Christmas Mantle

You guys remember #thegodwingang, right? I blogged a few photos I took of them a couple weeks back. Well, come to find out, they have a GORGEOUS home and when I saw their Mantle I was dying to get my hands on it. It was begging for some holiday decor.

I headed over to the Godwin Casa this past Friday evening with hundreds of ornaments and yards and yards of ribbon in tow. When I walked in I had a minor heart attack.. the first thing I noticed was the tree. It was GINORMOUS. J sent me a text the night they were picking it out, but that photo didn’t do it justice. After I got over the initial christmas tree shock I sat down to eat dinner– Talk about hostess with the mostess. Grilled Chicken and Mac and Cheese, YUM!

KC had spent hours putting lights on the tree earlier that day and I couldn’t have been more thankful. That is my least favorite thing to do when it comes to decorating a tree. With that already done, JW started hooking ornaments and I started hanging them on the tree. After all the ornaments had been hung, I placed the bow on top. We were set. Well minus a few limbs sticking out above the bow. I moved the ladder over and climbed up to trim a few branches and missed. YUP! You guessed it, I cut the light cord. The whole top half of the tree went out. I was mortified. At least we can laughed about it now. I’m NEVER allowed to decorate after 11pm.

Side Note: That wasn’t the only think I broke that night. There might have been a broken vase too. ;( I’m not sure I will be allowed back over. They might not trust me again. You could only imagine the reaction I got from JW when I asked if we could put a real fire in the fireplace for photos. hahaha

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(Wrapping Paper: Hobby Lobby, Sam’s Club and Walmart | Gold and Silver Round Giftboxes: Dollar Tree)

When trying to decide on a “theme” for their mantle I tossed around a couple of different concepts, but never fully set on anything specific. The only MUST HAVE was a fresh garland and boy did it set the stage. I am so thrilled with how everything turned out. What do you think?

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I love layering. Wether it’s clothes, a wedding tablescape or a holiday mantle it adds tons of dimension to whatever you are doing. When styling I always try to mix a little old with new. The taper candle holders came from the goodwill. They were only a quarter each. JW is a layer and all of the books we used on the Mantle are old law books. Most everything was something I already had or little trinkets that I found while I was out and about. And can we have a moment for that Stag Head? I saw it at Target and almost fell out. I.HAD.TO.HAVE.IT. The horns are gold, all the more reason to get it, right?  I want everyone to know, JW selected the red candle in the lantern. I had a white one that I wanted to use but he felt the red popped more. He was right. We wins! HIGH FIVE! I’ll have to reward him for his styling win. View More:

(Fresh Garland: Costc0 | Metal Stars: Caffco | Burlap “G” Initial” Hobby Lobby | Stag Head: Target | Stockings: Target)

The most exciting part of decorating their home was spending time with these cuties. I absolutely LOVE children and when Zoe came running in the door from school screaming “Mr. Evan, Mr. Evan, Mr. Evan” she instantly won me over. It melted my heart. Olivia sat on the floor with me for over an hour wrapping gifts and singing to me. It was the sweetest thing. I was in heaven. I’m trying to talk them into a trip to the Zoo to see the Christmas lights.  It would complete my holiday season! I have made myself an honorary member of #thegodwingang. View More:

I hope you guys LOVE the Mantle just as much as I do. It is always a pleasure working and hanging out with the Godwins. In the meantime I am heading out to get prepped for this weekends weddings. It’s a BIG weekend! Make sure you’re following us on Instagram (@evangcooper) for a behind the scenes look.  Can’t wait to hear your feedback.

a HUGE thank you for my friend Nick of Nick Drollette Photography for stopping in and shooting these pictures for us.