This Is All That There Is . . . December 7, 2009 As you see, this is not the Holy Grail of mantels. After some thought, I decided not to spend $100 on wreaths (I needed several for both, the bannister and the mantle) and ended up deciding to make good use out of the free trimmings from Home Depot. I was able to get some cuttings from the base of some trees (which I’ll talk about another day) and a WHOLE BUNCH of trimmings that I cut to use for the mantel and as vase filler(s). The trimmings at HD are great–I would think other stores that have trees would make them available as well, but I know for sure they’re free at HD. You can use them for door swag, bannister swag (PK featured one I loved here), centerpieces, mantels, and the list goes on. If you’re looking to dress up your house for free, check HD. (I’m sure you love my wonderful photo editing) I decided not to go crazy and spend a whole bunch of money (I don’t have) and instead used what I did have around the house. The 2 empty lanterns came from Target 2 years ago and had yet to be used, so I put them to good use filling them with pinecones from my backyard and sparkly black ornaments I already purchased. I was going to add glitter to the pinecones, but to be honest, I just didn’t feel like it with so much to do around the house, so I went for the rustic (read:free) look. 🙂 One thing I have learned this year is that black doesn’t show up well on a green tree and may be best suited for a white one next time around. I’m not quite sure when I’ll be buying a white tree, but maybe on an after Christmas sale . . . one day. Something came over me, and I decided that I didn’t want to keep going and pulling out more and more stuff (which I do have) to keep trying to “deck the halls”. I think these halls are about as “decked” as they’re gonna get at this point. I did my table (still need to have the burlap runner cut, but it doesn’t qualify as a Christmas item since it will be used all year) and have a little extra for my entryway, but “that about it” (as Jay-Z would say). I wouldn’t quite say that I have the holiday blues, but I am in the midst of preparing for a good bit of company, and my sister will be staying with me for an extended time, so I’m preparing for some changes and that’s where my energy is focused. On another note, here’s a peak at some things I picked up this weekend. The best is yet to come . . . I heart Goodwill. (Help me, Lakeitha!) Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 18 Comments on This Is All That There Is . . . L.Duncan@home23duncanboys December 7, 2009 at 9:57 am (9 years ago) DAYKA ROBINSON (in my motherly voice), Why did’nt you tell me about these “tree trimmings” yesterday?!?!? You know that I’m having a hard time with my mantel! I demand you to march back down to the HD (still in my mortherly voice) and get me some right now!!!! I really like your mantel! Oh and the way you find things at the goodwill, I would suggest that you keep it up! Reply Dayka December 7, 2009 at 11:13 am (9 years ago) Your motherly tone is not loud, but more . . . no nonsense. And I can hear you saying that. I didn’t even think about it, really. I guess I thought you were done, but it’s crazy because we were RIGHT @ LOWE’S, however I did ask you TIMES if you wanted to see the trees, and you said no. You know my memory is bad, that would’ve jogged it. 🙂 Reply Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog December 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm (9 years ago) It looks great! Who cares if there isn’t glitter on the pine cones?! Reply Adrianna December 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm (9 years ago) I love all of your mirrors first and foremost. I think your mantel looks great. It has a clean look to it. Reply micah @ the yellow front door December 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm (9 years ago) Your mantel looks great! Sweet mirror, what will you do with it? Reply Dayka December 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm (9 years ago) I’m actually thinking about moving the mirror. Everything is always in motion in my home, lol. Reply Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle December 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm (9 years ago) That looks so pretty! BTW, I’m planning to feature your tree in a post about bloggers homes at the holidays. Hope that is okay with you. Reply Beth@The Stories of A to Z December 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm (9 years ago) Your mantel is simple, sweet, and clean looking. I like it. Mirror is fab and I’m still trying to figure out what that light fixture??? thingy is in your last pic. You’ve got me curious :). Reply Dayka December 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm (9 years ago) It’s pendant light fixture to replace the one in my entryway. It was $10 and even though it only has 1 light source (versus the 3 I have now), I hope it will provide some good light. I post when it’s up! Reply Sharstin December 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm (9 years ago) Hey girly! thanks so much for your sweet comments–you are too cute! Your mantle looks great! and that mirror is faB! Reply Mrs. Chic December 7, 2009 at 11:24 pm (9 years ago) I think your mantel looks great! I really like the framless mirror – I havn’t done much Holiday Decor this year..I’m dreaming of a big tree – white trees are fun Reply Brooke December 9, 2009 at 12:13 am (9 years ago) Great way to save money you dont have! I need your skills! I cant find anything good at the GOODWILL on this side of 20W! Dern ur lucky Reply Hootin' Anni December 14, 2009 at 7:00 am (9 years ago) BEAUTIFUL!! And, crafty, ingenious!! mY tOUR iS nOW sHARED….come by if you can to visit. Happy Holidays! CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT LINK Reply alissa December 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm (9 years ago) Your mantle is beautiful – I love the fresh greenery! Reply Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage December 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm (9 years ago) I love it! Tree trimmings are the best! Reply Cristin December 14, 2009 at 7:03 pm (9 years ago) your mantel is beautiful! thanks for the tour. xo,cristin Reply Michael, Trisha, Grace, and Anna December 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm (9 years ago) ♥ your decorations! Your home looks fabulous! I ♥ Goodwill 2!!May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season! Thanks for sharing.Blessings~ Trisha Reply Cha Cha December 15, 2009 at 10:40 pm (9 years ago) I love, love, love it. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.