Christmas Mantel in a cozy cottage

A Cozy Cottage Christmas Mantel

Happy December!

I am so excited today that I can barely contain it! First, I have a treat for you. Today’s annual post is one of my favorites of the year. It’s the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tour 2022, Hosted by my friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew. Secondly, I am sharing A Cozy Cottage Christmas Mantel from the cottage we bought last summer!! We are soooo happy with how the renovation is coming along, and I am excited to show you a glimpse.

Are you visiting from my friend Melanie over at Southern Crush at Home? Aren’t her table decorations divine?!? Loved them.

Cottage Living Room Decorated for Christmas

Cozy Cottage Christmas Mantel

Let’s get this Christmas Party started! I have lived in many places, and this is my very first MANTEL! So you better believe I was going all out this year with a cozy cottage vibe. I wanted to keep it clean and simple- the cottage is TINY but with some of my favorite elements.

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Fresh Greenery

For the garland, I used fresh- because it smells so wonderful and kept it on the delicate side. I added my favorite piece of holiday art that a friend designed, making it feel like home.

Joyful Wall Art

As you can see, I am a fan of Christmas trees, so I used part of my collection- I may need a 12-step program for my problem. My favorite yarn trees are from Creative Co-op. TJMaxx has a fantastic collection, and I love this one and this one too!

Cozy, textured mini Christmas trees in neutral colors for the mantel.
Collection of Cozy, Textured Mini Christmas Trees

Christmas with Plants

My love of plants carries over during the holidays; nothing says cozy cottage to me like live plants.

I added a Mini Succulent Tree I made this year and a basket of live Mini Christmas Trees.

DIY Mini Succulent Tree on a Cozy Cottage Christmas Mantel
DIY Mini Succulent Tree
Mini Lemon Cypress, Mini Spruce, and Mini Lavender Plants

Cozy Cottage Touches

Cottage Mantel with Cozy accents
Ornaments in a jar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a quick glimpse into our Cozy Cottage Christmas Mantel and follow along with us as we finish renovating her.

Cozy Cottage in Pentwater, MI.

There is more Christmas inspiration to share! Next up on tour is Kate from Southern Home and Hospitality, and she is sharing beautiful Green and Red Christmas decor.

Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

Like I mentioned above this week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours 2022. Thirty-five talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Christmas home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours


The Tattered Pew // Cottage On Bunker Hill // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

Open Doors Open Hearts // Cottage In The Mitten // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours


Midwest Life & Style // She Gave It a Go // Sand Dollar Lane // Bricks n’ Blooms

Pasha Is Home // Robyn’s French Nest // The Ponds Farmhouse

Wednesday’s Tours


Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home // This Is Simplicite // White Lilac Farmhouse

Peacock Ridge Farm // Cloches and Lavender // Simply2Moms

Thursday’s Tours


County Road 407 // Country Peony // Eleanor Rose Home // Le Cultivateur

Thistle Key Lane // My Family Thyme // Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Friday’s Tours


Southern Crush At Home // A Life Unfolding // Southern Home and Hospitality // WM Design House

Dabbling and Decorating // Lora Bloomquist // Vintage and Grace Living

Thanks for touring with us!

Until next time


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  1. […] Crush At Home // A Life Unfolding // Southern Home and Hospitality //WM Design House //Dabbling and Decorating // Lora Bloomquist // […]

  2. […] a Best Bloggers Home Tour including my friend Libbie Burling with A Life Unfolding who is sharing a Cozy Cottage Christmas Mantel and Cynthia Villegas with Vintage and Grace Living who is sharing a Magical Gingerbread Christmas […]

  3. […] all the links at the end of this post). If you’ve come from Libbie’s cozy home from A Life Unfolding, […]

  4. Rachel Harper says:

    Your mantel looks amazing. The succulent tree caught my eye. So fun.

  5. Renae Frey says:

    Oh my goodness! I love your decor. I especially love the live trees planted. So fun hopping with you this week. Happy holidays!

  6. Kelly Radcliff says:

    Libbie! I love that you used live greenery on your mantel! Which by the way is just beautiful! Pinned and loved your Christmas touches. Thanks for joining me this week.

  7. AnnMarie | Simply2Moms says:

    Love this idea! Such a pretty mantel!! Pinned.

  8. Tammy says:

    Libbie, I love the live garland on your fireplace mantel. I bet the room smells amazing. Those trees on the fireplace are adorable too.

  9. Cecilia says:

    Hi Libbie! I love your joyful sign and I am absolutely smitten with your succulent tree–pinned! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  10. Julie Briones says:

    Your room looks lovely, Libbie. Love the neutral tones, and your mantel is especially lovely! Hope you are enjoying the season!

  11. Melanie Ferguson says:

    Libbie ~ I’m so excited to be on this Christmas tour with you! Your space is gorgeous! I especially love all of the creative ways you styled trees ~ the succulent tree is my favorite! Merry Christmas my friend!

  12. Kim says:

    Love the textured mini Christmas trees, Libbie! It’s always a fun process doing a reno. So nice touring with you! Merry Christmas!

  13. Ann says:

    Libbie, your built-ins are amazing. I love the angle of them and of course that peace sign garland. I need to go dig mine out now. One of my favorites! Happy Holidays

  14. Jennifer says:

    Libbie, I love how you styled your mantel and bookcases. Everything is simple, yet elegant and filled with beautiful holiday touches. So happy to be touring with you this week. Pinned!

  15. stacy says:

    Libbie how beautiful I love your mantel decor it looks so cozy! xo

  16. Lora says:

    I am totally crushing on that succulent tree! But it gave me an idea to do a little different version that would be everlasting. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Jennifer Howard says:

    Love that mini succulent tree!! It’s so cute!

  18. Cindy says:

    You succulent tree is gorgeous and so clever. I d never think of this idea. Your mantel is pretty and great angles in this room.

    Great touring with you!


  19. Wendy McMonigle says:

    Libbie, your sweet mantel is so pretty. I love the graceful fresh garland with your collection of trees. The yarn trees are fabulous.

  20. Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says:

    Your mantel has the perfect cottage feel to it and I love the simple fresh garland. Your tree collection is just darling, especially the two knitted ones on the shelf. Happy Christmas Libbie!

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  22. Kate @ Southern Home and Hospitality says:

    Libbie your first mantel looks beautiful! And I love (and pinned) your succulent tree and bowl of mini trees. Merry Christmas!!

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  24. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    Aww, I love your mantel (especially the scalloped trim) and shelves all decorated for Christmas! Are those gold figs?! So pretty! And your collection of trees is perfect sitting all together. Glad to have hopped with you this time around. Merry Christmas!

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