One of my favorite ways to spruce up my home for the holidays is by decorating my mantel. I love to take items I already have on hand and add some new ones to the mix to create displays I love! My valentine mantel this year is a great example of shopping my home to curate a collection of fun, eclectic items to unite with one unifying theme. Let me show you all of the details for this display, the star of which is a chalkboard art piece that truly conveys the meaning of Valentine’s Day.
Mantels and Tablescapes
Welcome, everyone! If you have made your way here from the Holiday Idea Exchange, I am so delighted to have you here at Positively Splendid!
Without a doubt, my favorite holiday decorating project each year is my Christmas mantel. I love using my imagination to come up with a new design year after year! This year’s Christmas mantel is one that exudes traditional holiday appeal, incorporating plenty of handmade elements to give the display a homespun feel. Allow me to give you the full tour!
Today’s post is brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, who believe handmade touches are what make each holiday truly special. All opinions are entirely my own.
If you’ve loved the googly eye trend for Halloween this year, my fun Halloween mantel might be right up your alley! With a giant googly eye wreath taking center stage, this is a Halloween display that delights, not frights. Let me show you all of the playful details in this kid-friendly Halloween display, including how to easily make a giant googly eye Halloween wreath of your own.
It was rainy and cool this weekend, so this was the perfect time for my kids and I to set to work getting our living room all ready for Halloween. I along with some other terrific bloggers have teamed up with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for Celebrate the Season, which will run now through December to keep you inspired with fun craft ideas all holiday season long. The theme for October is Spooky Spaces, and I think our whimsical Halloween mantel hits all the right kid-friendly notes.
Have you noticed all of the adorable googly eye projects for Halloween this year? I love that trend, and the kids and I decided to use it here! At center stage is a giant googly eye wreath (be sure to check out the project tutorial below) flanked by some felt spider webs from my Halloween stash. My glittered Halloween tree that I picked up at Jo-Ann last year looks right at home here!
Friends, there are some projects that I work on behind the scenes here at Positively Splendid that it takes all I can muster to keep a secret. Today happens to be a very special day when I get to finally share the very exciting details about one such project!
Over the summer, I was approached by Jo-Ann and HGTV with an amazing opportunity to create a mantelscape for a friendly contest with four other amazing bloggers, the winner of which would have the opportunity to see her design featured in this year’s HGTV Holiday House. When I received that call, I was obviously over-the-moon excited, and honored to be in the midst of so many other talented designers. There was only one teeny, tiny problem: since the contest happened to fall in the midst of our cross-country move from Tennessee to Texas, I didn’t have a mantel at that point to decorate. Fortunately, my gracious sister-in-law allowed me to descend upon her home on a sweltering Texas summer day, Christmas decorations and glue gun in hand, to turn her living room fireplace into a veritable winter wonderland!
Over the course of the next two weeks, HGTV is giving YOU the chance to give your input on which of the five mantel designs is your favorite, and then one of the lucky designers will see her design come to life in the 2013 HGTV Holiday House. Incredible, right?! Ready to get the full tour of the design I came up with to add to the mix? Today I am going to share the full reveal of the my rustic-luxe holiday mantel, and then over at Made + Remade, I will share the how-to’s for many of the projects incorporated into the design. Let’s get to it!
Modern, traditional and homespun elements all coalesce in my rustic holiday mantel design, which represents a fresh take on a mainstay of holiday decorating. By juxtaposing numerous textures and mediums, this mantel display imparts a luxe yet masculine feel to holiday décor.
When it comes to home decorating, fall is without a doubt my favorite time of year. And so, it is truly fitting that my very first mantel display in our new home would be my new fall mantel! With plenty of layered textures and colors, this is a mantel that will last throughout the autumn season. Let me fill you in on all the details!
Decorating a mantel for each holiday doesn’t have to be an expensive venture. Read on to see how I pulled together items I already owned to create this mantel display for Valentine’s Day. Total cost? Absolutely free, since I used only what I had on hand!
I love having a new mantel display for every season throughout the year, but let’s face it: in many households, January is a month for tightened budgets. Who wants to spend a fortune decorating for Valentine’s Day? This year, I challenged myself to use only what I already owned for my Valentine’s Day mantel, and I have to say that the task of thinking outside the box to put this display together was really fun!…
After the festivities of the holidays have come and gone and the decorations have been packed away, outfit your mantel for the winter season. With rich gold tones juxtaposed against crisp white and preppy navy, these winter mantel decorations are some that will last the whole winter through!
Each year, it is our tradition to wait until Epiphany (January 6) to take down our Christmas decorations. That day is usually very bittersweet, as my relief at having the house de-cluttered is tempered with the melancholy of knowing that another holiday season has come and gone. Yesterday as I was taking down my Christmas mantel decor, I found myself wishing that I could keep it out for just a while longer instead of packing it all away. So, instead of boxing up all of the elements from my Christmas mantel until next year, I decided to keep many of them on display for a winter mantelscape!…
One of the first places I decorate in my home each holiday season is my mantel, as I really use this space to set the tone for the rest of my holiday decor. This year, I opted to use a red, lime green and gold color scheme for my mantel display, incorporating a number of DIY elements to create the look I wanted. With rich gold tones and juxtaposed against vibrant pops of red and lime green, this mantel display is as lively as it is luxe. I am so pleased with how it came together!
My first project for the display was to sew a set of classic cuffed stockings in a variety of modern prints from Premier Fabrics. (I also used their fabric for my son’s nursery, which I shared about at the beginning of this year.) Although I loved the whimsical stockings I sewed for last year’s mantel display, I wanted something a bit more traditional this time around, so I set to work designing stockings with a more classic silhouette.
After the festivities of Halloween wrapped up last week, I knew this weekend would be dedicated to packing away my Halloween mantel decor and switching things out for something suitable for Thanksgiving! This is one of the simplest mantelscapes I have completed in a long while, but I absolutely love it. Aside from the new printable Doxology poster I created for the display (scroll down to download a copy for yourself!), everything you see here was something I already had on hand. Let me show you how it all came together!…