Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Mantel 2014

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family!

So to start the holiday hoopla going (for me, it's more of a Christmas hoopla), let me start with our mantle!

If you've been following my blog for a while now, you know I don't like our fireplace and mantel very much.

I don't like the glass blocks and the brick combined, and this will definitely be changed sometime in the future once budget allows. 

But this Christmas, I truly am in love with it.
'Why' you ask? Well take a look!

Simple Christmas Mantle
I'm in love mostly because I see the face of my beautiful kids on the personalized stockings I made thru SHUTTERFLY !

You can make your own HERE

I just love them!
I grabbed the opportunity with FREE SHIPPING and 30% discount and made these 3. I know it will be a Christmas keepsake for years to come!

I also added my crystal mistletoe ornaments to zhush it up some more!
Ready for the holidays!
I also love the Chalkboard wall art I scored from Walmart for $28!
 I think it says it all for families right?

I flanked my stockings with 2 felt trees from the Dollar Store I bought years ago and my 2 boxwood topiaries decorated with LED string light I got from Restoration Hardware!

How about you, do you have a 'Love-Hate' relationship with your own mantel like I do?

Have a Great Week!



  1. Oh I love your stockings. So great and how fabulous to have them pictured.

  2. Your mantle is gorgeous! How wonderful to have your self surrounded by the people you love. The stocking speak home is where the heart is and the people we love.

  3. Hi Vel
    The bathroom art is so cute. Love
    Your fireplace glass block could easily be painted away ...for now. Until you do your long term thing.
    Those stockings....yum karen

  4. Your stockings are so adorable! I like how you added the crystal ornaments to make it even more beautiful. I also love the chalkboard art! Love the LED lights on your topiaries, the lights make it even more festive and magical! Many lovely inspirations here. You did a great job, Vel!


  5. The stockings are such a great idea! You have to smile every time you look at your mantel now!

  6. Those stockings are adorable, Vel! The whole mantel is very pretty!

  7. THAT is what Christmas is all about! Enjoy every minute! xokim

  8. Those stockings with the kids' pictures are just precious, Vel. Love all your mantel décor....Christine

  9. What a great ida for the stockings! Your mantle looks great, Vel!

  10. What cute stockings! It's a great way to remember Sophia's first Christmas!

  11. Vel your stockings are ADORABLE!! Love them, such a fun and cute idea, and how special to have THREE this year!! Awww! Your mantle decor looks great and I am inspired to tackle mine today. I too have a love/hate relationship with my fireplace surround, but one thing at a time. :) Thanks for sharing your mantle on Best of the Nest!

  12. Vel the mantle and stockings are wonderful and I am sure that the kids love them!

    The Arts by Karena

  13. How can you possibly be so together - adore the stockings and the boxwood topiaries look perfect…now I have to go get myself in gear…

  14. Those stockings are too, too cute!! LOVE! It looks so good, Vel!

  15. Loving up those stockings! So wonderful - and what a great deal. Your mantel is terrific! Jane

  16. I absolutely adore the stockings Vel! What a great idea! Love the chalkboard too. Beautiful mantle...

  17. Vel, those stockings are absolutely adorable!! I would have never noticed the fireplace, your cuties steal the show!

  18. Gorgeous mantle and just beautiful stockings! Love the idea!

  19. Oh those stockings are just darling!!! I bet you adore seeing those three sweet faces up there! Your mantel looks great!

  20. those stocking drew me in. how adorable and special!
    happy holidays,

  21. Looks wonderful Vel. I love the personalized stockings. Thank you for coming to the party this week!

  22. Oh my goodness, I love the stockings, Vel! Yes, those are definitely treasures! I think your mantel looks lovely.


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