Christmas 2010: Don we now our gay apparel

It’s that time of year again!! Falalalalalalalala! We’ve been decorating for about a week around here, and finally it’s all coming together. I am so excited to decorate this new house for Christmas. It was MADE for Christmas decorations. Some of my other projects (ahem: the tree) are still under construction, so let’s start with the mantel!

This year I decided to do something kind of whimsical and fun and happy, without any fake greenery in sight. Trust me, there is plenty more fake greenery to be found in the rest of my Christmas decorating. You’ll see that soon enough.

One of my favorite things on the mantel is this Holiday Door Bucket from Willow House. I purchased this back when they were still Southern Living at Home, and thankfully they kept this in their line when they transitioned over to the new company.

Yesterday I ventured out to our new outlet mall in the Birmingham area and found these two primitive wooden plaques at The Old Farmers Almanac store.

Primitives by Kathy is the maker of these two pieces of painted awesomeness. Love them both.

The birch bark candles came from Target after Christmas clearance a few years ago. I got them for dirt (and I mean like $2.00 dirt!) cheap. When I see similar ones in the Pottery Barn Catalog this year, I smile and think to myself “SUCKA!” to anyone who would pay $69 for a candle. :blink

I have no idea where the wooden reindeer is from. He came from my husband’s pre-Beth Christmas stash. Isn’t he cute??

Speaking of my husband, here he is attempting to light our gas logs for the first time since we bought this house. Hey babe, thanks for helping with my photo shoot! Isn’t he cute??

Ahhhh this shaved wood wreath is my new favorite thing. Purchased it at the Country Living fair from this vendor. I love that it’s so versatile for any season. The strands of wooden cran-beads are also from my husband’s pre-Beth stash. It was like a treasure trove in there! The rustic brown metal Moravian star came from Pier One off my wedding registry in 2004. It’s a way back playback decor item.

These wooden Christmas trees are similar to bobbleheads- one flick and they are wobbling all over the place. They make me smile. 🙂

I believe these stocking hangers came from Target after Christmas sale a few years ago. They represent our little family of three pretty well, I think.

Since we are toddler friendly around this joint, we can’t hang our actual stockings from the stocking hangers. We tried, but of course the first thing Garrett did was try to pull the stocking off onto his head. I like to avoid potential brain injuries in my decoration, so off came the stockings and up went these cute metal stars. These were in my lake cabin stash so I’m having to dig deep to remember where I purchased them but I believe they came from these folks.

So there she is… my 2010 Christmas mantel. Happy Holidays to all of you!

Merry be your Christmas
Peaceful be your home
Joyful be your family
Blessed be each one.

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  1. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    I love it all, and particularly the little signs. Just lovely. I love that you mixed things new and old. And, I spy a beautiful tree in the background. Can’t wait to see more of that. I’m kind of obsessed with other people’s Christmas trees.

  2. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy says:

    Thanks Kim! I’m excited to share it this year! I’ve gotta get to wrapping some gifts so it won’t look so bare underneath. 🙂

  3. LOVE your style! Great pics!

  4. That’s FABULOUS!! I’m so impressed.

  5. feltsocute says:

    Very warm and pretty! {I’m a fan of avoiding brain injury in my decorating too, LOL!}

  6. Southern Fried Gal says:

    Cute! I love your signs and the wreath. Those bobble-head trees are super cute as well.

  7. Your mantel is wonderful… I just feel the holiday fun! Can’t decide what I like more, the fun trees, the wooden signs, or the wreath! Good stuff!

  8. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy says:

    Thank you so much everyone! I’m loving all these beautiful mantels over on the link party!

  9. Kim @ Starshine Chic says:

    I like it!!! Completely different from the way I decorate, but I love how whimsical it is. The little signs are great. And I like how you hung stars from the stocking holders. Cuter than stockings in my opinion. Not that you asked. But I’m giving it anyways. And who does buy stuff from Pottery Barn? Thanks for sharing your mantel.

  10. I love it! It’s so festive and fun!

  11. 1bellastager says:

    The red beads are my favorite – really cute!

