Christmas Vignettes: Decorating Beyond the Mantle

No Mantle?
My sister texted me last week, "How do I decorate for Christmas without a mantle??!". Hmmm. She and I went back and forth for awhile. And the more we talked, the more I realized what she meant. Blogs, Pinterest, and Home magazines all focus on Christmas mantle decor.

But, not everyone has a mantle. And even those of us with mantles need to think outside the box. Creating a cozy holiday home means adding touches of Christmas in other rooms of the house. Think kitchens, bathrooms, and even bedrooms.

Whether you happen to live in an apartment, a dorm, or a house without mantle, here are a few tips for making the most of your holiday decor--throughout your entire home.

Christmas Vignettes
Whether you know it or not, you are probably the proud owner of a vignette- a cluster of decorative items on display. If you don't have a mantle, or even if you do, you can add your Christmas decor to places other than your mantle. 


In our home, I like to display our advent calendar and a few nutcrackers on the hall dresser. I took down my 'coffee filter' wreath for the time-being and replaced it with this lush evergreen wreath. 

Don't overlook, the kitchen for touches of Christmas. On our dining room table, I enclosed silver ornaments in a dome cake plate. 

More fresh hydrangeas from Flower Muse are clustered together in gold painted mason jars. 

And other small touches of Christmas can be seen in other unexpected places- a mini Christmas tree with a burlap wrapped trunk and more of my nutcracker collection nestled on a tea table. 

Stockings Hung by the...
For those stockings, look around your home. Yes, the mantle is the traditional place to hang them. 

But, you could also add them to your banister, a cabinet, dresser, the end of a bed, or even on a line with clothespins. 

Having a mantle to decorate is just the beginning. Anywhere you can clear space, is a place where you can spread a little Christmas cheer.

Where is your favorite space, beyond the mantle, for Christmas decor?


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  1. I agree...not everyone has a mantel. Love the idea of hanging the stockings on the stairs. We hang ours on the coatrack in our entryway :)

  2. Beautiful little dresser by the stairs. Thanks for sharing.


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