Christmas Mantel & Tree {Holiday 2012}

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for ~
I’m sharing my Christmas mantel today!!!
Like the rest of my Christmas decor, it’s simple and minimal, a little bit rustic, with a tiny bit of glam.
Like I shared in my “Christmas Traditions” post, my kids decorated the tree all on their own for the most part. The higher placed ornaments are the ones they asked me to place. It may not look “perfect” but they love looking at “their” tree!
I want my home to look like children actually do live there! :)
We usually only have one tree in our home, but this year I put one up in the kitchen too! (I’ll share that little cutie later in the week).The lovely Carolyn from Sweet Tea & Linen made my gorgeous new tree skirt.

I lucked out when I found the off-white chunky cable knit stockings at Target just the other day. I was lamenting that I didn’t like my red ones with this mantel but couldn’t bring myself to spend $39.50 per stocking on the Pottery Barn ones.
These were only $13 at Target!
I splurged on the monogram tags a few years ago at Pottery Barn. They were on clearance for $1.99 a piece.
The beautiful wine crate was a steal at Country Roads. It’s perfectly weathered, and I love the German text on the front (translated: “Wine from Germany”).
We keep a couple of our favorite Christmas books close by.
My industrial style film reel wreath was a hit with some…not so much with others. But hey, my style isn’t for everybody, and I’m ok with that.

For the mantel greens, I just picked up some new faux branches from Michaels, and tucked in a few old ones from Ikea.

A few pinecones, some curly willow branches and some glitzy snowflake ornaments (also Pottery Barn clearance) round out the simple mantel decor.

The star atop the tree is also from Pottery Barn.

I love the warm glow of the Christmas lights at night. So cozy.
Later this week I will be sharing a little bit about the Christmas party I hosted last weekend, and I’m hoping to finish putting together my house tour!
For more 2012 holiday posts, click here.
Have a great week everyone!
The Lettered Cottage


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  1. says

    Love it! I also am not feeling my red Christmas stockings this year. Had hoped to make some, but . . . not yet. Maybe I’ll have to hit up Target for some chunky white ones–so cute!

  2. says

    I always love a kid-friendly tree filled with family treasures. It may not look as coordinated as a “designer” tree, but it is filled with meaning. The white stockings will be so versatile. If your decor changes, you can just add a little something to them to change the look. Love your taste!

  3. says

    One year I let my kids put all the ornaments wherever they wanted. The ornaments were all clumped together. I left it. I loved that tree. Even if nothing was hung above four feet. Except for angel, and lights. Of all my trees, this is the one I remember the most.

  4. says

    I love that you allowed the kids to decorate your tree. I wish I had not been such a perfectionist when my kids were younger. Your home looks very warm and welcoming…Love that! Blessings!

  5. says

    Everything looks great Kristen! I still love that you let the kids decorate the tree. That’s a good Mom! And I’m also loving the wine crate from Country Roads. But then again, I’m a bit prejudiced. I’ve still got my grown kids Christmas stockings that my Mom made for them, in addition to two I purchased, one for my son-in-law, and the other from my daughter-in-law. And every time I have a grandbaby, I order them a stocking. My mantle won’t hold them all anymore, I think we have ten stockings now ;0)

    Happy Holidays. . .

  6. says

    Simple and stunning Kristin! I love your those stockings. And your tree looks perfect to me. My 6 year old daughter decorated our entire tree this year. I haven’t moved one ornament. Happy Holidays!! =)

    ~ Catie

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