Holiday Home Linky Party & our Christmas Mantel


And welcome to the Holiday Home Linky Party!

Today’s party is all about merry mantels- because if you’ve been reading our blog for more than a couple months, you know how much I love a good mantel makeover!

Kev and I started dreaming up ideas for our Winter mantel, back in August- but we didn’t actually finish it until this morning. (Whew! Just in the nick of time!) Here are some photos we took of it today…

We’re totally lovin’ the way it all turned out, but I’m not gonna lie, that DIY Pottery Barn Eagan mirror project we built was a bit of a beast! But I’ve always wanted that thing, and we saved about $600 by building our own version of it.

There were, however, several steps involved in its creation. And although we planned to photograph each and every one of them so that we could do a step-by-step tutorial here on our blog, we were in such a hurry to finish it, we ended up abandoning our camera after step #4 so that we could just hurry up and git r’ dun. That being said, we will definitely be vlogging about how we made it sometime this (or next) week. It’ll be waaaaay easier for me to explain it all on video! It really wasn’t hard, there were just a lot of steps.

The stockings came from White Flower Farmhouse. (One of my favorite shops on the web!) I embellished them with some evergreen sprigs, some doiles I got on Etsy and a wooden letter “A” I got at Michaels a while back. (Secret: Two of our favorite boy and girl names begin with the letter “A”…hee hee!)

The little, red, metal bucket ($5.95) came from Tobacco Barn in Asheville, North Carolina. The seagrass pot ($4.99) came from Ikea sometime earlier this year. The pleated, white trim across the  top edge of the mantel, the tiny trees, and two red hydrangeas (which I split up into four) came from Hobby Lobby (Trees- $2.50/each, Hydrangea stems $3/each). The faux snow, pinecones, white pitchers, rope-wrapped candles, all came from mantels-past.

Down in the firebox, we used a basket we got from the gals at Whiteflower Farmhouse a while back- and a suitcase we picked up at Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island. The “present” on top is actually one of my Ikea baskets wrapped in some brown Kraft paper and a piece of red and white striped ribbon I had. I topped it with a faux poinsettia and some pinecones I had in my Christmas decor stash.

The house feels so cozy with it decorated this way!  Especially at night, when the recessed light above makes all the glittery ornaments sparkle…

(By the way, we hung the ones from the ceiling with white, flat-headed thumb tacks and 8 lb. fishing line.)

I almost hate to have to take it all down after Christmas! But you know me, once Spring rolls around, I’ll more than likely be in the mood to mix it up again.

But enough about our mantel…it’s your turn now!

I think you probably already know the drill, but just in case, here’s how it works:

1.Scroll down til you see the “add your link” button. Click that, and create a descriptive name for your link. This will make it easier for folks to browse through them.

2.Make sure to link to your specific holiday mantel post, not the main page of your blog.


And I created a fun, little badge especially for the party, so feel free to post the code in the box below at the bottom of your mantel post on your blog if you’d like…

The Lettered Cottage

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Thanks in advance for linkin’ up and hope to see you at Rhoda’s vignette linky party this Thursday, Kate’s craft linky party next Tuesday, and Sarah’s tree linky party next Thursday!



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  1. says

    Wow, Layla! Your mantel is beautiful. I remember the first post I ever read on your blog was on your summer mantel and I loved it. I was so excited to have found your blog! This mantel is just as wonderful, but I think it’s my favorite one you’ve done so far because I just love Christmas time and all the decoration that come with it. The little white vases of red flowers are such a cute touch.

  2. says

    What a wonderful Christmas mantel you’ve created! Your DIY mirror is fabulous–I know people are going to be eagerly awaiting that vlog! And I especially like the way you’ve stacked things in the firebox with the gift on top–pure genius!

    Thanks so much for hosting this party!

  3. says

    Love that mirror and I bet it DID cost way less than PB!! I like the simplicity of your fireplace, those cool striped stockings, and the hanging balls…. I have 20 foot ceilings, so I could NEVER do that !!! LOL Thanks for hosting the party. :-)
    ~ Sue

  4. says

    I’ve been so excited to see your Christmas mantel and it didn’t disappoint one bit. It’s simply beautiful. I love the idea of the ornaments hanging from the ceiling. I always need things higher since my ceilings are 10′. The mirror turned out gorgeous too. Can’t wait to see how you put it together. Thanks for hosting this fun party. I love decorating my mantel and would change it every week if it wouldn’t drive everyone crazy.

