Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Living Room Mantel - Christmas 2010...


I had only one objective for this years Living Room Christmas Mantel...

keep the grapevine garland that I used for my Thanksgiving Mantel up on the fireplace, and incorporate it into the design.

That's it.

For one, I like it there. I like that it gives a whole new dimension to the fireplace, on top of being natural and rustic. But my other reason (which is probably the real reason) is that it was such a pain to get up there in the first place that I need to keep it up as long as I can and make all of the effort that Owen and I put into getting it to stay in place, worth it!

Luckily, it was easy to incorporate, and I think it worked out wonderfully...

The grapevine garland was the perfect (and obvious) place to hang Christmas balls - in red and silver to match our Christmas tree on the other side of the room...


The rest of the mantle came together easily, using just a few simple items:


a recycled glass bowl to hold red glass balls and pinecones...

large lanterns to hold red candles and a bit of faux snow...

(the best faux snow I have found, in fact!)

another swag of cedar garland (see, I told you I couldn't resist!) and some twinkling lights...

a basket of cozy blankets, which are a must in our house...

my birch logs...

an inexpensive cedar wreath (just $8 - seriously!) hung with some sturdy indoor/outdoor ribbon...

and the "Christmas" sign that I made a few years back...

...was all it took to create this Christmas mantel.




The ottoman sitting in front of the fireplace came with our sectional that we purchased for the Family Room this past summer, but I'm not big on "sets" and like to break them up as much as I can. So the ottoman sits here. Unfortunately, we don't ever use this fireplace - it has a glass front that gets really, really hot and with three kids and a puppy running around, I'd rather not take the chance at someone brushing against it and getting burned.

But this way actually works out quite well. The ottoman gets used in the Living Room, in that spot, way more than I thought it would, which is great...

57 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT! Major mantel envy here.

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  2. *WOW* So pretty! It looks great and wonderfully Christmasy!

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  3. Gorgeous! I have mantel envy also :) I am wanting some of that cedar garland. I'm sure it smells wonderful.

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  4. I love it! All the elements I love. I really need to get some birch logs for our gas fireplace, for display of course, once we finish that mantel.

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  5. I really love this!! The grapevine is just the perfect thing and with the balls hanging on it? Perfection!!

    Love the lantern too!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  6. BTW, you are very very wise to be cautious around the hot glass. When our oldest was only one, he tripped over my feet, (I was protecting the kids from the hot glass at SIL's) and still managed to land with two hands on the glass. They stuck, terrible burns, three weeks of daily nursing visits. Luckily his big hands now show hardly a scar. Every person in our family turned off their gas models and most of us rarely use them to this day, 13 years later.

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  7. The red and silver balls hanging from the grapevine garland are just the best. I can't get enough of them - thank goodness you incorporated the grapevine garland. It's funny how the challenge often becomes the best decorating feature.

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  8. What I love about your mantel, is it comes across as effortless and uncomplicated. I love anything organic, so the grapevine and rustic lanterns are just perfect contrast to the glistening ornaments. Great job!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it. Well done!Fiona

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  10. Beautiful!!! Perfect!!! HMM I wonder where I can get some cedar boughs. :-) We have a wood stove, but my husband built me a mantle of sorts, to go around the corner. I LOVE mantles. ;-) The red and silver balls, perfect.

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  11. Karla, I have been @ The Lettered Cottage all afternoon. There are lots of gorgeous mantles out there this year...However, this is by far my favorite.

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  12. Oh how pretty! I love all the red and silver together. Oh how I wish I had a mantel to decorate. Your's is a great inspiration!

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  13. okay...fess up...where did ya get the fake snow...it is perfect.

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  14. I really, really like this one. It is original and interesting and very pretty.

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  15. I have mantel envy, too. Such a cozy, cozy spot. Love it!

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  16. love your mantel! perfect styling and just enough red accents. one of my favorites for sure :0)

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  17. Awesome job! I love this one more than any other mantle I've seen so far. And I totally have mantle envy too. The grapevines are inspired!

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  18. I'm so jealous of all the great mantel postings I've seen today! We don't have a fire place in our new house, thus, no mantel. However, on my to-do list for the hubs is building me a purely for the looks faux fireplace. Originally I wanted it up by this Christmas, but that's not going to happen, so certainly for next year it will be done, and then I can take some great tips from you for decorating it Christmas 2011!

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  19. Hi Karla-

    I think this is my fav mantel so far. I love the way you added the grapevine under the mantel. Everything is perfect. Wow!
    My best- Diane

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  20. Now THAT is one stunning mantel! I love the mix of red and silver and those swirling branches are just breathtaking!!! Great party!
    xo
    Kate

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  21. *** How utterly C*H*A*R*M*I*N*G !!!

    So glad you shared~ Thank you!

