11.30.2010

My Christmas Mantel~

Today I wanted to share with you my Christmas Mantel. It has always been a tradition in my house to decorate for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. And so, rather than braving the crowds on Black Friday morning...my little family and I braved the cold to go pick out a Christmas tree. (Which I'll share later.) Then it was back home to spend the remainder of the day hard at work getting our house ready for the holidays.

I mentioned in an earlier post that this year I had a neutral palette in mind. Mostly silver and white with touches of black...and green of course...and everything turned out just the way I envisioned it.

So without further ado, I present this year's Christmas mantel.



Circumstances being what they are this year, I was working with an exceptionally small budget for Christmas decorating. So my goal was to use things I already had. And when I absolutely had to supplement, I either created what I needed myself, (look for upcoming tutorials on my DIYs) or I found it at the dollar store. Now, I know I talk a lot about frugal decorating on this little old blog. And I practice what I preach. But the trick is, my dear readers, not to have the space look frugal. Sure, use things from the dollar store....but NEVER let it look like you used things from the dollar store. Caviar decorating on a tuna fish budget...



Here's how I accomplished this look...

The garland is one that I have had for a few years. It is just a simple craft store faux garland that I beefed up by doubling it. Then I added in a spring green berry garland and lights. I made it even more festive by attaching a few dollar store snowflakes and some pretty white and silver ribbon from Michael's Craft. (The ribbon is actually holding the garland up...because the mantle is rough stone, I couldn't come up with another way to attach the garland...so I nailed the ribbon to the wall just above the mantel and then tied the garland with the ribbon...an easy-peasy solution!)




Then for the glitz factor, the ornament wreath. I made this darlin' out of dollar store ornaments. Really, I did. And I'll share a tutorial on just how I did it later.






Next, the fabulous faux mercury glass candle holders. Another little DIY (again, tutorial to come).




I also re-used my sweet chenille Christmas trees, just popped them on top of some brushed nickle candle holders that I pulled out of my decor storage. (I highly recommend keeping a decor staging storage area if you don't already have one. It really helps when you want to switch things around.)





The topiaries are on the mantel year round...but I made them a little more festive by adding sweet little bird ornaments.




And finally, the pretty stockings that I made a couple of years. The boys' stockings are made out of tan linen that I repurposed from an old jumper and the girls' stockings are made from a repurposed baby quilt. I just love their understated elegance.


Oh, and the basket on the hearth holds my collection of Children's Christmas books. I simply adore them, and the kids and I have a great time reading them every day of the Christmas season! It's one of our favorite traditions.




I just love it at night with the lights twinkling....magical!





So there you have it! My 2010 Christmas Mantle! I'm linking to the Mantel party at The Lettered Cottage! Hop over and check out all the festive fun!

Have a great day~

73 comments:

One Thrifty Chick said...

Simply Amazing!! I love the color scheme you chose this year, and I cannot wait to see your tutorials!

DanielleisNesting said...

It's gorgeous! I love it.

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

I love the bird! Tying the garland is a good idea. I love your color scheme!! :) My hubby thinks it isn't Christmas without red & green.

HRANDICA said...

I love the wreath. It looks so reach.
Hugs from Germany.

Andi's English Attic said...

I particularly like the garland, and interested to see how you attached it. We have an Edwardian fireplace and I hate the thought of using staples on it. I shall try the ribbon way. Thanks. xx

Marianne@Songbird said...

Frugal Christmas seems to be the rave this year.
And you really worked wonders here.
"Caviar decorating on a tuna budget", I'll have to remember that one!
Gorgeous mantel!

Parvula Scrivens said...

Gorgeous! You are fantastic in decorating! I'll just found your blog, and I'll will follow you with great pleasure!
Greetings from Italy

Sami said...

I love it and am looking forward to your diy tutorials!

Kelly said...

"Understated elegance" is a perfect way to sum up the entire mantle. I love it! The chenille trees might be my favorite.

Kelly

Red Door Home said...

Your mantel is beautiful. So many pretty ideas it is hard to pick a favorite.

Mel said...

very pretty. I love the natural colours an the symmetry.

