The current state of our Instagram feed (like most) is 80% fireplace mantles that are decked for the holidays. And we love looking at gorgeous mantles. We also love this year's seeming holiday decor trend - lots of natural greenery and neutral, muted colors. It's so cozy and winter wonderland. The type of decor that could comfortably last through February.
But...BUT...not all of us have mantles!!! Where do us mantle-less-folk put our artificial pine garlands? And those drift wood trees? And what about stockings? Where do the stockings go??? Without a mantle, holiday decor can find a home on a dining room buffet or entryway console table or almost nook. But, seriously, what about the stockings?
Today we have an answer. Or, rather, three answers.
First up: hooks. The coat hooks in your mudroom will work perfectly - some festivity first thing as you enter the house. If you don't have a chimney (and mantle), Santa's coming in the front door anyhow. Or, command strip a hook rack on a wall in your living room. The perfect (temporary), seasonal solution.
Or, how about a ladder! We snagged this vintage ladder (below) at a flea market. These days you can find vintage ladders at antiques store, Craigslist and Etsy. Or, skip the vintage and get a new wood ladder. Use chalk paint to make it interesting (may we suggest Amsterdam Green or Paris Grey). Use s-hooks or twine to hang the stockings.
Last, but not least, if you have the fireplace but not the mantle, you are the perfect candidate for command hooks. They work on ANY surface - brick and field stone included. Add a little garland (more command hooks) to mimic the feel of a mantle. And, suddenly, who needs a mantle? They're so conformist.