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Rustic Christmas Mantel

The mantel is usually the first place I decorate for the new season.

Well, this year, it wasn't.

The first holiday decorations were added to this space right HERE

Nonetheless, the mantel got a very deserving second place. ;)

Contrary to last year's decor when I used lots of red, this year I'm going for a calmer palette, using lots of natural elements.

bleached pine-cone garland, wooden moose, skis, little trees

The first thing added to the mantel was the wooden pallet. However, that's not one of those regular pallets.
If you have followed me for a while, you might remember I DIY'ed the floor in my son's room using plywood. Well, all the left over pieces were brought here to the mantel.  Some of those boards sport a stained brown color on the back.

wooden palette, vintage books, vintage ornament skis, brush trees

As the center piece, I used this beautiful cotton wreath. I love it! I think this wreath is the perfect blend of rustic and sophistication.

My son calls it "the donut". I know, how mean! :)

books, vintage ornament skis, wooden moose and tree decor

Some books, a wooden moose and the only pair of skis I could find (no wonder, they're everywhere in blogland!), flank one side of the mantel.

brush trees, cooper trees, pine-cone trees, wooden spools

On the opposite side, a little forest was created.
Copper, brush, glass and wooden trees,
were scattered among wooden spools and pine-cones.

How to bleach pine cones

Oh yeah, the pine cones were bleached...

wooden-natural elements mantel.

And used as little trees on the mantel and on the garland.
Some others were hung on the Christmas tree as ornaments.

diy bleached pine-cone garland.

I'm a "garland" person, not happy with one, I'm using five.

One of pine-cones, another of acorns, and three more of pom-poms.

wooden palette, little trees,  It's the most wonderful time of the year pillow on chair, teddy bear close to christmas tree
Flocked Christmas tree  |  Painted Chair  |  

It all feels so warm and cozy here in my family room. It's like having a little winter wonderland inside my house.

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?!

Check the whole Christmas Home tour right HERE.

Cotton wreath from Arhaus.
Wooden skis from Target
Acorn garland from T.J. Max

For more DIY - Christmas decor ideas check these out:

embroidery hoop, burlap and lace fabric, wooden tones

burlap ribbon, jute rope, chalkboard, clothespins,

bubble wreath centerpiece, white stockings, sectional, painted sideboard.

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  1. Cristina- Your mantle is beautiful with ALL FIVE garlands bedecking it. I LOVE those little "acorns" with the caps made out of pine cone pieces. So cute. The overall effect is just lovely- soft and serene looking. I may bleach some of my pine cones this year, too. Love the way they look. xo Diana

    1. Thanks Diana! I'm loving that soft color on the pine-cones, and it's so easy!

  2. Cristina tu mantel es precioso , todo tan delicado alrededor de esa chimenea , que bonitos quedan esos rĂºsticos frutos del bosque

  3. This is just to perfect and divine Cristina! I LOVE that wreath too! Did you make it? I hope you get to join the first Link party I'll be joining and throwing in on Dec. 16th!!!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Vel! No, I didn't make the wreath, I found it at Arhaus. Thanks for the invite, I'll be there, partying with you on Dec.16. :)

  4. I LOVE your cotton wreath, wish I had one to use in our home!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  5. What a gorgeous mantle! You did a beautiful job! xxx Maria

  6. How gorgeous - oh my gosh that wreath is perfection !!!

  7. Beautiful Christmas mantel Christina! The wreath, the pine cones, the trees and acorn garland, it's all wonderful!

  8. super cute mantel. I love your colors this year!

  9. LOVE it all!! But that wreath.... so gorgeous!

  10. Everything is beautiful!!!! As always, simply gorgeous!

  11. oh i adore this- rustic and modern and warm and white! just beautiful!

  12. WHERE did you get that cotton wreath?!?!? I've had my eye out for one for a while!

    1. Lauren, I bought it at our local Arhaus Furniture store. I searched online to get the link to it but couldn't find it.

  13. What did you put on your tree to make it white!!!Love it all!!!

    1. Hi Sandy, I bought it like that at Walmart - It's called a flocked Christmas tree.

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