Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Mantel Inspiration

Yesterday on facebook, I was asked to post on Christmas mantels.  Do you do decorate your mantel the same every year or do you change your decor?  I usually go with some greenery and stockings keeping it fairly simple.  Surprise right?  I pulled together several pictures from my pinterest pinboard that should give you some ideas if you are already thinking about Christmas.


Garlands are a classic holiday touch - especially when mixed with lots of white.  How darling are these stockings?


Greenery simply placed on the mantel needs nothing more and talk about easy.

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Magnolias are especially beautiful when the back side of the leaf shows as shown above.


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Once you have your garland in place, you might consider adding natural elements such as fruit or pine cones.




Mom's mantel 2011


If you still want more, add in figures or containers filled with baubles and flowers.  I love how this display is balanced without being symmetrical.  


Wreaths are another good option leaving room on the mantel for paper whites, candlesticks, etc.




Julep cups are beautiful filled with greenery or flowers marching down the mantel.  These are flanked with amaryllis, beautiful!  By the way, have you planted your paper whites & amaryllis yet?


Terracotta pots and burlap give this mantel a more rustic feel.  The garland is made of ribbon pressed accordion style and threaded. 


If you still want more color, bring in ribbon, wrapped packages, and colorful baubles.

So now it is your turn.  How do you decorate your mantel?


12 comments :

  1. Beautiful Rene! I love that you are drawn to the natural elements and simplicity in the holiday decorations. It's so peaceful and can carry through the whole season.

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  2. Oh, that wreath grouping is so awesome! Totally new picture to me!

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  3. Thanks! I love the photo of the one with the cedar and pinecones....

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  4. Oh, my, we're getting an early start. But there's nothing better than a well-laid plan.

    I don't think there's anything better than using natural materials to decorate. Happy to see a few of my favorites included. I just got to meet Kelly McGuill a few weeks ago. Not only is her house is to die for, she a total sweetheart.

    Nice post. I don't think people need to go any further for holiday inspiration.

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  5. These are so beautiful. I am totally up for the early inspiration this year. Not sure why exactly but bring it on! Very pretty, Rene.

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  6. Perfect post...I needed some new ideas...I do change it up and love these photos!!

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  7. ahh christmas decorations already, yes!! all these photos make me wish that i had a mantle to decorate and a place for me to actually hang stockings!

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  8. Great inspiration shots - so often mantels are overdone and these simple ones are perfect.

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  9. Linda decoração de natal, aqui tenho muitas pinhas, vou fazer umas assim.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

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  10. I go all out for Christmas with lighted garlands and collectables with alot of shimmer and shine. But I need some of those cute boxwood wreaths asap!
    Have a nice weekend,
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  11. I am a simple greenery girl myself! Some white candles and anything from the outdoors. I had to start a new board and do some pinning here.

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  12. I love all the greenery! Your mom's mantel is so lovely--I see where you get your great style!

    -Lane

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