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A High Impact/Low Budget Holiday Mantel


I know that this is Thanksgiving week, but with the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes kicking off next Monday, I have to admit, I have Christmas on the brain.  Normally I wait until after Thanksgiving, but this year I'm getting things rolling early.

I shared this amazing Reclamation and Restoration warehouse last week, but today I'm going to share what I created with one of my treasures.

I picked up this old door for just $15, and had big plans for it, with an idea that had been brewing in my head for awhile (and yes, that's a new paint color on my walls - more on that soon). 

Remember how I mentioned these metal letters in my 5+1 round up a couple of weeks ago?

Well, metal letters + old door = JOY.

I had to cut the door down a little bit in order for it to fit, but I love that this is a high impact, low budget holiday piece.  The whole thing cost me about $45 if you don't count the wreath (since I had it already).  I scored the metal letters at Hobby Lobby for half price, so they were only $15 each.  Gotta love that.

I'm still not done with the mantel, but this piece definitely helps fill the vertical space which is so tricky decorate (for me anyway).  I've been on the fence about whether or not to use this piece on the mantel or another place in my home (or on the front porch), but it is HEAVY, so I certainly won't be moving it by myself.

I know I'm not the first person to put one of these together, but I still love it. :-)

Don't forget to enter to win a $75 credit at Everything But The House!


An Unconventional Source for Holiday Gift Giving + A Giveaway


I'm sure you all have someone on your list who has everything or is difficult to shop for in general.  If you're in the market for an unconventional gift or something extra special, I have a great gift source for you - Everything But the House.  They are an online estate auction site presenting sales based out of Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Nashville, and you'll discover all sorts of great treasures that you won't find in a traditional retail store.

I'm a regular stalker browser of  I've bid on some items, and I like "following" items that catch my eye, because you never know - there might be a great deal that you'll have to grab if the opportunity presents itself.  This is a recent piece that I just fell in love with immediately.  

Is that not the coolest thing you've seen in awhile?  It's a 19th century postal cabinet.  Gorgeous.  I'm thinking I could be uber-organized if I had one of these with all of its slots and drawers.

I also had my eyes on these lovelies:

If anyone is stumped for a Christmas gift for me, feel free to shop EBTH and pick up a cute bag like this cute little Kate Spade number:

Or, if you feel like I've been extra good this year, you could pick up a pair of these:

Just sayin'...

My husband is a tough one to buy for during the holiday season since he really doesn't need anything.  He's an avid golfer, so I was thrilled to discover this framed print of Jack Nicklaus at the British Open up for auction.

I placed my bid, and I won it for a great price - $85 - framed and everything!

It found a home in my husband's office at work (disclaimer: his photo, not mine):

Here is your chance to win a $75 credit to Everything But The House!  I hope you discover some beautiful items for those hard-to-buy-for people on your holiday list!

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This is a sponsored post by EBTH, but all opinions are my own.