Holiday "Mantels"


Since we do not have a mantel in our home I always try to be creative with the flat spaces we have around the house, like the top of our hutch and on side tables in our dinning room.  They serve as perfect spots for mini vignettes. 


Over the years, I have liked different collections for Christmas.  So as you can see, tinsel trees are one of them.  I think they look so perfect and fun all clustered together.  I imagine little elves and reindeer prance among them at night!  Keeping my eye out after Christmas for some other colored trees.  The nutcracker is a special piece {I also have a whole bin of nutcrackers from a different year of nutcracker obsession that I am getting rid of this year} that I got when Brent took me to the Nutcracker in San Francisco on New Year's Eve while we were dating.  It was a wonderfully fun and romantic evening that this nutcracker brings sweet memories of.


And here we hang our stockings...ruffles added this summer...


I love the look of my paper snowflakes...feels so homey and old fashioned.  These were all cut out by a bunch of 4th graders last year when I was still subbing.  The best impromptu winter craft idea ever!



The past two years I usually do this room up in all white and silver but I am loving the addition of color this year.  Who knew colorful ribbon could make such a statement on a silver tinsel tree!


These little mini tinsel trees are ornaments from Walmart.  I picked these up in October.  Yes, October.  And I bought the only three left.  I have not seen any since.  Someone somewhere got smart and bought them ALL.  And I think they were only a dollar.

Under all of my trees I have used lace and doilies.  No need for tree skirts here!  I think they look like snow. :)


This little sock guy I bought in front of the grocery store last year from a boy scout.  He said he made them himself but his mom who sat next to him looked pretty crafty.  Either way, he is too cute!


And some Christmas greens to bring in that outdoor holiday smell minus all the mess.  Artificial tree girl forever {well, until we have kids probably!}.




31 comments:

  1. I love all your beautiful decor!
    We don't have a mantle either so I always try to do something different too. I love what you use as your "mantle"!

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  2. i love your collection of tinsel trees, so cute!

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  3. Very cute Ashley... Your decorations look GREAT!

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  4. Such a unique approach to decor and color for the holidays! Linking this to my Facebook page!
    Thanks,
    Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog

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  5. I'd forgotten about paper snowflakes, I need to make them some year since we live in an old farm house so they would fit in well.

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  6. i hear ya about anything flat getting decorated since i don't have a mantel either. i must tell you, i love your color combos in here, and how well your winter decor jives with it!

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  7. it all looks gorgeous! love the tinsel trees and sock snow man! :)

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  8. What a cute house. Found you on the Southern Comfort mantle linky party today. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is so sweet! i love what you have done w color and texture. Enjoy!

    xo,
    cristin

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  10. So nice! It all looks soooo nice!
    BTW, I love the pillow with the fleur de lis, even if it's not part of the holiday decorations.
    ;-)

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  11. I found your site through the Southern Hospitality link party.
    Cute decorations! I love the mix of colors and the paper snowflakes!

    www.cathygreeninteriors.com

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  12. Well you did a great job making it look so festive. I love the paper snowflakes, too!

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  13. I love it. I've been wanting to do a collection of small trees for a while but I'm afraid Aiden will use them to make his own village.
    Just like the Halloween one that ended up with Dinosaurs in them

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  14. Love all your sparklies, Ashley! Looks very festive and fun and your house. Thanks for linking up! Merry Christmas to you.

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  15. You have such great taste! Love the mantel and all your decorations. Merry Christmas!

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  16. your house is impeccably decorated! in fact I pinned a picture with your table and chairs for inspiraton for my new dining table.. now to get a great collection of chairs! :)

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  17. Very creatively cute and whimsical! Found you through Rhoda's party. I'm following along now. I would love you to visit The Corson Cottage and share this at our {Home for the Holidays} link party every Friday in December ~ Carrie

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  18. Loving all the fun color and whimsy in this room! Beautiful.

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  19. I love how whimsical your decor is! It is so adorable! ps- your house is adorable too! Love it all! Stopping by from Gussy Sews.

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  20. Yay for doilies and tinsel trees. Love your use of color. It all looks amazing. And I hope there are little elves and reindeeer prancing through that lovely forest.

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  21. Such gorgeous photo inspirations. Thanks for sharing them.

    www.matternfamily.com

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  22. I love, love, love this... especially love the tree with the ribbon! Beautiful!

    Stopping by from gussy!

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  23. Your home is so bright and cheerful...love that! And your tree? Perfection!
    I have the same aqua typewriter. Dont know if yours is like this but ours(hermes 3000) has the Spanish forms of punctuation too since my husbands Cuban grandfather bought it when he was a teacher. Its one of my favorite things that've been handed down to us.
    Found you through Maggie's Christmas decor linkup.
    Have a lovely day!

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  24. I used to have a fantastic shelf I decorated. Then I moved the furniture around and took it down. I really need to get it back up :)

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  25. So pretty! I hope you don't mind I shared it on my blog tonight.

    Thanks,
    Laura

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  26. Such fun colors, and I love the snowflakes!

    Courtney Lane
    courtneylanemichaels.blogspot.com

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  27. It looks just as amazing as if you had a mantle! Love the snowflakes hanging!

    I so need to figure out how to make some and hang them from out ceiling!

    I linked up but when you click my mantle my halloween one comes up, oops! Hope you can stop by and check out this year's mantle!

    Megan

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  28. Aww! The whole room is so gorgeous! I wouold never want to leave your house! J'adore! Angie xo

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  29. What a beautiful space! I love all of the colors! The sparkly Christmas trees are so cute and the snowlakes are the perfect adorable touch. Thanks for linking up!

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  30. I didn't decorate at all today, one, because I went to Argentina from Dec 1st to the 19th and 2, because I didn't want to spend any money, adding to the trip expenses. Thirdly, we live kinda far from our friends, and we dont have that many visits, but either way, how can you still decorate on a very low budget?

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