Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our Merry Mantle

After a supper of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers, and a warm nights rest thanks to three layers of blankets and the living heating pad I call "Max", I woke up anxious to add some Christmas cheer to our mantle this morning...



I paired some things we already had, with some pretty pieces the ladies at White Flower Farmhouse sent us. My goal was to create a merry medley of earthy colors and textures, punctuated by sparkly silvers and glittery golds.



I'm excited to blog about all the individual bits and pieces over the next few days.
I'm also looking forward to sharing a few other holiday decorating ideas I used in other areas of our living room too. I really had to get creative this year, but that's okay- I love thinking outside the box! Or should I say outside the "giftbox"? :-)

Happy Holidays!

Layla

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35 comments:

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Your mantel looks gorgeous, and I'm looking forward to all the details.

PS: Yep, we're definitely due for another phone conversation, and I'm gearing up to beat our last record. Besides, I always have 5 hours to spare : )

oxox
Jennifer

nameisgrace said...

that is so beautiful!!! can you come over and decorate my house? :) happy holidays!

Hopeful Housewife said...

Beautiful! I love that is it very festive without seeming out of place in your home! Fabulous!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

You know Im loving those stockings!!!

Hayley @ Prim it Up! said...

Love it!

Kathy said...

Very pretty!!! So many wondeful hearth ideas !!! Hard for me to settle on just one, I keep rearranging! Have a great week , xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Kacey R. said...

So pretty and so classy & festive. Love it!

Natalie Catherine said...

I love the pinecones! and the sparkles throughout! I'm gonna do something like that.. thanks for the inspiration..great photo.

Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary said...

Aw, So pretty!
I can't decide if I'll be doing any holiday decorating this year as we won't be at home to enjoy it, but this makes me want too...

fairfieldhouse said...

Layla,

The mantel is beautiful. I notice Max's stocking there -- or is that his sleeping bag?
I wish I had your Mary Poppin's Bag - you always manage to pull off some creative magic and leave us all in awe.

Deborah

undomestic chica said...

I have to be a littel creative this year too, thanks for proving it can be done!

Jenna said...

Totally looks like it should be in a magazine! Lovely, lovely!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

It looks perfect... cute cottagy Christmas.
Passing the Kreativ Blogger Award on to you! Check my blog for the image and rules.

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

Very nice Layla!

Katherine said...

We are actually almost finished building our mantel. We started it last week, because we really want it to be done in time for Christmas stockings. Thanks for the inspiration.

Raised In Cotton said...

Simply beautiful Layla. Love the colors you picked.

Blessings,
Carol

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I'm doing silver & gold too - yay!

Paige said...

That is so gorgeous! I wish I had a mantle to decorate. Have a great week!

Liz said...

Your mantle looks phenomenal...love it! Liz

Kelly Muys Wood said...

Layla, I love your mantle! One of my favorite things I've seen on your blog! Where in the world did you find those (perfectly paired) stockings?!

The textures and colors... love!

Kelly
http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Lovely as always! Can NOT wait to see your upcoming posts on holiday decorating. I sure could use some not-so-pricey decor ideas so be sure to share! :)

BTW, I finally posted photos of our kitchen including the "cotton fluff" cabinets. ...If you would be so kind to stop by and take a look (at my blog of course, unless you'd like to make the drive to Ohio, in which case I'd invite you right in for Christmas cookies and cocoa)I'd love love love your opinion on a few ideas I have. Any and all opinions help my severe case of "indecisiveness". :)

Christine ~ JAZ Creations said...

Wow! I absolutely Love the natural tones with the green! Love it!

mkelton24 said...

lovin the stickings! i have been looking for stockings or easy to make for our newly painted mantel-but the search has been unsuccessful thus far.
www.thekeltonscozycottage.blogspot.com

if anyone has ideas please send them my way!!

{ L } said...

SO perfect. :D I am excited to see the rest of your holiday decor in the upcoming days!

gina said...

So calm and festive at the same time- very nice!

Sharon said...

Layla ... Your mantel is beautiful. I love how you make it look so simple, but when you look at it carefully, you notice all the layers.

Susan said...

Simplicity is key! You take it a step further with the layers and still keep it looking simplistic. Love it!

Cindy said...

The Mantel is so perfect. Oh and I LOVE THE GREEN RUG!

Centsational Girl said...

So lovely my dear ! Perfectly balanced ! I am cracking up because you, me and Sarah are all posting about mantles today.

LOL !

Kate

kat said...

Love the stockings! You have me longing for a fireplace. :) My decorations are also gold and silver with touches of green.

toaster073069 said...

I LOVE your mantle (and it's decorations)! Did you install that specific mantle (and if so, where did you find it?), or did it come with your home?

Lady Katherine said...

I love the stocking they look so wonderful with your mantel. Have fun at Virgina Beach. Rent one of the bike carts so fun to ride on the board walk.

Lettered Cottage said...

Hey toaster073069!

Here's a link to the post we did on the creation of our mantle:

Our $82 fireplace makeover

:-)
Layla

brockey said...

So pretty !! Love everything. i have bought things from White Flower and they are so nice.

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Aaah! Thanks for sharing your mantle. It's just the inspiration I needed. I literally THREW some things on our mantle in a rush to get Christmas going and it's sad, oh so sad!