CHRISTMAS MANTELS THROUGH THE YEARS!

CHRISTMAS COATS THROUGH THE YEARS

I’m such a Christmas person. No grinch here!!!! I’m always trying new ways to decorate for Christmas. Different colours, different configurations, different mantels. So I thought I’d put together a sort of “montage” of my best Christmas coat ideas from the last four years! That will be funny!

The first thing I decorate each Christmas season is the mantel in the family room. Let’s start with 2014…

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2014 was a farmhouse Christmas and the mantel reflected it! Simple, slightly rustic and straightforward!

I made my first banner for the 2014 Christmas mantle. You can see HERE how easy it is to prepare.

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Such an easy setup. An old window and a simple faux pine wreath. I use lots of pine cones and these cute snowflakes almost every year!

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And trees! I have to admit that I do have a thing for trees and I have had a small tree farm of artificial Christmas trees growing in my basement for over a decade!

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2015 was still farmhouse-inspired. But I added a bit more color and Christmas lights!

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The vintage window returned, as did some of the pinecones and wreath from the previous year.

Doesn’t the wreath look completely different? It’s so easy to completely change the look of a faux wreath from year to year. Click HERE to see how. I really was in red plaid! Who isn’t, right?

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2015 was the “Year of the Stars”. I have a cricket cutting machine (see HERE) and I cut out thousands of stars. Some tiny for garlands and others larger with holes in the center to allow fairy lights to shine through.

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I may have to bring those stars back again next year. You were my favorite!

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I also used the cricket to cut out sticky letters to create the words “Merry” and “Christmas” to decorate a few plaques that I hung on the chipped mantelpiece cap.

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2016 was the year I painted an old clock to go over the mantel. The stars made another appear above the mantel and drape over a large artificial tree. I’ve also gotten a lot better at photographing Christmas lights.

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I also found an ingenious way to hang Christmas stocking over a mantel. To see how easy it is, click HERE.

And tree on the mantel again. Oh I love trees!

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I’ve also introduced black and white into my decor. Black and white with red looks so pretty and crisp. This is by far my favorite Christmas color combination!

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This year, the Christmas mantle has taken on a snow-white look. Completely different from last year!

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The inspiration for this mantel came from the white trees I found at a local decor store. If you live near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania check out Cocalico Designs on Rout 30.

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I hung the stockings on a birch trunk this year.

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And this year I brought back pine cones in a big way!

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From simple farmhouse to white and gorgeous, there’s something new on my mantel every Christmas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how the mantel at StoneGable has changed its Christmassy look over the past four years!

And what about 2018? Well I think black and white will show up in a big way!

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You might want to follow me on Pinterest and see all the awesome things I find HERE to pin every day.

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