Monday, December 5, 2011

My Christmas Mantle

Today I am linking up to My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Southern Hospitality and From my Front Porch to Yours for some Christmas Mantle blog parties.
 I'm sure there will be some amazing displays to enjoy and I hope you will enjoy mine as well!


I did my mantle a little simpler than in years past. I wanted to show off my collection of bottle brush trees, and really let the garland shine this year.

 I used silver tea pots and sugar bowls to hold several of the trees...

 ...and had to keep the old books there. I just love the way they look.

 The garland has handmade ornaments, paper stars, glass garlands and lots of sparkle and hanging baubles.

That's my mantle!! Join me on Friday when I share my two Christmas trees and my top tips for making those trees show stoppers and if you missed my Christmas ornament tutorial click here!

45 comments:

trumatter said...

If I had to choose a mantle that I'd love to replicate, I'd hands down choose yours.

Just the perfect amount of rustic ness with crystals and bling. I love your desert home mantle. It is beautiful dear.

Visiting from my uncommon slice of suburbia.

MELANIE said...

Beautiful..I love all the natural details mixed with the silvery stunny touches.

Happy Holidays!


MJ
Lucky 7 Design

Sweet Briar said...

That is gorgeous, I am so jealous...I don't have a fireplace...I wonder if I could fake it, just so I could create something this beautiful!!!
J x

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Lovely mantel! It has the right amount of silver and rustic items! It's amazing! I love the sparkly Noel and Mercury glass garland!

The English Romantic said...

I love it Karen, so beautiful. I don't see bottle brush trees here but I think the're pretty.
Hugs, Angela.

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Your mantle is so beautiful and it feels so homely, great job xx

~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Gorgeous Karen! I Really Love the Theme of Vintage Silver and Muted Gold tones. Your handmade Ornaments are Just Beautiful! Thank You for sharing your tutorial!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Hugs
Jill

sissie said...

Hi Karen,
Your mantle looks so lovely. What is it about bottle brush trees that makes us want more and more....they are just perfect in every way. Love it all.

hugs
Sissie

Cheryl said...

You have such style Karen, I love everything you do so much! I have given my daughter a mission to go and buy some bottle brush tres for me to collect in April when I visit her, so I can make some for my home next year!
Hugs
Cxxx

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I love this mantel!! It is vintage and charming and so pretty. Love the little bottle brush trees mixed with the silver.

ImagiMeri said...

Gorgeous....stunning, so you! I guess it will have to wait till after the first of the year to get together girlfriend.

You'll keep posting piccy's of your lovely Christmas home, I hope!

Big Hugs,
Meri

Marcia said...

Very pretty. Love the books and the simplicity mixed with the sparkle.

Marcia said...

Very pretty. Love the books and the simplicity mixed with the sparkle.

Marcia said...

Very pretty. Love the books and the simplicity mixed with the sparkle.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I went a bit simpler this year myself, Karen. I love your trees ~ I just did some this year and am hoping to do more. I love how you displayed yours.

Marilyn said...

After seeing this fabulous display, I'm feeling hope for my huge brick wall of a fireplace. It just seems to dominate the living room, but now I need to get busy!♥♫

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Karen
I like the simplicity of your mantle decor, it's beautiful. A number of bloggers are featuring bottle brush trees and they really do contribute to a festive look.
Judith

Elizabeth Johnson said...

It is just beautiful! We are in the middle of a renovation and have not been able to decorate at all. I enjoyed living yours vicariously. Thank you!

Sandra Kaye said...

Just wonderful!! Even more so in person. I count myself lucky to get to see your home in person when ever I want. Of course I'm even luckier to see YOU when ever I want :):) Love ya to pieces!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your garland is fantastic...love the little trees in the silver! With this cold weather we are having, I bet you are happy you have a fireplace!

AshTreeCottage said...

Just beautiful!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love it Karen!! The bottle brush trees are fabulous and the garland beautiful! The old books do look so good in there too!

Love it all!

Lou Cinda

It's All Connected said...

When I look at this, I feel I've stepped back in time 100 yrs. Beautiful! ~ Maureen

Rose Garden Romantic said...

So pretty!!! Love that gorgeous lace, the paper snowfladkes and your lovely garden fence piece!
Michelle

Valery said...

Your mantle is stunning! I love everything about it, it's just gorgeous! I love the old books and all the little trees....Way to go!

Annette said...

Beautiful and the silver and paper snowflakes just pop together. xo

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful mantle! I love the music paper snow flakes!!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

nancarts said...

Love your mantle! I need to get busy with some of your ideas. It is so beautiful....all glittery and glitzy. Can't wait to see your trees!

Peace and Blessings,
Nancy

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Beautiful mantle! Love all your bling.

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Karen!!! Your mantle is just GORGEOUS!! I love each and every element...you have such a way of arranging things ~ I hope you are doing wonderful dear friend, I'm just getting ready for Christmas over here!! hugs and love, Dawn

Crimson Heart Studios said...

Hi Karen, I just posted a vintage garland tutorial and giveaway. The garland is made out of fabric scraps and book pages. The garland is a perfect match for your snow flake ornaments. Thanks, Cindy

Petite Michelle Louise said...

I lOVE it! i also want to make some of those gorgeous ornaments you posted about in your last post ! wish me luck! ;)

Kasia said...

This is simply stunning my dear!!! I LOVE what you did with the garland and the books!

Hugs,

Charlene said...

Pretty!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I wish the elves would just POP into my house & make it look like that!!!! It's a lot of work but, it is beautiful! Were your ears burning today? We were talking about you in class. I have 2 people that may contact you & one of them might be KC Willis herself. Well shut the front door!!!! HUGS!

Teresa said...

I would love to re-create that here---but I have no mantle!!!! LOL!

So pretty...Hmm someday.

Romeo said...

Beautiful!!!! Your Christmas decor ALWAYS rocks!!!! You inspire "her"....

Purrs!

Romeo

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

So beautiful! I love your vintage elements, and am really swooning over your iron fireplace screen! It's all just lovely.
Cheers, Andrea

Chubby N Chieque said...

Awesomeness...

You really done a great job, girl? I love the crystal blings mix with green & white.

Stunning.

Greetings from a slippery & freezing Stockholm,
/chie

MaygreenFairies said...

I am loving your Mantle Display... but then I knew I would before I even layed eyes on it... you have such style lady!! Our Decorations go up this Saturday and I'm so looking forward to it, just love this time of year. x

Rachel said...

You're mantle is soooo pretty!! I LOVE it!! Will you come and decorate my house too? How did you make the sheet music paper stars? I would love to try them.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

The Greeley Girls said...

Love your mantel! How do you fing time to make those fabulous ornaments? Please tell your secret...

Marlynne said...

Fanasty Land! Lovely every Where!

Kellie Collis said...

How lovely! You have gorgeous mantle Christmas decors! Enjoy the fabulous day, Kellie xx

Judy said...

Lovely, Karen!! Thanks for sharing!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Wow, that is beautiful!

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