This year has gone anything but the way we thought it would and so many people I talk to have already labeled this year a wash and are waiting for life to start again next year. Though this year hasn’t been what I thought either, I’ve found a way to make the most of it.
That goes with decorating for Christmas too. Some of my family have already decided to skip the holiday decor this year since no one will see it but them. I, on the other hand, feel like life is often what you make it so I’m decorating for the holidays like any other year, starting with my simple Christmas mantel with greenery.
Decorating the fireplace in our family room is one of my favorite places to start. It’s still one of my absolute favorite features in our entire house. We did shiplap before shiplap was introduced by “Fixer Upper” and it’s one of the great accents we’ve added anywhere to our house.
This is actually the second time I decorated our mantle for Christmas. I started with the same basic set up that I’ve done in years past. I pulled out my flocked greenery, added red lights and accents and was done. Then I decided it was time for a change.
I swapped the garland I normally use on the stairs with what I’ve been putting on the mantle and the look is absolute perfection. The greenery on the mantel has a rustic, natural feel and pairs perfectly with the barn beam wood.
I mixed my ornate vintage gold mirror with the silver tree and deer and then flanked each end with two of my mid sized lanterns. The contrast between rustic farmhouse and a bit of glam is exactly the look I was craving.
Battery powered twinkle lights add ambiance at night and I love how the metallic finishes sparkle in the dim light.
My Simple Christmas mantle with greenery is the perfect cozy but festive look this holiday season.