Old Fashioned Farmhouse Christmas Mantel
This year, I used lots of farmhouse accents and colors to create our Christmas Mantel. Black and white checked ribbons and splashes of red, along with touches of vintage and a bit of whimsy.
This Christmas mantel is a bit different than other mantels in the past. I have always used lots of ribbons, but I have never added as much black to the Christmas color scheme as I did this year. I knew it would pair well with the slightly whimsical red snowflake ribbon, and I was not disappointed. Our rustic and chunky farmhouse style mantel allows me to place quite a bit of decor items on top…and I took full advantage. 🙂
Before we get started, I am so honored to be part of a Homes Tour with some amazing and talented ladies in the Home for the Holidays Tour hosted by Jenna at A Wife in Progress. I will be sharing links to each of these blogs so please make sure you follow through to the end.
If you are coming from Shannon’s at AKA Designs, I know you were not disappointed as she always amazes me and I adore her home. Welcome!
The mantel in our Dining Room is always the first area that gets decorated for any season and Christmas is no exception. It sets the theme for the remainder of the Dining Room. Above, you see a little glimpse of my Christmas Tablescape which I will share more of next week.
Along with a fabulous tin “CHRISTMAS TREES” sign, I spied this oh-so-sweet vintage-look truck (my dream truck, by the way) and added a cute little bottle brush tree in the back. You just can’t have a “Christmas Tree Farm” Truck without a Christmas tree in the back can you?
Once I added a few Christmas trees (they are faux but look so, so real), I added a new vintage-look lantern which I L-O-V-E.
Next, it was time to start on the garland. I layered two faux garlands to get a full and lush look. Two ribbons intertwine along with a fluffy bow in the center. A whimsical snowball garland adds pops of white and “fluffiness.”
I love how the patterns and colors of these ribbons play so well together – a large bow takes center stage in the Christmas garland.
Finally, I added a mixture of vintage items and textiles to the hearth to carry on the old-fashioned farmhouse feel, such as an antique sled with a boxwood wreath –
Several packages wrapped with pretty papers and more black and white checked ribbon are tucked in. I added my 2017 December Calendar Printable as a gift tag, along with some vintage leather ice skates.
The best part of this Old Fashioned Farmhouse Christmas Mantel is when night falls and I go through the motions of turning on all of the lights. Christmas carols are playing in the background, my babies are getting ready to come to the table for dinner, my sweet Mama is in the kitchen making sure I put enough seasonings in the pot, the love of my life is pouring wine…and then this happens.
And once again…all the pressure and stress and constrains of the day disappear. All that matters in my whole world is gathered around the table. I breathe. I smile. And I thank the Dear Lord for all of my many blessings.
Thanks for letting me share my Farmhouse Mantel with you, xxoo barb
Please, please make sure you pay a visit to one of my favorite blogs and one of the sweetest ladies in Blogland – Ann with On Sutton Place. She’s up next! Enjoy!