Your fireplace mantle is likely the focal point in your room. Here are some easy ways to keep your design simple and sweet as you decorate it for Christmas 2017! And BTW, I cheated a little bit by adding candles instead of a real fire. Lefty is the only one who knows how to turn the thing on!
Some say that Farmhouse Chic is on its way out. I say, “No way, Dudette!” Even if you’re not into the farmhouse style, try to add different textural elements to your display such as wood, stone, metal, and fabric. My favorite part of my display is how the straight lines on the picture frames come together with the organic texture of the swag that I bought from Hobby Lobby. I’ll let you in on a little secret: home decor trends may come and go, but this farm-raised girl from rural Alabama is always going to be about distressed, flea market-esque, farmhouse chic!
Have Yourself an Earthy Little Christmas
What would Sweetgum Life be without the sweetgum balls? For my natural elements, I went out back and filled a cylinder with sweetgum balls and twigs from the sweetgum trees. To keep the twigs upright, I cut open a Gatorade bottle and stuck the twigs inside.
Mad for Christmas Plaid
Princess Buttercup thought that my display looked too earthy. She suggested that I add a pop of red. Plaid is trending like crazy in north Alabama! From Pottery Barn to my beloved Hobby Lobby, I’m seeing plaid everywhere. Like I said, I’m not really a trend-follower, but this red plaid ribbon speaks to my Scottish roots. BTW again, I bought the ribbon and the swag at Hobby Lobby. I probably got some of my Santas there, too.
Add a Little Traditional Christmas Decor
I’m not much of a collector, in general, but I do love my Santa and Snowman collections. I’ve had these little guys for years. Here’s something critical to keep in mind–only display the ornaments that bring you joy. If your late Aunt Dossie gave you an ornament back in the 80’s but it’s not your favorite, let it go. Or at least pack it up to give your kids one day.
Lefty and I bought these little Santa matryoshka dolls in Germany one year, so they’re pretty special. When she was little, Princess Buttercup used to play with them so much that they rarely stayed put as a display.
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