mantel possibilities


When we bought our home a few years ago I wasn't very happy with what I thought was a very wimpy mantel.  I wanted a deep one that I could layer with found treasures.  Being the planner that I am, I have sketched out the new and improved mantel on countless pieces of scrap paper.

But like most things, the longer I've lived with the old one, the more it has grown on me.  I can now see where it's demure character suits our little cottage perfectly.

And with a little creative placement it can be layered as wonderfully as a mantel twice it's size.

Most of what's on the mantel is up year round.  I simply tucked in the greenery and pinecones amongst my existing display.

Decorating our small house on a budget has taught me to be patient and live with the existing before rushing right into what you might think you want.

There is character and charm in most anything if you view it from the prospective of possibility instead of liability.

I've had so much fun seeing everyones Christmas mantels over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. I already have ideas I want to incorporate into my own mantel next Christmas.  I can't wait to see what you've come up with.


  1. Your mantel is lovely. You've inspired me to take a good look at my mantel and do some sprucing up!

  2. I think it is so pretty, and there is something about simplicity for sure! :D

  3. Your mantel is so charming. Very welcoming.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

  4. Your mantle looks so pretty and very festive.


  5. very charming & lovely. love all the pine cones. (:

  6. Beautiful mantel, and the best part is you have it decorated year round and can transform it into a Christmas theme with just greenery. Great idea, and great use of space. All the layering is what makes it so interesting.

  7. Oh, so pretty! I love your mantle!

  8. Your mantel is so pretty. I love the simplicity of it. And you don't have to change everything.

  9. What a beautiful mantel!! I love the decorations you have up. your house looks so lovely :)

  10. I love your mantel and the way that you've decorated it.
    I love the layers...something wonderful to rest your eyes on with every inch.

    I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on looking at the possibilities, and being patient.
    SO true.

    I have found the more I simplify, the more joy that I find in each and everyday.
    No more 'stuff' cluttering up my space and my time :)

  11. Oh your home is so warm and Christmasy. I loved your mantle and I agree you have to live in a house for a while to see if your tastes change.

  12. Lovely, Patty. I think you did a grand job.

    Barb ♥


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