“BELIEVE” Christmas Mantel 2012


This is the very first year that I actually have a mantel to decorate. Holla!

So check it! My holiday mantel decor…

Holiday Mantel Decor

I’m not one to go out and spend a ton on holiday decor. There is just something about knowing that it will only be up for a few short weeks that makes me not want to drop much cash on it.Temporary decorations are not really my thing.

Now ask my husband about my permanent decoration spending habits and I am sure he will tell you I have no problem dropping some dough on that. Ahem.

This years decorations are absolutely the exact same as last years. I have not spent one single dime on adding to my Christmas decor…pretty proud about that. Ha!

Holiday Mantel Decor Stockings

Holiday Mantel Decor Modern

I will say that they look much better this year displayed on my mantel rather than spread out on different random shelves.

I truly need to get my act together and order SJ’s stocking. I didn’t order him one last year because the Pottery Barn ones that match ours were “out of stock”. Unfortunately this year, they don’t carry the ones I need anymore.

Holiday Mantel Decor BELIEVE

So now the question becomes….do I order EVERYONE new ones? Try to find a Pottery Barn replica? Or just have his be different than all the others? Or maybe just get ALL the kids new ones? Decisions decisions. 

Holiday Mantel Decor and More

Holiday Mantel Decor Christmas

This adorable “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” sign was made for me by my friend Tonya. She gives a great tutorial on how to make signs like this over on her blog.

And the tree. Oh, the tree. One of my first Christmas crafts EVA! Ok, so I guess I lied. I do have one new piece of holiday decor, but it literally cost me $4 so I am not sure that really counts, right?!

Holiday Mantel Decor Sign

Check back Thursday for the FULL details on how to make one just like it! My favorite way to add spice to any shelf is to fill my lanterns with something colorful! I used some red and gold ornaments that were missing the hooks and…VOILA…pretty shelf decor accomplished.

Holiday Mantel Decor Lantern

Modern Holiday Mantel Decor

 I know this post is suppose to be about my mantel, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to post a picture of my cute reindeer pillow. Isn’t it darling?

Holiday Mantel Decor Reindeer Pillow

Holiday Mantel Decor Pillows

Now excuse me while I go order our third child a stocking. He’s nearly two. It’s a bit ridiculous this has taken me so long.

Ideas Holiday Mantel Decor

Christmas Holiday Mantel Decor

Check out more of our home on our Home Tour page! You can see how I finally got my mantel in my Fancy Fireplace Makeover post.


“B E L I E V E” letters: TJ Maxx

Stockings: Pottery Barn

Stocking Holders {Star}: Hobby Lobby

White trees on mantel: TJ Maxx

Green tree on mantel: Hobby Lobby

Silver and Red Reindeer: Hobby Lobby

Red “Have yourself a…” sign: Tonya from Love of Family and Home

Christmas Craft: Tutorial here

Reindeer Pillows: ElevenOne Creative


  1. says

    I have the solution for your stocking dilemma.
    It’s brilliant 😉
    You need to order ALL new ones!
    BECAUSE, soon, you will have a 4th little one! And if you order all new stockings, and leave the 6th unembroidered, you will be able to take it to an embroidery shop who will be able to match the font style of your 5 original stockings! And then the whole family will match :)
    Mallory´s last blog post ..Wintery Things

  2. says

    Your mantel looks so great Mandy!! I LOVE the little reindeer pillow!! So cute!! As for the stocking dilemma, my friend Lisa makes personalized stockings in her etsy shop! Her stockings may look cute combined with your pottery barn stockings! Here is the link if you are interested! http://www.etsy.com/listing/85161428/boys-monogrammed-christmas-stocking

    p.s. Thanks so much for the shout-out!! :)
    Tonya @ Love of Family & Home´s last blog post .."JOY" Christmas Mantel 2012

  3. says

    what a beautiful mantel! I am sure that you could find a replica or even have someone on etsy make it for you! If it were easy to find the red velvet this time of year, I’d make you two of them! I’ve already been looking and haven’t found any near me!
    Annabelle´s last blog post ..Christmas Came Early for a Day

  4. says

    Love it!! And, just a wee bit jealous that you have a real mantle to decorate this year. :) We have the Pottery Barn stockings too and it makes me crazy that I don’t have a great place to hang them.

  5. Stephanie says

    It’s unfortunate we are complete strangers because if we were besties…or even friends…or well even just sorta barely knew each other I would sooooo bribe you into decorating my home!!

    As for the stockings I would just get SJ his own and buy the entire family new ones when your adoption becomes final (keeping my fingers crossed it happens soon…like yesterday soon!) and you bring your sweet angel home. Then you can of course wait until after Christmas to get AMAZING stockings at 80% off…

  6. says

    We have the exact same stockings and Mason had the little one. We ended up ordering him and Caroline the green with Ivory cuff ones this year since they stopped making the little ones. I like the look of it since Brian and I’s are red and then Mason and Caroline’s are green. So they coordinate.
    Lynsey´s last blog post ..Insta+Lately


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