Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Decking the halls - part 1 - MANTLE

Decking the Halls - Part 1 - MANTLE.
Unfortunately for my husband, my holiday style tends to change and evolve every year. He'll never understand it, but he has made peace (for the most part). The rules of the game are that I can change our style and decor all I want, as long as I don't spend any money. HA! I've tweaked this rule to read "as long as I don't spend a lot of money" and I am definitely in compliance. In fact, for this mantle, no new $$ was spent. Yay me! After rummaging through our Christmas boxes, & finding bits and pieces around the house, this is what I came up with for our holiday mantle. You likey!? I likey :)

I'm really into nature and neutrals this year so that's what I used as my inspiration. Kind of eclectic, kind of elegant, but also very earthy and natural. It's very "Ali 2010" if I do say so myself. Again, I borrowed the idea for the glitter letter banners from Miss Mustard Seed, and I wonder if she would be happy with the outcome. I think so.
These snowy branches that I got 2 years ago from Michael's are very pretty and very versatile. I used them in a centerpiece last year, this year they're on the mantle, and next year - who knows!?
Joy, Wish, Jingle, Magic, & Noel. All words that make me feel happy that it's Christmas time. Hopefully we'll get our tree soon so I can get started on that. SO fun, I love decking our halls! Stay tuned for more decorating fun people!
Linkin' up at The Answer is Chocolate :)


  1. Looks fantastic! I am totally loving the white branches and might have to copy your idea. And I think you did Miss Mustard seed proud with your glitter banner!

    Take care,

  2. Ali,
    Your mantle looks so cute! You did a fabulous job on the sparkly banners! Have fun decorating your tree! :)

  3. Love it, love it, love it! Tres Chic!

  4. me likey too :) I wish you could come and decorate my house every year - I love that it's a new style/theme each year!

  5. Just came over to say nice to meet you, thanks for following, and following back. I love this!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and checking out my pillows. I like your Christmas decorating style!


  7. Love it! I especially love all the snowflakes! Very pretty.

  8. You did a great job with the mantle! Love the white. I did snowflakes in the dining room this year.


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