Decorating for Christmas right after Halloween means I get to do not one, but two Christmas mantles (call it a pre and post-Thanksgiving mantle, if you will). While I loved our over-the-top HomeGoods farmhouse mantle we’ve had up the last few weeks, I decided I needed a change for the rest of December.
I wanted a cleaner, more modern look for part II of the mantle since our tree will be another focal point in the room (stay tuned for the tree!). I also wanted to be able to create a design where everything could be purchased online as opposed to the treasure hunt that can be HomeGoods’ inventory.
With a little help from Target, Amazon, and some DIY love, this mantle is looking chic and seasonal without feeling overwhelming.
It’s hard to choose what I love the most about this design, but if I had to pick, I would go with the magnolia garland that I elevated with gold and silver ornaments. It was a simple, but impactful DIY addition to the garland, and I feel like it makes it look as though the magnolia leaves are bearing some sort of sparkly festive fruit. Note that I layered two garlands on top of each other for a fuller effect. To keep them in place, I just used some strategically placed clear packing tape along the vines.
I bought the ornaments ages ago from Walmart. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have these exact ones in stock anymore, but I did find a perfect dupe on Amazon.
In keeping with the understated Christmas feel, I feel like this moose looking at God-knows-what is the perfect focal piece. Side note: why are moose unequivocally considered Christmas animals? Seriously, the amount of festive moose decor dressed up in sweaters and dungaroos boggles my mind.
How pretty are these gold candlestick holders? I love festive decor that I can use all year since my closet is already chock full of Christmas-only items. These come in a set of 3 in varying sizes and they would also look great on a dining table or wherever you could use a little more glam.
Rounding out my Target/Amazon decor hunt are these white Christmas stockings with some faux fur cuffs and a touch of gold woven in because even while being minimalist, I’m still sort of extra.
Last, but not least, taking some time to show some appreciation for this hammered copper log holder that Dave’s mom gifted us when we moved into our house (and had a fireplace for the first time!). The birch logs came from my mom’s house after a storm knocked down the tree, and there is just something so cozy about having a little piece of both of our childhood homes in our first house together.
Aside from the firewood and copper bucket, you can find all of my decor linked here:
Artificial Magnolia Leaves Garland 72″ – $25.00
Gold/Silver Ornaments – $16.99
30″x24″ Moose Tracks Framed Wall Print – $45.00
Gold Candlestick Holders Set of 3 – $28.99
Tapered Candlesticks (4 Pack) – $7.99
Metallic Tweed Stocking – $15.00
December feels like it’s flying by already, so we’re taking every moment of peace we can get to sit by the fireplace and enjoy all the blessings we have this year. I hope this is truly the most wonderful time of the year for you and yours – looking forward to sharing more festive decor with you soon!
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
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