Our family room is the most traditional room in our home. The dark wood tones on the mantel and the stone fireplace bring a rustic and comfortable vibe to the room. I decided to stay traditional on the mantel this year as well.
The first thing I purchased for the mantel was the round mirror. We don't have a lot of space between our mantel and ceiling but I have been looking for a mirror that would fill most of the space. Everywhere I looked, the round mirrors were too big or too small. I searched for weeks. I gave up and bought a white windowpane mirror at Hobby Lobby, but I felt like I was settling. Then, lo and behold, I saw this mirror tray at HomeGoods sitting on the shelf and I actually may have heard angels sing when it measured just the right size.
It is an acacia wood mirror (with cutouts on the side for handles) and I think it adds just the right amount of rustic elegance to the mantel. I added the rustic pine cone swag to the top. Next, I purchased the magnolia and berry garland at Pottery Barn outlet. My oldest boy nearly had a heart attack when he heard the cashier say how much the garland was ($59). I tried explaining to him that it was actually less than I would have paid at the regular Pottery Barn store and that sometimes, with things like faux garland, you get what you pay for :)
After wrestling with the garland to get it to hang right (Command hooks just weren't working for me here), I added some battery powered LED lights.
Then, I just added a couple of lanterns that were already in the family room and the seeded glass hurricane. I used to have 2 of those seeded glass hurricanes from Crate & Barrel and I may have cried when there was an unfortunate accident with the glass and a toy light saber. They are no longer available at Crate & Barrel, but I do check every now and again to see if they get them in.
I added a few cut up birch logs and some small mercury glass votives (from Marshalls) for shine. And the antlers, for rustic-ness, to balance it all out.
I found the old wooden skis this past summer at an Upstate NY auction/outlet. I have seen lots of expensive wooden skis in antique stores and even the Pottery Barn catalog. These were just $15 and they have a lovely patina on them. It was a good day when we found them!
I can't wait to show you the rest of the family room! Here is a sneak peek.
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