11/30/12

Calm and Cozy Christmas Mantel

Growing up, I spent weeks traveling through Europe and ever since, I’ve always been enamored by simplicity of style.  After a year of busyness and rush I decided to close our year with a Calm and Cozy Christmas Mantel!

There’s nothing prestigious or flashy on my mantel.  I sought out items that were neutral and subtle.  And a few of the items I crafted myself.  It’s amazing to me how much my sweeties appreciate decor that I’ve taken the time to create…melts my heart.

The books on my mantel were a few that I had set aside to donate…usually I’m quick on purging things I’ve chosen to let go of (for fear I’ll change my mind).  This time it was a blessing that these books could be salvaged from my own little thrift pile.

 A little peek at our tree…

The garland is made from airy white yarn and a bag of pom pom balls found at my craft store.  I explained how to make simple garlands a few months ago and I have to say it’s one of my favorite simple, home decor crafts each season!

Did you notice my wreath!?  I was inspired by Anthropologie (love that store).  If you want to learn how to make a faux tufted wool wreath I have all the details for you.

My candle holders are from ZGallerie and they are one of my favorite decor staples.   And while I’m on the topic of favorites, I love my IKEA finds so much.

This sweet framed card is from my recent trip with friends to Canton, TX (Trade Day).  It was $5 and is brushed with glitter.  I looked everywhere near for something just like it and totally did a happy dance when I laid eyes on it.  Vintage elements have an amazing way of warming rooms.

Have you been wanting some antlers to place here and there and everywhere?!  That was my story and then I ended up at just the right antique store.  $1 each…I grabbed all they had and nearly kissed the man who sold them to me.  (Thankfully at the last minute I decided a hug was sufficient).

I thought my ‘Christmas Mantel’ needed greenery, but after trying both live (thank you Home Depot for being so generous) and fake pine branches, I went outside the box and found the most yummy flocked branches.  I love the touch of coldness amongst the warmth of my wreath.

And last, but definitely not least, my sweet driftwood tree.  If you follow me on instagram you know I was totally stoked when I stumbled on this little treasure.  My driftwood tree was the inspiration for my entire mantel and its simple, natural texture is the perfect piece to close with.

Merry Christmas.  May it be a season of calmness in your soul and coziness in your home.

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Comments

  1. Simply perfect…I LOVE it 🙂

  2. It’s a beautiful holiday mantel, Aimee and just like you describe…peaceful. I loved reading about each element, the mix of vintage, new and handmade really does create a warm atmosphere.

  3. Just beautiful Aimee – calming, sweet, perfect!
    Thanks for linking up to the Christmas mantel party – so happy you did! And so glad we are hosting this fun party together :o)
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  4. Very, very pretty. Love the driftwood tree.

  5. Your whites are stunning, and I’m totally with you when it comes to simplicity. Sometimes keeping it simple is harder than using lots of stuff!

  6. I love the simplicity of your room! It does look very calm.

  7. Oh Aimee! This is beautiful! I love all the textures you’ve used, but yet its still so simple and classic!

  8. How pretty and calming. I love the pompom garland. Actually I love all the elements!

  9. The mantel is just beautiful! We love it! Thanks for sharing on our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! Have a great weekend! -The Six Sisters

  10. I LOVE your mantle, it’s so beautiful! Where did you get the driftwood tree… I’m looking for one for my beach themed bathroom.

    Tania

    • Thanks so much Tania! The tree came from HomeGood Store…do you have one near to you!?! XO, Aimee

  11. Really beautiful and unique. I end up coming to your site through link-ups often – your style and projects always just catches my eye. I’m now following your blog through RSS and Twitter – I love your projects!

  12. Absolutely beautiful! I love how simple all the individual items are, but oh, they make such an impact all together. And I love the white fireplace, too–gorgeous! My fireplace is made of huge, orange-y stones and I’ve wondered if I should paint it white. Yours is beautiful. Great mantel decor!

  13. GORGEOUS! This is soooo pretty. I love the stacked, tied books. You have a great eye.

    http://amrsandamama.wordpress.com/

  14. Miriam says:

    Just came across your blog. Love the simplicity, it’s refreshing and beautiful!

    • Thank you so much Miriam. I totally appreciate your sweet note! XO, Aimee

  15. reminds me of the feeling you get when you wake up to the first snowfall…all peaceful and white 🙂

  16. I love the simplistic feeling of your mantel and room! So gorgeous!

  17. It is very calm and cozy! Love the simplicity of it. (and isn’t Canton fun?!)

  18. Amy G says:

    You said that little framed post card would be perfect. Now that I see it in its home I totally agree!!

    • Oh my gosh…Thanks Amy!!! You’re the BEST! When are we going again!?! I’m addicted! XO, Aimee

  19. I too love simplicity. I like your cool, calm take on it. Off to read up on pom pom garlands.

  20. It looks GREAT!! I love the soft natural color pallet and the pom-pom garland is to die for!

  21. So beautiful. I pinned it so I remember to try a pompom garland when Christmas is over and I want some winter wonderland inside! So fun!

  22. So pretty Aimee! The pom pom garland is adorable!

  23. So simple, serene and calming!

  24. This all looks so fresh, Aimee. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  25. This is so lovely, Aimee!

  26. I’m cheering for that fabulous pom pom banner!
    Kelly

  27. Very pretty. How come I can’t be a master designer? =]

  28. Clean and beautiful. You have mastered decorating with white and keeping a warm mantel too, love it!

    xoxo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

  29. Aimmee, your mantle looks so crisp and clean, but cozy! Love the pom pom garland. And, is it ok that I’m TOTALLY jealous of your antler steal? I can’t wait to come across a deal like that some day!

    • We should go to Canton together in January! I saw more deals on antlers…just sayin’! XO, Aimee

  30. You certainly have a gorgeous mantel. I love the white pom pom garland and the wreath is just beautiful!

  31. Your mantel is calm and beautiful. I love the quaintness of it all!

  32. A beautiful mantel, indeed! I love the simplicity of it … your handcrafted garland … and, your tree is gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

  33. i love the colors! so classy and calming! beautifully done!

  34. absolutely gorgeous as always. I needed this inspiration!

  35. Oh, I love this! The pom garland, the vintage art…everything bespeaks stylish serenity. Nicely done!
    -Brittney
    http://smartgirlstyle.blogspot.com

  36. I love your line “simplicity of style”. I’m getting there.

  37. Another winner of a mantel down to the last detail. The vintage print is a nice added surprise.
    Mary Alice

  38. Vickie White says:

    I love the driftwood tree!!! Is it handmade or bought?? Any suggestions on how I can make one??

    Thanks!!!

  39. Your mantel is gorgeous. I love the soft creams and tans. All of the elements of nature are just perfect. So, so pretty. Hugs, Marty

  40. I love your mantle, like a soft winter “hush”. Simply beautiful….xo

  41. love the relaxing simple look! …it surely looks a lot like a white Christmas 😉