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DIY Holiday Mantel

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Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop!  I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season.  If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here!  Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour.  And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!

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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look.  I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.

Step One: Lighted Garland

I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30.  I knew this would add a good base for me to start.

Step Two: Fresh Garland

Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16.  I used it in many places in my home.  Here I used about 8 feet of it.  You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.

I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place.  If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.

Step Three – Add LED Lights

I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery.  These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver.   You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.

Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees

I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.

I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!

This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.

Here are some close up photos of the mantel:

Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!

Christmas DIYs on Monday

Joy In Our Home | 2 Bees In A Pod | My Creative Days

County Road 407 | Chatfield Court

Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday

The Tattered Pew | The Crowned Goat | Little Brags

Follow The Yellow Brick Home | The Painted Hinge

Christmas Recipes on Wednesday

Crisp Collective | Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings

Walking On Sunshine Recipes | Beyond The Butter

Christmas Mantles on Thursday 

anderson + grant | White Arrows Home | Elizabeth Joan Designs

  City Girl Meets Country Boy | Red Brick On The Lake

Christmas Tablescapes on Friday

The Inspired Hive | Curly Crafty Mom | Making It In The Mountains

Rain and Pine | Timeless Creations

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Fall Decorating Round Up

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Who’s ready for Thanksgiving!  We are headed to my parents house this year in California and I can’t wait – love me some family turkey time.  If you are hosting this year, you may feel stressed about spicing up your home.  DON’T BE!  You can add lots of fun decor and not spend an arm and a leg.  Let me show you some ideas that I love.

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Stunning Lanterns for DIY Shutters

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The number one question I get when I share my mantel is “Where did you get those lanterns?!”.  So finally today I am sharing my favorite lanterns with you! I hang them from my DIY Shutters that you can see here. These are such an easy build that anyone can do.

The ones I found are at Kirklands here So I searched all over Walmart and Wayfair to find some of the cutest lanterns for the best prices. Affiliate links are included, so just click on the title to take you to their website!

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Faith, Family and Farmhouses

I love sharing amazing bloggers who offer so much talent to our community. This week My HomeGirls House feature is Brendt from She Gave It A Go Blog. You can see all her goodness right here. Let me show you some of my favorite parts about her!

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DIY Board & Batten Wall

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I love the look of a board and batten wall.  When I turned 40 my hubby asked what I wanted for my birthday.  “For you to teach me how to make a board and batten wall!”  Super random I know, but it made me feel like a grown up to use a nail gun – so that’s exactly what we did.    This was my first big project with an air compressor and a nail gun – both intimidated me.  But it was so much fun! Here it is:

With his help it turned out awesome and I couldn’t believe how easy it was.  It added so much depth to this tiny hall and brightened the room.  I loved it!

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Now, 1 1/2 years later I am finally writing a tutorial on how you can do it too.  First off, watch my 60 second DIY Tutorial on it, and then follow along – I know you will love it!

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The Home of Many Talents

One of the beautiful things about every individual is their different qualities and talents. How blessed we are to get to learn from one another. Today’s Homegirls House Feature is an amazing woman with talents from all over the spectrum. Lindsay from AratariaAtHome has so many gifts that she shares with her readers, I know you will love her!

This talented blogger takes her readers through her home, into her kitchen, along her ride as a mother and every place in between. She takes simple moments and turns them into teaching opportunities. I love the journey she takes her followers on.

For example, during her recent kitchen tour found here, she gives her readers wonderful tips on how to beautify their home as well. Check out her fall tips:

Something I especially love about her home is her entryway. It is inviting and welcoming. Her neutral decor in this area is beautiful. She shares her fall tour of this space on her blog here.

Did you notice those gorgeous stairs? What I would give for a staircase like this! She even shares how to babyproof these beauties so her darling boy is safe. You can read that post here.

In addition to her love of family and joy of motherhood, she also shares amazing recipes that keep you healthy and taste delicious! Find these Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes here.

I know as you tour her blog you will be inspired on so many levels. Her talents run so deep!

Come visit Lindsay with AratariaAtHome Blog!

Have a wonderful visit,

Kelly

Simple and Classy Designs

One of the designers that has inspired me since I started this home decor journey is Karan with Inside Out Designs from Ontario. She is so creative and has amazing ideas.

Her blog, called Designs By Karan, can be found here. Today I am showcasing her simple and classy designs. Come join me for this tour of My Homegirls House, you will love her!

Her bright white kitchen showcases such captivating pieces. I love how share pairs this farmhouse sink with the neutral wood cabinet.

Additionally she is willing to tackle Do It Yourself Projects, like adding this wood wall to her laundry room. I love how it turned out!

Karan does a wonderful job adding classy fall inspiration to her master bedroom here. Her vision created a space that is peaceful and uplifting. Ready to meet her? Here we go! This is her bio that can be found here.

Something else I love about her and her website is that she offers E-Design services for this who live far away. How cool is that?

She gives tons of ideas for her clients as well as her readers when they are ready to make purchases. Check out her links and ideas here.

She even sneaks a few amazing recipes in on the blog just because she can! Who wouldn’t want to make these? Her talents far surpass home decor and we are lucky to have such a mentor in our community.

Styling your home requires creativity and bold choices. Often we stay conservative in change to prevent mistakes. But you can learn what you like through your bravery in your choices. Even if mistakes happen. I challenge you to take some of the ideas that Karan shares on her blog and make bolds moves – you can do it!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kelly