Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Mantel 2011

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The fireplace mantel in our new place had me stumped this year.  Part of the problem is that I’m trying to decorate it like the two larger mantels I had in my old house.  This mantel is smaller and narrower.   I have redone this mantel three times and that’s it; I’m done. No more futzing with it!

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The most recent addition was the beaded garland that I found in one of my bins. I’ve also decided to bring in some things that are not quite as big as what I’ve used in past Christmases ~ like these bottle brush trees that I bleached here

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I also included one that I bought from Becky at Junk to Joy.  Love the one she did!

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I added my Lladro Christmas tree, and the boy and girl that go with it, on the other side.  I had no other surface to really put it on, plus I need to keep them out of reach of little hands.

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So that’s me this year!  I’m hoping to pick up some inspiration for next year though, because I’m not touching this mantel again until January, when everything gets put away!

Linking up with:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for the Christmas Blogger Block Party

Mantel Party at From My Front Porch To Yours

Kathy

31 comments:

Debby said...

It looks very nice. I do the rearranging thing all the time. I love the Lladro tree and children. Glad it is up high. I love tree that says Christmas.
Happy Holidays.

Girlie Blogger said...

Love this. A gorgeous way to decorate the mantel.

http://www.thegirlieblog.com

Okio B Designs said...

Okay let me try this again - my other post disappeared when I hit post comment. I was laughing b/c I do the same thing when I've had to re-arrange something a few times. That's it, I'm done! =) Your mantel looks great and I can't tell that it's that much smaller from the NY ones.

J

Shelia said...

Hi Kathy! Your mantle is gorgeous! I love the way you've hung your garland and the beads so just make it. The little tree and children is so adorable! You've done a wonderful job!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathleen said...

It looks good, Kathy!It is hard to adjust to a new scale. When we moved here from Huntington, it was a bigger house, but less areas to decorate! I had to readjust my thinking. And we have a double mantel here, so that is a challenge. I always put one of my Nativity sets there, so it stays the same every year.
Anyway, it looks very festive in your new home!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ha ha, seriously, Kathy, your mantel is lovely. I go through this all the time as our "mantel" if even narrower than yours and I am very limited on what I can do!

xxoo
Marsha

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathy, your mantel is gorgeous! I love your bleached bottle brush trees! The beads are so festive! I also love the way you installed the garland! It all looks great! My mom collected Lladro; I adore it!

Judy said...

I love your mantle and the Lladro is really gorgeous. I find decorating my mantle difficult too...I don't know why. Yours looks great.

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

A lovely mantel for your new home!

At The Picket Fence said...

It is just beautiful Kathy! I love the draped beaded garland and your bottle brushes are fantastic. It all looks so festive! :-)
Vanessa

sissie said...

Hi Kathy,
Well girl all of your efforts paid off because it looks so pretty. I love how the whole room looks warm and inviting with a special holiday glow.

hugs
Sissie

Ruby Jean said...

Okay make sure to let us know if you end up messing with it again.. That is before January :) Love how it turned out and I am still LOVING those Bottle Tree's....ADORABLE... :)

Gail said...

Kathy your mantel is beautiful in fact your whole room looks beautiful! Love how you draped the beaded garland and your Christmas tree looks beautiful too.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I think it looks really pretty Kathy!!

LOL @ the word "futzing"....I use that word all the time and have never heard anyone else use it until now! I always giggle at that word!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful Kathy! I love the beaded garland and those bottle brush trees! You know I have a "thang" for those too!! Great minds....once again ;)

Lucky you to be finished!! Still working on my outside stuff....


Lou Cinda

KATHY said...

Hi Kathy,Your mantle looks so pretty! I love your tree too!Everything looks beautiful.

Kathy

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I think it looks wonderful Kathy. Love your bottle brush trees, especially the bleached ones.

Pamela said...

Kathy everything looks so warm and inviting and I LOVE your bottlebrush trees! I wanted to get some this year but ran out time. Thanx for joining the party!

debbie refresh restyle said...

Kathy your mantel is so pretty! I must bleach next year! Love the black w/those!
Debbie

Donna, The Decorated House said...

It's so warm and inviting the way you have the tree and mantel decorated. Fun to see your decorating for Christmas in your new home!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kathy, this is beautiful and traditional. I love the shot with the tree by the fireplace. I love that look. So cozy. I wish I could put the tree by our fireplace, but no room.

Tracy said...

It looks so pretty! I love your little collection of trees, they make a nice impact all grouped together. Have a Merry Christmas!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It is so pretty! Love that beaded garland.

Debra from Bungalow said...

It looks lovely! I love the bottle brush trees and had no idea you could bleach them. The beaded garland is the perfect touch.


Thanks so much for the great comments you always leave on my blog : )

AB HOME Interiors said...

Well you have settled right in! Beautiful decorations!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

It looks wonderful Kathy! I love those bottle trees...they are the perfect touch! When I moved 6 years ago, it did take me a while to get my seasonal decorating the way I wanted! At first I tried to decorate my new house exactly like my old and it wasn't working for me. So I just had to start from scratch and look at everything with 'new' eyes! It comes with time! Angie xo

Debbie said...

I absolutely love the way you decorated with those beads under the mantel top while decorating it too. I have never thought about doing that, and now I want to.

Jonquil said...

I like the Christmas tree in a "jar" that one is super cute!

Just a few days left to enter the Christmas Tree Contest:
www.awhimsicalchristmas.com

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I'm totally loving your bottle brush trees, Kathy. It makes me want a collection, but after I dug through my bins this year, I told myself "no more Christmas decor!"

BECKY said...

Hi Kathy! Love the mantel...just lovely!! Everything looks so pretty and cozy!! And I love your trees, too! Especially the little ones with banners! Where did you find those mini cloches?? Love them!! Thanks for the shout out, too! You're such a joy!

May love and joy fill your home this holiday season!!
Hugs and love,
Becky

Aimee said...

Your mantel is PERFECT, I love the trees especially! Your Christmas Tree{s} are BEAUTIFUL! You're a ribbon expert. I have another girlfriend that is too and I'm always a bit jealous, but that's okay! We all have our strengths, right!!! The crown topper was adorable, too!!! I'm LOVING your blog and am happy to be your newest follower! I'd love for you to return the "love" on your next visit!!

Your new bloggy friend, Aimee

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