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Casual Christmas Decor

It really feels like Christmas has snuck up on us this year. I probably say that every year…but with moving and a very busy beginning of school year it just seems that it’s hard to believe that we are midway into December. I share these pictures with you to inspire you….not to stress you out. Please know that when you see all the fabulous blog home tours and everyone’s home looking so festive—for every perfectly lit Christmas tree there is a hidden room full of laundry waiting to be done, gifts needing to be wrapped and homework waiting to be checked. Never…ever think that my house looks like it does in these pictures all the time. Before I took these photos I gathered 4 coats…29 puppy toys, 400 magazines and countless socks…so they wouldn’t be in the photograph.  But since I cleaned up….I thought I would pull out the tripod and snap  a few pics. I hope you enjoy this mini tour….I am off to do laundry now:)

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My mantle was kind of giving me fits this year. I wanted decorations to complement the nice beefy cedar mantle and distract from the equally beefy television above it. I am so used to decorating a mantle that I really didn’t know what to do with the TV hanging there. I didn’t want to cover up all of the pretty stone. I really didn’t want to put any kind of nails or sticky glue on it. My solution was to use thumb tacks along with one cup hook along the corner where the stone meets the ceiling. I searched through my Christmas boxes and found a few grapevine wreaths that I have used in the past along with the gold grapevine stars and wooden cranberries.

 

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All of these things I had in my possession already so I didn’t have to buy anything except this wide red ribbon. I found this ribbon in the wedding department at Michaels (same ribbon I used on the outdoor wreaths). I used my 50% off regularly priced item coupon and got a humongous role of red wide ribbon for 10 bucks. It has 20 yards on it and will last me probably several seasons. Best deal of the century! Sidenote: I will be sharing with you very soon the story about the curtain panels….yes, those are horseshoes:) I stare at them daily! Moving on…

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I simply wrapped floral wire around the thumb tack and then around the cranberries and pushed it into the corner snuggly. The wreath is hanging off of a cup hook with floral wire. I think it decorates the space without taking away from the beauty of the stone and the mantle.

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I used some more wooden cranberries with cup hooks on the underside of my mantle along with another gold grapevine wreath. I think it’s hard to decorate around electronics like this large TV but at the same time they’re part of our lives and rather than work against it I decided to just work with it. Decorating above it kind of makes the whole focal point of the room come together. So when the TV is off you can really enjoy all the decorations still.

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I know that it may not look “magazine”…or picture perfect…our Christmas is a mix-match of things that have been collected over time….and it is all perfectly imperfect to us….

 

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I hope you got a few ideas to put to use in your home:)

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I’m going to clean up the other rooms to share now so that I can share it with you soon;) If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration…look here!

 

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Book Page Repurposed Mantle and Shopping the House

 

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Hey all!! I feel like I haven’t shared a fun project in awhile…sorry about that! I have been busy with other boring house chores…none of which are cool enough to share:( But..today I wanted to show you an easy winter mantle idea…perfect to pull off in a weekend (especially if you are stuck inside!!)

If you are a book purist….you may need to look away. Books were harmed in the making of this blog post…older books…from the thrift store…but still…books. To be specific…an old copy of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, a book titled ABC of Gourmet Cookery, and Drinking American Wines….(yes, I read that last one thoroughly prior to slicing it up…) For real though, these books were a total price of $3…and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them….

 

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As usual, I started by clearing it off and tried to get my vision going….I wanted little “speech bubbles” so I began cutting the book pages out…

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This job is made real easy if you have a rotary cutter and a sharp razor knife. I cut pages out of the books, and on a protective mat…I used a ramekin and dish for my stencil. I like the differing shades of white and cream…that will make it more interesting against my wall.