  5. says

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous my friend! So amazed by your creativity and style, all those special unique touches add up to one stunning mantel. You’re right, it’s going to be near impossible to take this one down. . . but that awesome mirror can stay!!!! Can’t wait to watch all about it! You inspire!


  6. says

    Layla…your mantel is wonderful! I can’t wait to see your mirror tutorial! I remember when you bought the little red pail recently…it was fun to see how you used it in your mantel decor today. :) Merry Christmas to you and Kevin!

  7. says

    Cute mantle! I love the impact it makes and how you blend it all with your everyday decor. Can’t wait to see how you did the mirror. It look really good!

  8. says

    Your mirror looks great! We have that exact same project on our to do list right now! I think I know how I plan on tackling it but would be interested in seeing how you did yours. Can’t wait for that video.

  9. says

    Your mantels all have such gorgeous personality! I really love your stockings and the pillow on the chair. ;) Fun, fun! Thank you.

  10. says

    Lay, it’s gorgeous! I love your stockings and the present on top of the suitcases is adorable. Your mirror is beautiful!!! Thanks for hosting a fab party.

  11. says

    Your mantle’s are always the best! I just love them! There’s so much inspiration to draw from. I love the pleated fabric, the ornaments hanging from the ceiling and the wooden letters on the stockings, just to name a few (actually, just to name the ones that I think would work for my mantle–otherwise everything would be listed!).

  12. says

    WOW! I love it! I LOVE that mirror! I’m so glad I found you (from Decorchick) I’m working on a mantle RIGHT NOW! My hubby bought me a new faux mantle last night and put it up while I bathed and put our daughter to bed. THEN I saw Emily’s post and thought “wow, what PERFECT timing!!!” Now I’m working hard and i am COVERED in hot glue strings!! :)

  13. says

    Layla, I love it all. I can’t wait to see you mirror vlog I have been wanting a mirror to fit my space better and that I could make just to my measurements, jumping up and down I am so excited, HURRY HURRY PLEASE. Thank you for hosting such a fun and inspiring party.

    Merry Christmas ( I can start saying that now, right)
    Cha Cha

  14. says

    Your mantle is adorable. I really like the basket and suitcase in the fireplace. That’s a fun touch. Looks like you worked really hard on your mirror! So creative!

  15. says

    so cozy & warm!

    your pics are incredible. what kind of camera do you guys have? i’ve been meaning to ask.

    i love the red & creamy white up against the deep brown mantel. beautiful.

    your attention to detail is OUT OF CONTROL!!!

    and the mirror…freaking amazing.


  16. says

    Pretty! I especially like the red flowers in the white pitchers.
    Wow, I can’t believe you made the mirror. You two rock! I can’t wait to see the video.

  17. says

    What a great idea hanging the ornaments and snowflakes from the ceiling about the mantel. Just love this look. I would have never thought of doing that. Thanks for sharing.

  18. says

    Beautiful job Layla. I do like the little touches of red! and your stockings! Thank you for hosting.
    Dana and Daisy

  19. Kate says

    Please PLEASE do the PB Egan mirror soon!!! I have GOT to have it for over my mantel to cover up the window – yes WINDOW that I have above it!!!! WHO PUTS A WINDOW OVER A MANTEL I ASK YOU?!?!? A MAN – THATS WHO. I’ve been staring at this horrific window for almost 5 years now not knowing what to do and the PB egan mirror itself is just WAY too big (er, not too mention the $$$$.) I was actually TODAY just about to assemble a fabric covered board with nail-head trim and then figure out how to attach the beast to cover the window up – but now you may have just given me a new project that I most definitely do NOT have time to do but must must must!!! ASAP! Check out my blog to see my awful mantel window and tell me ideas of what else to do – and puh-lease, excuse the dirt that you will see…I think there is even a piece of grass stuck on it. EMBARRASSING!!!

    okay, i’ve got to go get my kids from school so check out my mantel window after 4 @ Please designers HELP!!!

