Today I’m excited to be joining up with some of my favourite Canadian bloggers in a week long Canadian Blogger Home Tour hop again this season! You can find ALL of their amazing homes at the bottom of this post. I sat out of the fall home tour with this fabulous group and was determined to make this one work. Honestly- I was hoping to have our whole living room done and ready to share with you all here! And the kitchen! BUT… renovations, you guys! They always take longer than we expect. So today I’m excited to share our Mantel! Because everything else needs a little bit more love (and baseboard!). We’re getting there though, and I can’t wait to share some of these spaces with you guys in the coming weeks.
I’m yet to get my hands on a flocked Christmas tree (we came pretty close to buying a new tree this year but I love flocked and Shane isn’t in to it)… SO I’m using flocked greenery in every other place I can while I dream of that flocked tree ;)
And because I love some great contrast, some black pops with all that flocked greenery and a couple brass metallics to warm it up and I’m so happy with how it turned out! Last year I had a beautiful flocked garland to drape over the mantel and loved it but with the wall right up against the one side of this one, it didn’t look right. I think having the vases of flocked greens and the greenery spilling over the mantel on the other side works just as well. And it frees up my garland to use in our kitchen.
I finally found my letters for the letterboard after months of using the same 13 letters on there (it’s said ‘new home’ for months because that’s all we could create with the letters that it had on there from the move! Shane picked the quote and I picked the flocked greenery- I’d call it a compromise but the quote makes me smile so I feel like I won on both.
Last year I put my wooden welcome sign in this wreath and that signs’ been abused by my kids so it was time to switch it up. I totally love this sign I made last year (find the tutorial here) and the black stain on here is perfect to add some more contrast to the mantel.
I actually have ordered some new stockings (now that there’s six of us!) and was crossing my fingers that they showed up in time but the Canada Post strike has them stuck somewhere. I’ll be sure to share them on Instagram when they get here!
Other than that… there’s not too much to talk about! We keep the hearth really bare because of kids. Our youngest just turned one and turns everything upside down. I’m actually not sure if we’ll put any glass at all on the tree this year because he is in love with it (we have it set up, but no lights or ornaments on yet and he is constantly playing under it). It’s ridiculously cute (I mean- look at this!) but that makes the mantel the only thing we really decorate in the room because it’s out of his reach! So even if we had finished baseboards and drywall patching and paint and doors and whatever else in the rest of the room. You wouldn’t be missing much in holiday decorations.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into our home and how we styled our mantel this year! I’m loving the brick- it’s such a change from our last fire place. I’m excited to make it our own and swap out this white mantel for a chunky wood one. I also want to change the tile on the hearth (I’m thinking black!). I think those little changes will go a long way in making it more our style. Maybe before next Christmas ;) In the meantime, it feels so good to finally unpack some of those decor boxes and make the space feel like our own even if we’re not done the remodel!
Now it’s time to tour all of the other beautiful homes in the Christmas Canadian Bloggers Home Tour hop this season! Big thank you to Christina from The DIY Mommy and Shannon from Home Made Lovely for organizing this tour!
Click on the links below from Tuesday – Friday this week to get beautiful Christmas decor inspiration from my Canadian blogging friends.