12/05/2011

~Silver Symphony~...Christmas Mantel

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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I am sooo excited to finally be showing a bit of my 2011 Christmas decor! I have
 had most of it finished for a couple of weeks now...but I've been waiting for good "light"
 days to photograph.
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Today I am going to share my 2011 Christmas mantel...but before I take
 you on the tour...I would like to say just a few words about Christmas and what it
 means to me!
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Christmas...My Favorite Holiday of the Year!
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I'm sure that each of you have very special thoughts of what Christmas means
 to you.  To many, it's about family and friends...gathering together to celebrate the
 holidays.  To some, it may be all about the gifts. 
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To me...Christmas is the time that I set apart to celebrate the birth of my Savior
 Jesus Christ!  Of course, my precious family and dear friends make Christmas a very
 special time for me as well.  I don't know what I would do without them...and
 I don't know what I would do without the Lord.
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  Our country is going through some rough times economically.  I think
 about the many who may not have a job, a warm home, or even enough food
 to put on their tables.  My heart goes out to them and I pray earnestly for their well
 being and that they may have what they need.  My family and I are so very blessed
 and I am very thankful! Thank you, Jesus!
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 Jesus is truly the reason for this season!
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Warmest Christmas wishes and blessings to you and your families.  May you
 know the God of peace, joy, and love and may He give you "ALL" that you have
 need of this Christmas!  Merry Christmas!
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~Silver Symphony~
2011 Christmas Mantel
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Here we are...looking into my living room.
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Just catching a glimpse of the fireplace mantel through the decorated
 boughs of our Christmas tree.
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~Silver Symphony~
2011 Christmas Mantel
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I decided on a white and silver color theme for my 2011 Christmas
(faux) fireplace mantel.
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White and silver just "sing" of Christmas...don't you think? 
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When I look at this white and silver colored Christmas mantel...my
 thoughts are lifted toward heaven and to the multitude of angelic hosts
 that are singing the praises of our Heavenly Father!
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In fact, two of those angels have graced this ~Silver Symphony~
mantel with their sweet presence!
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You can see the reflection of the large arched window in my living room
 in the glass of the  framed art above my mantel.  I think that looks pretty!
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Lots and lots of sparkling white and shimmering silver!
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Each piece on the mantel is either white or silver...with the
 exception of the pine garland.
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Here are the two sweet, serenading angels now!
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The angel on the left is playing a flute.  The angel on the right
 is playing a mandolin. 
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Songs of Christmas joy are lifted into the
 air....my angelic symphony!
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I found a trio of these serenading angels at my favorites antique
 shop this last year.  The third angel is nearby...on the table in front of
 the fireplace.  I believe that they are made of porcelain.  They stand
 a stately 12 inches in height so they are nice sized.
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A tall, decorative, mercury glass finial sits between the two angels.
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The mercury glass finial is lifted atop a small glass pedestal plate. 
 Silver bells circle the base of the finial. 
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 The shape of the tall mercury glass finial reminds me of a Christmas tree!
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~Silver Symphony~
Silver...Silver...and more Silver!
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  Mercury glass finials and mercury glass ornaments lend a special
silvery sparkle to this Chrismas mantel.  I love the look of mercury
 glass...especially at Christmas!
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Six ornate silver candleholders bring a little silver shimmer to the
 mantel as well.  A silver snowflake candleholder holding a chunky white
 pillar candle joins in with the ~silver symphony~!
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New Treasure Find...Silver Lanterns
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A found a pair of tall silver lanterns at Hobby Lobby a few weeks
 ago.  They were 50% off so I purchased them for a great price.  They
 stand 24 inches tall.
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 Decorative mercury glass finials shine and sparkle from behind the
 glass of the lanterns!  Sooo pretty!
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I wrapped a silver beaded garland with tassels around the top of
 the lantern.  Ohhh my...only one lantern has the silvery beaded garland
 right now.  I have another one...somewhere...eeks!  Hopefully
 I'll find it before Christmas!
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View of the mantel from the opposite direction.
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As you can see...I also added mercury glass ornaments to the pine garland as well.
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~Silver Symphony~
Fireplace Hearth
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The silver and white color theme continues down onto the hearth as well.
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A stack of decorative Christmas boxes sit front and center.  A silver
 soup tureen is serving double duty for a little decorative presence on the
 hearth.  A chunky white pillar candle fills the tureen with a candle
 garland that looks like "ice crystals".
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A pair of silver reindeer and a large white artichoke finial join in
 to complete the ~Silver Symphony~ mantelscape.
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A close-up of the silver tureen.
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It is one of my favorite pieces of collected silver.  It's very ornate!
A sparkly icecycle and a few more mercury glass ornaments join in with
the ~silver symphony~!
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Ahhhh.....
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 ~Silver Symphony~
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sings of the glory of Christmas!
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Just a little peek into my Christmas living room.
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  There is more to come...so I hope you'll come back by again!
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Voila...and there you have it...
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My 2011 ~Silver Symphony" Christmas Mantel!
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I'm joining these fabulous parties...
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and I'm joining the Christmas Blogger Block Party
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*Thank you, dear ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for us!
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Well my friends...I'm so happy that you stopped by today!  I hope that
 you enjoyed my 2011 Christmas mantel.  Stay tuned...for more Christmas at
 my place.  Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...I
 would love to visit with you!
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Warmest Christmas Wishes,
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25 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful my friend! I just love those lanterns and the silver pine cones hanging from your garland! Martina

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Chari! Those lanterns are fantastic! Love all the touches of silver. It really adds some sparkle, doesn't it?

