a simple [sexy] mantel

Geez, when I started this week I had no intention of writing so many Christmas-related posts.  Sorry if you’re getting sick of them!  I think I am almost to that point too and tomorrow will probably be the last one.

So I decided to get out of my comfort zone this year and try my hand at decorating our mantel.  I have never done this before; usually I just duck tape our stockings up by the fireplace and call it good [I am sort of kidding].  Since I’m now “blogging” I figured it was time to push myself and see what I got.

And what I “got” was this sexy mantel

simple+sexy mantel

With the exception of the bright red wood floral wreath [Target $35], everything else was grabbed from various places around the house. 

sexy mantel with red wreath close up

sexy mantel with red wreath

When I decide to get out of my comfort zone, I really mean it!  How many people think of zebra rugs as a Christmas decoration?

sexy mantel zebra rug

I grabbed this from the hallway leading to the garage.


sexy mantel boxwood ball decor[see my boy's reflection?]

I stole these two faux boxwood orbs from the living room, as I was not feeling them in there.  I think they’re just perfect on our Christmas mantel though.  I attached these to the mantel with…get ready for it…duck tape!!  If you look hard enough you can see it.  The tiny pom pom fringe and all the ribbon you see have been shoved in our Christmas wrapping paper box for the past 4 years!   It all came from Costco and it just never seems to end!

Last but not least is my craigslist mirror [a heavy beveled beast of $25 loveliness] that I sprayed gloss black.

Now that I’ve babbled enough, I will “zip it” and let you simply….enjoy. 

sexy mantel aerial shot

sexy mantel living room panoramic

craft supply decorated tree // salt dough “mercury glass” ornaments

sexy mantel sons reflection[I was busy clicking away on my camera when I captured this sweet reflection of my little guy playing on his wii].

sexy mantel with kids' christmas tree

So there is my first official Christmas mantel!  I think I have one more Christmas post in me until I’ve hit overload.  

simple+sexy mantel


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9 Responses to a simple [sexy] mantel

  1. MOM says:

    Love it. That red wreath is really neat – it’s made out of wood? I have an idea for you – a “scroll” long piece of paper on the hearth with the kid’s Christmas list for Santa? Makes our house look rather drab although we did finally decorate the tree last night. Love you tons and tons – xcoxoxoxo

    • Amy says:

      The color of that wreath is so vibrant it’s hard to capture the true color on my camera. I might make that scroll and see what they come up with. :-) So far nothing matches with what Santa may already have for them. ;-) love you. xoxoxox

  2. carmel says:

    love the layered rugs! thanks for linking up!

  3. Ow ow! Definitely sexy with that layered zebra rug ; )

  4. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Love the black, white and red! And the layered rugs make it so cozy!
    How did I miss that at Carmel’s?

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