Christmas Mantel

by leanneja on November 26, 2011 · 20 comments

in Christmas,Decorating,Mantels

You knew my mantel was going to be the first thing I decorated for Christmas, didn’t you? I love starting with the mantel for any holiday or season. It’s an easy thing for me to decorate and it gets me motivated and inspired to decorate the rest of my house.

My color scheme for Christmas is green, brown, gold, and white. So the first thing I did was pull out things in those colors to consider decorating the mantel with. My decorating budget for this year is close to $0, so I’m trying to use things I already have around the house. Obviously not all of this is going on the mantel, but I like to keep my options open.

This is how it all came together. I love the colors I chose this year. They bring a feeling of comfort and peace to my home.

Not all my decor is shiny and glittery but I wanted the mantel to stand out.

The PEACE sign and bird were in my bedroom during Christmas last year.

You can never have to many trees displayed, right?

A pinecone wreath is the perfect wreath for my mantel. I found this one at a thrift store for only $3. I usually use a thumbtack to attach the wreath’s ribbon to the middle shutter, but this wreath is too heavy so I attached it to the wall behind the shutter and then just pulled the ribbon over the top. The JOY was in my bedroom last Christmas also.

There’s still one thing missing; the banner, bunting, garland or what ever you want to call it. I’ll be working on that later this week.

How are you coming along on your Christmas decorating?

Would you like to see some more mantels? Here are the links to my 2010 mantel and 2009 mantel.

Don’t forget to link up your projects and ideas to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party this week. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

There’s also going to be an awesome giveaway later this week you won’t want to miss.

I’m linking to these awesome blog parties:
Weekend Warrior Link Party at Ask Anna
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Head to Head Showdown at I Can’t Stop Crafting
Topsy Turvy Tuesday at I’m Topsy Turvy
Inspiration Board Link Party at Carolyns Homework
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Hookin’ Up with HOH at House of Hepworths
Best DIY Projects of November at Beneath My Heart
Home for the Holidays Mantles at It’s a Bog Party
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Mantel Party at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Holiday Mantel Link Party at Ten June
Merry Mantels Link Party at Southern Hospitality
Christmas Mantel Link Party at Home Stories A2Z
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

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Mariaelena November 27, 2011 at 2:56 am

good morning…your mantel looks great…love the shutters and the sparkly trees…great use of color..I agree…and also started with my mantel yesterday…come on over for a visit to check it out…Happy decorating!!..Mariaelena

♥Wendi November 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

Oh, it is wonderful! I love the colors. Love it all! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me!

Annie November 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

Gorgeous!! I really love the color scheme and all the trees. Looks like a sweet little winter forest on your mantle.

I’ve usually got all the decorations up by now, but we decided that we’d start a tradition of not putting up a single Christmas decoration until the day after Ollie’s birthday. Can’t wait to pull all the boxes out and start glitterizing (that’s a word, right?) the house! :)

Jenny November 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Love your pretty mantel, especially the shutters! I featured it on my post today about mantels!

http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/11/sending-out-some-blog-love-and.html

Jen November 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous mantle! I love the monochromatic scheme you’ve got going on, and it’s still so attention grabbing. Stunning. I’d be thrilled if you came and linked this up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

~Jen

My Duong November 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Wow I love everything about this mantel. Thank you for sharing!

Dana at Cooking at Cafe D November 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

I just love the green and brown – with the sparkle.
The pinecone wreath is great, too.

My mantel is really narrow – about 5 or 6 inches. So, I am limited by what will fit on it. I’m hoping to find some really tall, yet narrow decor to bring some height. We’ll see if it works!
~

Carolyn - homework November 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I love how your mantel turned out. It’s glittery cozy and yet uncluttered at the same time. Beautiful. If you have a moment, I would be thrilled if you shared this on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would love it.

http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-board-link-party-26.html
carolyn – homework

Shannon {aka}|design December 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I realy like the colours you chose. And you have the perfect amount of glittery sparkle!
Shannon

Sinea December 3, 2011 at 6:50 am

These mantels are beautiful. Simple elegance.

kim@too much time December 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

fresh and lovely:) I am hosting my first ever link party this weekend and I would love it if you popped over to link up some of your cutie stuff!

Thanks, Kim

http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/get-schooled-saturday-1.html

Andrea Schuneman December 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Your mantel is gorgeous!! Love how you pulled all of your colors together and placed it so easily on your mantel. You make it look so easy! Over visiting from Uncommon Slice of Suburbia mantel party….

Blessings,
Andrea

Jo Ann December 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Love your mantel! Love all the colors!

tara December 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

love your mantle…..the details are amazing…none were spared.

kristin December 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

Your mantel is just fabulous, love all the details!
Thanks for linking!
XO
Kristin

the cape on the corner December 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

love the muted colors in this mantle.

Melody of chattychics.com December 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Love your mantel and your blog. Adorable! I’ve added your button to my page! Too cute!

Michelle @ Ten June December 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Very pretty! I love the colors that you used. Thanks so much for linking up!

Lisa~ December 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm

It is just beautiful! I love your style…simple yet sparkly. :) Merry Christmas! Lisa~

Miss Charming December 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Very pretty! I love how you incorporated those beautiful shutters into your mantelscape.

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