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A Traditional Christmas Mantel

red, green and gold mantel with velvet stockings

Hello friends!

I hope you've had a happy December so far!

Are you still in decorating mode? Or you're already prepping the feast! 

Maybe both?

Yep. I'm also there.

I was also lending a helping hand to my friend Elizabeth by adding more Christmas cheer to her mantel.

Elizabeth has a beautiful home decorated in a classy traditional style. 

Yep, my favorite. 

I'm a traditionalist. :) I adore the wonderful art collection and decor she uses around her house. I may ask if it's OK for me to feature her home here on the blog.

For now, let's take a look at the mantel in the basement. I hadn't taken a shot of them before, but the pretty basics were already there: the mirror, the garland, and the Christmas stockings.

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Red, green and gold Christmas mantel

She bought the pretty garland and laid it on the mantel, then hung the stockings and called it a day.

Well, it was very OK, but as usual, the little details are the ones that bring any setting up a notch.

I added the looping red tartan ribbon along the garland, letting it cascade on either side.

Twinkle lights were also added, which was the magic this mantel needed.

Velvet stockings on mantel

I brought these trees that I've had for quite some time. The idea of creating a miniature forest came after fetching the golden deer I found in my bag.

Giving the little trees different heights was achieved by using upside-down glasses. The trees were hot glued in place.

Elizabeth had this collection of little white stones on the hearth that I thought would look awesome, all scattered, resembling snow.
A little forest by the mantel hearth

The stockings were hung in pairs, and a golden bow was added to tie them in with the gold mirror above.
velvet Christmas stockings on Christmas mantel

Small white stars were also added to the garland to balance out all the snow in the forest. :)
Green garland on Christmas mantel with red ribbon

A little forest by the mantel hearth

As I said, it's all in the little details.

I love that mirror!
gold mirror and green garland with forest hearth mantel

Take a look at the small video that I also captured. I hope you've liked this post and mantel, and I hope you can draw inspiration when decorating your home!

For more Christmas Mantel ideas, check these out:


Wooden tones and cotton garland on Christmas mantel


red snowflakes and stockings on mantel decor


mantel with greenery garland and mirror and candles

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