Our Holiday Mantel


I have been battling some sort of bug that seems to want to suck the energy out of me, so my holiday decorating seems to run in spurts.  But, now that the fireplace is done, the mantel deserved attention.

Getting rid of the niche was a step in the right direction, but admittedly, it can still be a challenge in terms of scale.  But, I have come up with a great solution – for the holidays anyway.

Bear with me on the ever-changing décor.  I was experimenting and taking pictures as I went.  But let’s focus on the star of the show – that cool chalkboard print!

I found it at the Caravan Shoppe, after reading about them here at House of Smiths.  The cool thing is that you buy the design, they email it to you for download, and then you can get it printed in all sorts of fun ways.  I bought the “All I Want is Everything” pack for $12, which gives you a whole bunch of designs from which to choose.  I had two prints made in the 3×4 size at Staples for $6 each (engineering prints keep it cheap).  Love that.

I’m going to add this one to the basement.

I wanted to jazz it up a little bit to hang over the fireplace, so I picked up some dowel rods to hot glue on both ends and then added the ribbon to give it a scroll effect.  Tip:  Glue the ribbon on the dowel rod first, and then glue the dowel rod to the print.  It will hang better when you’re finished.

Fun, right?  And the scale is perfect!

The tree print works well with my tree-obsession that I have going on right now.

The Christmas tree is up now too (although not in these photos).  It’s so nice to enjoy this space for the holidays! 
Don’t forget – the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes kicks off on Monday!


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    Andrea @ Decorating Cents
    December 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm


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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    beautiful! that sign is just gorgeous!

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    December 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Perfect! I did the Silent Night print for our fireplace. Love it!

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    Laura Madalene
    December 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Fantastic to see a familiar face in the world of design, Ivan still amazing me with the "In Conversation reach".Bedroom Decor ideas

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    Laura Madalene
    December 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Fantastic to see a familiar face in the world of design, Ivan still amazing me with the "In Conversation reach".Bedroom Decor ideas

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    Cyndy Aldred
    December 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Gorgeous girl! Your fireplace just really blows me away! Can't wait to see the rest of your Christmas decorations. Us too, we have all been sick and can't shake it. Hope you feel better soon.

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    December 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love what you did with your mantle. The chalkboard print looks great!

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    December 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Your mantel decor and that print look so good with your new fab fireplace.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    December 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    You are blowing my mind today my friend! I love your beautiful new mantle, and the prints you had done!
    I have two chalkboard prints that I also printed at Staples, they are from the blog Nest of Posies:
    I did one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas. I love the idea of the dowel rods, I am sooooo doing that with the Christmas one! Thank you!

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    pam {simple details}
    December 6, 2013 at 1:25 am

    It's awesome, I knew it would be! That print and the scale is perfect! I had one done recently at Staples, isn't that the biggest bang for the buck! 🙂 I spied one of my favorite Ikea lanterns, too. Hope you feel better soon!

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    December 6, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Your fireplace looks so fabulous (can I tell you how impressed I am that you guys tackled that yourselves?) and I love how you hung your chalkboard print – never would have thought of that! I'm using a chalkboard print over my fireplace this year too – such great bang for the buck! Can't wait to see the rest of your house on Monday!

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