A Place to Roast Those Chestnuts

To me nothing is more Christmasy than a fireplace. There are so many Christmas songs that talk about snuggling or gathering in front of fires and it just makes me so happy to have one burning. One of my favorite things about our house, especially now that it’s the holidays, is our giant fireplace. Most of the year I have a hard time deciding how to decorate it, but now my possibilities are endless 😉I really wanted to be traditional this year in my use of color and objects, so for my mantel I used Christmas balls, some pretty mercury glass votives I got at Michael’s for $1, and a cute reindeer statue I just had to have when I saw him! I also printed off a printable from Pinterest that includes a bunch of Christmas words and phrases. It makes me smile 🙂This wreath was outside last year, but I decided to bring it in this year to Christmasify (totally a word) my teal frame. Inside is a Christmas card from an adoptive grandfather that passed away many years ago. I actually incorporate a lot of old cards like that in some of my other decor too. The holidays are always such a sweet sentimental time, I can’t help but try to incorporate things like that. By the way, I hate that it gets dark so early now! It makes taking pictures for the blog so difficult! 😉And of course no mantel is complete without stockings! I sewed Jesse’s name on his and decorated it with buttons and glitter last year. I think it was a total fail, but of course he loves it so there it is. My stocking on the other hand was given to me by my Granny and Grampy when I was little and it’s adorable. Because our fire place is so huge, I also get to take advantage of the space for decorating. The little alcove is made for storing wood and I dressed it up a bit with a few Christmas balls and candles. And these little snowmen are my new favorite decoration. I made them this weekend and am in love! (There’s a post just for them coming soon). Behind them is a vase I have that I filled with a few of the extra branches from our Christmas tree. Does anyone else get all giddy about Christmas decorations? I absolutely LOVE coming home from work and plugging all the lights in right away! 🙂

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  1. I was thinking the same thing the other day as I tried to take pictures for the blog, it’s terrible that it’s so dark outside so early!
    Love the snowmen and the printable.

  2. Very cute!! Darn day light savings time totally ruined my blog photos. I lucked out this week-end and had about 1 hour of sun. I made sure I bossed the husband around and we got a bunch of photos. Who knows when it will come back out! Love the snowmen!!

  3. Your mantle is so cute! I hadn’t realized the cutout was to store wood. How clever!

    I am starting to wish I hadn’t put our tree in front of the fire place. I am seriously missing the garland I hung on the fire place last year. I may have to wiggle behind the tree and still hang it up.

  4. It looks great Ashley! I really love your snowmen! I had planned on making some of those too but didn’t get to it and with all the silly DIY projects I have on the go for Christmas gifts, I ran out of time. I’ll be interested to see your post about them and give it a go next year! I love your stocking! So cute!

  5. I see what you’re doing there. Making me all jealous of your mantel. The mantel that the Bungalow does not have. Can you have a mantel without a fireplace? Maybe I’ll start a new trend. Fireplace-less mantels.

  6. Looks great Ashley! I love your little deer 🙂 I see you have a wood stove. We have a pellet stove (our first year) and man they are hard to decorate around! Yours actually fits right in and looks good on your brick. I wish I could say the same about mine! Have a great night and thank you for all your wonderful comments on my blog 🙂

  7. I forgot that you made his stocking last year. It is so sweet that he loves it. My favorite part of your decor is the ornaments in the glass jar. They are so pretty… plus I have been wanting to add a few more to my collection as well so I can use them around the house. Bring on the after Christmas sales.

  8. I want to sit down right by your wood burning stove and have some hot chocolate 🙂 Do you mind?? Thank you for stopping over Ashley…so cute, I love it all. ~ Julie

  9. The times I’ve attempted to change things up too much the kids don’t like it – they like the familiar Christmas and I love the traditional colors. But I don’t love roasted chestnuts.


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