I decided to try something a little different this year and decorated my mantle with some fresh garland.
The garland itself ended up being a little harder to come by then I thought it would be (I have recently been informed that Home Depot has a great selection, which is good to know for next year). So, there was a brief period of time where I just accepted the possibility that my simple idea was not to be. But, lo and behold, I eventually obtained some garland (third attempt was the charm), found some sparkly stars, and my mom was kind enough to gather some pinecones to pull the whole look together.
I could not be happier with the result! Sometimes it is the simplest (and most natural decorations) that create the largest impact on a space. I love having fresh pine in my home, and the mercury glass votives add a little shine and glow to the display at night.
A happy hearth, is a happy home!