Farah Muzaffar said...

Simple, elegant and delicate... White , silver and green give your mental an outclass look... Very fine choice of decorating...
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Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Great job on your mantel!

duchess said...

Very pretty. Love the silver.

Lisa said...

It's gorgeous! Love the white and silver - elegant, cheerful, and does not look like you pulled it together on a tuna fish budget! Thanks for sharing.

Jo said...

You did an amazing job ~ it's just beautiful! The white and silver is so pretty.

I'm eyeing those stockings. With luck {lots of it} I'm going to attempt to make ours this year.

Jo

Mom in High Heels said...

It's beautiful! Very elegant. I'm very into silver and white this year. I'm getting ready to redo my ornament wreath to remove some of the red ornaments (not all) and add more silver/white.

Deb said...

Victoria Magazine worthy. Just absolutely stunning! So happy I found your blog. Have a great week and I'll be checking back on your decorating for Christmas. Deb=^..^=x5

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wendy, that is so pretty in white and silver. I can't wait for this party. I am using everything I already had, too since the money tree is not putting out this year. I think most of us are in the same boat.

One Cheap B*tch said...

Gorgeous! Looks like a page straight out of a magazine! Even better!

Jeanine

Anna said...

it is so beautiful, I love all the silver

Gina said...

Very pretty!

Amy said...

Looks so beautiful and cozy...so when can I come over ; )

Laura said...

beautiful! i love the silver & white color scheme.

Debbie Hewitt said...

absolutely beautiful...looks like a picture from a magazine, only better 'cause YOU done it yourself and with a frugal mindset..PERfect...and an excellent idea to tack the ribbons to the wall behind the mantle, PERfect fix that turns out to be a pretty design idea

BabiesandBargains said...

It looks great and I would never be able to tell how frugal you are!!

Jennifer said...

This looks straight out of a magazine shoot! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

xoXOxo
Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

Meredith said...

Dear Santa, I have been a really good girl and lived in a mantel-less house for 8 years. Our 5 stockings hang on a wall. I know fireplaces are hard to come by in suburban Phoenix, but since we are shopping for a bigger home, do you think you could bring me a home with a fireplace? I don't even care if it is builder basic and ugly. I can work with that. I just built a column with lots of beautiful fireplace-y detail. I am sure I can give even the ickiest fireplace a lovely makeover. Just so I can decorate a mantel. I know...it is a little selfish and vain, but I have very few wants.

Thanks!

Meredith

Patti said...

very pretty and economical, too! Love the tall topiaries - they really stand out! Well done!

Patti said...

very pretty and economical, too! Love the tall topiaries - they really stand out! Well done!

the cape on the corner said...

i love the clean cream look and the mercury glass vases. just gorgeous.

paige said...

love all the wintery wonderland of white & cream and silver...just gorgeous wendy
xo

Beth's Blog said...

STUNNING!!!! I am speechless, I love it! :)

Missy said...

It looks fantastic. I am super impressed with the ornament wreath. I can't wait for that post!

KristiYaYa said...

Positively STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing and showing us Neiman Marcus via Dollar Tree!!!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Beautiful!!!!! I love the ornament wreath. I made one last year from dollar store ornaments and I just didn't like how it turned out, although my friends and family did. Oh well. I took it apart this year and will use the ornaments around the house. Your whole mantel is fabulous. LOVE!

Andrea said...

This is one of the prettiest mantels I've seen out there yet! And to think you did it on such a tight budget-wow! It makes me want to redo my mantel lol. Wonderful job! I can see good things coming your way in 2011. Hang in there!

Richella said...

It's BEAUTIFUL, Wendy! I look forward to reading your tutorials. I agree with you--it's great to use very inexpensive items, but it's especially good to make them look as if they didn't come from the dollar store. Great job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

just gorgeous! love the silver and white. and i have that little bird on a yarn wreath i made, and went back to target to buy more... just loved them!

Denise said...

Looks lovely! The Dollar Tree has some pretty amazing stuff! I got some of those same ornaments this year :) I have a sneeking suspicion I may go back....

Becca said...

