As I was editing the pics for this post I realized that not only did I not post the Christmas mantle, I didn't even take any pics of it. Ack!
To sum it up, the Christmas display was the opposite of this one. It was full and colorful and, after a month of adding Christmas cards to it, a bit overwhelming.
This arrangement is probably the most minimal yet. You know, since I've done sooo many in the year we've lived here. A grand total of 3, which is a pretty pitiful amount, really.
harvest moon got re-mixed, and a few other things came and went. It was the usual add-subtract shuffle that happens when decorating.
I love how simple the end result is, and I love how it combines things we already had in fresh ways.
The origami stars were actually made by my aunt for my bridal shower/wedding. After we were married, we incorporated them into our Christmas decor but this year they will be staying out a bit longer :)
The candles are basic votives, propped up on vintage mason jar lids.
As I already said, I made the moon to go with the fall decor but pulled it out when I realized the stars would be staying.
I swear that mirror was made for that mantle. The funny thing is that I bought it at a goodwill when I lived in Texas - 4 years before we even considered making our house our home. I remember purchasing the mirror and thinking, "what the heck am I going to do with that?" while driving back to my tiny room. I'm pretty sure it just lived in the back of my jeep until I moved back to Indiana. You could probably make a good argument that I am a hoarder from that story but I am going to say that some things are just meant to be. That mirror + that mantle. Home furnishing soul-mates.