    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  22. I like both of your mantels.. but this one is BY FAR my favorite!! I love everything about it ~ especially those grapevines ...so creative! :)

    I'm new to your blog, but look forward to following along and seeing more of your fun decor! :) Interior Decorating/Staging is one of my passions, too. I hope to have pics of my mantel up by tomorrow ...still working on the finishing touches! ;)

    Have a blessed Christmas! <><

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  23. Love! Classic and beautiful. Love the Christmas sign!

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  24. Gorgeous! Your pics and descriptions are always so inspirational :)

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  25. This is so pretty! I love the grapevine! My favorite is the candle in the glass with the "snow"
    XO
    Kristin

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  26. An absolute show stopper, Karla! I am in serious LOVE with the grapevine garland. So cool!

    Facebooked this! :)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Funky-Junk-Interiors/175378011140

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  27. Your mantel is gorgeous, Karla!!! I'm loving all the green (that's what I seem to be into this year) and the red with the silver!

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  28. It's really quite stunning! I just posted on Funky Junk Interiors fb page that I love your color combination and overall composition. I'm pretty persnickety...you did a beautiful job! I haven't read the other comments. Has anyone mentioned using candles in the fireplace? Would the glass still get too hot...or is it a gas fixture?

    Happy decorating!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  29. This is probably my favorite mantel I have seen. Great job.

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  30. Very pretty. So festive and just perfect. One of my favorites!

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  31. looks great, i love it! glad you kept the grapevine up.

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  32. Hello! Stopping by from My Backyard Eden. I love your mantel! Very catalog. I wasn't going to put greenery on mine but I think you've convinced me and I'm going to get me some viney stuff too! I see it everywhere and it really adds a nice effect.

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  33. So pretty. Festive without being overly done. Like it!

    I posted about a mantel issue (and fireplaces in general) yesterday. http://www.ouruglyhome.com/2010/11/i-dream-of-mantel.html

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  34. Wow, I love what you did with your mantel, just gorgeous with the fresh cedar! I enjoy following your blog, as a fellow-Pacific Northwester, and love all the ideas you share!

    Question for you, I'm on my out to get cedar garland at Costco to hang on my outside porch, but have never used it inside for fear of it leaving marks or pitch. Have you ever had that problem? I also want to hang some over my window treatment in my liv. room but am afraid of what it might do to my drapes. Any thoughts on that would be great! Heidi at jhlaperle@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  35. Beautiful mantel! I am loving the garland!! Everything is placed so perfectly right up to the cozy blankets by the fireside!!

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  36. this is beautiful! my favorite so far! susan

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  37. Just gave me great idea to continue to use the kudzu vines I twined all over the top of our screened porch in mid-Oct. The leaves dried and looked GREAT for Fall and now if I add some colored balls and white lights, I can leave the vines until next year! Yeah...I love them!!! Your mantle is a 10!!!

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  38. Very festive. I love the look of a rustic style for Christmas mantles.

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  39. One of my favorite holiday mantels! The grapevine-awesome-! The lanterns filled with "snow"-so cute-! The basket of blankets-cozy-! Love it all!

    Carolynn :)

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  40. Seriously one of the most beautiful mantels I've seen this year! (And you know there are a tone of them in blogland.) Fabulous job!

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  41. This is beautiful!! I LOVE the garland....

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  42. Karla, your mantel is done so well, It truly looks amazing I love all the elements of color and texture, the balance, I just love this mantel, Great Job. I am so glad to have found your blog, I am your newest follower. Looking forward to more upcoming visits,Kathysue

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  43. I'm just now getting a chance to comment Karla, this is fantastic, I love the lanterns. Such a great job!

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  44. The mantel is beautiful but I think the unexpected is the grapevine with hanging Christmas balls. So well done. Terry

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  45. Just lovely! Simple, elegant and rustic. Love!

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  46. I think my heart just stopped beating.

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  47. SO beautiful! Makes me wish I had a mantel! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  48. I am so loving the grapevine garland! What a different twist! I love the mixture with the greens. And the lanterns look fabulous!

    Megan

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  49. Karla, it's just gorgeous! I love your artful mix of silver, red & natural elements. You have done it SO well. That grapevine wreath just makes it! Merry Christmas!

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  50. I love, love, love your Christmas mantel!!!

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  51. Love the mantel! I got some lanterns today..wondering about the best faux snow you've found? Where?

    Heather
    jobyx2@yahoo.com

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  52. I have to say...my favorite mantle I've seen so far. I love the mix of natural and shiny decor. So beautiful =)

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  53. We all love the mantel! And I especially appreciate the fact that you are repurposing one holiday's decorations for another. After all, who has time to take down and start all over, and or why bother when you have such a wonderful, versatile base with which to work? Thanks again--
    Nikki

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