Every season I decorate our mantel in a new one. It’s one of my favorite things to do… but I don’t have an actual mantel! I’m kinda playing around with the idea of building a mantel surround for an electric fireplace, because I just love the coziness one brings into the home! But since I don’t have one, we can talk about how to create a mantel area in your home when you don’t have one! I’ve teamed up with some amazing ladies today hosted by my sweet friend Krista from The Happy Housie, so be sure and scroll through the whole post so you have a chance to see all the other beautiful mantels! But for now here is my Christmas Mantel Decor.
Whenever I’m decorating this spot as our mantel I always treat the top of the media console just like I would a mantel. Since there’s a TV hung on the wall I always tend to add a little height on the outside ends to fill that space.
I won’t lie, I think we hung our TV a little too high. It wasn’t really enough to go through the trouble of moving it, so my biggest challenge is always filling that space between the bottom of the TV and the console table. I always struggle to not make it feel overcrowded and still fill that space. I was really going for a non crowded look this year so I decided to go with these nesting houses I bought from the new Hearth and Hand Line from Target.
As you can tell from the picture they aren’t very large houses… I needed to add a little height. My go to for adding height and dimension are my old books. Then I incorporated some bottle brush trees to make it feel more Christmas-y. The whites ones are my favorite!! I actually purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, but last time I was there they were already sold out so I linked to some that are almost identical just above.
There needed to be just a little pop of red on the “mantel” part of the media console, so I tied a little piece of red ribbon around some of the books. Sometimes it’s amazing what a little something like that can do for the overall look!
For the bottom portion of the “mantel”, since there is no actual fireplace, I use metal baskets to fill the space. It’s also where I hide some of our throw pillows. Because let’s face it…. I have a throw pillow problem and I have to hide them in plain sight!
So I place my pretty seasonally appropriate pillows in the front, and some out of season neutral type pillows in the back. And I usually tuck some throw blankets in there… because I have a throw blanket problem too!
And I always add a little something on the floor next to the media console, just cause I think it looks good ;) Sometimes I have absolutely no reason for why I do things!
To add a little Christmas touch to the whole look I added a pack of battery powered Christmas lights and fresh garland to the top of the books.
Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas
I hope you enjoyed this little walk through of our Christmas Mantel Decor. Be sure and check out all the others below! Have a beautiful day friends!
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