Aside from tree ornaments, there are very few things we pulled out of storage to create a warm, seasonal home. Instead we opted to use everyday and season-less items with just a hint of Christmas ambiance in a relatively traditional color palette.
Our decor this year is very organic with the exception of the vintage chippy mirror and salvaged pillars. The blooming paperwhites whimsically frame a live succulent wreath. Why go for evergreens when you can have succulents? You must ask yourself.
Preserved boxwood topiaries add a bit of formality as they anchor the ends of the mantel plus they will last for years.
I continue to obsess over cotton stems. I simply laid them on their side to create a nice, full garland across the mantel.
Fresh holly from the yard nestles amongst the cotton.
Firewood is accompanied by a nearly blooming Christmas cactus.
The firewood tea light candle holder adds just a bit of warmth to the holiday display.
How are you decorating your mantel this holiday season?
Many of these items and similar ones are available at The West End Garage.
Bonus: they can easily transition into the new year with the omission of the holly and ornaments!
For the most part this season, I am decorating with elements inspired by nature. Rather simply too. I opted for a lighter, brighter color palette rather than the traditional warm, fall colors. This palette can also be found at the shop and many of these elements are for sale there. Typically I am decorating similarly at home as I am at West End Garage. It keeps things simple!
Cotton stems have been very popular and you can see why. They’re so easy to work with. Just plop them in a vase or in this case, a galvanized flower bucket. They really can be on display from late summer/harvest season through New Year’s. So many options! They look good alone or with an accent flower. I thought it was fun to pair them with twigs and vintage arrows for this vignette. I used just 3 stems in each bucket to get this look.
The other accessories include feather balls, mini pumpkins and antler ornaments. The antlers are small reproductions so they’re sort of guilt free for people who are into the antler trend but not a fan of decorating with animal relics. They’re available at West End Garage too along with a quickly growing collection of ornaments. Tis the season!
I got my wish of beautifully stacked wood after pining and pinning! Our wood burning stove has been installed and is ready for winter. I love how the seasoned wood accents this display and gives purpose to the mantel. And the faux bois planter certainly doesn’t hurt.
Peering past the mantel into the corner, you can see the Captain has something new over there and it’s not just the orange raffia pumpkin (also available at West End Garage). He’s perched up on a vintage 6-drawer card catalog which I am super excited about. I spotted this in an antique shop and spent a week dreaming about it for this space while fearing it would be gone by the time I got back. It was there waiting for me and it is the ideal fit for this corner. Plus the drawers are the perfect size to hold DVDs.
I am deciding where to go from here with it, aesthetically. It needs to be boosted up a few inches to true side table status. Probably with casters since I seem to put casters on everything in my home. Also, should I paint it? That corner seems dark and the wood isn’t anything spectacular. Linen seems like a viable option – maybe just the frame and not the drawers? Please do weigh in! Would you paint a vintage card catalog?