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After I had my circles cut, I used double sided tape and began at the bottom and swooped them up to the top (real technical terms here huh…swooping…it happens…) My thought was to place a stack of books on the mantle…and the page bubbles would be coming from the books. I probably missed my calling to be a set designer at Barnes and Noble…still time I suppose. Never stop dreaming right!?! :)

Then I shopped the house…I added a framed painting from my foyer…a lamp that was on another table in the room…a stack of white books, my Grammies silver pitcher….and a soft blue blanket folded up on the end. My honey came home and said “what are we calling this mantle”…:….I said…”the quiet mantle…” (he loves that I give my mantles a name. On some level it is kind of weird I suppose…but then again, so am I;)

 

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I like how all the textures and colors came together…the lamp gives a warm glow at night. It just all looks so cozy to me…just like this never-ending-winter….cozy.

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So go thrifting and cut up some books….your family may think you are crazy at first….but when they see what you create…you will be a genius:)

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Have a great weekend friends:)

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Nature Inspired Christmas Mantle (Simple Holiday Mantle)

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A few other options for the title of this post:

One Mantle, Two Ways to decorate

Fresh greens….not so fresh….

Girl goes bat-**** crazy about her Christmas Mantle

Oh hey, there’s a tree limb….

I could go on…and on…..Point is this….I had my mantle all decorated and looking fab. Like this…..(I even wrote a post up about it all…..)

 

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Nice right….looked great…similar to last years mantle…loved it…all is well and good. Except the fresh greens I received this year (from a different supplier) lasted like 2 minutes. They started to dry up within a day. Boo. Hoo. I was just going to live with it….except every night I would look up at the mantle and get a little annoyed. (I realize I have issues…moving on…) I was also feeling like it wasn’t really showcasing  my fun wood wreath. But I decided to show you…in under one minutes time…how easy it is to dress a Christmas mantle this way…in case you want to have this look. I know there are many of you out there….who have a fear of dressing your mantle. Come and see this quick youtube and you will see how easy it is…start to finish.

Here is what I used on my mantle this year…

6 feet of fresh greens (be sure they are as fresh as can be:)

1 strand of lights

5 candle lights

Wood wreath

2 sets of Christmas balls (I used deep red and sparkly silver)

a few fresh greens for the wreath and for my wood holder basket

 

It. Is. Easy…..I promise….Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Simple is always better. The other great thing about this mantle…is that I just sweep it in the trash when the holidays are over:)  Done and done.

 

 

Here is how I put together my new mantle….I cleared everything off. Placed a strand of white lights on the left side. Covered the lights with 2 pieces of white tissue paper. I found a tree limb that was a perfect size to lay on the mantle….nature inspired Christmas mantle @cleverlyinspired (2)

I took some of the fun little disco ball ornaments that I had on hand and placed three on the tree limb and 3 on the wreath…..

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On the right side I placed a few pieces of firewood, 3 candles (from the dollar store) that I covered in wood gift wrap (found that at Homegoods a while back) and scattered a few silver balls.

 

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Kind of modern…a little funky and simple….I love it!

 

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Which do you like better? I think I like this fresh clean look with my wood wreath…..I think I will keep it;)

 

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Here are some past Christmas mantles….go forth and decorate this weekend:)

And here is the link for the Wood Wreath

 

 

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Follow more Christmas decorating on Instagram (#cleverchristmas) I will be showing what it looks like all lit up!

Stay warm friends!

 

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Mini Fall Luminaries (Fall Mantle Décor)

Hey it’s Friday!! Whoohooo! Ready to get your Fall on this weekend?? Here is a fun Saturday project…that will have your mantle ready…and last all the way through to Thanksgiving. Enjoy! My mantle was already looking pretty “fall like”….but of course I had to fuss with it a bit after I thought of these fun little mini luminaries. I am not much on decorating for Halloween so these are mainly “fall inspired”…and I can use them year after year (if I am sure to pack them up nicely:) They took about 20 minutes to make and really there are so many ways you could use them….on a plate for a table scape…bunch them together and hang them from a ceiling light…place them down your hallway of some fishing line. They were really inexpensive to make too….so you could make a bunch more! diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (1)     diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (6) Don’t they look so cute all lined up on some twine…. diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (5) ohhhhh ahhhhhh all lit up! (best pic I could get while being super lazy without a tripod;) diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired I ended up getting my “candles” on amazon.com (Here is the link…fyi it is an affiliate link..all that means is if you purchase from that link I get like 2 pennies…) I thought that 12 for $8 was a great deal…plus they already had batteries. Package says the batteries last for 120 hours. diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (9) diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (11) Once I had my candles I was ready to make the mini luminaries. Martha Stewart crafts has sent me a few products to play with…I used the paper punch for the top of the luminary. I have never used this crafting tool before…very very cool how it works. Lots of fun “punch plates” to interchange… diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (12) Here is what you will need:

