A Cottage Christmas

Welcome to my Christmas Cottage! A little Christmas inspo as we all start thinking about decorating for Christmas! We JUST moved into this home about a year ago and this was my first Christmas season to decorate. These past couple of years I have been into flocked trees and branches. It gives everything a snowy winter wonderland effect! This is not an artificial tree but a REAL tree that was lightly flocked by my local nursery. One year I had it heavily flocked so it was completely white - but I soon realized that I then needed white corded lights AND all my white ornaments blended into the tree! LOL! In addition to the flocking, I also tuck in some puffs of snow. I start heavy with the snow on the top and do less towards the bottom. I love adding vintage touches for that extra cozy and collected feel. I have also found that clothespins are a great way to attach certain ornaments like these vintage buttons!

Lets check out the focal point - THE FIREPLACE....

In prior homes I had the worlds most shallow mantle depth of 6" inches. This home has a nice deep mantle - at least 12" which gives me much more space to play with and be creative. I had always dreamed of setting up a little village on the mantle and this deep mantle was perfect for it. Most of the houses are from Target. I put the church in the middle which speaks to our own faith and how it is central to our home. I used several different size pedestals to have the homes at different heights making it feel like a swiss mountain village. Behind it all is the large round mirror converted to a snow globe for the season. I used spray snow to create the snow on the mirror.