So pretty ... amazing Christmas mantel! I love the color scheme you chose. Amazing! *Becca*

Lindy said...

I knew yours would be drop dead gorgeous!!!!

The DG Family said...

Gorgeous!

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Perfection. I'll look forward to the tutorials :) Great idea to double up the garland...my mama used to do that too :)

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Gorgeous as expected! You always deliver. I love "Cavier on a tuna budget".

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Love Love Love it. Very pretty yet simple. I love your repurposed stockings. I have wanted to cut up some old quilts and shirts, but have yet to get it done. Love what you did. And so cheap too!

Cristin said...

Oh my, our holiday mantels are similar in many ways! Must say I love what you have done. So pretty... the lights are a really nice touch too.

xo,
cristin @ simplified bee

AmericKim said...

Very lovely! I love your mantel. How cozy!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Just beautiful, Wendy! I love all your touches, so so pretty.

Finding Home said...

Really lovely, the chairs in front of the fireplace are so pretty and I love the touch of the Polar Express book. Thanks so much for sharing.

Laura

Judy said...

I love your mantle. Beautiful color scheme. I linked over from the holiday mantle party. Hope you come check out my blog if you get a chance. www.diybydesign.blogspot.com.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I am just in love with your mantle. I just passed up those dollar store ornaments today. Darn it! I wasn't thinking wreath! I love the whole thing. Beautiful job, my friend.

Cha Cha said...

Love it all, I have to admit I had a hard time paying attention to the mantel in the first picture, because I could not take my eyes off those beautiful chairs. Thankfully the next photo I could on see the beautiful mantel.

Great Job

Cha Cha

Diapers and Divas said...

It really looks great! Love your "Caviar decorating on a tuna fish budget" hehe! We too have especially small decor budgets, so it's great to see how we can change up what we've got! Love the ornament wreath! Might have to make one of those, too!

Libby said...

Very, very elegant. Love it all!

Stephanie said...

This looks like a professional designer did this, sometimes a tight budget brings out the best design. It looks beautiful!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your mantel looks absolutely amazing and magical! It seems many of us opted for the neutrals and soft colors this...I did too. Can't wait to see your tutorials!

erin said...

how lovely! i especially like how it glows at night!

Natalie said...

So beautiful!! Please post the wreath tutorial soon, I have all of my ornaments but can't figure out how I want to go about forming the wreath

TanyaLea said...

Just lovely...and the chairs flanking either side of the fireplace are great! :)

michiganhome said...

Hi! Came over from Layla's party... your mantel is really a standout. Thanks for sharing.
Love,
Michiganhome

Life in Rehab said...

*Sighhhhhhhhhhh* That's just gorgeous and wintry.

Anna said...

GORGEOUS!!! i love this and wish I had a mantle :((( I don't in this home but someday soon I hope to. Seriously this is magazine worthy, awesome job!!!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

I love the chenille trees!

The Mulberry Girl said...

It looks beautiful! Especially all lit up! You did a fantastic job!

Padmasari said...

White Christmas at your house. Really beautiful. Jesus bless you and family.

southernscraps said...

Beautiful. Looks like a winter wonderland!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Hi, this is my first visit through the mantel party. What a beautiful mantel, love the frugal but fab decor, but I'm smitten with those topiaries. The hight is so perfect.

Craftberry Bush said...

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the feature ! It makes me smile especially because I look up to your blog ! xo thanks again !
Lucy

Attempting Aloha said...

Wow! Just wow!

I'm featuring your heavenly mantel as Day 19 of my Blue and Silver Christmas.

http://attemptingaloha.blogspot.com/2010/12/blue-and-silver-christmas-day-19-wendys.html

Truly just amazing!

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,
charlie

MI Daughter said...

Exquisite!!

Cheryl @ Vintage Serenity said...

LOVE your comment: "Caviar decorating on a tuna fish budget..." That was worth writing down:) By the way, The mantel is gorgeous!

sandy said...

The ribbon holding the garland up is an awesome idea. I have the same mantel as you and was wondering how I was going to attach garland to it. I will try the ribbon idea next year..