Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple & Rustic Christmas Mantel

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

I am thrilled to once again be joining Sondra Lyn’s Home for the Holidays Blog Hop! (You can find my project for last year’s Hop right here). There will be all sorts of festive decorating ideas and delicious holiday recipes coming your way all week long. We are kicking things off with holiday mantels, so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and visit the other bloggers sharing their decorations today. But first, let me give you a look at my simple rustic Christmas mantel decor.

If this is your first time here, welcome to Two Purple Couches! I love all things decorating, DIY and crafting, especially for the holiday season! My decorating style is a mix of what I love most—a little rustic, a little vintage, a little modern, with plenty of color, pattern and personality!

Truth be told, for as excited as I’ve been for the holiday season to start, I hadn’t given a lick of thought to how I wanted to decorate this year! I may have panicked a bit last week when I realized that our Home for the Holidays Hop started today. Normally, I would browse magazines, catalogues and Pinterest for decorating ideas, but instead I pulled out all of my Christmas bins to see what I could pull together. I have acquired so many decorations over the years, and I was determined to use only decorations I had on hand!

I really loved how my cozy-rustic-woodlands Christmas mantel came together last year (see it here), and I found myself gravitating toward similar elements this year. Instead of forcing myself in another direction, I went with it! Hey, when inspiration strikes, you’ve got listen, right? I opted for a “less is more” approach to my Christmas mantel decor this year and incorporated some of my favorite holiday pieces…

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

I adore those evergreen trees I picked up at Michaels last year, and of course I had to include the grapevine stag head I brought home from last year’s Country Living Fair! If loving this piece of decor is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

The hurricane vases are left over from the centerpieces I made for our wedding reception 9 years ago, a.k.a. before Pinterest existed. Both the red and white beaded garlands came from At Home; the hubs and I cut out the paper snowflakes several years ago, but we continue to use these for holidays and I love them!

Moving down to the hearth, I had to bring in my vintage beer crate, another favorite piece. Paired with a rustic Santa, simple brown paper packages, a miniature tree and a chalkboard holiday sign, this little vignette is just darling!

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

On the other side of the hearth, Santa’s sleigh is packed and ready for Christmas Eve deliveries!

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

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Simple Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations / I am thrilled to be joining Sondra Lyn's Home for the Holidays tour with my woodlands-inspired holiday mantel.

Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

Don’t miss all of the beautiful holiday decorating ideas, crafts, recipes and more being shared all week long!

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It is with much excitement that I join this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels


Holiday Recipes


Holiday Crafts


Holiday Decor


Holiday Tablescapes


28 thoughts on “Simple & Rustic Christmas Mantel

  1. Paula

    Your mantel looks so pretty decked out for Christmas! I love how you made it look like it is snowing with the snowflakes on the wall and I also love your deer head adorned with the white ball garland. The whole thing looks so festive and I know that you are really going to enjoy it between now and Christmas.

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  2. laura janning

    Emily, I love that your mantel incorporates so many elements that mean something to you….especially the cut out snowflakes that you and your husband cut together.That is so Sweet. Happy Holidays!

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  3. Lynn Spencer

    Hi Emily! I’m thrilled to be joining you on this year’s HFTH tour! It’s nice to recognize a familiar face!

    Those snowflakes are beautiful. I haven’t cut a snowflake in years, but not sure I could do the beautiful job that you two did. No wonder you keep the around from year to year.

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your Christmas decorations.

    Hope your week is off to a good start.

    Hugs, Lynn

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    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Hi Lynn! So glad you’re joining the tour this year. Funny story – we had to do a little internet research on how to cut paper snowflakes. I cut a few duds before I got the folding technique correct 😉 Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Alli Smith

    I would have never known that you and your husband cut out those pretty snowflakes. They are perfect! I love the simplicity of your decor and that stag head – loving him is definitely right! I love how you reused items that you already had and it works beautifully.

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  5. Deborah

    “I have acquired so many decorations over the years, and I was determined to use only decorations I had on hand!” you are speaking my language. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

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