But any photographer knows that daylight brings the best photos and man made lights don't photograph well, especially when you have a $100 camera, so here is my mantel in all her daylight glory.
mantel we built is over 10 feet long with a large television smack in the middle, so I wanted to keep things simple and attempt to blend the decor with the electronics.
Garland: borrowed from a friend
Glass Covered Jar: Home Goods $15 - filled with perfectly prepped pine cones from my front yard. I added a simple crystal to a jute rope to give more character for $2.
Birch Planters: Whole Foods $15 to match my $1 birch reindeer from an estate sale. I love using real plants in my decorations, as they can be planted outside once the holidays are over.
Pottery: Pottery Barn $10 with coupon plus red berries from Michael's for $1 a stick.
Mirrors: Home Goods $25. They look very similar to the Ballard Design mirrors but are 1/3 the price. I also use these in my foyer year round.
I made our stockings for our first christmas in our first house. Can you tell which is Siler's? I loved the black and red corduroy fabric and also used it for the holiday pillows by the fireplace. Look for both the stocking and holiday pillow tutorials this month.
|Holiday Stockings in Plaid Corduroy|
|Estate Sale Re-Do Angels|
My estate sale angels turned out perfect. I removed the tensile scarf from the larger angel. I added the same crystal I used on the glass jar to give her some glamour. With silver and pearl spray paint, my angels are brand new.
I attempted chalk board art with no success. I think I will save this project for next year when I have more time to practice and perfect.
I hope your holiday projects and decor are turning out as planned. We would love to see them so send us a message or comment below!