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Having a working fireplace was a “must-have” for me when we built our house. I really wanted a wood burning fireplace, but we had a tight budget, and it just wasn’t in the budget to have one. So instead of doing just a regular fireplace, I went with a double-sided fireplace. You can see through the fireplace to our deck. It’s a gas fireplace. I love decorating it for all the different seasons, but especially for Christmas. I try to come up with different ideas every year. I’m going to go over the different ways I’ve styled our fireplace over the years for Christmas. So, let’s get to it!
Lush Swoop with Ribbons
This may be my favorite mantel ever. I love the swoop and the drapey garland on one side. I added dried eucalyptus to get some height on the other side. I added clippings from a gold leaf pick from Hobby Lobby. I just cut in into pieces and added it throughout the garland. I layered 4 different garlands to get this lush thick garland. I love it. To finish it I added a collection of 4 ribbons with very long tails for a bit more drama. I kept our usual mirror with 5 candlesticks. On the hearth, we have the wooden deer and more ribbon.
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Gold and Green
Because I added a lot to our tree this year…I wanted to do something a little more neutral for the fireplace. I found a very lush and full garland at Hobby Lobby and I’m pinching myself because I didn’t buy two of them when I had a chance. I added two real touch garlands to the sides with additional picks to give that fullness. I added a cute gold star garland…and of course fairy lights. I kept the mirror the same with a cedar wreath and added gold ribbons to my candlesticks. I really like how it turned out. But, if I’m being honest, I may like last year’s mantel better.
Do you remember my layered mirror gallery wall that I had in our entryway for several years? Sometimes I really miss it. So for 2021, I layered 3 vintage mirrors on the mantel. I just love layered mirrors! I did kind of a swoop with my garlands. I added beads, ribbon, and dried oranges. I think I’ll have to revisit this look in year’s to come.
In the year 2020, I went all in with French Country and European Christmas. I used an ornate mirror and lots of candles on the mantel. I did a more traditional swag garland and blush pink ribbons. You know how much I love pink!
I don’t know if you know this, but my husband and I used to make wood signs. We even had an Etsy shop. We made engraved wood signs with a CNC machine that my husband created from spare parts. This was several years ago before so many people were using CNC machines. Anyway, even though we were no longer making and selling signs, I wanted a huge (the biggest one we’ve ever made) for my mantel. I picked out a Bible verse and designed it. So that huge sign is the focal point of this Christmas mantel as everything else is very simple.
Okay, farmhouse style still has my heart just a little bit. How about you? I love the cozy, rustic vibes! I think the farmhouse style is definitely in line with French country type of decor….which is totally my vibe.
I hope these mantel ideas give you some inspiration for your Christmas decor this year and years to come. You can also use these ideas on a sideboard or a large shelf that you’re using as a mantel. We went a lot of years without a fireplace in our home. I must say though, I do prefer the coziness of a fireplace. Until next time Treasure Hunters!