Simple Christmas Mantle

Big news folks!  I just found out last night that I passed the PE Exam!  Oh man am I relieved that I won’t have to start all over with studying!  To celebrate, let’s talk about my Christmas mantle.  This year and last, I have been liking the idea of more simple and neutral decorations.  A little bit of greenery here and there with a good dose of candles and/or Christmas lights.  I didn’t go all out with the mantle like I thought I would, mostly because every time I started to add items, I liked it less.  Sometimes simpler is better.  See the sources below.





Garland – I grouped two garlands on top of each other to make it seem more lush.

Stockings – Our first year of grown up monogrammed stockings!  West elm doesn’t them anymore but these are similar.

Picture frame – One of my favorite simple black frames with one of my favorite wedding photos.  I topped the frame with a quick DIY wreath I made out of left over greenery from our Christmas tree like so.

Mirror – I bought this from Wisteria and obviously it is gone.  But it is a beauty.

Cloche – It is amazing how many different ways you can style this thing.  If you don’t have one, buy it here.

Twinkle Lights – I’m almost positive I got the twinkle lights under the cloche from Restoration Hardware last year.  But it is also possible they came from Anthro.  Either would work.

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  1. Katie

    It’s so pretty! Congratulations on passing your exam. We will have to have a special toast for you tonight!

  2. Taylor

    Congrats on passing your exam, Colleen! I bet that’s a huge weight off your shoulders. I absolutely love your mantle. You girls sure know how to do some classy decoratin’ 🙂

  3. Kim

    Congrats on passing your PE exam! I love the mantle! I have always believed that simple is better and you just proved it again. Your mantle is just lovely and the wedding pic is perfect there. Happy Christmas to you!

  4. Jenn

    Congrats! Lovely mantle; I especially like your stockings. Really elegant and understated.

  5. marilyn

    I saw this mirror in the Design section of the newspaper for high dollars.
    Congratulations on the achievement. You are one of the most intelligent
    individuals I have ever known.

  6. Stephanie

    Congratulations on your exam!!!! Very pretty decorations!

  7. Blair Scheepers

    Congratulations on passing!! Gorgeous mantel.