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This post is sponsored by At Home Stores. All designs, photos and opinions are mine.
It’s easy to decorate and stick to a budget with a few simple ideas. This mantle cost less than $85 to create from start to finish.
I am not great at visualizing from nothing. I need an inspiration piece, or a jumping off point. I love my little glittered reindeer, so I knew I wanted to incorporate him into a rustic, but elegant mantle.
I found a few fabulous pieces at the #AtHomeStores that coordinated with him perfectly. Then, I added natural greenery from the backyard, some old books from my grandma and a mirror my mom had re-painted. All of these elements blend together to marry the old and the new, the rustic and a little sparkle.
I did also take a 45 minute Face Time call with my aunt who rocks at this stuff. She helped me pull it all together and make one cohesive design.
Here are some tips that I learned while doing this project:
- – Layering. I had my focal piece, the tree art hanging on the wall. My aunt suggested layering it over a mirror. It took a while to get my OCD to allow it be not symmetrical, but once it was in place, I loved the look and I didn’t have to put another hole in my wall. It also brought the focal point down closer to all the other elements of the design.
- Old Books. I knew that I needed different heights so that the whole thing worked naturally together and didn’t feel staged and posed. Old books work wonderfully to create height, add a little color…not too much, and bring an old feel to the design. You can find these books in thrift stores, Goodwill, yard sales….or like I did….on your Grandma’s bookshelf!
- Nature. Bringing in real greenery makes everything look, feel and even smell better. I clipped some pine branches from a tree in my mom’s yard. Then, I just tucked them here and there to fill dead space and give my reindeer somewhere to live. It started to smell like Christmas, too!
- Blending. My favorite things about this design were blending the old and new….my pieces, my grandma’s books and my mom’s mirror…..as well as the natural rustic with a little bling. I love in a house with all boys, so I have to force some bling from time to time. The glittered reindeer and trees sparkle against the wood and metal and books. I love the way they complement each other
All of these tips can help you create the look you are going for without spending a fortune! Check out the At Home Store in Slidell for your holiday decorations!
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