Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Mantel – Home for the Holidays

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Hello and welcome back… today I will be sharing our rustic farmhouse Christmas mantel with you and I am joining some wonderful friends for our second annual, “Home for the holidays” tour!


You can see last year’s tour here.Β 

Sharing our homes can sometimes be a bit stressful in an already busy time of year… that is why this year I’ve decided to simplify! I’ve decided to minimize our decorating and not deck all of the halls. I will be sharing our rustic farmhouse mantel and a little bit of our living room. Even though our mantel has a temporary wooden top on it, instead of focusing on that I’ve decided to show it,Β  it’s not perfect and does not look like it does in my minds eye. Learning to let go of an ideal is a HUGE step for me and there is no one I’d rather share our simple mantel with than this lovely group of friends and you…

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This time of year is hectic enough without obsessing about what is not done and be happy and satisfied with what you can get done. For me there has been a theme this year… my theme is, enough! We’ve really simplified this year and I really feel happy with that decision and it is enough, for me and my family.

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I wanted to use my antique wooden pinecones and pair those with someΒ mercury pinecone ornaments…. I also added the most adorable little DIY handmade pinecones made with vintage sheet music, you can see the whole tutorial here. I’m pretty pleased how this simple mantel turned out.

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I used a set of antlers as the focal point and hung them with thick jute from a vintage wrought iron corbel, I added some texture by placing a boxwood wreath in behind them. I also did something this year that I very rarely do… I went symmetrical! Eeeeek! Usually I am more comfortable in the asymmetrical world of decor… change is good, right? πŸ˜‰ On either side of the antlers and boxwood wreath I stood some antique beveled mirrors, they have the cutest little glass knobs that add just the right amount of sparkle, I suspended some mercury glass votive holders from the mirrors with jute and added tea lights, again it’s just enough glow and sparkle for our rustic mantel. Then I used glass and silver candle holders, our mantel is quite high… instead ofΒ tapered candles in the holders I placed some vintage tart tins with tea lights on them, the candle light glow is soft and just the right amount. And then, the pinecones, oh those pinecones that I am totally crushing on and yes I admit, obsessed with! Haha Our living room is a very lived in space and it’s super cozy… that couch has been with us for over 17 years and it shows… how many hours of movies, cuddles, family talks and special times… I couldn’t begin to tell you, countless wonderful memories, this is our hub where we relax, unwind and live.

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Our Christmas tree isn’t up yet… it’s sitting on the porch ready to be installed this weekend,Β  it will be going in the corner where the ladder blanket is.Β  In keeping with my “relaxed” theme, I may post about it… but more than likely I will share our tree on Instagram (my favourite).Β  Mr. Mans made me that beautiful coffee table last year for Christmas, what a HUGE surprise, he was so cute out in “Santa’s workshop” for hours.

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Our simple farmhouse kitchen has a very long to-do list… that’s okay though, every project and every coat of paint will make this our home. I did want to tell you about that oak table and chairs, they were given to me by my Mother, this set belonged to her parents and it’s very special to our family.Β  I remember this sitting in my Grandmother’s home, in the formal dinning room, we now use this every single day. Mom and Dad had it finished by someone that loved shiny… we will be redoing it one day with less shine! πŸ™‚

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Finally, I want to share my favourite corner with you… It’s relaxed, soft, imperfect and enough! I hope you enjoyed my laid back and simple Christmas tour, thank-you so much for stopping in. xoxo


Now, I invite you to go visit with my lovely friends, as they welcome you into their beautiful homes for the holidays.

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  • Reply Robin December 8, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Your rustic farmhouse mantel is just beautiful…all of the photos you shared today are so warm and welcoming…you’ve inspired me my friend xo

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thank-you so much Robin, you are so sweet friend! Merry Christmas! xoxoxo

  • Reply Karen December 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Wow, once again you have created a gorgeous space that is warm and inviting. I love all your little details and how you bring nature into your home.

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Karen! I was actually looking at some photos I’ve taken and thought, hmmm too much “nature” I’m so glad you said that… I have to fight some urges to lug big branches home. πŸ˜‰ Bud it’s always thrilled with what I lug home! xoxo

  • Reply Angie @Postcards from the Ridge December 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I always love seeing your home and the wonderful touches you’ve added to it. The mantel looks perfect to me. So does the cozy, well loved sofa. And how nice it is that you have your grandparents table and chairs. Thanks for sharing your home with us!!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Thank-you so much Angie!!! That sofa is sooooo tired! I can’t wait to get a new one, thank-you for stopping in, hopefully one day it will be IRL. xoxo Merry Christmas friend, I consider you to be a BBF! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces December 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

    So beautiful and welcoming, Laurie! pinning…

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Thank-you so much Larissa! I appreciate your support! xo

  • Reply kathy@petticoatjunktion December 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Laurie! What a beautiful fireplace. I love the stone. The greenery on the mantel is perfect.

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thank-you Kathy! The stone is our favourite!

  • Reply Kari December 10, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I am totally with you on keeping it simple and less is best this yr it really puts the focus on the decorations used rather than them being just part of an array of so many decorations. You have beautifully paired the reclaimed wood on your mantel front with all the natural greenery and textures here and throughout – there is something about nature dΓ©cor that I find so peaceful and relaxing, add plaid and a cozy fire and you would pretty much need to get the crowbar out to dislodge me from all that! Those vintage pine cones are very unique indeed and the texture contrast of wood, mercury and vintage paper is not something I would have done in the past, I tend to always match same and same so enjoy seeing and playing with mixed textures this yr. Before I leave this room I must say your skis caught my eye – you have some great vintage finds! How lucky for you to have your grandparents oak dining set. I have one chair similar to yours and love it! Both me and my β€œpet” chickadees give a nod of approval to your kitchen bay window twig bouquet – simple and perfect! I have not found my insulators yet but am thoroughly enjoying watching my chickadees at a window feeder less than 10 ft away from where I sit! Gotta go check out your 2014 tour!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Your comments make me feel like I’ve just had a great visit! πŸ˜€ You’ve also reminded me, I need to fill the feeders! πŸ˜‰ Thank-you, sincerely for taking the time to come visit! xoxo Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Paula@SweetPea December 10, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Beautiful! First, I love the design of your fireplace and how it’s a huge focal point in your room. You’ve decorated that area perfectly for the season. I love the way you decorated the corner by the fireplace with the dresser and skis. Everything looks so nice!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Thank-you so much Paula! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Anne December 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful room!!! Love how you styled your mantle. So simple and yet so elegant. Your room looks so warm and inviting. I can imagine sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee (used to be hot chocolate, but I can’t have sugar anymore πŸ˜‰ ) You created a beautiful space! Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I would LOVE you to come visit and have some coffee that would be so cool! Thank-you for your lovely words, you are very sweet! xoxo Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Reply christy @ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer December 11, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    You really do a great job of pulling things together, Laurie! I loved checking out every detail. The mantel is stunning! I want to come curl up on your couch! πŸ™‚

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