Calm and Cozy Christmas Mantel

November 30, 2012 by 46 Comments

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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