Susan

Junkchiccottage said...

Love it Stacey. Looks so simple and beautiful. Ha ha love the reality shot too. What are you saying we bloggers don't live in perfect homes lol! Love it!!!!
Kris

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Lovely mantelscape Stacey. So elegant and yet simple!! Love the photo from close by. That would be my house too!!
Have a blessed day.
Hugs

Art and Sand said...

I took the time, in the rain yesterday, to get everything off the dining room table and put it in the garage. Steve's car was in the garage due to the rain so things got stacked, piled, tilted, etc. anywhere I could find a spot. There are even a few things balanced on the seat of Steve's bike. And, a few things in the basket of my bicycle. I thought about taking a photo to show the reality. The rain is gone, Steve will put his car in the driveway and hopefully I can find a spot for everything.

Love the mantel.

April said...

Simple is always best and you showed how to do it well, Stacey! Two thumbs up from me!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOL love real life! :) It's quite refreshing especially in holiday season.

Home tours showing up when they started in November to get them ready? So they bypassed Thanksgiving for that?

LOL..I ignore.

I like real life. :)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Haha I can't wait to see what you're doing with that door!! Your mantel is so pretty. We just brought all the boxes down from the attic this morning, so it's a little crazy here right now. I said I was dong simple this year too but that's already not going so well :)

Art @ Home said...

HAHAHA I love that you shared your secret! I have a secret, too. Our entire backyard was ripped out in July. The evil contractor took our money and left before the job was finished. Nothing was done to code, so guess what??? EVERYTHING had to be ripped out. We were back to dirt again at the end of October. Now a reputable contractor is finishing the job, and I'm hoping it will be done by next Wednesday.

You can see a glimpse of our chaos sometimes in photos of our breakfast room.

And, yes, I've continued homeschooling straight through the chaos! :/

Your mantle is very simple and elegant. Yet rustic at the same time. I do love it!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Very pretty! Love the mercury glass candlesticks.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Hugs,
Deb

Brandi said...

Love your mantle. The boxwood wreath is so pretty with the big red bow. Your mercury glass is very nice too. I've been slowly adding a few pieces to my home too.

Kristi said...

LOL Stacey, that is JUST like my house! You NEVER know what is right out of the cameras view!! I love your mantle. I am also doing Christmas very simply this year. Just feels right :)
Kristi

chateau chic said...

Your mantel is so pretty, Stacey!! Love that large boxwood wreath. Simple is elegant!
Mary Alice

A Joyful Cottage said...

Your mantel is lovely. I love simplicity and you nailed it beautifully, Stacey. I smiled at your reality photo and wondered what your husband has on his mind. You won't see any photos of our apartment for the simple reason that 99.9% of it looks like a warehouse. You've given me an idea for a future post -- The Real Joyful Cottage. LOL I'm sure it would make everybody feel a whole lot better about their own homes.

La classe della maestra Valentina said...

Complimenti per il tuo bellissimo blog
A presto.
Maestra Valentina

Jaybird said...

Of course I'm in love with the mercury glass!!! It all looks beautiful!
Your "doorman" looks like he is thinking deep thoughts... like "how in the world did she get me into this???"
Blessings to you both,
J

Stephanie Kastelan said...

I love your simple mantel. It's very elegant and just perfect!
Stephanie
http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

LOVE this! Simple and pretty. And I love the door a few feet from your mantel. I've been tempted to take some real life photos of my mess... 5 minutes before or 5 minutes after a photo shoot.... OH MY! At least taking pics makes me straighten and clean more often or at least once a month LOL!

B and R Davenport said...

What a wonderful reminder at the bottom of your post and thank you for sharing your pics with us! :)

KATHY said...

Your mantle looks so pretty Stacey! Love the wreath in the picture frame.

Kathy

Babs R said...

Your mantel looks great. I like the simple look.I had to laugh at what's out of camera range. Similar things happen at our house, too...well, maybe not doors on saw horses, but...:)

Sonia said...

Now that is a gorgeous mantel! The wreath and bow all framed out is just beautiful! Merry Christmas Stacey!

Miss Bloomers

Cranberry Morning said...

Nice photos! And it is so true, that we shouldn't get caught up in comparing our homes to others. Someone once asked me why I didn't take more panoramic shots. Are you kidding?? There IS a reason. LOL

Mary said...

Your mantle looks wonderful. Simple is the best!

Lana L. said...

I want to copy every single thing - it's so beautiful! I really love the red berries - what a simple and festive idea!

corners of my life said...

Smiling because -
The overeating has begun indeed . . .

Rhondi said...

Hi Stacey. Your mantle looks lovely. That was funny that you posted the photo of your husband too! All of us have things just outside the photos that we choose to post that are very "unpostworthy" :) hugs, Rhondi

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Thanks for stopping by Stacey...I can't believe the big day is just 2 weeks away!

bj said...

Your mantel is beautiful..
without CROPPING, I would be in a world of trouble with my photos, too.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your mantel looks lovely, Stacey! Love how you've decorated it. Good advice, too!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Stacey, LOL...you are so right! Never know what is on the other side of the post. I saw an oopsie photo once in a magazine that got published and it showed a stash of stuff next to a table. Poor editing I suppose...

Nice hubby you have to help you! His expression looks about like my hubby's when he has to do a "honey do" for me.

Your mantel looks wonderful. Love simplicity.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Beautiful decor, Stacey but I loved the last bit of this post the best! LOL! That is so very true! In my case it's usually a pile of dishes in the sink! :)