Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Quiet Christmas Mantel

When I think of Christmas decorations
I usually think of silvers, golds, whites and greens.


I do love a touch of red- it is my favorite color
 but for the most part I am happiest with metallics and elegant naturals 
 for the Season.


I wrestled a bit with myself for the living room mantel this year.
Big, bold and beautiful... or quiet and serene.


I wanted something elegant but simple. 
A lot of natural touches
but a little glam at the same time.


I decided to just start playing around and go with what I liked and save the
big, bold and beautiful for a little something else that I am working on.
This is a big old (about 8 foot long) wood burning open fireplace that we use 
all.the.time. 
It has a load of wood stacked in it right now ready for the morning.
So I can't really do too many things draping down or dangling over front
 I also don't like to have fresh garland draping across the front too
 low since the fireplace is open and it can get pretty hot as large as the fire opening is.
So for this mantel- it's all about what's on top.


I pulled out my collected vintage silver, 
a bouquet of white spray roses and gathered fresh greens from our yard.


 I also added a few of my white & silver vintage ornaments 



Usually I leave the silver tarnished-  I love the mottled old look tarnished silver has 
but I decided to let it shine for the Season 
and I almost forgot how much I love gorgeous polished silver too.


A few sweet little European trees and just a few fresh greens


I love the bit of green color since this room is mostly shades of whites.


 The wreath and the little trees are from Lowes.  
I tucked a few little bunches  of  gypsophila into it's branches
 and dotted it with vintage silver ornaments to dress it up.

The silvers, whites and greens go perfect with the tree we put in here
which I am loving and will be sharing soon.

I also took a couple of pictures with the candles lit at night
and a couple strands of that beaded garland that I adore...but that probably won't be staying.



The rain took a break and the flooding has cleared up but there's more rain on the way tomorrow.
I plan to be staying indoors, lighting the fire and decking the halls a bit more-
I have another mantel to finish up.


Happy Monday!!

64 comments:

  1. So lovely! Thanks for sharing... ;-)

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  2. Just gorgeous! I had a hard time finding the little cedars this year in my area. :( Boo. I am glad you polished the silver too b/c I love the sparkle.
    So, so pretty! (as always)

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  3. Every one of your images are gorgeous. What beautiful shots. I just love the silver and the greens. It's so elegant and natural all at once. Looking forward to seeing the tree.

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  4. Quite possibly one of the most gorgeous mantels I've ever seen!

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  5. Courtney,
    BEAUTIFUL...that's all I can say! After seeing all your pretty silver...I'm sad that I didn't pull my out this year. Hope to see your mantel over at NTT:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. It is just gorgeous, Courtney. You do such a beautiful job- I am sure there will be lots of copy cats out there after seeing this-xo Diana

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  7. just beautiful, always love silver on the mantel.

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  8. So beautiful!! I love all the greenery and the baby's breath with your silver. Lynda

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  9. Sooo beautiful!!! Nice work. I love the silver, green and white!
    --Katie

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  10. LOVE this mantel!!! Silver looks so very pretty with fresh greenery!!

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  11. Ooo! I love all this!! Yes, polished looks best.

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  12. So soft and beautiful Courtney.
    Cheers, Gee

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  13. It's beautiful Courtney! I could sit in that room and sip hot cider all afternoon!

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  14. Courtney, my Romantic Country magazine just came today, and your layout was just wonderful. great photos and write up. Congrats, it's a really beautiful piece!

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  15. What a winter wonderland you have created for your room of white.

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  16. Love the greens with the silver. Not too holidayish so it could be left up after Christmas as long as the greenery lasts.

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  17. Oh it is just simply DIVINE! I ADORE your mantel- it's awesome.

    Green and white - my absolute favs.

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  18. Loving your mantel decor!! I'm keeping my whole house simple with lots and lots of greens from our property, although I'm just getting started putting it all together tomorrow:-)

    Wish me luck!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  19. Such an elegant mantel! I love the silver and white together.

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  20. Courtney, this is so beautiful! Love the greens and white, with the silver. I don't think I would ever want to leave this room!

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  21. Your mantle is just beautiful Courtney!

