Welcome to the 97th Metamorphosis Monday!
Christmastime is such an easy time to find a Before and After to post with all the holiday decorating we have going on in our homes. This week I’m sharing some changes I made to my mantel in the family room today.
Here’s a Before pic I took earlier today:
I usually wait and decorate the mantel a bit closer to Christmas using scraps from a local tree lot since I now have artificial trees. Below you’ll see a pic of how my mantel looked last Christmas. I just decorated around the books and mantel clock that are on the mantel year around. Last year I used Christmas tree scraps, nandina berries from my yard, pine cones and a few gold ornaments. The wreath is one I bought about 15 years ago and continue to use each year. I love how the two “hunt” horns tucked down inside of it have aged over the years. They have a nice patina now.
I decided this year to do something a little different. I took my inspiration from last week’s “wildlife/hunt themed” Thanksgiving tablescape .
Instead of using Christmas tree scraps for my greenery, I cut a branch off the magnolia in my front yard. I’ve been needing to cut this branch for some time because it sticks way out into the driveway making it hard to get by.
When I finished, this was all I had left…
And here’s the After: A Hunt-Themed Holiday Mantel
I left the clock on the mantel since I would miss it if it were gone.
We’re going to pretend like the horns in the wreath are hunting horns. There are two…one at the top and one at the bottom.
Deer from last week’s Thanksgiving Tablescape… nandina berries are from my yard…
Added a few of the glitter pine cones from last week’s tablescape…
A few weeks ago, a friend and I toured the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, Georgia. On the way back home, we made a u-turn to head back to an antique shoppe we zipped right by. I found these little fox hunt guys there and couldn’t resist bringing them home. Had no idea what I’d do with them when I bought them…
So, that’s my mantel for this year
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