Wooden stocking forms, originally used to dry socks, help create an old world Christmas mantel.
Seven is my lucky number. This is our seventh Christmas in our home, but the first time I am happy with the great room Christmas 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.
I first recall seeing wooden forms being used in lieu of stockings in this magazine photograph and tucked the idea away.
Everything 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.
(Source: Country Living)
This mantel area — when it is not decorated for the holidays — can be seen a post about My Search For Os de Mouton Chairs.
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