It’s our first holiday season in our new home and we’re so excited! I’ve been thinking of this special moment for years : decorating our home and making traditions. Our mantle is one of the original pieces in our home which was built in the 1930s. Actually I just made that up BUT it’s really pretty and has a lot of charm. One of my dreams was to someday have a mantle which I could decorate and it’s come true!
As a housewarming, my parents bought us two topiaries (fake of course because I have the opposite of a green thumb) and I immediately displayed them on our mantle. They are preppy and classic and very New England to me. In October I placed mini white and orange pumpkins along the ledge to accompany the topiaries. It was the introduction to the fall and harvest season and it looked really cute.
Once November began, I started getting the itch to decorate for the holidays. I didn’t want Thanksgiving to be overlooked so I kept the pumpkins but added garland (fake – old from Target, similar version here, less expensive version here) and pinecones (also fake). It still screams Fall but it makes a smooth transition into the winter holidays.
Start by laying your garland on the mantle and adjust the trim to create the look of a real fir. Add pumpkins (less than $1 each at Trader Joe’s) and pinecones around the garland. Make sure you place some pumpkins in front while others in back and likewise with the pinecones. Pumpkins will be thrown out at the end of the season but the best thing about artificial decor is it will be great year after year!