I have been dreaming of decorating this mantle and fireplace and tonight I am so excitied to finally be sharing it with you! The new home we just moved into has this amazing concrete stone gas fireplace with a large wooden mantle. Eventually I plan to whitewash the stone and brighten up the entire room but this year I decorated it as-is and I couldn’t be happier!
The best part of this whole set up is the nice blend of thrifted finds and new items that come together to create a rustic, yet elegant and cozy look.
This look all began with this mirror. In fact, I had purchased a round mirror for this very spot. I had seen so many inspirationa mantles and my heart was set on a round one….until I stumbled across this beauty at Goodwill for $9.99! I was already painted white with a bit of natural distressing, which I love! If I can get my hands on a piece that is showing some natural wear or chippy-ness, I snag it up. When I perched this beauty on top of the mantle it instantly became my anchor piece and I began to build the look around it. Now, let’s talk about the garland! I am tickled with this garland from Walmart. They are really rocking their Christmas decor this year and I snagged up two of these lovlies (I only used one for this) for less than $10 It is full and also flocked which is a bonus. I simply layered it with some beaded garland I already had to bring the look together.
These trees, as simple as they are, really bring balance and play well with the neutral and rustic look I was going for here. I almost flocked them but decided to hold off and I am glad I did. I got these on sale for 50% off at a local home decor shop and stacked one on some thrifted vintage books for extra heigth.
This year I opted for new chunky knit stockings from Amazon. I actually thought they were much larger…haha that’s what I get for not reading descriptions before shopping online. Either way, I love the texture and balance they bring by being grouped together to one side. I plan to leave these up through the winter simply because they just scream”cozy” if you know what I mean.
This may be my favorite part of the mantlescape. My husband found these antlers in the woods of the first property we bought and renovated. He came across them by accident and we have had them ever since. This time of year in Western Kentucky the deer are running like crazy! By default they just seem to be a part of the season and holidays. They bring part of the history of this house into the decor and fit right in with the wood tones and greenery.
Of course I brought in some black and white buffalo check trees from Hobby Lobby to tie in with my tree. Then, with a sprinkle of brass candlesticks and my updated “Jolly” sign and she was complete! I would love to know your thoughts on this reveal! To me it is absolutely beautiful and takes the living space up to a whole new level of coziness! The best part…it’s perfect to leave up all Winter long!
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