Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Simple Red Christmas Mantle

Eeek!  
I don't want to be late for Layla's mantle party so I am going to post quick!

My tree is really, really red this year so I wanted to keep the mantle (right next to it) not as fussy.  Just clean and simple. 
After looking at this empty wreath for the last year in my garage (I bought a larger one after Christmas last year) I finally got around to decorating this one.  

About an hour ago. 


 I love the Nutcracker standing guard over children who try to take down their stockings to play with.  Not that that ever happens here.
 Shopped the house for these trees to balance the look.
 I love these large metal glittered snowflakes!

 Decided duct tape was NOT chic for hanging stockings so I broke down to buy some holders this year.   

Off to work on the rest of the rooms to get ready for Rhoda's Vignette Party on the 2nd!  I'll also be doing a Starbucks giveaway for my blogiversary that day!

Thanks for stopping by!   
Go by The Lettered Cottage to see more holiday mantles
or Julia's , No Minimalist Here and  Coastal Charm for some more Christmas decorating ideas!


36 comments:

Jenny said...

Very pretty and festive!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

It's simple yes, but simply perfect! Love the pic of all the stockings. So cute! I think we did rather well on a time crunch!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

It looks so pretty! I especially love the wreath.

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

That wreath is gorgeousness! The glittered snowflakes just pop :) Great mantel holiday display.

Chris said...

I'm pretty much in love. I'll take a handful of those snowflakes, thank you very much. It looks fantastic!

Desiree said...

Love it! It is very much my style. I may have to hire you to decorate my house for the Holidays:)

Fritzi Marie said...

Lookin' good, hot stuff.
I'm looking forward to decorating for Christmas for the first time. We've always gone out of town for the holidays before. Well, except for last year...we were already at our parents so it didn't matter. Anyhow, I have been collecting vintage Christmas goodies since we were at school together. I can't wait to bring them out. We had big plans to go get our tree tonight but it is crazy windy and rainy here today so I don't think it will happen. For now, I will look at your pretty decorating and be happy with that.

love love,
Kitty

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

So pretty, Kristin, it all looks great!

1bellastager said...

It looks pretty enough to be in a magazine:)

Sue said...

Kristen, First off- thanks for your really sweet comment saying you liked my mantel and fireplace. I went a little more contemporary this year, and so many people out in blogland just don't like that look. But I just can't do "cute" and "shabby" doesn't quite fit my style, either. Your own mantel is very nice- I love the sparkly snowflakes- gotta love bling! And of course, tape just couldn't quite cut it, I agree- so your snowflake stocking holders fit in perfectly. What! Children sneaking into stockings before Christmas? LOL
We sometimes did a St. Nicholas treat on Dec. 6- except that I always seemed to forget and was often chided by my "pals." Dan would go searching in his stocking and nothing was there. Bad mommy...I'll look for you at the next party! I have to get going- I am so far behind....
~ Sue

Sherry said...

Your mantel is really cute! Love that wreath. Love that nutcracker too. It looks clean and Christmasy with just the right balance. Really nice. I am working on a giveaway post right now for my Blogoversary. Come back and enter my giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry

feltsocute said...

Love the cheery red and snowflakes! So festive and bright!

The Second Willis aka Willis 2.0 said...

Love the minimal look. the red totally pops in front of the cream and white. Where in the world did you find those oversized snowflakes? I love them!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your mantel is simple and beautiful. I love the red and white theme. Your wreath looks so good with the snow flakes added. Thanks so much for visiting and following. I did the same.

Melissa Miller said...

It's precious Kristen! The red and white is fresh and festive. It makes me happy just viewing your cute blog. I'll be back. Love it here!

Thank you for paying me a kind visit as well. You're always welcome!

Blessings to you and yours.
~Meissa :)

BabiesandBargains said...

I really love it. I think I may add a runner like you did to my mantle.

kjtroxel said...

gorgeous Kristen! I need help...decorating help. Please help ;) Really :)

Michaela said...

This is beautiful! I just love the snowflakes (:

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Very pretty. I just love the stockings and the holders. So festive!

Cristin said...

So pretty! I love how you repeated the snowflakes in the stockings and wreath. Personalized stocking help Santa keep everything in order too!

xo,
cristin

Lindy said...

What a pretty and classic mantel...I love it!

Alexis @ Our Inspired Home said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! Also, I really like your wreath with the snowflakes. It's really cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Kristen! I try to tie my mantel in with my tree, too, because mine are also next to each other. I love your stocking holders. I think I'm going to have to buy new ones because I can't find mine! I can't find a whole bin actually, but the stocking holders are the only things I really still need.

Brandi Nell said...

LOVE your SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL mantel! Such a great job! Thanks for stopping by! I am your newest follower and am excited about exploring your site :)

Debbie said...

Simple and elegant, I love it. Nothing like using red for christmas anyway. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment about my grandson and mantel. This will be a great christmas. Blessings, Debbie

Mrs. Adventure said...

I love your simple wreath its perfect!

Judy said...

Love your mantle. Thanks for your great comment.

michelle said...

I love your wreath! So cute with the snowflakes! Your mantel is perfect!

Pam said...

Kristen I love this. I like how you echoed the snowflakes from the stockings and stocking holders onto the wreath. Very cute. I also checked out your tree posting below and had to laugh at the mess the kids left. My sister always redecorates her tree after the kids go to bed because everything is placed at their eye level.

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Can I ask where you got your stockings? I have been looking for something exactly like that!

Jessica

Debbie said...

I love that wreath, really pretty and the snowflakes stocking holder is great with your theme...I bet you miss the duct tape:)

The Mulberry Girl said...

Jessica - I don't have an email for you to respond! I got the stockings at Target about 6 years ago. I saw some similar ones in my Target this past week! Happy stocking shopping!

My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks for the sweet comment about my mantel, so glad you liked it. I LOVE yours...it looks like it should be featured on a Target commercial! :) It's so simple, but it's so lovely!
See ya at the vignette party!
Missy

Jen said...

Beautiful! Everything just pops!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love it! It looks wonderful! You have a beautiful family! Angie xo

Green Door Girl said...

Just now linking up to the mantel link, I am WAY late this year - LOL - I LOVE your wreath. I love the use of snowflakes during the holidays and I did alot of red this year also, must be a popular color this time around :) Feel free to check out mine!