Vintage Christmas Mantel

vintage wooden sock stretchers are used in lieu of Christmas stockingsWood forms originally used to dry socks replicate the usual holiday stockings.

7 is my lucky number.  This is our seventh Christmas in our home, but the first time I am happy with the great room mantel decorations.  I began purchasing vintage sock stretchers from etsy sellers a few months ago. Too many actually, as I have extras, including the cutest pair for children that are being enjoyed elsewhere.

vintage wooden sock stretchers are used in lieu of Christmas stockings from Country LivingI first recall seeing wooden forms being used in lieu of stockings in this magazine photograph and tucked the idea away.

vintage wooden sock stretchers are used in lieu of Christmas stockingsEverything on the mantel, with the exception of the pine boughs, is there year round – the finials, a vintage leather hat box, a gorgeous deer rack, the stack of leather books and an antique metal sheep bank.  The wood and copper panel piece is actually the TV in Disguise.  A set of brass andirons with a dog motif and an English canvas bucket with leather handle (fire or ammo bucket) rest on the hearth.  All that’s missing is our family, but they’ll be here soon.

vintage wood sock stretchers used in lieu of Christmas stockingsIf you would like to see this area when it is not decorated for the holidays, see My Search For Os de Mouton Chairs.

(Source: Country Living)

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4 Responses to Vintage Christmas Mantel

  1. Jane F @ Atticmag December 6, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Love those Allison — so clever and the color is excellent.

  2. laxsupermom December 7, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Love those! I love the added texture of the holes in your stretchers. They look terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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