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Our Holiday Mantel + A Giveaway with Philips!

Philips sent us some lightbulbs to use to in our new house (which we really needed) and when I opened the box and saw they were energy efficient bulbs I was sort of a skeptic. I feel like for years people have been telling me that LED bulbs emit as beautiful light as regular bulbs. But every time I try a few the light is so bad I have to switch back. Lighting makes SUCH a difference in a room and I’ve avoided LED lightbulbs because the light was so ugly. When we put a room together we usually have an overhead light source for function but we prefer not to use it. Instead we have a few lamps around the room to create ambient lighting. Since we moved in last month we hadn’t really gotten our lighting set up so we worked on it last week and I told Paul to try the new lightbulbs. When I came back in the room I couldn’t believe they were LED bulbs. The light was beautiful. The next day I placed a giant order for all the bulbs in our house. My friends started making fun of me because they would come over and all I wanted to do was talk about how great the new lightbulbs are. The bulbs last over 20 years (!) and are super energy efficient. And most importantly (for me) I can’t tell a difference between the old and the new. Right now, Philips is hosting a giveaway for a $3,000 lighting makeover! By entering, you could win a design consultation, new bulbs and fixtures for your home! Click here to learn about all the details.

Our new house has a really great mantel in the living room and when I was decorating for Christmas I knew it would be perfect for a fresh garland. Bay leaf garlands are great because they’re not only beautiful, but they also make the whole house smell amazing. Plus when they dry out they still look beautiful. I order mine from the Flower Mart, they are usually $4-$6 a foot.

Our Holiday Mantel + A Giveaway with Philips!  | Oh Happy Day!Our Holiday Mantel + A Giveaway with Philips!  | Oh Happy Day!Our Holiday Mantel + A Giveaway with Philips!  | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Philips: make your holidays shine with the right lighting. 

Photography by Gaby Esensten for Oh Happy Day

  1. Willa

    December 16, 2013

    The bulb you have in the photo is a new LED bulb, not a CFL (those are the curly-cue kind). Is that the kind you’re using throughout the house? I agree, the light they give are a billion times better than the CFLs I have tried. And they aren’t a hassle to dispose of safely or clean up if they break.

      • jordan
      • December 16, 2013


  2. bell

    December 16, 2013

    I think you mean “mantel.”

      • jordan
      • December 16, 2013

      Yes, you’re right. Thanks for catching that! I’ve updated the post.

  3. Charity

    December 16, 2013

    Your house is coming togehter so beautifully! I am so jealous of all the light you have!

  4. Jen

    December 16, 2013

    Did you say exactly what kind of bulbs you used?

  5. Kelley

    December 16, 2013

    Specifically, which bulbs are these? The light they emit is gorgeous!

  6. christen

    December 16, 2013

    Oh, I’m dying for a whole house tour of your new digs! All of the pics you’ve posted so far are just gorgeous!

  7. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS

    December 16, 2013

    Your mantle decor is so lush, yet so clean! Gorgeous.

  8. jade

    December 16, 2013

    Loving that Garland & that Star Pendant is stunning! Do you have any idea where I could pick one up?

  9. Diana

    December 16, 2013

    How were you able to hang your Serena & Lily paper pendants from your ceiling? Did you plug them into the wall then hang them from the ceiling?

  10. Sarah

    December 16, 2013

    Such a beautiful mantle! I wish I had a great fireplace to show off a pretty garland.


  11. PARIS BEE kids blog

    December 16, 2013

    Love this, looking so gorgeous and Christmas-y!

    xoxo PARIS BEE

  12. Philips Light US

    December 16, 2013

    Thanks for the post, Jordan! Your mantle looks lovely. For anyone interested in finding out more about our LEDs bulbs, be sure to join us on Facebook: and enter our Pinterest sweepstakes. Hope your holidays are merry and BRIGHT!

  13. emily

    December 16, 2013

    so simple, but stunning. I love that you used both to really show off the gorgeous mantel.

  14. heather f

    December 16, 2013

    my house is so dark. I’d love some new options

  15. meg

    December 17, 2013

    I think I officially have a crush on your new home! It is seriously SOOOO cute!!!

  16. jennifer

    December 17, 2013

    Love these shots.

    xo and happy holidays!


  17. Christy C.

    December 17, 2013

    Lovely home! Thanks for the chance.

  18. Analisa

    December 17, 2013

    Your mantel + that garland is KILLING me! How long do those fresh garlands last? And are they usable after they dry out?

  19. Michelle

    December 17, 2013

    Beautiful! Love the wood burning stove, dying over it! Also loving the white paint, very cheery.

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