Every night after my son is asleep and the day’s work is done, I like to settle in front of the fire. Wrapped in a blanket, a favorite book or magazine in hand, this is how I unwind.
These ladies’ homes are all gorgeous, and I’ve seen a few of these mantels in person. And you are definitely going to want to hop over at the end of this post to see what they’re sharing.
I’m actually sharing two mantels today — the keeping room and the master bedroom.
In our house, let’s start in the keeping room, our main family hangout spot. (Excuse the lack of rugs; we have an older dog and rugs aren’t worth the work at this point.)
We have a gorgeous stone fireplace, and I love decorating it for the holidays.
The mantel and hearth generally set the tone for the decorations in this room. It’s more casual, rustic and masculine than other rooms in the house. I think it definitely has a lived-in-lodge feel.
I’m describing this year’s mantel as snowy and cozy with a woodlands vibe., I dressed the mantel with a lighted evergreen garland, decorated with cotton garlands and gold stars.
Since the doors above the mantel house our main television, I like to keep the top of the mantel clear.
A pair of glittery grapevine wreath snowmen stand on either side.
While practical reasons dictate I keep the top of the fireplace clear, I’m lucky to have a substantial hearth to decorate.
I think I need to have a talk with Santa. Me? On the naughty list?
McCoy, the accident-prone dog I mentioned earlier, I totally understand how she made the naughty list? But me? What was Santa thinking? And what does he know? Has that elf been telling tales on me?
Can I tell you, this vintage plaid Scotch tape tin is one of my favorite things in the keeping room?
I picked it up in Pennsylvania this summer when I was visiting Yvonne, another blogger on this tour.
My husband is of Scottish heritage, and I’ve been trying to incorporate more plaid into this room. So, I snatched up the tape tin as soon as I saw it. (Of course, this isn’t the Buchanan plaid.)
I’m something of a ribbon hoarder, so this year I decided to break out some of my favorite patterns and use them in my Christmas decor.
A little ticking, some jingle bells and some jute webbing suddenly become Christmas decor when displayed in a festive red suitcase aside a flocked feather tree.
I’ll be showing some more details from the keeping room tomorrow when I unveil my entire Christmas house tour for 2014.
But for now, let’s move into the bedroom, where we’re lucky enough to have a second gas fireplace.
Having that fireplace is a real treat on cozy winter nights and mornings. There’s nothing like cuddling beneath a down blanket with a fire blazing.
A pair of blue glass candlesticks, which are there all year round, and a real pine garland dress the top of the mantel.
I made a blue and gold Christmas banner, which says “Buon Natale,” to drape below the mantel.
That’s Merry Christmas in Italian, by the way.
If you want to know how I made the Buon Natale banner, you can find a tutorial here.
It’s almost time for me to say goodnight and go sit by the fire.
Thank you for stopping by to see my Christmas mantel decor.
Don’t forget to hop over to see the other bloggers’ gorgeous mantels.