Decking the Halls

This year I am looking at Christmas a little differently. Some of that is due to being forced to stay home for an extended period and looking around and taking note. Another reason is the pandemic itself.  I, like many others, am looking at my world differently. With COVID, we saw process plants shut down, food and supply shortages, and a drastic change in the labor force. This has made me a little more self-reliant and that has crossed over in the way I am decorating for Christmas. Here are some of the changes I am applying to decking the halls:

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Fall Fireplace Mantle

Our farmhouse was built in the late 1800, before central home heating. Most rooms offered a fireplace for warmth. Unfortunately, by the time we purchased the home all the fireplaces had been removed and the chimneys that were hidden behind the walls were crumbling and not able to be used. So it was a wonderful surprise when we found an original mantle hidden in the hayloft. Of course, I carried it back into the house. Today, the mantle is one of my favorite décor pieces.

It has no other purposed than to look pretty. I even choose to keep it all battered and bruised, mainly because it was painted with lead paint and I’m not touching that. But honestly, I fell in love with the dents and chips. It tells a story all its own, in a language I do not understand, but could listen to all day long.

The Fall Mantle:

I love decorating the mantle each season but, the Fall mantle is one of my favorites. I normally tend towards earthy greens and natural woods when decorating the mantle, but fall brings with it a burst of color that I love to bring into the home. This year I went with bold fiery flowers and mini orange pumpkins grown in our garden. It adds a touch of cheerfulness to the room.

Adding Warmth:

An important element is adding warmth. Most fireplaces do that naturally by flicking a wick, or nowadays a switch, to create fire. Since this is no longer a working fireplace I add candles. Sometimes a lot of candles. I contained myself to four this season and placed them on these beautiful repurposed pillars made out of weathered found wood.

The rustic wood pillars pair beautifully with the sleek white vases. The candles are “Farmhouse Fresh” whiskey bonfire. Delicious notes of spiced-liquor fill the air the moment I light this candle! It’s as cozy as a night spent by a crackling fire.

Shop the Look:

  1. Fiery Flower Stems
  2. Stoneware Vase, White
  3. Wooden Found Wood Pillars
  4. FHF Candles with Wooden Lid

I hope you find some decoration inspiration! Please let me know what you think in the comments below and come back and visit us again.