12/12/2010

Christmas in the Woodlands...Mantel

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* Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Ohhh my...I think that I have finally finished decorating for Christmas...except for the occasional tweaking...hehe! Sheesh...I don't know why I just can't leave well enough alone. Anyway, I thought I would share my 2010 Christmas fireplace mantel with you today. I hope that you enjoy!
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Christmas in the Woodlands...Christmas 2010
Here we are...in my living room. Last year honey and I built this faux fireplace...just in time for Christmas 2009. I have had sooo much fun having a mantel to decorate! The mantel itself came from JC Penneys...I got a great deal on it. Honey built the tile surround and I did a faux paint treatment on it...he also built the hearth that the mantel is sitting on. I really wanted the fireplace to look as real as possible...I am very pleased with the results! As you can see, my living room is done in an olive green, burgandy, and gold color scheme...which makes for Christmas decorating a cinch! Hehe!
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Last year I used creamy white and gold for an elegant Christmas mantel...it turned out really pretty but I wanted to do something a little different this Christmas. Sooo...I decided on a Christmas Woodlands theme.
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Dark woodland greens, burgandy, and a touch of gold for a little Christmas magic...make up the color scheme for this Christmas in the Woodlands mantel!
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A view from the opposite direction.
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* Christmas Woodlands Garland...
My Woodlands Santa was the inspiration for this year's Christmas mantel. A little more about Santa later...but I wanted to show you what I did with the mantel garland. I found this beautiful woodsy looking garland last year at GW. In fact, I found two of these beautiful garlands in a bag for just $2.00...yeeehawww! I love the long needle pine greenery...and the winter berries and pinecones! I used the second garland to drape over the art above the mantel. A large gold mesh ribbon is woven in and out of the garland for a bit of whimsy...with large bows on either end.
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* Woodlands Santa...
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I started collecting these "Old World" Santas several years ago...this one is my favorite! I love Santa's fur trimmed, burgandy colored cordoroy robe and hat. He has a woodlands staff in one hand...just look at that sweet little red cardinal that is resting in the tree boughs! Santa is carrying a large burgandy velvet bag full of sugared fruit, nuts, and pine over his shoulder...another bag full of Christmas goodies is sitting at his feet.
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* French Wire Cloche...
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I decided to use my frenchy wire cloche on this Christmas mantel. I love the old, distressed gray finish...it looks like of "woodsy" to me! Hehe! This wire cloche stands a stately 30 ins. in height and it looks kind of like a Christmas tree...it has the same shape of a tree. I filled it...very carefully...with various colors of gold ornaments. Ahhh...Christmas magic!!!
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* I love how detailed Santa's face is...he has such kind eyes!
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* And of course...Santa has to have his reindeer!
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* I found this pair of reindeer last year at Hobby Lobby. I love the burnished gold finish and that beautiful cut-work design on the sides of the deer...ohhh sooo pretty!
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* A Christmas Woodlands Hearth
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* Last year I found these beautiful Christmas hat boxes at Hobby Lobby during their 90% off sale...they were nearly "free"! I love Hobby Lobby! I took the lid off of the top box and filled it with pinecones and more gold ornaments.
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New Christmas Urns with Lit Branches...
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Okay...more great Hobby Lobby treasure finds. I found two of these masonary urns (50% off) and decided to make Christmas arrangements for either side of the hearth. The tall branches with lights were found at TJ Maxx for just $12 ea. With a bit of pine greenery, red and green winter berries, and pinecones...and the tall lit branches...I created an arrangement that goes along nicely with the Christmas Woodlands theme.
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Christmas Magic...Sparkly Lights
* And Voila...here are the Christmas urns...all lit up!
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* More Christmas magic...
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* A "Christmas in the Woodlands" mantel...2010!
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I am joining these fabulous parties...




Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Thank you Susan and Marty...for hosting these fun filled parties for us!
Well my friends, thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my 2010 Christmas fireplace mantel! It's a very busy time of the year...I appreciate you taking the time to visit! I'd love for you to leave me a note and let me know that you were here so that I can visit back with you!
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Warmest Christmas Wishes...

40 comments:

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Oh Chari. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. It is beautiful. You could do my mantel and I would love it. And I usually don't let anyone touch my house decor! Those lit branches add the perfect magical touch. And the clever hatboxes too! How do you think of these things? I'm going back to look again and hopefully learn. Linda

~Country Lady~ said...

Oh my, whatever you touch is magical! I LOVE your mantel and all the details. I especially love the lighted urns on the hearth. VERY VERY NICE! Merry Christmas.

Blondie's Journal said...

Chari...you are SO creative! You really should be an interior designer! Your mantel is magical, the color, the woodlands theme! I just love it. I like Old World Santa's too, there is something sort of sad but gentle about their eyes.

I love EVERYTHING!!

XO,
Jane

Vanessa said...

Hi Chari! This is just gorgeous! I love how you combined natural elements with a high level of rich elegance as well. It is such a beautiful mantel and you have done an amazing job adding layers and layers of lovely detail! :-)
Vanessa

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Gorgeous! I love the colors in your home! The Santa is wonderful! I love everything...especially the deer! Hugs! ♥

Gail said...

Chari, your Christmas mantel is absolutely gorgeous! There is so much to love about it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

Enjoy your evening,
Gail

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Chari! I love the friendly face on your Santa! : ) Is that a wire mesh you used? If so, how did you find working with it? I love the way it looks. Love the simple basket with pinecones and ornaments in front of the hearth.

