12/07/11

Modern Country Christmas Mantel

In my front rooms, I like a combination of mostly white dreamy decor with a bit of rustic flair so the boys don’t completely become repulsed.  In my family room, I’m all about comfort and simplicity, sort of a modern country mix.  Have you seen my tutorial on how we recycled our old fence boards yet!??! Here’s where it ended up — my Modern Country Christmas Mantel!
Modern Country Christmas Mantel

On my newly white painted fireplace.  If you haven’t seen the before pics you have to check it out, here.  Do you LOVE it!?!?  I’m married to the best Stud EVER!  Seriously it took him all of ten minutes {if that even}.  He nailed a hammer in for me, too so I could hang the wreath that has made it through way too many Christmases.

I grabbed one of the ornaments leftover from when I made my Front Door {Framed Ornament} Wreath, pulled a ribbon through and twisted it into a branch on the wreath.

I found my beautiful wooden sleigh at my other favorite thrift store.  The price was steep {$0.50}. I kid you not!  I almost screamed out loud when I found it because it was better then I could have dreamed up!

I placed a few of my flocked pine cones inside and have been staring at it ever since.
The reindeer I picked up last year after Christmas from the Home Good store for a GREAT price.  I was excited that there were three different sizes reminding me of my Three Sweet B’s!

The pillar holder is from ZGallerie and made my list for top 15 Gift Ideas Under $30.  I SERIOUSLY think that this set of pillar holder may have been the best purchase I ever made.  They have the perfect white finish.  If you know how to spray paint that glossy, pretty please share the secret!  I bet you’ve seen that picture somewhere!?!?  Perhaps on my right sidebar.  I’ll be sharing the scoop on our backdrop and such soon so keep checking back.  But, here’s a little info on our outfits for the photo shoot.  I hope I don’t clog your google reader because I may be posting twice a day so I can fit in all the material.  19 Days Until Christmas!?!?  Seriously!?!?

This is our first stocking switch out and all but Baby B loves them.  Baby B still wants his Potterybarn Fire Truck stocking and I sort of don’t blame him.  Hmm, I’m thinking I need to go for a little random and throw his back up there.  Yeah, I think I’ll do that right now.  {I’ll be right back}.

I added a few sprigs of mini pine cones and berries for a little splash of color.

There’s a little closer up picture of the pine cones and berries.

The frame used to be black, white, yellow, and now a BRIGHT red!  I didn’t want everything pine around here, so I added a bit of olive leaf garland along the mantels for a classic look {apparently a lot of people like to use this type of garland in December, it was super hard to find it in stock at Hobby Lobby}.  Here it is all together!  It’s screaming Merry Christmas!

Oh, and we had our first fire this weekend complete with s’mores.  Can I just say if you haven’t tried the Jet Puffed Stacker Mallows on your s’mores yet, you are in for a HUGE treat!  {Especially if you are obsessed with a s’mores snack in the microwave during nap time}.

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Comments

  1. Kennesha says:

    LOVE your mantel and thanks for linking up to our Home for the HOlidays party over at Silver Pennies! I just linked up my mantel on Danielle’s blog! Hope you can join me tomorrow for a showoff of Christmas trees! p.s. your blog is pretty amazing. 😉 I follow you on Google+ but offically following here now too!

  2. Jennifer says:

    GORGEOUS! Love it. 🙂 Wood, White, Knit stockings…all of it is so very much what I adore!

  3. Kenley Leigh says:

    Really love the way you did your wreath — such a great touch. The whole mantle is beautiful!
    Kenley
    Green Door Hospitality

  4. Gorgeous! Such a cool backdrop for your wreath – love that!
    Thanks for linking up to the Christmas mantel party – so happy you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  5. Danielle says:

    I LOVE everything about this mantel. Love the rustic wood, the little sleigh, your white fireplace and those stockings are just so sweet. Thanks for linking up to our Home For the Holidays Mantel Link Party.

  6. Linda says:

    Your simplicity wins me over, and I love that you used the old fence piece to add texture.

  7. Pendra says:

    Love the addition of the rustic pieces to your beautiful white fireplace. Your 50 cent sleigh and the very clever use of your old fence add so much to your mantle…love it!

  8. Carrie says:

    Of course I love your mantel! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at the Christmas Mantel Link Party!

