JOYful Christmas Mantel

The hustle and bustle of the Holidays are in full swing, but I was able to step back from the craziness of it all this past weekend to revamp my mantel and deck it out for Christmas.

As a Blogger, I feel so lucky to have a platform to share my new creations.  When the time comes to create a new mantel composition, I push myself to always try something new and different, and raise the bar from the previous year.  Thus the result of my new JOYful Christmas Mantel…

Like with every mantel, I cleared off all the decor from my Fall mantel so I could see the space free and clear!  This always helps start the ball-rolling for my latest montage.  I’ll tell you, I don’t usually go into decorating my mantels (or many areas of my home) with a plan.  Once I see a blank slate, somehow it all starts coming together.

I will say though, I’ve had the idea to create this JOY sign for a while.  I thought it would look beautiful leaning against the new ebony stained wood board backdrop. Thankfully all came together and I’m so pleased with the result – I’ll be sharing a quick and easy tutorial on how I created the sign very soon.

Going for an asymmetrical look,  I added a gorgeous boxwood wreath next to the JOYful sign.  I scored this totally faux, but looks totally real, wreath at Lowe’s – I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love.  I love decorating with boxwood and cedar branches, and when I saw this, I grabbed it.  Well actually I thought about making it at first, but after figuring out the cost, this was a better deal.

In creating the mantel, I mixed in a few Christmas elements with a few non-Holiday pieces.  I couldn’t dare put away my fabulous white ginger jar that I enjoy looking at everyday, so of course there it is… (along with my easy-peasy presto-chango-with-spray-paint candle stick).  And I think they look great amongst everything else.

Some of the fun, festive decor that I added around it are the:  three sparkly mod Christmas trees, two brushed nickel Christmas stocking holders (which I got forever ago from Target), and one piece of birch log.

My burnt orange wall is a show-stopper in itself, but I always like to add a burst of color in another way.  With this mantel, I brought in a pop of yellow with a few sprigs of forsythia (totally wrong flower for the season, but I love the yellow with the red in the JOY sign).  In the same vase, I added some faux red berries.  Yellow + Red = Perfect Compliment!

The mantel is simple, elegant, and festive.  O, I truly wish you could see it in person!

The drop cloth and felt stockings are still a favorite of mine.  I made them last year and added metallic gold ornaments to give a little accent.

And here’s the overall space…

O, how I love thee!

Thanks for taking a tour of my Christmas Mantel 2012.  Similar to my recent tablescape creation, I mixed in items from around my home with dollar store deals and DIY projects.

Have you decorated your mantel for Christmas yet?  If so, please share the link below so I can visit. 

Looking for tips on how to decorate a mantel? {click here}

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  1. says

    I absolutely loved reading this post because my wall is the exact same color and I was finding it difficult to decorate the space for Christmas. Burnt orange is not the first color that comes to mind when I think red and green. Your mantel looks really great though! I like your dark wood plank in the background of everything (on your mantle). I think that would look great in my home because it would tie in with the furniture we have in the room. Thanks for the idea!

  2. says

    Your mantel is perfect – the right balance of Christmas & winter. I love to decorate for seasons as a base, then bring in the more themed stuff at intervals (especially Fall!).

    I have yet to build out the pathetic little ledge the builder claimed was a mantel in our new house. It’s all of 2 inches wide, so pretty much nothing stays up there! Next year I’ll get to style that bad-boy, because I’ve got plans, baby!

    Your tree is gorgeous, and I love how the whole room plays off the orange wall without any one element seeming to be too much. BTW – you have my favorite blue in there – I’m gonna steal that pillow :)

  3. Tricia says

    This is so pretty! I especially LOVE the sign and the boxwood wreath! I think I might have to head to Lowes in the morning and find that wreath!

  4. says

    Hi there! I love your designs!
    I was wondering what the paint color is on your firplace accent wall???
    I have to admit, I’ve never seen a living room with orange walls in that rich deep tone you have painted with. It’s awesome!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Anita. The burnt color orange is Glidden Crisp Autumn Leaves. It definitely is a deep orange and I truly love it!