Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Mantle Decor

Changing my mantle decor this weekend to match the season and at the same time contribute to Mosaic Monday and Met. Monday , DIY Show off Holidays Showoff, and Deck the Halls. Thanks ladies for hosting these parties!
During the autumn season, the left side of my mantle held an arrangement of books propped against a tall bronze-look vase with dried hydrangeas from the yard. On the other end a couple of candle holders holding candles which were my mother's, believe it or not! These candles must be 35 years old! I'll never forget buying them for my mother's new den that was added to their existing home. I found them a few years back and I'm so glad I didn't toss them since I think they compliment my room so well now. In the center is an assortment of items from nature in an antique wooden dough bowl.
Transforming the mantle to suit the season was a quick change. The vase on the left stayed, but hydrangeas went to the floor. The Santa standing by the fireplace is from Big Lots. I stained him to give him an old look. Notice, I don't have decor on my tables? When you have a toddler running around, you learn not to set things out. :) I'll have to settle for decorating out of his reach this year.
The wooden bowl in the center of the mantle was replaced with a bronze reindeer and sleigh along with various garlands.
I wanted the reindeer to look like he's taking off to deliver his goods so I tucked a bowl under the shimmery garland to tilt him up. The candle holders on the right worked with my Christmas arrangement so they stayed too.
Looking forward to seeing what you've done. Happy Christmas decorating!

32 comments:

Lavender Cottage said...

Your mantle looks very nice but I have to admit, I was eyeing up the two chairs by the fire for tea. :-)

Mary said...

Oh so beautiful!!! thanks for sharing your lovely mantel at MM. :)

Dishesdone said...

Gorgeous mantle! Stunning!

Struggler said...

Love the look you created. Somehow the shimmery garland just pulls it all together beautifully!

Wylie said...

Love it!!! Having fun getting ours all up too! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Joyfully,
Wylie

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful spot to showcase the seasons! Those chairs are perfect!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

What a beautiful mantel!!

Hugs,
Marsha

Jeanne Selep said...

Beautiful.

I survived Thanksgiving, but no Christmas decorations up yet.

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Marla at Always Nesting said...

Your home is beautiful.

Alicia said...

You're a genius! That sleigh looks ready to take flight! Looks beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful mantle, everything is so pretty.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Gorgeous Mantle and Home! I love the bronze colors and the reindeer! Cindy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It looks beautiful, Marsha!!

I was looking at your bamboo shades. Do you have them mounted lower? I need a solution for our bathroom and I think this might work. I don't want to cover the entire window.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Oh I loved the total look. It looks so toasty and warm. The sleigh is beautiful. I do something different each years. Just put what ever I find first. I do like to use some of the regular thing and just ad holly or red balls and ribbon.
QMM

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How pretty! You did good. :) I have a candle that I have had many years - to pretty to burn. :)

Stacey said...

Absolutely beautiful! I totally love your drapes. :)

Carol said...

Beautiful! The bronze tones are so elegant!

Country Girl said...

You have a gorgeous home. Wow!

Kim said...

Putting stain on the santa- brilliant!
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Lara Harris said...

Lovely colors! :)

Kate said...

Beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

How lovely! You've put me in the Christmas spirit.

Inspired Comblogulations said...

Simply beautiful. I just can't believe it is here already.
Lee

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Your mantle looks beautiful Marsha. This looks so warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Marcia

Morning T said...

Very pretty Marsha!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I really love that reindeer and sleigh, I've never seen one quite like it. The way you positioned is perfect. Things are looking beautiful.

Sue

Maureen said...

Beautiful! I love the reindeer; I chose to collect reindeer a few years back, so they are definitely the main attraction at the holidays... they soon will be "running" all over the house!

Kammy said...

Hey Marsha !
I just added my name to "follow" I really thought I already did ..crazy ~
I love your decorating and your pictures are so much fun to look at !! I also too a peek at your Thanksgiving Day's posts - I loved those pictures too ! Can you believe it is December ?
Hugs ~ Kammy

Marsha said...

Marsha - your mantle is very beautiful - you did a wonderful job decorating.

Foley said...

Fantastic transformation! Your mantle is gorgeous..and you gave me a few ideas for my own!!!

Lou Cinda said...

This is beautiful!! And I love your drapes! Gorgeous!

Thank you for visiting my blog, it led me to yours and I am a follower!

Lou Cinda :)

The Fajdich Times said...

Your mantle is sooooooo welcoming! I just want to cozy up by the fire:)