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Affordable Christmas Mantels: A Shopping Guide

Affordable Christmas Mantels at 3 Pricepoints

In our little corner of the world, winter is here and Christmas is coming. This morning there was a windchill of -1 (what!) and all I want to do is decorate my house for the holidays, eat soup, and listen to Bing Crosby.

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To hold myself over, I'm planning our Christmas mantel (and some fictitious ones too) and turning them into shopping guides at three price points - $60, $100, and $200. Build a fire, have a look, and get your shop on!

 

$60 Holiday Mantel

How to Style a Christmas Mantel for $60

Photo: Tracey Ayton


My favorite thing about this mantel is the color palette. I love the peachy, blush-colored accents mixed with the traditional Christmas greens. The garland situation is level 10, and probably costs a whole lotta clams. But, the idea is totally replicatable (I just made that word up) for a fraction of the cost. 

Christmas Mantel for $60

 

$100 Holiday Mantel

How to Style a Scandinavian Christmas Mantel for $100

Photo: Martha Stewart


I was raised on straight-up Scandinavian Christmases.  Lefsa, lingonberries, and lutefisk. My mom still lovingly prepares the same Swedish Christmas Eve meal she's been cooking for the entire 38 years I've been alive. Therefore, when I see a well done Scandinavian Christmas mantel, I give it a little wink of approval. Straw sunbursts and snowflakes are not my favorite look, but IKEA's vast collection of paper stars are - and they're affordable.  

Scandinavian Christmas Mantel for $100

 

$200 Holiday Mantel

Christmas Mantel Styled for $200

Photo: Anthropologie

 

Sometimes the simple things are the best things. And sometimes they're the most expensive. The swaggy mantel garland in the above photo is abundant and from a Sherwood Forest-like dream. I love it so. And those brass candlesticks are probably two-hundred years old and straight outta Monticello. But, you can modernize the look a bit for just under $200. We own several sets of those glass taper holders from CB2 and they are glorious and whimsical. 

Christmas Mantel for $200

 

If you're feeling all the Christmas decoration feels, tell me about your plans to deck your halls in the comments below!

Holiday Mantel Shopping Guide: 3 Mantels at 3 Affordable Pricepoint

 

 

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