How do you decorate for the holidays? Early fluffer or last-minute finisher? Something festive in every room, or maybe just a simple wreath or candles? Everyone is different ~ heck for me, every year is different. I always re-use some decorations from year to year, but when and how is always subject to whatever else is going on! Before the holiday passes us by, I want to share some of my 2015 Christmas decor – and today it is the mantle and door. Come on in y’all ~~~
This year I changed up a wreath I created last year ~ and moved it to the front door. A bit of a change from last year, but similar colors. I also changed up the hallway arrangement from earlier this fall ~ ready for the holiday!
Every year I use this advent calendar. I added little snips of cards behind each door a few years back. I don’t do a tree in these rooms, but there is plenty of sparkle, color and cheer.
The fireplace is open and the narrow mantle wraps around three sides. I love the look, but the narrow ledge can be a challenge to decorate. This year I found these charming wooden cut-outs, and they work perfectly!
Easiest mantle ever! Literally took them out of the box and put them in place – done! And room for my stockings too ~~~
Love the critter cut-outs, especially the red fox and gray rabbits ~ the owls and squirrels are pretty darn cute too!
Here’s a close-up ~ you can see the narrow ledge and how these pieces just fit right in. Plus the colors are great with my Advent calendar ~~~
I also added a few things to the entry table. These metal cut-out trees are from the dollar store – many years ago. You can see how I used them last year for the coastal cottage mantle here.
Most of this will stay through January ~ I’ll just remove the holiday ribbon and bows.
Jingle bell wreaths on the bannister posts ~ and a quick peek at the recently painted banisters. The first phase of the stairway reno ~ a tedious project, but I love how paint, patience and a lot of elbow grease glam’d up the plain builder-grade railings!
Here’s the view from the other side. I also painted the thimble spools on the lower spindles ~ that may be my favorite thing! Lots more to come on the stair project ~ beadboard and molding in process on the side walls, and eventually the carpet will go buh-bye to be replaced with wooden stairs. Can’t wait for that!!
Total respect to those who have all their gifts wrapped and finished decorating even before roasting the Thanksgiving turkey! I aspire to join your ranks, but this was not the year. I worked super hard in October and November ~ trying to finish some DIY projects and get cleaned up before going back to corporate America and a new job. And of course the new job has taken all available time since then, so my holiday decor has been a little catch-as-catch can, but I am getting it done! Next week I’ll share my Christmas cookies. And I may even get the gifts wrapped before we leave on Christmas Eve ~~~