My Scandinavian Mantel

12.04.2013

Today is the first of our Holiday Cheer parties! I'm linking up over at Ten June and Our Fifth House today. Head on over and show off your mantel. I've been waiting anxiously to share my Scandinavian inspired mantel with you guys. It's been up since the week before Thanksgiving. No apologies; I'm owning it.

So what exactly defines a Scandinavian mantel? Honestly, I'm not really sure. In my mind, it has a simple color palette with lots of white, minimal decorations (perhaps some homemade), and an earthy vibe. If it looks like IKEA was involved, you're in the neighborhood. So, I'm deeming mine a Scandinavian mantel. I hope I don't offend anyone with a more sophisticated sense of Nordic style. 

I rarely spend much on Christmas decorations, because I feel an unnatural need to change things up every year. For eleven months, my mantel is constantly being rearranged and rarely do I like the way it looks. December is the one month when I love it. This year I allowed myself to spend $20 for a new look.

Here's how it all came together... I took a frame that was in the attic and used a gold paint pen on butcher paper to create the Noel art. I found the little cardboard box houses on sale at Michael's for $1.50, painted them white, and decorated with some pom-poms and gold trim. (These were so much fun; I wish I would have bought more.) The little trees are from Wal Mart, .$75- $1.00 each. The paper stars took a while but cost me nothing since I had white card stock and string on hand. I used this tutorial and then added a little gold paint pen on the creases of each star.
I didn't get Gemma's stocking in the pictures...we haven't had a lot of sun lately, which makes it hard to take pics indoors. I posted a pic of it on Instagram though. My friend crocheted it, and I just think it's the cutest thing. (BTW-She makes them for $15. Email me for details if interested.)

We are watching the first of our holiday movies tonight, and this year I am FORCING my husband to watch White Christmas. He's never seen it and feigns snoring every time I bring it up. After that, I typically lecture him on how he is missing the most classic and glorious of all Christmas movies. I yell "Bing flippin' Crosby!"and rehash the plot and finish off by singing "Sisters". He stares at me with a blank look and says, "Exactly."

...And then we just watch Elf.



20 comments:

  1. Ha! Sounds like my house too - no matter what christmas movie we start with, we always end with Elf. The mantel looks amazing my friend. I got some of those houses for the girls to decorate, I wish I had gotten one for myself as well. And your stars turned out fab!

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  2. This is one of my favorites now! It's so pretty! Love everything from the art to the little houses and the hints of color! (coming over from Carmel's)

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  3. Wow you are very talented! I think you nailed the Scandinavian look! I love the big art picture you created and how you decorated the little houses! Those stars are awesome- you can't toss those away!!

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  4. I love it Heather. Those little houses are adorable! xo Kristin

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  5. Uh this is like beyond beautiful! I absolutely adore it!!!!

    Tatteredtotaylored.blogspot.com

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  6. This is darling! Love the Scandinavian touches! And especially like the NOEL! ;)

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  7. So pretty, Heather ~ I love your Noel art and the simplicity of it! Beautiful job!

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  8. I am new to your blog and came over from Our Fifth House. Love this mantle! I may have to recreate it in my home!

    Clarissa

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  9. That is hilarious about "white christmas"! Haha. Hope he liked it!! And your mantel is gorgeous! Love love love all you did!

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  10. it's amazing! you really knocked it out of the park- love every detail!

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  11. What a perfectly sweet mantel. Love the simplicity of it all.

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  12. Thank you ladies so much for showing my mantel some love! (He's going to get a big head:)

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  13. can't get enough of this! i love the logs and oversize print - so beautiful!

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  14. gorgeous! love the hanging stars. so beautiful. and yes, definitely scandinavian! so simple and beautiful.

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  15. Ok, those tiny houses are like my new favorite thing. I might have to run to Michael's and snatch some up for next year! Your whole mantel is beautiful, friend!

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  16. I pretty much love everything about this - still in disbelief that you made the framed "Noel" - it's amazing!

    xo
    Becky
    http://cuphalffull-sf.blogspot.com/

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  17. I like how all of the elements came together. Very pretty!

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  18. Love your mantel. The stars are great and you already know I love the black and white. :)

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  19. Absolutely love your mantle!! I think my favorite part is your faux log fireplace. I am your newest subscriber! You had me at "faux!"

    Jennifer@ decoratingdelirium.com

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  20. love it - so pretty - the little houses are too cute!

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