Last week I told Kym that I had changed things up on our mantel this year and she asked for a picture. Never one to miss an opportunity for a blog post, I’m sharing it today with all of y’all.
As you can see, we do not have a traditional mantel. As in, it’s actually part of a closed off fireplace in our living room. At first I thought it was really weird but I’ve grown to love it. In fact, a few years ago when we painted this room, Dale offered to remove the mantel and wood arround it and have someone plaster over it and make it look like a regular wall but I turned him down. I like having that ledge to decorate each season and I know I’d miss it if I didn’t have it.
Even if it is weird.
Anyway, that print is something that Dale and I bought our first Christmas together, 21 years ago. We weren’t married yet but we were shopping together and Dale spied it and we bought it, making it one of the first things we ever bought together. I’m a little tired of it but the sentimental value with that one is strong so it’s staying put for now. I’ve always had a garland up there but this is a prelit battery operated one that I got last year when I had finally had it with electrical cords. The wooden pillar candleholders and glittery paper trees are from World Market and the candles are flameless but pretty realistic that I got at Costco.
It’s simple and pretty and the lights make me happy. It’s also pretty hygge and it may just stay that way for a while after the holiday because that’s how we roll.