Oh happy Friday friends!! I hope you have a great one. If you are looking for an easy, fresh and simple idea for your mantle this year….here is one that doesn’t take much time to pull off…

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This year I wanted to stick to tradition. I wanted to use as much fresh greens as I could. I also wanted to keep things very simple and light. I found a seller on etsy who makes fresh cedar garland directly from her Georgia home. I bought 15 feet…unsure of where I would use it…but as you can see it fits right at home on my mantle. That is the only things I bought besides the wreath (which came from my local grocery store).

The candlesticks can be seen here in another post I did about refinishing them for my dining room table. I thought the white candles would look very “colonial” next to the fresh greens.

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Some white lights lay on the top…and I hung some wooden “cranberries” underneath with some hooks. (I have had those cranberries for at least 10 years….but I would check Michaels if you want some too)

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We put our tree up on Thanksgiving weekend….the glow is the best..well that and smiling…smiling is my favorite…am I right?!?! )

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We lit the candles….one time…yes, just so I could shoot a picture ;) The things I do for you….:) It all looks so very George Washington…don’t ya think?!

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Here is a peek of our new couches…..we LOVE them…more on that soon….

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Some more fresh evergreen and pinecones for the table….easy, fresh and practically free.

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What do ya think…festive and simple….me likely ;)

A couple side notes….please remember to stop by my friend Kristen’s place today…The Hunted Interior….she is sharing a super cute Christmas craft.


Also….remember to sign up to win this adorable cookies for Santa set….

One more thing…a big thanks to SeventeenMagazine.com for featuring my twig art. Even though I created that over 2 years ago….it is still going strong. Lots of other fun craft ideas on there…:)

Have a great weekend friends!

Sharing at Tatertotsandjello

Sharing at The Lettered Cottage, ThriftyDecor, UncommonSliceofSuburbia

Sharing at Whipperberry, Craftberry Bush, TenJune

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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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  1. Just found your blog..love it!! Your pics are beautiful and so is your home. Love the fresh greens. Stop by and visit when you can. Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. What a beautiful holiday look you have!!! I love your space and all of the wonderful holiday pops! Thank you SO much for sharing at Happy Hour Link Party!!!

  3. Your mantel is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it. :)

  4. beautiful and simply elegant!! just lovely!

  5. Looks festive and inviting!

  6. This is beautiful and I bet it makes for a wonderful, fragrant smell in the house…the smell of Christmas and I LOVE that!

  7. Gorgeous, Tracie! I love how simple it is. Well done! :)


  8. I cannot even say how much I love this mantle! The greenery, the wooden bead, the plethora of candlesticks!! Seriously, it’s perfect. Fantastically done!!

    Stopped by from the mantle party, definitely staying around! :)

  9. Love the natural look of your mantel – the cranberries look amazing!

  10. Great job. I love it and how relaxed it feels. I really enjoy those that do not feel like they have to over do everything!!

  11. I absolutely love this! Featuring later today.

  12. “So very George Washington”… you crack me up! And yes, it is very G Dubs… and I love it! Your pretty mantel is such a breath of fresh air! Love it.

  13. PS. I said “love it” twice. I guess I… love it?! ; )

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