Our mantel is redone for the season. I really love the symmetry and scale of it this time. Let’s take a look in the living room shall we!
Don’t be distracted by the king’s chair! Here is a close up of the mantel.
I decided to skip pine roping this year in my decor. I purchased a couple of plain jane spruces from the hardware store and dropped them in a pair of galvanized buckets.
This way we can plant these along with our ball & burlap Christmas tree in the yard. See the theme this year?
Things evolved from there. I have a growing collection of vintage grain scoops that I knew I wanted to work into the mantelscape this season.
They seem to make the perfect candle holder and are interesting to look at even when they’re not lit up.
And as for the focal point – that horse! It is a piece of folk art history that may have been part of a child’s rocking horse or vintage advertising. I don’t really know for sure. This is that state I found him in.
As soon as I saw him, I knew he was going on the mantel. Plus he is a perfect match with the rocking horse ornament collection that we displayed on our tree this year.
The chippy aqua door is a fun, non-traditional holiday backdrop. I had a set of 3 of these doors. The set had once been used for an outdoor cellar entryway. I sold the other 2 and this is the remaining one.
And here’s what we’re normally seeing – the glow of the evening fire and mantelscape! I love it. I also love the fact that this scene is not specifically Christmas so I won’t feel the need to undo it on January 2nd. It just might stay up for a few weeks beyond the holidays.
So what do you think the horse’s original use was?