Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Vintage Christmas Mantel.

I managed to clean up all the demolition dust and pull together a Christmas mantel today! Once I finished dusting the living room, I got motivated to get out some Christmas decorations and figured the mantel was the best place to start.

I've been craving a more traditional look this year with a bit more color. I've become obsessed with plaid! However... I have a lot of decorations. Too many really. Over the years, when everyone else was packing up their decorations, I was at the store buying out all the ones on super sale. I have some great stuff now so buying anything new really is unnecessary. I made myself a promise that I wouldn't buy any new ones this year. No exceptions.

So used what I had and went for a vintage look. Or as Steph would call it, a "not so Modern Jane" mantel. I used a mixture of bottle brush trees in varying heights, vintage mason jars, "snow", mercury glass ornaments and metal reindeer.

I discovered that Steph had been keeping nails and screws in these vintage mason jars on his work bench. Score! I quickly swapped them with some new mason jars. They could be put to much better use!

I've had these little mercury glass ornaments for a long time. This year I strung them on some twine and swooped them across the fireplace.

Bottle brush trees are my favorite. I have them in white, silver and I had a huge bag of green ones in varying size. Some of those made an appearance here and some were used in a simple diy project that I'll share next week.

So that's it! I did a little more decorating around the house that I'll try to capture and share with you soon. Really hoping to get our tree up this weekend!

*Linking up to Ten June and Our Fifth House *


  1. Awesome!!! Amazing what can get done on a snow day!!

  2. i love it! it's beautiful- the garland made of the mercury glass ornaments is my favorite! gorgeous!

  3. I love the colors. So festive.

    MAYA @

  4. So pretty! Looooooooooooooooooooooove those upside down jars! :)

  5. Love, love, love and love. How amazing is that giant tree?!

  6. I love the bottle brush trees! The vintage look is great... I actually wanted to take the color out of my xmas decor, but like you didn't want to buy new stuff! Here is to working with what you have!

  7. Love the wintery look! Love the vintage vibe so much!


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