  • 3 sheets of 12 by 12 vellum paper (mine had little dots)
  • Martha Stewart gold leaf stickers
  • twine to string the luminaries
  • scissors
  • battery candle lights
  • hole punch
  • Martha Stewart circle edge punch starter kit
  • scotch tape

Steps: 1. Cut the vellum paper into 5.5” by 6” pieces. 2. At the center, top of the paper, punch your design. 3. Wrap the paper tightly around the candle and tape…allowing your tape to cover a little part of the bottom so that your candle will not fall out when you hang it up. 4. Tape the top of the luminary. 5. Punch two holes opposite each other on the top so that you can run your twine through. 6. Place your gold leaf stickers. 7. Cut twine to fit your mantle (or wherever you are hanging it). 8. Thread your twine through the holes in the luminary. 9. Hang up and enjoy all fall! diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (9)   diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (3) Go make some this weekend:) Where I share ideas: BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendidByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ, InspireMePlease, 30Days

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy tricks for Styling a Mantle

Hey all! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I will be taking the rest of the week off because I am headed to the BigApple ;) Miele asked me to participate in a campaign called #pureairblog. I am excited to visit their headquarters in Princeton and learn more about their vacuums and appliances! I will be spending time in Princeton, NJ and then NYC for a couple days. Fall in NYC…yeah..course I managed to squeeze in an extra night…and I am spending it on Broadway(MammaMia with Melissa (bff, traveling up from Philly…whooottt) !! I hope you can follow along with me on Instagram,twitter (@mieleUSA) and Facebook. (follow hashtags #pureairblog to see what we are up to.)

Before I leave I wanted to share some ideas for decorating a fall mantle….

Often times when the seasons start to change we look to making some changes in the rooms we live in. I wanted to give you a few super easy tricks to styling your mantle. It is easier than you think to pull together a look…with things you already have laying around the house. My motto is use things that you love and you will love what you place together. Also remember…”if everything is special….than nothing is special…” you don’t need to display every picture that you love of your kids….because then your eye isn’t drawn to any of them. Make something stand out and work around that piece….here is what I mean….

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ACKKKKK….my mantle is naked…and I can’t find any clothes!! (that was my second title option…so I had to share ;)

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1. Clear it off and start fresh. A clean palette will help clear your mind of what was previously there and it will help you focus on what direction you want to go.

2. Pick one statement piece. One large something that you are drawn to. It can be something from another room in your house…maybe something you put in storage…maybe a piece from your bedroom. For my mantle, I fell in love—hard for this mirror at Home goods (hey, it had the red sticker on it…60% off original price….it sort of would have been illegal to just LEAVE it there…)moving on. I knew that it would look fabulous and have a nice “beefy” statement in the center. But think outside the box a little…mirrors work great…but so do nice pieces of art…maybe a super large basket…or jar..etc.…Just put something BIG there. Too often I see people place one small piece of art on a ginormous mantle…and it just gets lost. Start big…and work down to small.

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3. Go shopping in your house for similar textures. So in my example…my mirror has a rustic driftwood frame…so I went looking for things in my house that were of similar texture, color and pattern to compliment the frame. The twig balls, grey vases, dried grasses and basket all compliment and work with the frame of the mirror. Same is true if you were to use a high gloss white mirror…look around your house for things with the same tones and textures. You are creating a scene that is complete and not jumbled together.

4. Add a dash of color. In my case, I brought over a stack of blue toned books hello YoungHouseLove…). It makes the eye pop around the scene and provides some excitement. Something unexpected is always fun ;)

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Now go shop the house and see what you can buy for free:) You can do this!!!

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Check out some other recent projects while I am gone…:)

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DIY painted hardwood floors

 

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Cheer on your team…

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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