We made it to December! I’ve been ready to bring out our holiday décor for a month; stockings, ornaments, trees and wreaths; all of the special and festive things that make your home feel a few levels happier. Our family waited until the first socially acceptable day (the day after Thanksgiving) to rush out and buy a tree and wreath and have spent the days after adding holiday touches around our house. There is something about a strand of twinkle lights that really does elevate a home – I don’t care what season!
One of the more fun and impactful areas to decorate is the heart of the home; the mantel. There is nothing more festive to me than gathering around a fire, Christmas movie of your choice on in the background, with a beautifully decorated mantel. There are so many directions you could take your mantel décor in: traditional, modern, simple or ornate but with any design there are a few items that should make an appearance.
1. Candles. Candles are my go-to for adding ‘mood’ to any space. A flickering candle adds a touch of warmth that you can’t create in other ways.
2. Garland. Using a strand of garland or other Christmas greens will add beautiful color and texture.
3. Christmas lights. A strand of Christmas lights (in the color of your choice) will give the twinkle that every mantle needs.
4. Stockings. Whether they are meaningful stockings handmade by your grandmother or a neat set that you come across when shopping they will give a sense of warmth and love for those who live there.
Add these touches to your mantle in a way that works with the holiday décor around your home. Use colors that compliment your other decorations and add in elements that you love or have collected over the years. No mantle? No problem! Incorporate these ideas into bookshelves, up a stair rail or along a table. In any case you will get the same result; an inviting and happy space to enjoy all month… or if you’re like me, straight on into January.