It might be fun to live in this little snowy Christmas village during the holiday season! How fun! Such a big departure from my the usual way I style my mantel. Last year I found a wood cut-out of a little village and tucked it away for this year, not knowing how I would use it. When I found it early in the season I knew a Christmas Village would be a big part of this year’s Christmas decor. And Christmas decorating always begins with my mantel! See how it all started…

The little cut-out village (from Target) was originally wood and I painted it white. I used Blessed from A Maker’s Studio. You can find it HERE. Use my #813524 when ordering.

To the village, I added small houses also painted with Blessed and added silver and gold leafed rooves. Gilding is one of my favorite diy’s to do and these little houses with their fancy rooves were so easy and so adorable! The Gold and Silver can be found HERE and HERE. And use #813524.

And what Christmas village would be complete without Christmas trees? I grabbed several different ones from my “Christmas tree” stash and planted them across the mantel and on the hearth. Oops… one tree down! One oh, so tiny tree fell and it took a bitsy avalanche of snow with it! Can you find it?



This year my overall Christmas theme is SILVER AND GOLD so instead of greens I used mercury ball garland and beautiful filigree gold ball  lights.




Oh, I almost forgot to tell you… everything lights up! And the little village comes alive with twinkling lights and candle glow. I’ll save that for my CHRISTMAS NIGHTS post just before Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my little town to yours!

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  1. Laura Corbett says:

    Beautiful! The tiny tree is under the chair! I love your blog! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your!

  2. Sandy Crabtree says:

    Delightful! I love the way you use “snow” in your settings. I’d love to do that too, but in Florida we often have our ceiling fans on (although not right now because it’s been pretty chilly). I can just see that snow falling everywhere when the fan starts!

  3. Connie Fowler says:

    What makes this whole scene particularly lovely is the fact that you have texture, dimension, and contrast in your very subtle colors. Very creative, Yvonne!

  4. Just think your mantle is fantastic. Even though I have done my decorating this year in a simpler mode I love to see how other s are so talented. Saving all the wonderful ideas I see this season and maybe next year I will feel differently and go all out.

  5. How are you securing the gold and silver strands? I have used the the 3M(?) tape things, but even those pulled some of my paint from the mantel.

    1. Great question Dru! The garland was held to the mantel with 3M COMMAND HOOK hangers. I used the little ones! I keep a big stash of 3M hangers on hand! Get them HERE:

  6. says:

    I see the scamp on the floor by the chair leg. I too have a collection of trees I put out each year including the off white bottle brush. Some day My wish is to have a mantle over my fireplace and am pinning all your wonderful ideas to use. I look forward to your post every day. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  7. Lovely! I also really love those white candle holders on the hearth! Where did you find those? I have similar ones but in green that I found at Lowe’s last summer.

    1. She posted about them previously. They are from Pottery Barn. They are sold on their website.

  8. Shirley Housepitality Designs says:

    Love, love, love it!….I have about 100 pieces of the Dept 56 Dickens Village pieces…have not taken them out of their boxes for years…maybe next year, I will have time to display them…Love that you painted them white…beautiful mantel Yvonne…Have a very Merry Day!

  9. Barbara B. says:

    Oh, Yvonne! It’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing the ways you make your house a home!❤️

  10. Wow! You HAVE made a departure from the past mantels but it is BEAUTIFUL! So serene and peaceful. I predict blue and white next year ?
    BTW- I couldn’t find Mickey Mantel??

  11. I love your little village! When my mother was a child, the father of a friend made little villages that he sold at Christmas. There are houses of various architectural styles and a church. Because mom helped paint the houses, he gifted her with a set. That set is now mine.

  12. Just lovely and I love the white tree on the hearth.

  13. Beautiful and very minimalist. I can’t wait to see everything lit up!

  14. Beautiful, Yvonne. Deb took the words right out of my mouth, serene and peaceful. Also, fresh and airy. Definitely a must stay through January and even beyond. Have been admiring those little white houses and wondering where to incorporate one or two. They would look pretty paired with blue and white, which I leave in my kitchen for Christmas.

  15. You are so talented, Yvonne. I am constantly delighted by all you do.

  16. Nita Hiltner says:

    I love it. The beads bring back memories of my mom who had the heavy silver mercury beads on all our trees. Love them.

  17. Jan Fusco says:

    So pretty. I would love to see it lit up at night.

  18. “White Christmas “. So very pretty. There’s nothing better than a white mantel. I’m enjoying your pictures while your recipe for pot roast is in the oven.

  19. Trying again to leave a comment. Love the silver and gold theme and can’t wait to see it all lit up!

  20. Beautiful! Cant wait to see it lit!

  21. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts and I am not able to sit and relax until late at night. Your beautiful snow village is so serene. Love the mantle! Merry Christmas!

  22. Julie Briones says:

    Just gorgeous, Yvonne! Can’t wait to see them lit up! Both garlands are on sale right now… great price!

  23. i see you moved your pottery barn vases. Do you need to move off the items when you turn on the fireplace? Love the fireplace decor.

    1. We don’t really use our fireplace during Christmas. If we do use it I don’t move the pottery.

  24. Love it; choosing just 3 colors makes it all blend so beautifully. I am living vicariously through your decorating! Merry Christmas and may 2019 be filled with blessings including great health.

  25. You have a beautiful style. I recently redecorated my living room following your style, Love it.

  26. Hi Yvonne

    Love this so much, I have a closely similar decor last year. I think we have very similar taste. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Judy Frye says:

    I saw a square or rectangle candle holder that is white porcelain with a cut out snowflake. Can you tell me where you found it?

    1. Hi Judy, the pottery lanterns comes from Pottery Barn. I see them on their site every now and then.

  28. I have this village, too. But I also bought trees and animals to go with it. I did not paint it but I love that you did. I have actually thought about selling it, but now I am rethinking painting it white. Not sure yet. I sure do love how you mixed it in with other beautiful decor.