In the meantime, I wanted to show you some pictures I saw on another blog that I enjoy reading--Habitually Chic. Here's a mantel that is gorgeous, BUT it looks like a fire hazard for those of us who actually use our fireplaces. Yes, there's a roaring fire in the photo, but I just can't imagine... Anyway, pretty picture, great mantel. I'm a sucker for pine cones.
Here's another one, realistically more to my liking
I'm going to try to remember this one for next year. Not a big fan of that wreath hanging on the wall, but I like the clean, quiet vibe so much. Will keep my eyes peeled on my shopping adventures for a long, narrow container for the center, and maybe can put something taller in it. Then I wouldn't need the wreath.
I liked this idea also:
Again, clean lines, simple. Looks kind of beachy to me.
Here's one more. I've put candles in old champagne glasses many times, but this is a new twist for me--a little greenery in silver chalices. Just wanted to use the word "chalices," thanks for letting me.
Have a great week. Light candles, make cookies, play with a child (or a childish adult). Breathe.