Posts Tagged ‘holiday mantel’

Mixed Metallics Christmas Mantel

Monday, December 2nd, 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.   

christmas living room centsational girl

 

mantel with branches and wreath

I reused my ancient mixed metallic wreath again because I love it so. I bought it at Target six years ago and it always ends up somewhere (see it here and here in Christmases of yore).

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.

ornaments on stockings

 

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Less Is More

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’m strongly feeling the need to spend less money on things this season, and far more time with family and friends.   The ‘spend less money, spend more time’ notion I mentioned last year is again rearing its head when it comes to decorating around the house. 

Just the other day, I opened the Christmas closet and realized I didn’t even want to bother with half the *stuff* stored away in there.  I pulled out some silver and gold favorites and put everything else back.  Maybe it will stay, maybe it will go, it depends how I feel come January.  Are you feeling the same desire to keep it simple this year?

When it comes to decorating this season, I’m working (mostly) with what I’ve got, trying to create something fresh and new, but not spend money on things I don’t need.  This year, I decided to give a half dozen thrift store candlesticks I had in my stash a quick coat of spray paint . . .

  spray paint candlesticks

 

. . . I stacked a few more ornaments in a favorite hurricane, placed some fresh garland to the kitchen mantel, plus my two favorite mercury glass candleholders and called it a day.  Then I made hot chocolate and settled in on the couch with the family for another Christmas movie. 

  silver and green ornaments

Quick and easy, cheap and pretty.  

My kind of holiday décor!

More peeks into our home coming soon on Nester’s Christmas 2010 Tour of Homes on December 13th, will you be there?  

The Holiday Home link parties continue next week with little ol’ me hosting Christmas Crafts.  Anything you’ve created for your holiday home counts (ornaments, wreaths, gifts, etc.) so be sure to link up on Tuesday December 7th! 

 holiday home banner

 

Here’s a friendly button if you’d like to add it to your post on Tuesday . . .

kates holiday home button

 

Later today, a fantastic giveaway from one of my favorite designers, stay tuned! 

 

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Simple Sophisticated Mantel

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Hello friends, I’m so excited!  Today we kick off the Holiday Home link parties, and this Tuesday is all about mantels!  My amazingly talented friend Layla is hosting a holiday party ~ she’ll be posting at noon (with a crazy beautiful DIY project), be sure to link up!

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cg holiday mantel right

This year, after transforming our living room into the space I’ve envisioned, adding wainscoting, and brightening the space, inspired by gray blues, white, and gold, I’ve decorated our mantel oh so simply, keeping it elegant, but with the most inexpensive decor.   

I believe that it doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to create a beautiful mantel.  Just greenery, some old standbys, plus a favorite color of the moment, and you can create for yourself a gorgeous holiday focal point.  My mantel is a mix of something old, something new, simple ornaments, and a hint of blue. 

cg mantel mirror  

The Casbah mirror is a floor sample from Lamps Plus, previously bronze, but I spray painted it a glam gloss white and turned it on its side ~ I mentioned the makeover in this living room post.   For the ‘something old’ I have my standby ornament wreath I’ve had for over five years.  I used it last year in my silver and gold sideboard display, but this year it holds the prominent place on the mantel mirror.   Ornament wreaths never fail ~ I think they are a new classic!

The ‘something new’ pieces are the Pottery Barn quilted lined velvet stockings, which I contemplated making, but with various discounts turned out to be worth the expense for the quality.  I love them!  I had them personalized with my three kids’ names but *sneaky CG*  I blurred their names so (tee hee hee) the mystery of their identity continues . . .  :-)   

The gorgeous blue bottle comes from a Russell & MacKenna giveaway that I won from my friend Sarah’s blog a few months back.   Isn’t it stunning?  Time and again I return to my love of colorful blown glass!

 cg blue bottle left side of mantel

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I’m also big believer in fresh greenery for scent and organic appeal, so I spend a few dollars every season on cedar and fir.  I need that smell!  Often, I clip greens from my own backyard, how cheap is that?   But I always add a little of the faux here and there to give the fresh greenery a boost.  You can see some faux glittery swags on the very ends, slipped in for sparkle and flair. 

On the right side of our mantel is a my old apothecary jar ~ always a faithful servant ~ this vessel never fails to deliver the perfect display time and again. 

cg real with faux greenery 

I used in the same way in last year’s pink and gold mantel.  This year I’m sticking with a medley of metallics, gold, silver, pewter and bronze, and also a favorite shade of blue. 

 cg holiday mantel apothecary jar

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The bowl I found on super clearance at Pier One a year ago for about $10 dollars.  I love its speckled leopard like pattern.  Every once in awhile, I find something cheap and chic that speaks to me ~ that bowl is part of my ‘cheap and chic’ collection! 

In my book, piling different colored ornaments in glass vessels is the best and most inexpensive way to add sparkle to your home during Christmastime.  The triple bead garland cost me $4 bucks at Tar-jay, love!  It’s swaged and attached to the cedar with floral wire. 

 bead garland

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Do you spy a new mirrored gold leaf cocktail table? 

cg holiday mantel

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I saw this end table on One Kings Lane a month ago and had to have it!  Are you signed up to receive emails from them?  Designer goods at clearance prices, what’s not to love?  

cg gold cocktail table

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Mixed metallics and shades of blue speak to me this year. 

 cg holiday mantel left side

cg holiday mantel right

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What inspires you this season?  Won’t you join in the festivities? 

Link up your mantel to Layla’s party later today!   If you follow me on Twitter, I’ll let you know when the party is live! 

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