  20. says

    Layla, this is beautiful! Magazine worthy! Your room is so cozy, festive and inviting! Love it all! Thanks for such beautiful inspiration. And, thank you for hosting such a fun gathering. I appreciate your allowing me to share my nutcracker mantel! And, my thoughts and prayers are with you during your adoption process. My husband and I are parents through adoption … it’s truly a blessing! Hugs, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

  21. Emily says

    Love the mantel. Wish I had one to decorate!
    I am SOOOO excited for the mirror tutorial. I have been wanting that same mirror forever.
    So thank you in advance!

  22. says

    I love the way the mirror turned out… and just the whole thing! The mix of reds, white, gold and silver… just beautiful and festive. Just what I’d expect from you too! :)

    Sometimes I think everyone in the world has a mantel, but me! I’d totally link up if I had one too! Someday… maybe in our next house!

    Oh, PS- I love names that start with “A”… both my husband and daughter have those!

    Much love!

  23. Grace says

    I love your winter/Christmas fireplace – in fact, I love them all so I”m glad you posted all of the mantels together so we could see how you changed things up each season. My favourites are the stockings, the balls hung from the ceiling, and the present in the fireplace.

  24. says

    I soooooo wish I had a mantle to decorate!! But I can live vicariously through all these awesome entries!

    Your stockings are so cute, and the mirror turned out fabulously! I love the items stacked in the opening. Fun linky party!!

  25. krista farrell says

    oops! i accidently thought the name of my link was my name instead. alas. Either way, not sure what I would call mine…perhaps.. “A Little Joy”

  26. says

    I love your long stockings. They remind me of Dr. Seuss. I would love to have a mirror like that for my den mantel. It’s very pretty! La

  27. says

    What a beautiful mantel and the mirror is amazing. I think it is so great that you guys do these projects together! I can’t wait to see the tutorial and be inspired. Love the baskets and suitcases in the opening. Thanks so much for hosting such a fun and greatly anticipated link party!

    Take care,

  28. says

    Oh Layla (& Kevin) that is GORGEOUS!! Just like it could be straight our of a magazine, only better than anything I’ve seen in this season’s magazines. Well done you two!!! :)

  29. says

    I have never done/heard of a link party before, but I had to come back and thank you for hosting it! I had so many nice people come by and admire/comment on my blog. What fun.

    I also really like the mirrored panels on the mantel. My husband and I have been thinking about trying to create antiqued mirrored panels in the style of the Amalienburg. This has give me hope we’ll be able to work out something.

    Glad you had fun at the Tobacco Barn. The darn thing almost washed away in a flood a few years ago, so what your seeing in there has only been collected in the last 6 years or so. If you ever back up in Ashvegas (as we call it) there are a few auctions that you can hit up. The people that put their items in the Tobacco Barn get them from the various auction houses.

    Thanks again for the party. Looking forward to the future creations and the video explaining the mirror panels.

  30. Jane says

    Hi Layla,
    Your mantel looks beautiful for every season. Thanks for hosting the party. It was a real motivation to start decorating.

  31. says

    It’s beautiful as usual. I love everything about it! I’m hoping our dining room is done in time to link (we’re adding a fireplace mantel. The one in the living room is hard to decorate (tv above). Lots of beautiful inspiration in the event I get stumped! :)

  32. says

    Wow!Wow!!Wow!!! I want that mirror! Fantastic job on the fireplace and mantel. I especially like whimsy of the red striped stockings and how you carried it to the hearth with the striped suitcase. Question: What do you have covering the mantel? Is is a pleated mantel scarf? Hard to tell in the photo.

    I will be linking up tomorrow. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful collection of creativity!

    Your Friend,

    • says

      Hey Deborah!
      Thanks for the comment!

      That white, pleated trim came from Hobby Lobby. I’ve seen it used on furniture a lot lately, so I thought “why not put it on my mantel?”



      • Becky Haller says

        That’s it! I’m calling Ikea and telling them they better start paying royalties to you two… By Saturday, Ikea will be completely sold out on all those cute, cute items you have on your GORGEOUS mantel. TOO STINKING CUTE!! The mirror is to DIE FOR…

        I’m afraid you two will make it in the big leagues and forget about your faithful followers :(.


        Becky @ California

  33. says

    thanks so much for the fun party. there is nothing better than sitting by a nice warm fire all decorated for the holidays! well, that is, unless you use it for darling suitcases! ha. cute mantel! great job on the mirror.

