Happy Thursday, everyone! How is it March already? It seemed like yesterday we were putting up hearts, and now it’s shamrocks and bunnies and Easter eggs (oh my!).
I’m always sad when I have to pack up Christmas because I love my mantle during the winter with my Willow Tree Nativity and the Christmas greenery. I never really decorated my mantle for any other holiday or season in the past, but now with the little one, I figure it’s time! Alexandra and I spend most of our time in the living room so it’s the perfect place for some cheery decorations.
I agonized over what to do with the mantle. I love the books and knick-knacks that I keep up there year round, so I didn’t want to obliterate what’s left of my decorating style (as this is the one place Alexandra can’t reach!) so I decided to try and harmonize my own style with some holiday fun. And I’m thrilled with the results!
A little bit of Irish cheer without being too overwhelming.
These books always sit here. Two are great estate sale finds (one of which is my favorite Little Women), and two are from the Barnes & Noble classic collection. The clock is a very special gift from my mom from this Christmas. It’s a Tiffany’s clock my great-aunt was given when she retired, which my mom has passed down to me. The small black urns on either side are actually vintage cigarette holders! They’re just too adorable to keep packed away so I stole them from my mom. And, of course, one of my Willow Tree figurines.
On the other side of my mantle is an identical collection of candles and another urn. There’s also a little brass elephant box that has been in my possession since I was a kid. He’s facing north, which is supposed to be good luck. The gorgeous flowers were actually a sale from Michaels that we picked up yesterday! In front of the vase is a peat-moss Claddagh I bought when I was in Northern Ireland, along with one of our engagement photos which I adore.
In the middle is a simple wooden shamrock we got at the Dollar Spot at Target, along with a Celtic plate the hubs’ aunt got us a few years ago. The plate is usually in our dining room but I thought it should have its own special highlight for this time of year.
The shamrock garland was another score from Michaels, and the little Leprechaun was another item I took from my mom.
All in all, I love how this turned out! I arranged everything when Alexandra was napping yesterday and she was super excited when she walked in the room, with lots of pointing and “oo!” and clapping. I’m glad she approves! Now I just can’t wait to decorate for Easter!