Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Mantle Reveal

I am truly happy with how this turned out considering there was no plan. Sometimes that works out better. I had never had a string of lights on the mantle but after having begun to enjoy seeing a string of lights in my daughters' rooms I thought I had to place some here.

The idea was to use whatever I had in the house.

This was before I thought to add the vintage candlesticks or the wreath. 

I wanted something else with some height. It did not have to be too tall. I had these vintage candlesticks, an Etsy purchase from a couple of years ago.

Looking promising but I wanted more height and I knew I did not have any new candles to use here and did not want to go out and buy any at the time. I thought to place the two baubles on the candlesticks.

 None of these items are new. The gold pine cones, the angel and the stocking holders are probably the oldest items here. The candle stand I purchased at a Salvation Army thrift store and spray painted it. Flameless candles are used a lot in my house; purchased at Crate & Barrel.

My little choir boy and choir girl have been favorite tree ornaments for many years. This year they get pride of place on the mantle.

The silver Christmas trees were bought at Crate & Barrel last year. I used them as place card holders when I hosted Christmas lunch for the family.

I love the milk glass compote, another purchase from Etsy.

This weekend I felt I wanted to add a wreath of some sort above the mantle and I used some silver berry garland I have had for years and shaped it into one. It looks organic. 

I hung it up using a small Command micro hook.
In order to camouflage the hook I added some candy cane. 

It ended up looking like a heart but it works and I love the pop of color in the wreath.

The mantle with the wreath. It is complete.

Stockings are one for each child. Purchased at different times. I did not grow up with the whole idea of Christmas stockings and therefore stocking-stuffers were non-existent. Until a couple of years ago the stockings were merely decorative. I like them to one side on the mantle.

During the day. Lights off.

Some kindling and poinsettia.

This is my Holiday mantle this year.

It is traditional, vintage, colorful, organic, sparkly and whimsical. I hope you like it.
It has have traditional festive colors of red and green, seasonal gold and silver sparkle and some lights and some white to balance it all.

I will be sharing more holiday decorating this week so please visit again.

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