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This year I challenged myself to try the asymmetrical garland trend, and to try something different from my usual Norfolk pine.

A view of a white fireplace and mantel decorated for Christmas with garland draped and gold bells hanging. Three stockings hang off the side.

I am the queen of symmetry so this was out of my comfort zone. However, once I figured out that I could balance the opposite side with the stockings, ribbon and bells, I felt much better about the whole look.

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The stockings are all old – the plaid ones are from Target last year (these Amazon stockings are almost identical), and knit one is from Target from a few years ago, too.

A close up picture of stockings with gold bells and blue ribbons hanging off the mantel.

Ever since we got our new couch a few months ago, I have loved how light and bright this room finally feels.

A living room minimally decorated for Christmas with blue and yellow accents.

I’m also loving the overall color scheme I have going on, with subtle touches of blue, wood tones and brown, so I wanted to incorporate that into my Christmas decor to avoid having to switch anything out that may clash.

Greenery hanging off the mantel for Christmas

I really love this cedar garland that I’m using this year. It’s really thick and lush, and I only needed two strands and two large 3M hooks to hold them on the mantel.

TIP: You’ll love my tutorial on how to hang Christmas garland on a mantel.

The garland would have been beautiful left as is, but I wanted to bring in those shades of blue and brown, so I added some faux blueberry picks, faux juniper (mine are from afloral and are sold out in the small size, these ones are similar and these too), some mini pinecones (that I wrapped out floral wire) and some faux eucalyptus. I finished the garland off with battery-operated mini LED lights.

Three stockings hanging off the mantel with gold bells and blue ribbon for Christmas

I’ve made the mistake of using lights with silver, gold or copper wire in the past. This year I remembered to get the ones with the green wire. Once the wire is tucked into the garland it becomes invisible and the twinkle of the lights is just perfect!

A close up of a table display for Christmas featuring a basket, blue faux tree, and greenery.

I’m keeping the coffee table decor simple with some needle pine that I cut from my yard, and a simple flocked Christmas tree figurine that matches the blue ribbon on the mantel garland.

I also switched out the art on my Frame TV, which is my favorite quick way to instantly update my living room!

A side view of the living room decorated for Christmas.

Our living room is not very deep (although it’s long), so it’s important for me not to overwhelm the space. Right now I think it’s just right, not too cluttered yet feels nice and cozy.

A view of the mantel decorated for Christmas with garland, stockings, and bells with a Frame TV hanging overhead.

Past Year’s Mantels

If you’re looking for more mantel inspiration, here are some mantels from years past using my favorite Norfolk Pine garland).

I hope you found some inspiration as you prepare to decorate your mantel over the coming weeks! If you have any questions, be sure to let me know.

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  1. I love the way you’ve decorated for The Holidays! I especially love how you incorporated the subtle blue into your decor. 💙 (My favorite color) The overall look is simply beautiful!

  2. Looks amazing! The stockings and bells help with symmetry…perfect!