  34. says

    Oh my goodness I LOVE those stockings!! :)

    I’m a fairly new reader and I just love your blog! So excited to follow along your adoption journey as well. My husband and I are starting our journey in 2011. :)

    God bless!

  35. says

    Thanks so much for hosting! It took me a minute to add the button to my post but it’s there now!

    I love your mantle!! It makes me wish we could change ours to a restored barn/type finish. Keep up the great work. Wishing you all the best with your adoption.

  36. says


    Thank you for the party….so fun, and inspirational! You should do them more often….Also, your mantle was lovely, what a great job you did on your mirror.

    Cindy #141

  37. says

    Love your mantel.
    The pop of red just completes the Christmas look.
    Your mirror is the perfect backdrop for all your festive decorations.
    Thank you for hosting this party, I have had fun looking at all the talent in blogland,
    Merry Christmas,

  38. says

    Your mantel is fabulous!
    The mirror is perfect and it’s awesome that you can keep it up all year long!
    You two make a wonderful team!
    Merry Christmas
    Thanks for the party, I’m having fun checking out all the beauties!

  39. says

    YOur blog is full of so many inspiring and creative ideas!! Love your mantle!!Also love the idea of having all the links to beautiful christmas decor in one place!! Thanks for hosting!!!

  40. says

    I love your mantel and the stockings are super cute. I think the mirror was worth all the steps!

    Thank you for hosting this party…there are so many lovely mantels to drool over!

    Merry Christmas,

  41. says

    It all looks sooooo pretty…love how you hung those ornaments:) Thanks so much for hosting…I’m hosting an Christmas Open House on 12/9…would love to have you come by and join in on the fun!


  42. says

    I got brave and decided to join. This is my first “Linky party”. What fun!!! Thanks for hosting. Your mantel looks awesome as I knew it would. The little red bucket looks cute! You will always remember that from your trip to Asheville. Love & blessings from NC!

  43. Abbie says

    I LOVE the ornaments hanging down!! At my first glance at the first picture I wondered how you’d done it, so thanks for sharing. :) I used fishing line for a floaty looking pinecone/ornament garland this year. People always ask how everything is staying up – it’s like Christmas magic! Thanks, too, for hosting this. My mantel doesn’t get any love this year because I am tearing down the wallpaper in the living room (six layers) and painting!

  44. says

    Silly as this may sound, I need help posting your link button on my blog. This is the first time I have tried and am not sure exactly what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  45. says

    Layla, Thanks for hosting this great party! I have been looking at everyones mantles and they are all so wonderful and inspiring. Your mantle is wonderful! Happy Holidays!

  46. says

    I love your mirror, it looks so pretty. Your mantel is just fabulous and your stockings look so cute. Thank you for hosting such a fun party! I can’t wait to check out eveyone elses mantels! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  47. says

    love the suitcase in the fireplace idea..very clever and so much better than the expected candles or basket of greenery.

  48. says

    Ok.. now that you’re done, would you come over and make one for me just like that? LOL wow! I’m really impressed!
    By the way, I think you really need to check my post today. It’s about a very famous brazilian architect Roberto Migotto. He’s simply great. Take a look and let me know what you think, ok? I know you’ll like it.


    Luciane at

  49. says

    Your mantel is wonderful…love the mirror! Finally got mine done so I could link up! Can’t wait to visit some of these fun places!

  50. says

    How fun! Thank you for hosting, Layla! I love the whole holiday home party concept. I am SO happy that you tackled that mirror because I wanted to. Now, I don’t have to figure it out…I can just watch your vlog. Your mantle is beautiful. Love those stockings. Love Whiteflower Farmhouse period. I think adding the wooden A is so sweet.


  51. says

    GORGEOUS! So glad I found you and all this beautiful inspiration!

    And immediately upon seeing your mantle I thought “She has one of those mirrors!” – I’ve been obsessed with them ever since I saw my first tutorial on them. Still haven’t worked up the guts to give it a shot, though…!

  52. says

    WOW! Your mantel is gorgeous!

    Unfortunately I do not have a mantel in my new home (I’ve played around with the idea of DIYing a faux fireplace and mantel but it’ll be some time before that get’s done) so for now I’ll oooh and aaaah over your linky party mantels and absorb some inspiration from them. :) It’s going to take me all day to check out the rest of them but I’m going to try and view as many as I can.

