The light and natural wood is completely new to me. I usually gravitate towards dark wood, or painted wood. But, this all felt so right. It has a fresh and bright feel to it. Sometimes Christmas can weigh down a space because of the dark colors. Not the case with my bright and whimsical mantel.
I created these snowflakes with spare wood I have laying around. They are so fun, rustic, and perfectly extra large. My living room and fireplace is big. If I use a lot of small things on the mantel it can feel very cluttered. However, not putting enough on there makes it feel undone. I do a lot of trial and error. Backing up, looking, thinking, stroking my non existent long beard, tilting my head. Then scrapping the plans and going in a whole different direction. The full tutorial of the snowflakes is here. By the way, don’ t you all have a imaginary beards? Just checking.