I promised some short, sweet vignette posts for Christmas. My first one was last week’s post about the dining room buffet, and I got a lot of great feedback, so thank you!
Today, I’m going to highlight an area of my office that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s my bookshelf and recently it’s just been sort of a catch-all for random trinkets and a bunch of old books. I decided to try and hang the kid’s stockings on it because we don’t have a mantel, and they just seemed to be in the way in other spots that I’ve hung them. I got this idea from two of my favorite bloggers, Emily Henderson and Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia.
This first picture is from Emily Henderson and I love the neutral color scheme! A bookshelf with all of the books facing backwards, white frames and a few pieces of Christmas decor provide a great space for those stockings other than the mantel.
The next pic is from Chris Loves Julia’s Instagram account.
I like how the stockings aren’t quite as neutral and you can still play around with a few other non-neutral elements (like right-facing books) and make it work well.
Now, onto my version of these two looks. Our stockings are bright red and green which would actually work well with a neutral background because it would make them the focal point. Which is kind of the point.
I just cleaned off the bookshelf, turned my books around and styled with a few natural-looking elements like pine cones, garland, plants and candles.
I found the three stocking holders at the Goodwill (of course!) for $3 a piece. Originally I had planned to paint them white, but when I came home and tried them out, I noticed that they matched the letters on the stockings which were also silver and I thought it looked pretty great.
So there you have it, a non-traditional place to hang your stockings which works great, especially if you don’t have a mantel! Happy decorating!