    Great post!


  53. says

    I joined your mantle party. Lots of inspiration here. Your mantle is gorgeous. The mirror is awesome.
    i am your newest follower. Stop by and say hello. Linda

  54. says

    Layla –
    Thanks for allowing us to share our inspirations with you and others involved in the blog world! It’s nice seeing everyone else’s creative mantles! Your mantle is beautiful, of course! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  55. says

    Layla & Kevin,
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I read every post and love your style! Thanks for the party!

  56. says

    I have had SO MUCH FUN looking through all of these today. It’s been really inspiring to see how creative everyone is! My mantel isn’t ready just yet, so the display on my blue dining room buffet table will have to do for now. :-)

    Thanks for hosting this fab party!

  57. says

    Hi Layla and Kevin-

    I linked up yesterday and only got through maybe one third of all the link ups – so much inspiration. I am going to have to get my act together fast to link up with Rhoda tomorrow! Your mantel always looks wonderful. Funny thing going thru the links. Mantel/Mantle can be spelled correctly two ways. I am a mantel girl.
    My best- Diane

  58. says

    What an inspiration from a beautiful & talented Lady – Layla!
    Thank you for sharing and for hosting. I’m so excited and happy to have found today the Holiday Home link party! I’m sharing you banner & link on my blog… And eventhough I don’t have a fireplace, I shared my post b/c the TV unit top display is my mantel (not too many firepaces down here in Florida!)

    Looking forward to your vlog!
    Stay stylish –
    :D Lynda

  59. says

    I can wait for your vlog about the Pottery Barn mirror. I would kill for the one at PB but if I could DIY it, it would mean a lot more to me. DIY items are so much more cherished and special! Love your mantel as well!

  60. French Basketeer says

    Wow I can’t believe all these fantastic mantels! Each more beautiful than the last. Thank you for organizing this linky!

  61. Allyson says

    I seriously considered purchasing that PB mirror on several occasions. Can’t wait to see the vlog on how you accomplished your version.

  62. Laurel says

    I love these! Wonder if you know anywhere there is a linky party for mantels for the rest of the year? I have a new house and am lacking inspiration! Thanks for sharing all of your brilliant and beautiful designs for those of us who are less creative!

  63. says

    Your mantel is just lovely! I knew it would be, as you always have such wonderful ideas. I have joined your party and am having a great time checking out all the mantels. Thanks for hosting this party and inspiring us all.

  64. says

    AHHH…Dying that you made the mirror! I’ve wanted (and started to attempt) to make that mirror but couldn’t figure out how to do it! I think my biggest problem was the size I was trying to do and how I would make it stable. (I think the amount of mirrors I had made it wider than 4′ so that seemed problematic when sheet goods are 4×8) Then I wasn’t sure I’d found the best size of mirrors…oh please please share how you did it! I can’t wait!

  65. says

    I love your mantle! Hope you don’t mind if I show it on my blog…we’re moving this week, so everything holiday is still packed away. Since I can’t post about decorations in my own home this year, I highlighted a few I found in others!

  66. claire says

    oh my goodness – that is a heck of alot of mantels already done – i dont decorate till around the 16th – but i am gettin very anxious to start early with all this inspiration – kevin and layla always LOVE your mantels – have had a summer and autumn one already because of you!!! c

  67. says

    How festive and cozy everything looks! Between these photos and the seasonal COLD weather we now have, you helped jump start me into the frenzy. Thanks for hosting this mantle decorating party. I participate merrily!

  68. says

    Your mantle is so fresh and organic….you both are so very talented! Thank you for the forum for us to share our spaces…

  69. says

    Joining the mantle fun a little late but I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done! Love your stockings Layla!

  70. says

    I loved your mantel, it’s really so nice and simple with lots of elegance. I tried to enter your Mantel Party but couldn’t find the link, or am I to late?

    Thank you Layla.

    • says

      I forgot to tell you… you can visit my blog anytime, you’re very welcome. I’ll be waiting for you as I like what you do Layla.

      Merry Christmas

  71. Tricia says

    I simply love that mirror and think it would look so great on my mantel b/c the wall above my mantel isn’t very tall. Can’t wait to hear about the details and hopefully it’s something I can try!

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