Marilyn said...

The lights on the branches make the gold balls shimmer and glow. Maybe I'll need to visit HL after Christmas for some hat boxes. It all looks so warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing.

Five more days 'til vacation. You should have seen the kids at the end of each day last week. I simply don't know how they'll make it until Friday. We will have to stick to the routine! ♥♫

podso said...

I would totally love a sit by your faux fireplace. With the lit sweet branches, it gives the illusion of a fire. It is so cozy and gorgeous. You have such a touch, my friend!

Theresa said...

Panting and drooling here in Georgia:) I absolutely adore your Mantle! It is so pretty, my favorite is the garland draped end to end! Have a blessed day my dear friend! HUGS!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Evening my Dear Sis...WOW!! you really out did yourself once again...I love the Santa and the branch lites almost got some of those and with the urns just lovely...love that mesh ribbon the candle and those lacy deer just beautiful girl...Give yourself a BIG pat on the back...Love ya Sis..Hugs and love Gl♥ria

Sandi (Meme) said...

Very, very pretty! Well done, enjoy it all now by sitting back and relaxing. I've only just started today, so I'm a long way from done! Have a great week! Sandi

Shirley said...

Oh how beautiful! You are so talented, I love it!!!!!

Sarah said...

Chari, you did a great job. Your mantel looks magical. I finally finished our mantel last night. Still tweaking some other things. I also need to clean up the guest room that is currently the staging area for all the boxes. LOL
Enjoy your beautiful home. ~ Sarah

Debby said...

SIGH!!!!! It looks absolutely amazing, so gorgeous.
Debby

xinex said...

Such a beautiful creation, Chari. You are so good at this. Your mantel is gorgeous. I love the Santa and the urns....Christine

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

So amazing. Beautiful ribbon, beautiful decor, you did a wonderful job putting it all together! Love it lit.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, this is gorgeous! It looks so elegant. Love that mesh ribbon and your beautiful bows on each end of the mantel. Your urns look so festive with the lit branches. I don't know how you got those gold balls inside that wire cloche, but it looks stunning. It really is just magical. laurie

Vivian said...

I love the reindeer and the hat box idea. I'm on the look out for some reindeer this year (at a good price of course). Very beautiful home.

Dining Delight said...

How I would love to sit in your lovely living room and relax by your gorgeous mantel! You have decorated it wonderfully! I love the gold reindeer, the Santa and especially the lights on those branches - it all goes together perfectly!

DD

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
OMG that is just stunning!!! I love, love, love it! Your mantel is so pretty and I haven't seen another one like it anywhere in bloggyland! You are so creative!!! I love the garlands, what a find! And the urns, the santa and the beautiful reindeer, make it just glow!!!
Jane is right! You should be an interior designer! I am always amazed at the ideas that come to you!
And the hatbox's, how wonderful is that!
I am sorry I have been MIA. We had a huge winter storm and I took care of Addison all weekend long. She is so good but I am still pooped!
Hugs to you dear Chari,
Cindy

Tardevil said...

LOVE the woodland theme. I went with that this year on my mantel also. My favorite things are the gold ribbon, hat boxes & the urns filled with pine and berries, but it's all gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

Sue said...

Wowie! You have blown me away with the beauty and opulence of this fireplace mantel, Chari! Gorgeous Santa, greenery, branches- just all of it!! Hope you are enjoying the season and are only tweaking every now and then. LOL
Christmas hugs, Sue

A Hint of Home said...

Absolutely stunning fireplace! Picture perfect!

Pat said...

This is gorgeous, Chari. I love your mantel. You did a wonderful job building it and I love how you have dressed it for Christmas!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, this is just stunning Chari. Your Santa is fabulous and the Reindeer are exquisite. Such a beautiful vignette. Love the garland, and the cloche with all the pretty ornaments. Everything is beautiful. Fabulous eye candy. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I think Magical is the perfect word for what you do in your lovely home...it is so stunning!!! Have a beautiful week!!!

Cindy said...

Hello sweet Chari,
You are so artistic lady!!! Your Woodlands Mantel is truly magical! I would love to see it in person, it is so detailed, I love it! The lighted trees in the urns are a perfect accompaniment, so delish!!! Wouldn't be fun if we could all fly in for a Bloggy Christmas party for real?
Hugs, Cindy

Luncheons at the Junction said...

I just love your mantle! The garland and net ribbon, the lighted twigs - stunning! Thanks for sharing - it is lovely!

Sandra said...

Oh wow, Chari! I am in awe here! I think everything looks stunning! You really have a gift for creating pretty vignettes! I need to go back to your posts and see everything again! Thank you for sharing!
Sandra

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Just gorgeous! Love the addition of the urns and the hat boxes!

Can you believe I posted three times today! I hope you will come see all of them! They feature my Nativity collection!

Katherine

Life with L said...

What a wonderful and beautiful mantel. You have missed your calling. I Love it all. Your old world Santa is fits perfect there. Great job on the urns. A wbnderful inspiration. Happy holidays....Linda

Kim said...

What a beautiful fireplace you built, it certainly is realistic. Everything looks very elegant and rich. I seriously love those urns - wonderful job!

kasthurirajam said...

beautiful decor

mishebe said...

OH this is Breathtaking. Just beautiful!

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