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  22. Really beautiful, Courtney. Fresh greens, silver, white....just perfect! Can't wait to see the tree.

    Jeanette

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  23. Hi Courtney ~ I usually dread this project. My narrow mantel makes decorating it a chore ~ however, after seeing this. I am done! I hope you don't mind, I am copying your mantel, every bit. I love it. Thank you so much.

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  24. Courtney, it is so beautiful. You accomplished the pretty, shiny and serene part..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  25. A beautiful Christmas home tour, love the white of winter, such a holiday treat to visit you.

    Xox
    Doré

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  26. Elegantly Victorian, Courtney! You hit the spot for my morning eye candy fix!

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  27. I love the silver with the greenery, Courtney! It all looks beautiful and very serene.

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  28. Courtney! Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the little trees! The silver is perfect! Love the beads too!

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  29. That is simply perfect!!!

    Carolyn

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  30. I have never seen anything like it. i read a lot of blogs and everyone seems to be going with trends. They all look like they used the same picture from a magazine as an inspration, but this looks more like a personality and more original.

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  31. Gorgeous! Love that mirror too. The colors work so well.

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  32. Your mantel is stunning. I love the white roses you've added, so unexpected and beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  33. Great mantel! :-) My regret is that we don't have one in our house. Yet! :-) If I have to knock down a wall...

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  34. Your mantel is just lovely. I love the calm, serene feel of it. ~Delores

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  35. Lovely...both in daylight and by candlelight!

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  36. Oh Courtney!! Super gorgeous(as always!), I love the simplicity, but the elegance, the happiness and coziness of it all. I can see me curled up there on the couch with a coffee(ok, a hot beverage anyhow;)) and visiting with my favorite designer! I wish I was there!!

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  37. It's gorgeous Courtney! So pretty and wintry.

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  38. So Gorgeous, Courtney! Love your silver and the little trees.

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  39. Gorgeous Courtney!! I used all live greenery this year too.

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  40. Just gorgeous. I love the grenery and the greenery in the urns.

    Cynthia

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  41. It's glorious, Courtney. Simple elegance.

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  42. Your mantel is gorgeous- I love the silver and white with the greenery. Love those little trees, too- I may have to get some of those!

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  43. Courtney, your Christmas mantel is stunning! The greens mixed with your silver pieces work beautifully together. And, I love your white spray roses.

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  44. Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the white and greens! Have a great week!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the styling..you are a master!!! I need you to come help me finish mine. I am on the third edition and it just is not feeling right. I want rustic beachy elegance. Not feeling it yet!!! But I am determined to have it tomorrow!!! Send me some inspiration please!!! XOXOX

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  46. Lovely!!!! I want to do a more natural, fresh evergreen look this year and didn't know how to pull it together. Your mantle is it!!!

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  47. It is just perfect for that fireplace...quite lovely! :)

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  48. Beautiful and Inspiring! I think I will get out all my old silver (goblets, pitchers, vases, etc.) and start creating! I used white roses in my Thanksgiving centerpiece, and I absolutely love them. Absolutely gorgeous here mixed with the silver and greenery. Happy Holidays!

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  49. Beautiful! I love the calm, serene feel! The green, white and silver display you created is perfection!

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  50. I love your mantel and how you decorated it, Courtney. I think it is just right to have a serene feel in a living room, especially when it seems to always be so hectic everywhere else at this time of year. I am sure this room will be quite a lovely refuge during this winter season!

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  51. Looks so beautiful Courtney!
    Seeing the babys breath reminds me of how my Mom used to always use it at the holidays too!

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  52. So pretty! I need bigger windows, i cannot get pics like this for my blog :/ Love your site!

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  53. i love the design its so amazing..i am still decorating my home so that's why i am looking for some blogs that would give me a lot of ideas

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  54. Thanks for sharing your lovely and serene home. Simply blissful and gorgeous!

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  55. PERFECT!!...I just put up a post of silver & gold...you are truly an inspiration!!
    I so enjoy your style...xo, Mariaelena

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  56. This is just beautiful!! Love it simple, just silver, green, white or cream!! Just Love it!!

    Ellisann

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  57. I'm going to work on that concept for my dining table this year. Thanks for the great idea.
    Best,
    Liz

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