The holidays are my favorite time of year and I always look forward to winding down our busy schedule, taking extra time off work, and spending time at home with my family. This year, I decided the fireplace needed a new look for Christmas and went with a more simple look.
It seems like my Christmas decorations get pulled out earlier in the month of November each year. I don’t like putting up decorations in the same arrangement each year, but I do like to reuse decorations I already have. I feel more satisfaction knowing I’ve repurposed something rather than replacing them with all new things. This doesn’t mean I don’t buy new decor, but I always try to repurpose what I have first.
I used to go crazy decorating my entire house, but this year I decided to keep things pretty simple. When we were building our house, I made a huge deal about making the fireplace a focal point of the living room and insisted on having stone installed all the way up to the ceiling. Nonetheless, the fireplace is always the first area in the house that I begin decorating.
I’m so in love with the way the fireplace turned out. I don’t typically decorate the mantle with garland so rather than putting up a winter garland, I opted for some willow leaves that gave the mantle a nice finish without looking too traditional.
I found some winter floral, white berries, and large pine cones in my stash of Christmas decorations and placed them throughout the willow leaves for an added touch of winter.
I’ve been on the hunt for a wood bead garland, but have not had much success finding one long enough for the mantle or for a price I was willing to spend. So, I decided to make one myself with some wood beads and twine. This gave me the ability to customize the pattern and length of the garland and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
I also found these cute knit stockings that go perfect with the fireplace decor. The knitted pattern gives the stockings some nice texture, but yet they’re super simple and classic. Believe it or not, I found these at Five Below for $3 each! Unfortunately, I don’t have a link for the exact ones I purchased, but these knit stockings are very similar.
To top off the mantle, I left the large mirror I previously purchased at Hobby Lobby in its original place. On one side of the mantle, I added an iron candle holder and rattan Christmas tree I already had, and a set of black taper candle holders on the other side.
To add a little more touch of Christmas to the living room, I also decorated the top of my piano with a little village display. The little houses are ceramic and are actually candle holders. In previous years, I used battery operated tea light candles inside the ceramic houses. I couldn’t find them in my Christmas boxes so I replaced them with some new battery operated tea lights that come with a timer and remote!
I am so pleased with the simplicity of the way my fireplace and piano turned out. I hope you find some inspiration in my Christmas decor!
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