I really stressed over my mantel this year, it was the last thing to be decorated. I just had no idea what it needed this year. I knew that I wanted to use the long needle pine garland and the NOEL letters so I just set them both up there to get inspired and they haven't moved since. I have just added on around it. It's definitely growing on me.
Update: I knew I didn't like the previous arrangement on the left so I had to go and change it today and now I have that warm cozy feeling that says "I'm done".
And now the Re-Do
Thanks for visiting! Can't wait to see all of the other Mantels out there. I have linked up to Layla's Christmas Mantel Linky party, check it out!
Today for the first time ever I purchased real greenery to decorate for Christmas. Why haven't I ever bought fresh before this? What is wrong with me? How did I not know how great it is, the smell, the look, the feel...mmmm.. love it! I combined what I purchased with some spruce clippings from my yard to create arrangements for my front porch urns and a little something to go behind my kitchen sink. I've even added some to my mantel but you'll have to wait to see that. I have had a lot of fun this weekend decorating for the Christmas holidays. We have some hosting to do over the next few weeks so I wanted to make sure I get it all complete. Here is a little sneek peek.
The wreath is also fresh and I'm loving it. What I am not loving is the white dust all over my door mat from the drywallers going in and out.
Love this little burlap bag that I picked up today too, it was at a local garden supply store, I picked up a little tiny one too but don't have any plans for it yet.
I am so excited to see the tours of everyone's homes soon.
We're moving along nicely but the downside is that my house is constantly covered with an inch of dust and the plastering has not begun. The framing is complete and all of the drywall is up. Next up is the plaster finish over the drywall which should happen tomorrow. I'm learning very quickly that these tradesmen are not very reliable. They pretty much show up whenever they feel like it. Here are some pictures of the progress.
Stairway before it was opened up at the bottom
Stairway after it was opened up
Finished area with closet before walls were taken out and opened up
After the walls were taken down
After (bathroom with storage closet on left)
Finished area before wall on left was opened up
After wall was opened up
Future wet bar area
Water heaters were removed
A different view of future wet bar area
Wet bar area after wall was removed to the finished area
Bathroom after (On outside wall there is a storage closet above and access to ejector pit sump below)
Old Tool area
New play area(this area will have a drop ceiling because of all of the plumbing access)
Alcove for TV area
Alcove after (notice the big furnace is gone!)
Storage area before
Storage area closed in
Inside bathroom (45 inch vanity planned against back wall...toilet to the left)
Here is a picture of the vanity that we've purchased for the bathroom
and here is a picture of the cabinet style and color we purchased for the wetbar.
Hope you enjoyed, I'm off to look at paint colors and select flooring this week.
I'm a stay at home Mom to my 3 beautiful kids, twin girls (5 1/2yrs) and my little man (1 year). My wonderful husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have moved 5 times in the almost 12 years we've been together. We share a love for DIY remodeling projects.