Holiday Mantel

Today starts the holiday tour of our home!  Get excited!  Because I am.

We’re going to start with our mantel!


I wasn’t much into mantel decorating until recently.  Now it’s a fun game. 

I have the challenge of the television above the mantel.  I love my television so I’m going to work with it.  And turn it into a double fire.  Amazing.  (That was all Nate.  He’s good.)

I wanted to keep things simple as to not distract from my Elf watching.  The mantel set the tone for this year’s wood/red theme.

I purchased the two wood trees and stock holders from Hobby Lobby (50% off, of course).  The two deer were Salvation Army finds. The white deer had a hideous red and green ribbon around it’s neck.  Nothing a little burlap couldn’t fix.


This is the first year that we’ve hung stockings.  I could never find stockings that I liked.  I should clarify…stockings that I liked that weren’t 1 million dollars.  I whipped these darlings up on my own.  **Pats self on back.**


And to clarify. The third stocking is for the dog.  Sorry to disappoint but the furry dude needs a stocking too.  Where else would Santa put his bones?


There you have it.  Our 2011 mantel.  Check back tomorrow as the tour continues!

What’s your mantel looking like this year? Do you hang stockings? What’s your favorite stocking stuffer (to give or receive)?  Do you have a stocking for your pet?  Who’s digging my flannel pants? (Look hard at the last photo.)

Linking up to:  From My Front Porch To Yours, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Ten June, HomeStoriesAtoZ