When I shifted to using jewel tones on my tree this year, I knew I would continue that through the rest of my Christmas decor this year too. Along with the tree, I feel like the mantel is the other major player in holiday decor. If you have a tree and you're mantel is decorated, you don't need much more! Once again, I found everything that I needed to spruce up my mantel from At Home Stores!
Lastly, I scooped up a bunch of these cute colored metallic tinsel trees, and I think they're my favorite new thing that I've added into the mix this year (I couldn't find them on the website, but there are tons in store). I put a few of them on clear candlesticks hidden in the greenery to vary the height a little bit, and added a few more ornament clusters. If you've never done that, I use a pipe cleaner and just thread 3-4 ornaments together on it, moving all of their tops really close together, then twisting the wire closed. You can adjust them around a little until the cluster looks the way you want it to, and then use the remainder of the pipe cleaner to wire it onto your greenery. Just be careful not to pull on them too tightly when you're twisting them together, or the tops of the ornaments will pop off. #trustme
After adding our family stockings, that's all there was to it!
I've been working on another area that got a little Christmas cheer that I wanted to share with you today, too. After a good, long run, I've done away with the wall of mirrors in my back hallway. It was fun while it lasted and resulted in my first magazine feature, but after years of having it up I was ready to simplify that area. However, my original purpose for the mirrors in that spot was to bounce some light around in a dark hallway, so I still wanted to have one, large mirror there. I found this mirror among the one million that they carry :) and it was a perfect fit. Of course, it wasn't green and I liked that pop of color from the previous mirrors, so a quick coat of spray paint fixed that.
I love the look of sconces flanking a mirror or artwork, but we didn't have the electrical capabilities for that, so I came up with this DIY version of a faux sconce!
I started with a pair of vintage candelabra sconces that I already had and knew that the shades that I painted and used on various chandeliers off and on would be a cute touch with the green. I contemplated several options for the shaft of the light, but when I ran across these LED Taper Candles I hit the jackpot! They are wax so they fit nice and securely in the candle base, and the frame of the shade clips around the top of the candle.
And... bonus... they actually DO light up, making the "faux" sconce even more convincing! They're not super bright, just enough to give a warm flickering glow. Here's a little tip that I stumbled on... they turn on and off by pulling the flame tip out of the top, which is attached to a cylinder housing the battery and a push button on the bottom for the power. Well, I had been removing the shade, pulling out the center, turning the button on, and then putting it all back together to turn them off and on. But yesterday I had a happy accident when I was putting the shade back on and pushed it down a little too hard, the candle turned on by itself! Duh! Now I discovered that I don't have to remove the shade and cylinder to turn them off and on, I can just tap on them from the top. Even better!
Here's the view from the other way toward the door leading into the garage. I've desperately needed a new rug there, but couldn't find one I liked that was the right size. At Home to the rescue! This was available in store but here's a similar rug online.
The sconces and antlers over the door got a little festive touch with another sprig of garland and an ornament cluster, too!
I'll be sharing my mantel and the rest of the living room, along with the rest of my Christmas decor in a couple of different home tours next week, hope to see you back then!
I have partnered with At Home as a member of the At Home Inspiration Team for this sponsored post and am happy to share some of my favorite products provided for me with you! All opinions are mine alone.
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