  9. Lovely — nothing like wood to warm up a space. Your decorations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

  10. Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam says:

    Beautiful! I love your look and mix of textures!

  11. Cute, cute Christmas mantel. Love the fence piece with the wreath.
    Mary Alice

  12. Kim@ Too Much Time says:

    AIMEE! This is seriously my fave mantle ever. Simple, rustic, meaningful. Just love everything about it:) If you have a sec, I would love for you to share at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time On My Hands.
    xxx
    Kim
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/11/get-schooled-saturday-47.html

  13. Bonnie says:

    I live your mantle, especially the cable knit stockings! Did you make them?

  14. Kristle Jones says:

    Love this! Just found you from Tip Junkie!

    xo Kristle
    http://www.willblogforbeauty.com

  15. Joselyn @ The DIY Spot says:

    I love the simplicity and monochromatic palette.

  16. Q @ JAQS says:

    Simply beautiful 🙂

    Love for you to share it at my linky party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-10-linky-party-and-features.html

  17. Veronica says:

    Love your stockings and the nod to modern rustique is very effective~

    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  18. Heaven's Walk says:

    LUV your mantel! It DOES look Modern Country! The clean lines and uncluttered look is just fabulous. That olive branch garland is perrrfect! 🙂 A+++ on that gorgeous white fireplace!!!

    xoxo laurie

  19. mrshinesclass says:

    I really like your mantel. I agree. It does scream Merry Christmas. I love those new stockings. You’ve created a beautiful look with all of your bargain finds.

    Sharon

  20. Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life says:

    Your mantle is beautiful…thanks for sharing at my “18 Days til Christmas” Linky party!!!

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  21. Aimee says:

    Curtsay I found the stockings at Target! They have green {and I think red ones, too}, of course the color we like is the hardest to track down! They’re considered “Khaki,” but I totally think they’re Cream without a hint of yellow! Crossing my fingers they have tons at your Target!!!

    XO, Aimee

  22. Ruth says:

    I love every bit of this fireplace. It is gorgeous! Amazing job and I love what you did with the old fence wood!!
    Ruth

  23. Maria says:

    I love the look of your mantle, and I LOVE the stockings! They’re gorgeous!

  24. Maury says:

    So pretty Aimee! I love it all… the white fireplace (I painted mine white this past summer and love it), the pretty cozy stockings, the wreath, the weathered boards. Beautiful!

  25. Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate says:

    always gorgeous! Please come to my house and do your magic!! LOL I love it.

  26. Shari @ Swinging on a Star Creations says:

    This is so lovely…..I love the bulb you hung from the middle of your wreath….beautifully done! Hope you stop by and visit me sometime. I am joining your followers too!

  27. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says:

    Your Christmas mantel is really great! Your decor looks great against the white wall. Stopping by from Home Stories A to Z.

  28. The Corson Cottage says:

    This is lovely! I love the cream stockings. You did a great job. Happy Holidays! I would love for you to share this at our {Home for the Holidays} link party at The Corson Cottage every Friday in December:) I’m following now too. Carrie

  29. Emily @ 52 Mantels says:

    I love it, Aimee! Great job! I may have to dedicate one of my mantel monday’s to all of the beautiful mantels out there in blogland. If I do, yours will DEFINITELY be my top pick!!!

    Pinning now! 🙂

  30. Everything looks stunning! You have both created a gorgeous mantel.The wreath looks great on the boards.

    I am hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Traditions series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post to the Christmas Stockings linky!

    Best Christmas wishes,
    Natasha.

  31. Crafty Mischief says:

    Wow! Just wow! I am in in love with your mantle and I’m coming to live with you for Christmas! 🙂

  32. lulumusing says:

    50 cents for the wagon? You’ve got to be kidding. Your mantle is a delight, especially the recycled fence boards. I must confess I never would have thought to reuse them that way. Good job.
    Thanks for visiting. Come again.

  33. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} says:

    Beautiful! I love your mantle. I SO need a fireplace in my house 😉

  34. Lauren @ Summit St Joy says:

    LOVELY!!! loving the simple white 🙂 — blessings! lauren @ summitstreetjoy.com

  35. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says:

    Love love your mantel!!! thank you so much for linking up and joining in on the fun!
    XO
    Kristin