Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Mantel


This year I decided I wanted a little sparkle on my Christmas Mantel.  Don't we all just need a little sparkle in our lives once and awhile?  I mainly used what I had and only purchased a few small items.  To start I used three strands of garland to make it look really full.  Then I added several different sized pine cones and lights.  The lights were a clearance item from years ago.  They have a cage that fits over the light that is beaded so it makes each light look like a glowing ember.  


I tried a few different things but it all came together when I found the pedestal glass container while thrifting.  It was missing it's lid so it was $2.  How could I not buy it?  I decided to add some more glass in the form of candlesticks and a small cloche.  The cute little clip on birds are from Joann's Fabrics.  



I added a glitter Santa from my collection.  I at least needed one Santa on the mantle.   The JOY stocking hangers are Pottery Barn from years past.  No stockings yet.


The "fire box" inside part of the mantel is new.  I posted about how I used pallet wood to create it yesterday.  Click here to see that post. 



I updated the lantern I have had for awhile with a coat of Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint.  It's also from Joann Fabrics. I stacked some books in the old drawer to set it on and added more faux greenery, pine cones and lights.



Here's what it looks like at night with the lights off.



I just need a glass of wine and Christmas music and it would be complete.  Lucky me I have both!





click here for a post on How I built my Mantel 
click here for a post on How I built the Mirror above my Mantel


 

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18 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it is gorgeous. I love the bling, perfect. Great lights and the pallet project is fabulous. Gorgeous lantern too. The whole thing is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Anne said...

This is my fave mantel EVER! Love all your little touches. Divine!!!

Full Circle Creations said...

I love it! So beautiful! I have a mantel in my bedroom that you have inspired me to decorate!

Holly

Being Home said...

Love it! A beautiful combination of styles. I knew I would be impressed. ;) I have that same apothecary jar (the one with the tree inside). I was just cleaning it up trying to decide what to do with it. lol Love what you did.

Julie

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Just gorgeous! Beautiful, sparkly, joyful, but not overdone! I love it. Please, may I come and sit in front of it with a glass of wine and listen to the music with you? Sounds delightful!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your mantel is beautiful!! I really like the white doves in the garland. I saw some at JoAnnes and wanted to get them, but wasn't sure what to do with them. You're so clever! :

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Beautiful! I love the garland and lights the most! My mantel is stinking! ....not literally, but it's just not coming together and is totally boring. Since I've decorated the heck out of everything else, I think I just might leave my mantel boring and post on everything else! lol

Great job! I hope you're enjoying it with some wine and music this weekend!
--Katie

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Wow, very pretty! Love the naturals mixed with the sparkle. I especially like the lantern in the crate.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin' all the naturals and that huge lantern is GREAT!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Jann Olson said...

Hi, hoped over from the Homespun Christmas party. Love your beautiful sparkling mantel. I usually do a sparkling mantel, but this year I moved all of my sparkle into the living room and did a Sugar and Spice theme in the family room. I love your vintage looking Santa and the bottle brush tree in the jar. Yes, how could you pass it up? I adore your lantern! It is painted in my favorite shade of blue. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love for you to link this up on Dec. 13th myself and others are hosting a Christmas link party. My theme is Vintage style decor. This would fit in beautifully. Now a new follower.
Hugs,
Jann

Nicole @ Mendez Manor said...

What a beautiful mantel! Just stopping by from Savy Southern Style link party and I am your latest follower. Hope you come check out my blog too! www.mendezmanor.com

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I totally ♥ your gorgeous mantel - and the fact you BUILT IT is amazing, wow- love your colours and the way you executed your design! VERY well done.

Daniel Casares Román said...

algo precioso!

Lori E said...

What a great job. From top to bottom. The zigzag pattern of the pallet wood is perfect. Enjoy the wine and enjoy your wonderful mantle.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Mimi, this is fabulous. I especially love the box with the lantern. Thanks for linking up.

Robin said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the white accents and the little white birds are an adorable fun touch.

Debra said...

I love it!

Renee Ann said...

That looks gorgeous! Great job on the lantern and wooden box. Now I think I need to get some of that paint and spruce up my lanterns!

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