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your decorations are outstanding and the meaning of Christmas to you is very beautiful.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Chari, all of your silver is just stunning! I love it all! The lanterns are gorgeous, with the silver accents inside! Your mantle is like a silver fantasy! Absolutely beautiful!!

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, you have outdone yourself here on the mantle. The urns, silver, angels, and dripping ornaments are wonderful. I really love those big silver pine cones. happychristmas♥O

Designs By Pinky said...

Oh Chari, your Silver Symphony Mantle is exquisite!!!!!!! The finials are so beautiful, the angels so lovely and those lanterns are gorgeous. This just takes my breath away! Your mantles are always so lush!!! A look I just love! Thanks so much for sharing all this beauty. XO, Pinky

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
OMG girlfriend this is outstanding!
The silvers and whites, the new lanterns, the greenery and the angels and mercury glass, all of it together with your amazing decorating touch!
And next to the dark mantel, superb!
I am running out of adjectives darling but trust me it should be magazine bound!
Dan and I were sick all last week and are just now feeling normal again.
We got a bunch of snow too!
Come by and visit when you can, missin you!
Big Hugs to you,
Cindy

Terry said...

One of the best mantels that I have seen. It's just stunning.

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh my! I knew before I even opened this post what a huge visual treat was in store! Are there more words than fabulous, gorgeous, amazing, outstanding? The silver and angels are so stunning! I adore the way your some of the ornament hang off the mantel! It's all breathtaking, my friend!

Bella Vista said...

Simply stunning, Chari. Just delicious! I love the large lanterns on either side of the mantel. Fab!!

Barb ♥

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness Chari... GORGEOUS! I love it all! The silver is so pretty! I think my favorite piece is the NOEL candle holder! Have a blessed day my dear friend, HUGS!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

you've outdone yourself. this is Magnificent~!! the magazines should all be calling soon to vie for this shoot.

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
Your message stole my heart! I, too, love the Lord and feel He is the only Reason for the Season!I have been blessed beyond my imagination. Thank you for this reminder, dear friend!
Chari...this mantel is elegantly exquisite! The sunlight streaming though the windows and door make the illumination breathtaking! Thank you for sharing your talent and your lovely home with us!
Fondly,
Pat

pink*cherub*moon said...

Hi! I'm a new follower from the mantel parties. LOVE your mantel decor! The lanterns with the tree toppers in them, the angels (I love angels and cherubs) the ornaments - it's all breath-taking! Merry Christmas and thank you for such beautiful and stunning inspiration! Hugs, Leena

Toni said...

So very elegant and festive. Love your angels and large pine cones.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

You know I will be back!! Your home is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! We like a lot of the same things!!

Nezzy said...

Oh my goodness glory girl, your silver is quite beautiful and eloquent!!! What a fantastic job you've done.

Once I think ya can't top yourself ya go and do somethin' like this! 'Just over the top!

God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Wow, Chari, this is SO impressive. Love those silver candlesticks and the silver lanterns... beautiful. I also love the striped boxes! And the silver tureen on top of them is gorgeous. FABULOUS job!
Best,
Gloria

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O MY!! This is just drop dead gorgeous!!

So elegant and so stunning!!

The lenterns are fantastic!!

I am finally catching up on all my visiis as i have just finished decorating!!

If you have some spare time, please stop by muy Christmas blog to take my Home tou. I still have one more post to do featuring the upstairs yet.

Hugs,
Debbie

fleurcottage said...

this is beautiful!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! Your mantel is over the top gorgeous! So lush and opulent. I bought my lanterns at Hobby Lobby too. Don't they have a great selection? Can't beat those half price sales. Can't wait to see the rest of your room. Everything is so beautiful!

xinex said...

Stunning....simply stunning, Chari. It is so beautiful! Merry Christmas my friend!...Christine

Jessa Irene said...

So very elegant! Stunning. Lovely pieces, lovely photos, and skilfully placed together. Just so beautiful. Thanks for adding to the party. I am pinning and tweeting this lovely post.

Debbie said...

Love it! Love it! I think white and silver is just magnificent and wanted to do more of it here. Unfortunately, I have a lot more gold around here so I kind of shucked the idea. Yours is just beautiful.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous mantel, beautifully shot Chari!!