Mixed Metallics Christmas Mantel
December 2, 2013
Christmastime is here! Long time readers know Christmas is a really big deal in our house, we go all out with a big party for our friends and family each year (we’re talking 100 peeps!) and so the decking of the halls has begun!
Having recently painted the living room Rockport Gray, I started this year with the mantel. I love mixing metallic sheens and layers of white so I’m at it again. This year’s mantel is a merry and bright winter scene complete with a dash of sparkle and a bit of green.
Glitter tape dresses up a plain vase filled with light up branches and sit next to my favorite pair of reindeer. Our Pottery Barn quilted stockings are hung with simple ornaments to embellish.
The French doors that lead to the space are now painted black and I love them! They play well with the piano and add a sophisticated touch to the room.
I bought the whimsical screenprinted pillow at Michelle Dwight Designs on Etsy last month – and that song ends up in my head every day…
I like to plant or place things in unexpected vessels… a coffee cup for ornaments, a shadow box for a metal snowflake, and a silver gravy boat for a succulent. A bottle brush tree forest on a cake stand ? Sure why not. I mix a lot of faux and fresh, fresh and faux, there are no rules really.
The white trees that sat on the front porch last year sit next to the fireplace instead. I swapped the nailhead club chairs that sit in this space for the low back pair from our master bedroom for a slightly different look, the Essex rug is from Z Gallerie, the gold candlesticks from CB2.
My boy set up his Polar Express a few days ago as I was adding the final touches and I insisted he leave it there until January because what is Christmas without a boy and his train, I ask you.
This is the first time I haven’t used a mirror on the mantel, I don’t know why I was always so tied to one in the past, but I love just the simplicity of the bare wall behind the decor this year…
I’ll be adding a few more holiday touches to the house over the next week or so and will share them soon !