As I mentioned, the majority of the decorations take place around the fireplace, but let me take a second to show you the cute little feather tree I found. Next year it will probably get some ornaments.
The penguin to the left was a gift from Mike when I got my first job with IBM that had a small amount to do with Linux. I made the basket on the left last year.
I saw the basket at Stonewall kitchen and had bought the red thingies and pine cones thinking I could find something to do with them. I did.
Before I get to the mantle I'll show you the one other thing I did to spread the Christmas spirit around the house. I put extra wreaths on interior doors. Just because I made myself a new one doesn't mean the old ones can't be enjoyed!
I got this one at Whole Foods last year.
OK, onto the main event. The mantle. As a reminder, here's where the bulk of decorations are. Here's what the mantle looks like in all it's glory.
Swag? Garland? Whatever you call it I love for it to drape the mantle. I snagged these lovely garlands after Christmas last year at Holly, Woods and Vines. I layered a garland of sparkly red, green and gold balls with an evergreen one adorned with bells, berries and sticks.
One of my favorite Christmas decorations are these peacock feather trees. God I love peacock feathers.
I thought the mantle needed some more light. Eric vetoed putting it in the garland (maybe I'll sneak it in next year), so I put a short strand of lights across the mantle and draped gold tulle ribbon over it. I set it off with some sparkly poinsettias and birds.
I call this my Scarlett O'Hara bird because it reminds me of the dress Scarlett wore to Mellie's birthday party.
I'm not sure if I mentioned my love of peacock feathers. I got a wreath of them for Christmas 3 years ago. I haven't taken it down. It lives on my wall. I also keep a vase on the right side of the mantle for most of the year. I often buy extra sparkle to add to it for Christmas. Then I leave that in all year round too...
Because I thought the mantle looked just fine as it was, I decided not to hang stockings by it with care. I hung them in a large picture window in the front of the house.
Well, there you have it, a wrap up of this year's holiday decorating. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any tips for next year!