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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Holiday 'Mantel'...

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Last Thursday I was determined to finish up my decorating for Christmas.
I went to the basement storage room to dig out some ornaments....and this turned into a full 7 hour basement 'excavation'. I ended up taking 6 boxes of stuff to Goodwill and clearing out 2 bags of garbage.
I never did get the decorating done~ I was too pooped.
The decorating had to wait until Friday morning instead~ this is what I did with the 'mantel'.
I have chosen a theme of sparkly white & silver with accents of blue & green for my indoor decor.
And I have to throw in some natural elements...like branches, a basket and a wool carder.
The pitcher was a spray-painted project from the spring. I kept the branches from Halloween.
Remember how I used it here:
I moved it to the mantel, but added some sparkly snowflakes to the branches for the holidays.
{Snowflakes were 6 in a package from Canadian Tire for .99 cents}
The silver cake stand  that holds the blue & green ornaments is from Goodwill.
The lantern is from Ikea. The sparkly white 'Tis The Season' is from Urban Barn.
I elevated the pitcher for a bit more height with books.
The basket you see is my Grandmother's knitting basket from many years ago.
{It's tall because it's meant for holding knitting needles and yarn.It has crossed my mind to fill the basket with yarn... I still might.}
The wool carder belonged to my great-grandparents~who married in 1899.
My uncle very kindly gave these treasures to me~ and I adore them.
Here was what the 'mantel' looked like for Halloween:
And here it is ready for the holidays:
And to all of you south of the border....Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!


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33 comments:

Girl of The Grove said...

Can you come decorate my house?!? : )
You do such a wonderful job.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Angie! I love the pitcher and your tiered tray from Goodwill was a great find.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I love that basket! and the white trees are so frosty looking.
My mantel will have bottle brush trees and a few mercury glass vintage reindeer...but not until December...

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Looks so pretty! You sure do have a knack for decorating. I love the ornaments on the tiered stand. I always check the thrift stores for one and haven't found one yet.

And good for you cleaning out the basement. That is what *I* need to do. :)

Laurie from Amish Country said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I love that you used the branches with the snowflakes. It all ties together.

Pamela said...

Looks great and very festive Angie!
I love the white trees!
Pamela xo

Dining Delight said...

This look so pretty and inspiring! I also have bought those packs of glittery snowflakes from Canadian Tire and they are great. How special to have those lovely items that belonged to your relatives. I'm heading down to the basement this p.m. - wonder if it will take me 7 hours to sort things - I hope not!

DD

Nancy said...

Another wonderful job!

Sandra D said...

Congrats on a beautiful decorating job (and on getting your basement organized). You have a great eye for balance & scale. I love the tiered tray and the artful way you have combined antiques with the contemporary pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn said...

Cute mantel! I love your little snowflakes. I am passing on the Stylish Blogger Award to you. Thanks for all the creative inspiration!
Jenn
www.cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie,
I love how you mixed the old with the new on your mantel. The blue, green and sliver is a really nice combination. I'm off to find how you painted that pitcher. My ceramic canister set needs a makeover. TFS! Sheila

Land family said...

Beautiful, yet simplistic. I absolutely love it. I think that I tend to go overboard with too many of the same elements. I love it!

DanielleisNesting said...

Just gorgeous!

Purnima@a creative project said...

very beautiful!! looks so inviting, cheerful and festive!!

Denise said...

Just beautiful!!! I love the transformation. Found you through the Girl Creative :)

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

I am all over that twig tree. All over it. Makes those snowflakes POP!

Lindy said...

I have a ornament Christmas tree like that I made from plates! I never thought of using it on the mantel! That is so cute!

The Writer Chic said...

LOVE the ornaments on the tiered stand....hmmm....may have to try that. Thanks for sharing! I love it all!

Chrissy said...

Such a creative mantle: I really like how you incorporated natural elements with the sparkly-ness that is the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

I found your blog @Layla's! Enjoyed it!

www.chrissyandnathan.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

Very pretty! I found my silver 3- tiered tray last week so I am definitely using it on my piano. Love the look you created.

The Mulberry Girl said...

Whoo hooo! Congrats on the cleaned out basement AND a great mantle! Love the idea of using the tiered tray!

Courtney said...

both of your mantels are beautiful! they loo clean and pretty! woot woot to Goodwill!

Jen said...

Its gorgeous! Love the colors & the snowflakes!

Heather said...

You have a beautiful mantle - I am definately going to borrow some ideas! Thank you!

Attempting Aloha said...

This is so pretty!! I'm featuring your mantel as Day 10 of my Blue and Silver Christmas. :)

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,

Charlie

Deanne said...

Love the baubles on the cake stand, inspirational!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love the silver tiered tray full of ornaments so so so much....I'm going to HAVE to incorporate something like that in to my own decor. Thanks for the idea.

Meg said...

It looks fabulous. I love the branches, I used some for my front porch decor as well. Great color scheme, too!
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Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Very pretty! I love how you can use those branches from season to season.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Love, love that tiered basket of ornaments. I know what you mean about the cleaning. For my family it was the attic. Last winter, it was too cold to be there after Christmas, so we threw everything in. Then in the summer it was too hot and when we did some redecorating, all the old house stuff was thrown in as well. We had a good amount of rearranging just to find the ormanets this year.

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Michaela said...

This is so pretty! Love the bright colors you chose. Those trees are so fun, too!

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