After 6 years in my Town House I wanted to install a real fireplace but my HOA said there was no way I could knock down the outside wall to build the chimney.
So I took it upon myself to build my own faux. You can see how I did it HERE
Since then it's been a joy to have a mantel to decorate every Holiday. One thing that was not in the program for me was, "The Mr. insisted on his flat screen up there" But I've made do and found ways to work around it.
The first thing that must be on the mantel throughout the year is a little ceramic rendition of my Mom sitting with all her grandchildren. It was a gift from my Nephew after Mom passed away 16 years ago. Each of her grand children's names are hand painted on the sides, and how I love it.
I collect Nutcrackers and they are scattered for all to see, around the mantel and wall unit.
Each a gift from friends and family.
Since my kids have moved on to their own lives I've toned down my decorating a bit. It's just not as elaborate as it once was. Now I think of putting it all back at the end of the season so over the past few years I've given my children some of my collectables for their own homes.
My decorations are not romantic or elaborate and at this point in my life, it's just the way I like it but I will say, each item displayed has a meaning to me and my home feels like Christmas.
I'm sharing this post with
The Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations Bloghop.
Barb from The Everyday Home
Laura from Top This Top That
Shirley from Housepitality Designs