Two Story Cottage

Christmas Mantel {Silver & Gold}

Dear Friends,
    Did you see the sneak peek on Facebook of our newest family member?  The Christmas season is probably not the best time to rescue a dog but we couldn’t help ourselves.  After K.C.’s passing, it just didn’t feel right around here without a pet in the house.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

The Christmas decorating has taken a little halt due to bringing a new doggie in.  I’ve decided that less is more this year but I’d like to make the “less” really stand out.

This Christmas mantel is one of my favorites!

I will show you the tutorial for the DIY angel wings later this week.  They didn’t turn our quite as I had planned, but when you consider the money I saved compared to the $150+ wings that are all the rage this year I think they suffice!
The garden stool doesn’t usually sit there but I had intended to get some poinsettias and changed my mind with the whole dog thing.  I still might get some greenery.  
I got the mirror from Pier 1 a couple months ago.  My favorite painting ended up in the hall which I’m actually liking right now.  I had admired that mirror from afar but could no longer find it.  I think that was the last one in Charlotte!
It is hard to see the birds in the big picture.  My mom gave those to me last year.  I think she got them from Garnet Hill.  
You probably notice the lack of stockings.  I didn’t want to hang them from the stocking hangers because they are so heavy and I worry about Reid pulling them down.  With a two year old and a sort-of puppy I just didn’t want the extra danger.  I’ll show you where the stockings are later but I found a fun spot for them!  And we will probably hang them Christmas Eve right before the kids go to bed.
The greenery is from Ballard Designs.  I got it after Christmas last year for a steal.  I highly recommend it!  It is very quality and you can’t beat the price (after the holiday).  I’d love to go natural instead of faux but we have too many allergy sufferers here for that.
Do you like it?  Have you done your mantel yet?  
I’m linking up with The Lettered Cottage and Ten June for mantel link parties.  Come on over for some inspiration!


  1. SO pretty, Erin! And you made those angel wings?? Can’t wait to see that tutorial!

    Now I can hear Burl Ives singing in my head. . . .

  2. This is just beautiful!

  3. The angel wings are awesome! Lovely mantel 🙂

  4. Thanks, everyone! 🙂

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