You will always find 3 stockings hanging from our mantel. (Jeff and I will never be too old for stockings)
We do have a few traditional stockings that we love and have used throughout the years but I find that I like using the newer stockings more and more. They tend to reflect some of the current trends and styles that I’m into and I like keeping things interesting and unexpected. The soft stockings I’m using this year came from Marshals and I think the cable knit bottoms mixed with the faux fur tops give the perfect amount of texture and detail that I felt I needed for this mantel.
Last but not least… I draped a little strand of battery operated star garland lights around the trees and houses to simulate shooting stars at night. I love the effect. Sometimes all you need is a little shimmer and shine to take things up a notch. They are a little hard to see in the photos but at night they glow beautifully.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little about my process and approach when it comes to decorating my mantel for the holidays. I don’t always have a plan as you can see.. Sometimes it’s the simplest thing that speak to me that changes my entire direction and I’m ok with that. I love going with my gut and following my heart. That’s what’s most important after all, loving what you’ve created!