Sunday, December 1, 2013

Snowy Aqua & Mint Mantel

Being December and all, I think it's time to officially welcome Christmas into my home! I'm doing different colors schemes in different areas of our house this year, and the dining room is getting decked out in aqua, mint, white, silver and gold. 

The mint inspiration came from a new snowflake pillow that I paired with a white faux fur pillow inside our HomeGoods basket.

Since I recently made the "The most wonderful time of the year" art in a similar color, I decided to bring it into the room.  

I used items I already had in my house, but included two new items from Hobby Lobby: the NOEL letters and the reindeer.

I considered painting the letters like I did for my LOVE art, but decided I liked them the way they were sold.  The natural color balances out the bright aqua and mint. 

The reindeer did get a coat of silver and gold spray paint.  I also sprinkled silver glitter on him. You can find inexpensive reindeers here, herehere, here, and here.

Years ago, I bought a bunch of faux snow from Pottery Barn during an after-Christmas sale for just a couple of dollars and I reuse it year after year.  It's one of my favorite discount buys.  

Filling a large bowl with colorful ornaments is about the easiest way to add a festive decorative touch to your home.  I like to add larger ornaments on the bottom, then layer in smaller ornaments to fill in the gaps.  This mini tree is a favorite of mine because it's got gold tipped branches and a burlap wrapped base.  I added in some snowflake ornaments for added bling.

I've had the silver lanterns for a couple of year now and really like the simple shape and how the door opens so I can fill them.  It would probably be better if the top came off because it's a little tricky to get the ornaments and snow in then, quickly shut the door before it falls out!

Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?  You can link up your mantels to our Holiday Cheer Link Party on Wednesday!


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