Wintery Mantel

December 7, 2011

Well it’s certainly looking a lot like Christmas around here which means some things are done like the tree and mantel, but much of it is not. I’m going very minimalist with the décor, perhaps it’s because I’ve had to bring it all out a few times this year, so I’m keeping it simple.  I’m in a ‘less is more’ mode right now and loving the fuss less look. 

Most of my holiday decorations are a mixture of white, gold, and silver, and every year I just pick a color to layer on top.  This year I’m loving crimson again. I’m infatuated with white ceramic things, you’ll spy a new snowfall tree from Z Gallerie and two white reindeer I picked up in an after Christmas sale last year ~ they’re both my favorites right now so they got the prominent placement on the wintery mantel.  



And how about that gorgeous mirror?  It’s the Bellasol from Ballard looking lovely in the living room but it’s really just visiting ~ it’s destined for the powder room in January.  I found it on sale at Ballard with free shipping two weeks ago, the sale couldn’t have been better timed since I’ve had my eye on it for a year now for the bathroom.  I’m loving the way it bounces images around the room. 

Those are the same stockings from last year, just embellished with red yarn and pom poms. The iron fireplace screen was an antique faire find last spring, a steal at $40.

christmas mantel stockings


Yes, I have a giant 9 foot moss covered branch in my living room and yes I love it. The story behind it is here.  I’m obsessed with this branch, it’s like it fell off the tree because it wanted to live in my house. 

The new club chairs with nailhead trim were acquired from Joss & Main (I saved up enough credit over there to only have to pay cash for half of one) and if you love them too they’ll be available at my sale next week.  The white furry pillow is actually a reformed bath mat (read about it here) and the lamb’s wool “throw” is just the cover to the West Elm mongolian lamb’s wool pillow I’ve had for awhile (seen here).  Red velvet pillow from World Market, red sparkle pillow from Crate + Barrel.   

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I’ve had these little red cardinals for years, and they look so cute posed on the branch.

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The sweet little tin I found at a thrift shop last week, one dolla. Red glitter tree from Tar-jay (last year), little red disco ball from Pier One (also bought last year). That glossy curvy white cocktail table it sits on was a Joss & Main find from this past summer.

peace hope evergreen cg


You’ve seen the Z Gallerie candlesticks before, they reappear here constantly. 

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Dash & Albert rug borrowed from the dining room, I always take the dining room rug out for our holiday party buffet otherwise it ends up covered in food ~ it looks great in here for the season.

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Of course if you were actually sitting in those chairs, you’d see the piles of Christmas stuff all over the sofa on the opposite wall, but that’s another tour for another day.


rhoda button holiday home


Thanks so much Rhoda for hosting such a great party, hop on over to Rhoda’s to take a look at all the merry mantels! 



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