In between crafting projects and kitchen messes, I have been working away at decorating my mantle for the holiday season. I have dubbed it the ‘nostalgic’ mantle because this year’s design includes an oil-style red lantern, pine cones, my grandmother’s knitting basket and wool carders that belonged to my great-grandparents. And in addition to these special family relics, I have mixed in fresh Norfolk pine trees. I love the faint smell of the fresh green trees…it just makes the house smell like Christmas!
We often think of getting rid of the piano because no one plays it anymore, but then where would be mantle-scape go? Plus, did you know that antique pianos are extremely hard to get rid of right now? It seems that no one wants these once-prized family possessions. I recently chatted with an antique dealer and he said that he has a warehouse full of them…which is such a pity because they have the most amazing sound and nothing modern compares to it.
When I am decorating a mantle, it seems to turn into a week long affair where I add and subtract things until I think it works. Do you play this game too? I am certain that I am not the only ‘tweak freak’ out there.
I will soon have a whole house tour coming up, but in case you missed it…here are a few decorating projects so far:
What Christmas projects have you been working on so far? I would love to hear!
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