Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Family Room Mantel - Christmas 2010...


The goal this year was:


1. Use what I have (as much as possible).

2. Keep it fun, colorful, and whimsical for the kids.

3. Make it glow.

4. Bring the outdoors in.



Did I achieve all of my goals?


I think so! And I love it.


And so do the kids, which is what really makes me happy!


I started with cedar garland. I cannot resist cedar at Christmas time. Cannot. It makes its way into our home every holiday season. I love how it looks, how it smells and how it ages over the month of December.
(Live greenery can be such a mess, but in my opinion, cedar is one of the least messy of all the evergreens!)

I buy it at Costco or at Fred Meyer, which sells 15' lengths for $14.99.

(This was my one purchase for this mantel. A must-have at a darn good price, if you ask me!)


Then I added a single strand of C-7 Christmas lights.

Want your mantel to glow? Use C-7's. You will not be disappointed!

Then I added some bead garland to add more pops of red into the overall look...


I bought this Advent Calendar last year at one of our local Holiday Bazaar's. It is made to stand on a table, but I wanted it to stay out of reach from little hands, so I added a sawtooth hanger on the back and hung it up here...


Next...the hanging ornaments.

My absolute favorite part!

I just used thin gift wrapping ribbon, looped through the top of each ornament. Then I used small, white thumbtacks to secure the ribbon to the ceiling...


The ornaments are shatterproof (ie: plastic), so if something should happen and they were to fall, I don't have to worry about broken glass across the hearth and wood floor...


I finished it off with my ribbon wrapped candles, and the J O Y sign that I made last year, to sneak in a little bit of that fresh lime green color...

and last, but certainly not least, our spot for the kids to put their letters to Santa...


My mother-in-law made our stockings for us year's ago, and as we added kids, she made more stockings. They are the perfect colors and fit in beautifully every Christmas...

The kids were in charge of the tree in the Family Room this year, and I love how it all looks together...


And there you have it...


Our inexpensive-use-what-you've-got-colorful-whimsical-glowing-cedar-loving-Christmas mantel.

Whew!


Now...time to sit down on our cozy couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a magazine, and enjoy it.



Happy Holidays!




P.S. I am posting this at:

Layla's Holiday Home Mantel Party, Today's Creative Blog, The DIY Show Off, Blue Cricket Design, My Backyard Eden, Somewhat Simple, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Beyond The Picket Fence, Funky Junk Interiors, Tatertots and Jello, Chic On A Shoestring Decorating, The Shabby Nest, Finding Fabulous, Thrifty Decor Chick,

33 comments:

Rachelle said...

Karla I love it! That little letters to Santa thing is cute as heck. We need one of those!

xo

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Karla, it's gorgeous!!! I love the addition of the ornaments hanging...so pretty!

Charity Donovan said...

beautiful!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

it's beautiful! well done!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Karla, this is one of the prettiest mantels I've ever laid eyes on! The greenery with the lights is amazing!

Do you worry about the lights and the drying greens together? That is my fear. But I was after this look!

Costco, eh? :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Miranda said...

I love it! So whimsical and fun. Your kids did a great job on the tree too.

The Mac's House said...

It looks awesome! I love the Letters to Santa holder, how unique!

I love hanging ornaments like that. I keep glass ones up in my kitchen/dining room all year long. :)

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Love it Karla, it's perfect!

Katie said...

Looks lovely!! And the letters to Santa tin is so sweet.

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Seriously cute...every mantel I've seen with ornaments hanging from the ceiling or frame or whatever are my favorites! Love your stockings too...

EatCreateDecorate said...

Been "following" your blog for a year or so now, I've finally become an offical follower. Your fireplace looks absolutely beautiful decorated for the holidays!

Every Day Blessings said...

how darling! I am going to steal your hanging ornament Idea! I have a big black tv over my fireplace and have been wondering what to do ....now I am so excited. I love it!

Janine said...

That is so gorgeous. I love that it is bright and happy!!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Oh I really love it! Such a nice mix of childfriendly and grown-up gorgeous. You did a great job!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Fun for sure! I used fresh greens on our porch for the first time in a while, and after seeing your lovely cedar, I'm going back to add some to our mantel shelf. Lovely.

Finding Home said...

I used to just bookmark blogs and you were one the first I followed. Then my computer crashed and I couldn't remember any of the site I followed. I am so glad to have found you again through The Lettered Cottage. I am becoming a follower this time!

Thanks,
Laura

Dana and Daisy said...

Oh I love cedar too, but alas, my DH is allergic to that and cats and while I have ignored his cat allergy, I just don't think he'd forgive me if I used cedar in the house!

Beautiful!
Dana and Daisy

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love it all, but those red balls made me smile the most.

Kim said...

This is darling! I believe you met all your goals! I especially like how you have your advent calendar on the mantel!

SAHMwIssues said...

So wishing my mantel was a 'real' mantel instead of a corner one with barely any room for a tv. :P

So jealous. Gorgeousness.

a.

The Mulberry Girl said...

I need one of those Santa letter boxes! I am constantly running to the mailbox to retrieve the boys letters to see what they are asking for! Darling mantle - the ornaments hanging down are just fun!

Becca said...

thanks for the link! I'll be featuring your mantel on Friday on BCD!

KarenB said...

You definitely created a fun and whimsical mantle! It's great!

val said...

This is truly beautiful! I love everything about it! The stockings, letters to santa mailbox, ornaments, lights, garland... you name it!!!

Jen said...

Gorgeous!
I love everything about it!

DanaMc @ Cookin' At Cafe D said...

Oh, thank you for telling us about c-7 lights! Of course I recognize their vintage look, but I never knew their name! I'm off to buy them right now. Love it. Thanks again.

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

I love your mantel! I think my favorite part is the grapevine garland! It's so different from every other mantel I've seen. Beautifully done!

Kathysue said...

Karla, another fun and inspiring mantel. Love everything about it!!!I have used black, white and red in my family room also. I hope to have some picts up on my blog soon, Merry Christmas
Kathysue

junkermidge said...

Oh I love your mantle! Very fun and festive. Great job!
Midge

Steph said...

It's fabulous! I love the balls and the crisp white backdrop.

Joan said...

Nicely done. Great height with the red ornaments. Nice depth with the extra long cedar garland. Gee, you have great glow and I can almost smell how delicious that display might be.

And you say your kids are In Charge of the room? Ha! Brava to you. Great idea. Making wonderful memories.

S.i.S said...

We love Christmas :D

jennibell said...

It looks like you have a ball decorating your mantels!!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty :)