Our Christmas Mantle

I wish I could slow time and freeze these magical days spent with a little baby-turning-toddler running around.  I know I cannot, so I try to savor every moment and soak it all in.  I try not to cram too much into our already busy lives and I try to give him my full attention although I know I often fall short.  But I love each new day and we are really enjoying the holidays over here.  I hope you are too, as imperfect and wonderful as each day may be:)

Today our Christmas Cheer Holiday Link Party is showcasing mantles at Ten June.  Can’t wait to see your mantles!

Many of you know we don’t have a true “mantle” in our home, but that doesn’t stop me from creating “mantlescapes” on a console table or, this year, on a counter in our butler’s pantry.  I continued with the metallic theme we’ve got going on in the stairs and tree and used fresh garland from Lynch Creek Farms after reading the recommendation from Centsational Girl. I like the addition of real greenery, especially since our tree isn’t real.

I added some vases of varying sizes for height and scattered ornaments, pinecones and decorative birds. 
The large mercury glass vases are from Home Goods, the tall candle holders are from Target.  

I’ve had these ceramic birds from Hobby Lobby for ages, but recently spray painted them gold.  I love how easily a shot of spray paint can transform anything. 

Snow and holiday ornaments in a glass vase always looks festive.  I’ve had the snow for years- I bought it on sale at Pottery Barn after Christmas one year.  I keep reusing it!

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Great idea! I don't have a mantle in my home. My tv sits in the nook over my fireplace. In my old home I always put my Christmas village on the mantle along with garland. I think I may use the table in my kitchenette to dispaly it now. Thanks for the idea.

  2. I adore all of these details! The gold birds, mercury class, fresh greenery and festive ornaments! All so beautiful!

  3. Gorgeous Megan, everything looks so festive and inviting for this holliday season. Gold birds and mercury glass are unique, it adds such a fresh look to the mantel vignette. Lovely. Thanks for your sweet and generous visit to my post.
    Hugs, FABBY

  4. Megan it looks amazing!! I LOVE the fresh greenery- I had thought about ordering from them as well- I bet it smells wonderful.

  5. It's gorgeous Megan! The greenery adds such a nice touch. Would you mind sharing what gold spray paint you used on the birds? I've had a hard time finding one that is the right color…yours looks great!

  6. Very gorgeous, Megan! The fresh greenery is beautiful and I really love the brown + gold colors of the ornaments and accents. Great job!

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