Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Farmhouse Christmas "Mantel"

Hi everyone!  I feel like it's been forever since I've really truly posted anything.  Life here at the "farmhouse" has been speeding right along and we've already begun to enjoy Christmas traditions of the past (Advent calendar) and starting new traditions (Elf on the Shelf, with a twist).  I plan to blog a bit about both of those in the near future.  But for now, I'm ready to start sharing some of our Christmas decor.

I've mentioned before about us not having a fireplace or an actual mantel of any kind in this house, so this shelf above the couch becomes one of my main display areas.

It took me forever to pull this all together, I tried so many variations of things before I finally settled on this.  And I love it, it's very "me."

I brought back the star folding ruler from last year.  You may remember that I used it on our front door in the bicycle basket "wreath."

A stack of old levels mimic the shape of a Christmas tree.

They're topped by vintage toy blocks reminding us to find joy in the season.

Canning jars filled with Epsom salt "snow" and tea light candles give a cozy glow, and fresh greenery clippings from our tree fill in the gaps.  Faux berries give a festive pop of color.

The whole thing just makes me smile.

The Swedish style stockings are from Home Goods a few years ago and I love love love them.  I don't plan to ever part with them.

You may have recognized my DIY topiaries, I temporarily brought them down from our master bedroom.  If you'd like to see how I made them you can see that here.

Stay tuned for more of my Farmhouse Christmas decor coming up soon!

If you'd like to see more of my "junky" farmhouse Christmas style you can see a repurposed toolbox centerpiece {here},  a rustic crate side table display {here}, and my "junky" porch decor {here}.



  1. Oh, just my style! Lovely!
    Farmhouse hugs,

  2. Oh mercy!! You would have a BALL in my hubby's woodworking equipment store!!! I just snitched your picture and told him if he couldn't sell his stuff as equipment, he could sell it as Christmas decor!! I can hear him grunting and huffing now, and his shop is 6 blocks down the street :^)
    TOOOOOOO cute....I love it!!! You are so smart!

  3. Simply perfect...love the stacked levels with the star. Great idea :)

  4. I love it! Sweet, simple, homey, cozy, and creative. Fun to stop in here. :) Saw your post at Funky Junk Interiors.

  5. The star folding ruler is very charming!


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