  12. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!

  13. What a gorgeous mantel. And I love that your husband has pre-Beth Christmas decor. My husband came with no previous holiday decor and hardly notices that I decorate for Christmas. He’s not much of a decorator I guess.

  14. The Writer Chic says:

    LOVE. I’m going to come to your house and steal the bobblehead trees. (I mean, not really. But I kinda want to.)

    This is my first visit to your blog, but this post has me wanting more. I’m gonna look around!

  15. Marianne@Songbird says:

    I adore that scrolly metal thing and your subway-art-signs are gorgeous too. Heck I love your whole mantel.

  16. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    I love the whole thing!!!! The wreath is so beautiful on the iron scroll. And the little whimsical trees are so cute.

  17. Brian and Ashley says:

    I love the pictures and whimsy trees! I also like the way you hung stars from the stocking holder… so unique and cute!

  18. BabiesandBargains says:

    I think its beautiful. Very warm and outdoorsy!

  19. How fun! I love how cheerful and colorful it is

  20. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Beth! I love your mantel, so cute and whimsical. those plaques are so neat, love them. Great job with all of those things. I love that first pic with your tree in the background. Gorgeous, looks like a postcard.

    our fireplace is SO hard to get started. So, we never light it!

  21. The Mulberry Girl says:

    I love your mantle! This is the first year I get to have stocking holders instead of duct tape and other ugliness. With little ones I still can’t put a poinsettia on my hearth – maybe next year? Your home looks so warm, cozy and inviting – you did a lovely job. Your “unskinny” and “Willie Nelson” confessional has made me a new follower! 🙂

  22. Stephanie@cre8tive says:

    I just saw this at the holiday home link up party, and wanted to tell you that I thought your mantle is so adorable. I love how you styled it all together, it looks beautiful.

  23. looks fantastic! great purchase on the wreath – you will have fun with that all year round!

  24. Steph @ BirdhouseFamily says:

    It’s so cheerful! I love it!

  25. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says:

    So pretty and festive! Love the signs!

  26. So so cute! I especially like the two red, wooden signs, as well as the sparkly trees on the floor by your fireplace! I found your blog over at Layla’s mantle party- enjoyed it!

  27. This is all so fun and pretty! I have a fear of decorating my mantel without greenery because I don’t know if I’d know what to do with with all of that space! haha This though inspires me to maybe try something different next year. 🙂

  28. Shannon @ The House Creative says:

    Gorgeous! I love the little sign. Great mantel. Have a fabulous week.

  29. i love the whimsical feel your mantel has to it! i am in love with the bobblehead trees…want!!

  30. gorgeous! One of my favorites mantels I’ve seen!

  31. Megan @ Megity's Handmade says:

    Looks wonderful! I’m having a great time getting inspiration. Can’t decide which direction I’ll go this year. Red? White? Silver? Whimsy? Thanks for sharing!

  32. Lovin the whimsy of your beautiful mantle!

  33. I love the stocking hangers, Sweet! The signs are cool, too. Beautiful job.

  34. So great! I love that wreath, and red, green and silver are my absolute favorites for Christmas decor. Good job! 🙂

  35. Just started following your blog and added to my reader. Would you like to come decorate for me.

  36. i love your little ‘have yourself a merry little christmas’ sign. i just made one for my own home this holiday season.

  37. Farmgirl Paints says:

    Such a pretty mantle. I have that Have yourself a merry little Christmas sign:)

  38. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    I love your unusual collection of items that all together create a very whimsical mantel including the stars hanging from the stocking holders. I think that just makes the mantel. Love the bobbley trees too.

  39. I love your red signs! Hope you don’t mind if I show them on my blog…we’re moving this week, so everything holiday is still packed away. Since I can’t post about decorations in my own home this year, I highlighted a few I found in others!

  40. junkgarden says:

    Whimsical and fabulous!

  41. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    The wreath. That wreath. I just died.

    Love the holiday look for your home! Beautiful! I’m feeling inspired. 🙂



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