11/29/2010

A Christmas Mantel from Christmas Past

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Ohhh my goodness...here we are with just 26 days until Christmas! The Christmas decorating marathon is about to begin at my place. I don't know about you...but it's always difficult for me to get my Christmas decorating done and blog at the same time. Yes...I'm old and I'm slow! Hehe! Anyway, I will be taking a little blogging break this week. In the meantime, I thought I would revisit a few posts from Christmas Past! I hope you enjoy!
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Christmas Past
December 6, 2009
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My Faux Fireplace Project
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Well my friends, I have posted about my faux fireplace project on Met Monday's for about three weeks now. I know that many of you have already seen the post that I am sharing today, however I thought it befitting to share it again for Met Monday...as the finale...so to speak!
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If you are interested in seeing how my faux fireplace evolved you can...
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Click HERE to see Part I
Click HERE to see Part II
and you can click HERE to see Part III
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and now...for the finale...
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A Christmas Mantel*
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Christmas 2009 at Happy To Design
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Hello my friends! It's time to let the Christmas decorating begin!
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The Christmas decorating has just begun at my house! I love Christmas...it's my favorite holiday of the year!!! I just can't wait to dig into all my boxes and start decorating! Ohhh boy...there is sooo much...it's almost overwhelming! I mean...what to put where? Hehe!
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*Brand New Faux Fireplace
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One of the things that I have been most excited about this year...as far as Christmas decorating goes...is being able to decorate my brand new faux fireplace mantel! I just finished the faux fireplace project this past month and I've just been "bitin' at the bit" to decorate it for Christmas! Hehe!
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A Christmas Mantel

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Ta Da!!! And...here it is...in all of its Christmasy glory!
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Creamy White and Gold Elegance
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As you can see...my living room is done in shades of olive green and deep reds with accents of gold. I really do love these deep, rich colors and they are very conducive for Christmas decor! Because of the deep shades of red and olive green...I thought it would be pretty to use a soft creamy white and gold for the Christmas decor in this room!
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A Christmas Mantel
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The mantel was my beginning point and primary focus for the living room!
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The "How To's" of Layering the Mantel's Decor.
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1. I placed a pine garland with white lights entertwined throughout the garland on top of the mantel allowing about 2 ft. to hang over each end.
2. Gold ribbon with flocked white trees was entertwined amongst the garland. I found this pretty ribbon for just a dollar at Dollar Tree.
3. Gold reindeer were placed at each end of the mantel. These pretty reindeer were 50% off at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago for $12 ea. Oooh...I just love the pretty filigree cut-work in the sides of the reindeer!!!
4. After placing the reindeer on the mantel...I decided it needed more so I "shopped" my house! Hehe! I found three chunky gold candleholders...and a decorative gold finial. I placed them behind the reindeer and it was just what it needed...lots of "layering" going on here!
5. For the centerpiece, I used a frenchy looking "Noel" sign that I purchased last year at Hobby Lobby's after Christmas sale...it was 90% off and only $4. It's a sizable piece standing 12 in. tall...just perfect for the mantel centerpiece!
6. Then I just scattered a myriad of gold ornaments throughout the Christmas mantel vignette.
7. Last but not least...I added a few creamy white poinsettias to the mix. The poinsettias brought in the creamy white that I had envisioned for the mantel vignette.
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And...Voila!!! An elegant gold and white mantel!
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A Christmas Mantel "All Aglow"!
* The next few photos are "night shots". This mantel really is soooo pretty at night with the Christmas lights that are entertwined throughout the garland turned on!
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I didn't have much success with getting good night photos. I'm not sure how that is done?
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Decorating the Hearth
* Honestly...I have changed the decor of the hearth several times...this is what I ended up with and I'm still "tweaking" it! Hehe!
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Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
You know...with all the fun of Christmas...the decorating, the gift exchanging, etc., the real reason for the season is Jesus!!! I love it all but I fear that our world has taken this momentous occasion...when we celebrate the birth of our dear Savior...and so commercialized it! My desire is to celebrate Jesus' birth and to bring Him glory in all that I do!!!
Do you see this very large, thick book (underneath the candles)? It is a very, very old family Bible that belonged to my husband's family! The first recordings of family births, baptisms, and deaths upon the old pages were made in the mid 1800's. This is truly a family heirloom...a treasure!!! I wanted to place it on the fireplace hearth...for Jesus is the reason that we celebrate Christmas in our home!!!
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On top of the old family Bible...I placed an old french table tray filled with gold and creamy white candles...a few little pearl berries can be seen twirling around the candles.
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My little french girl bust has also joined the hearth's decor...ahhh, so serene!
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I also added a couple of tall decorative iron candleholders with white pillar candles...to each side of the hearth. I just wrapped each pillar candle in a pretty creamy white Christmas ribbon...just letting a long length of ribbon hang down in front of the candleholders.
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Well my friends...there is still yet sooo much to do at my place! I guess I better get busy for Christmas will be here before we know it!
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Back to Chrismas Present...hehe!
I am joining these fabulous parties this week...

Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Thank you so much, Susan and Marty...for hosting these fabulous parties for all of us to enjoy!
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Well my friends, stay tuned! I will be back with a few more posts from Christmas Past to share with you throughout the week!
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Warmest Wishes!

20 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

How beautiful, Chari! I just love what you did! Love the colours and your photos are spectacular. Thank you for sharing; it's stunning! Have a lovely day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Restoration House said...

So lovely Chari! Your mantel is absolutely gorgeous! You did good!
Kim

Blondie's Journal said...

I remember this mantelscape...I loved all the creams and golds and the hearth was just gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you do this year!

Don't stay away too long! :-)

XO,
Jane

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is so pretty. I love it all. You always do the most wonderful decorations on your mantel. This is truly stunning. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Patricia Torres said...

That is the most gorgeous looking decorations ever!! so well done!! wow!!

Traci said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! It's beautiful! I fought with my mantel all day yesterday & I'm still not happy with it.

Shirley said...

Your mantel is beautiful! You surely do have a talent for decorating. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Outstanding~! Love the Noel plaque in the middle and all the rest is beautiful too....
Its definately the season after seeing this beauty..

Holiday Hugs
Sonny

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Beautiful! I appreciated knowing the steps you took in layering everything, and am beating myself up for not making more trips to Hobby Lobby! Those reindeer are wonderful and just what I need for the dining room table this year. Lovely job here. Really. Wow!

podso said...

I always like seeing your faux fireplace especially decorated for Christmas. The family Bible is awesome! What a treasure. Thanks for reposting! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and are having a good week, staying warm in your CO weather! Sorry to miss your Sunday Favs yesterday!

Gail said...

Chari your mantel is absolutely beautiful! I love how you layered your garland. I layered mine as well. Thanks for sharing.

Enjoy your evening,
Gail

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, most of all I adore your love for this mantle but I also love the white/gold colors and most especially your family Bible.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Chari, it is beautiful. I wish mine was all done up. Well, it was and I didn't like it so I took it all down. Will start over another day.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That mantel is so stunning Chari!
It just glistens! Can't wait to see what you come up with this year!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Pat said...

Your mantel is gorgeous, Chari!

Theresa said...

Oh Chari, I love this mantel! It is gorgeous! Enjoy your day my friend! Happy decorating! HUGS!

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,

Well it was nice to see your mantel transformation again. The fireplace surround is just beautiful and you have accessorized
it so wonderfully! The gold and the greenery with the reindeer and poinsettas is just perfection! One of the pretties mantels I've seen! Happy Holidays..I'm off to Florida later this week to visit my Mom, hope your Christmas is blessed and oh so special!

Miss Bloomers

Joan said...

Oh my, I forgot all about my gobs of pearl garlands. Great idea. Must admit that I lean towards using Red on green garlands. Hmmm, that being said, I am liking that white flower motif.

Beth said...

How beautiful, Chari! You are truly an artist! Your blog is very aptly named as you are a design queen! Enjoy the holidays, Chari! Hope your children and grandchildren are doing well.
Hugs,Beth

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