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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Mantel

I think my roots are showing...
my traditional decor roots that is.


I wanted to "Simplify" my Christmas decor this year, and I'm not sure I really did that. But as I was pulling things out and trying to get some inspiration about where I was going in the Living Room, I just knew that I wanted it to be different from years past. I let my "white" be the backdrop, and went for some greenery to liven things up.


I've kept the basics in here; my mirrors, vintage book bundles,
 Wolff Pottery vases, and lamps.


Here are posts of the last two years mantels.
Click Here, and Here
And if you want to see
 what it looked like in the beginning of my blog,
(just a warning, things look really different)


I wanted a preserved Boxwood Wreath, but haven't been able to locate one, so I improvised with a basic faux greenery wreath and wired in some faux boxwood sprigs. (Oh, I know where some are on the Internet, just not willing to fork out those prices)


These topiaries that I made about nine years ago
 have come back from the lower level family room decor.




And I found this wonderfully simple "Noel" sign at Leola's this year, letting it take center stage. I think a lot of us have wanted a more "simple" approach to our Christmas decorating, this year. I love decorating for Christmas, but putting it all away is the downside for going all out. Maybe I'm somewhere in the middle.



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Hope you're having a wonderful weekend,
xoxo,

68 comments:

Leslie Harris said...

Debra I love the white backdrop with the greenery, looks fresh and so pretty. And your ceiling looks very impressive, love all the height.
Leslie (Gwen Moss)

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Each year it is so beautiful Debra... I just looked at all of them again... do you still call it your Sanctuary?... I hope so... that is my favorite part of all... xoxo Julie Marie

Susan said...

Debra your decorations are gorgeous! I love your traditional style.
I say every year I am going to keep it simple because of having to put it all away. I don't think I know the meaning of keeping it simple. LOL

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

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Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantel is beautiful, Debra! Every bit of it and so festive, too. I looked at your other mantels and I see a common thread...they are all balanced perfectly. I guess that's the hardest thing for me to do on my mantel. Yours are great inspiration as they are flawless!

Happy Weekend!

XO,
Jane

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Debra, your mantel is gorgeous! Love the green against thee white backdrop! This is just beautiful, as always!

Penny Phillips said...

Simple elegance,it is just beautiful! Hugs, Penny

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Wow. What a dream mantel, the brick and natural wood that matches the beams reflected in the mirror...all topped with the fact you have decorated it to the nines. Just stunning. Pinning away!

Karen

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

I have decided to simplify this year, as well, just using things I already have.
Your mantel looks great!

Cozy Little House said...

In one of your former posts, I just loved those little houses! You've just got a gorgeous house period.
Brenda

andrea@townandprairie said...

Debra, it's beautiful! I have always loved pure white with natural greens at Christmas. It's such an intense regal color scheme that spans decades. It really brings out the elegance of your living room decor. The little Noel sign on the mantel is darling!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Debra, this is just lovely! White with warm wood tones, and some fresh green is my favorite combination and you've done it beautifully here. Simple and peaceful, but still full of charming details. Love it!

Jeanette

Theresa said...

I love it Debra! Everything looks beautiful, the touches of green with all of the white is perfect. you have me inspired to get my decorating started! love,t.xoxooxo

Holly said...

Debra - your mantel is amazingly beautiful. Your tall ceilings are terrific!

chateau chic said...

Debra, the green against the white background is so peaceful and lovely!
Mary Alice

Ann said...

I love the Noel sign against the mirror and greenery, just simple luxury!!
Ann

Susie @Make Mine Pretty Please... said...

So pretty...I love how the mirrors add sparkle to the look and reflect the rest of the gorgeous elements of the room as well. Stunning!

Kelly said...

I really love how it turned out! It is perfect with your white walls and beamed ceiling (which I covet). I like greenery mixed with white. It really pops all by itself without the need for alot of other stuff. The Noel sign in the middle makes a great focal point too.

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Beautiful! Enough said!
Blessings,
~Angie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your mantel looks lovely, Debra, and I love that Noel sign! Yes, it does seem that a lot of people are saying "simple" this year {me included!}. I may feel differently next year, but it feels right to me this year.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your mantel looks so beautiful!!! The greenery pops gainst all the white! I love it!!

Anne said...

Beautiful Debra! Love your noel sign and topiaries!
xx
Anne

Cottage and Broome said...

The mantle is just beautiful, I love the simplicity of the white. Inspiring thanks for sharing, Laura

Low Tide High Style said...

It all looks lovely, not too little, and not too much...just right!

Kat

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love it, Debra. There is just something about green and white. My master bedroom used to be those colors and I miss it. I went simpler this year, too.

Sherry said...

It's perfect! I love your color scheme! So pretty. I am so ready to ditch all the bright colors and do something similar to yours. Hopefully I can get some pretties when they go on sale the day after Christmas.

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm seeing so much natural decor in blog land this year and I love it! Your fireplace mantel looks beautiful with all the greens against the white.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Those two mirrors are made for the mantel. I love it.

Ivy and Elephants said...

So gorgeous, Debra! The winter whites make it just magical. You always decorate with so much style!
Hugs,
Patti

Donna said...

What a gorgeous mantle, Debra! I love your mirrors, and the noel sign is perfect. Oh, and I also really love your beamed ceilings, too! I tried to simplify my decorating this year too, but I ended up doing a tad more than I planned:)

Cindy Ritchie said...

I love your mantel Debra, it's perfect. The natural greens with the white backdrop looks stunning!

Amy Kinser said...

Everything you do is always so beautiful. You have just the right touch.

Danelle Harvey said...

I love it!!! The previous ones are just as beautiful!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

I'm with you on simplifying. It seems to be the theme this year. Your mantel is beautiful.

Sue said...

Just lovely Debra. Simplify seems to be the key word this year. Your decor is lovely.
Merry Christmas

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Of course Debra it is all beautiful, but I'm swooning for that sweet Noel sign. All gorgeous!

ImSoVintage said...

Beautiful, Debra. I love the simplicity of the greens against your white back drop.

xo
Laura

Theresa said...

Simplify was my idea this year too:) Yours is beautiful! Have a blessed Sunday dear Debra, HUGS!

Debbiedoo's said...

Absolutely gorgeous Debra! You are stylin your mantel just perfectly.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Debra,
Lovin' the green and white look...it's one of my favorites.

Blessings,
Linda

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love it! xx

Karen Albert said...

Debra,
Gorgeous!
xoxo
Karena
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KATHY said...

Your mantle looks so gorgeous!I love all the green and white.You have a beautiful living room.

Kathy

Okio B Designs said...

Love the greens with the white! And that holly tree ontop of the books is pure genius!

Jeanine

shaggysheephome said...

Love the wreath!!!! And I enjoyed reading your old posts. You have huge talent and great taste.

Rooms by Ann said...

Just beautiful.

Vicki said...

Natural and very traditional...I love it!

Faded Charm said...

Very pretty Debra. I'm trying to keep it simple too, but for some reason with me it never seems simple after I'm all done:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

twelveOeight said...

Absolutely beautiful, I love how fresh and clean your mantel is!

xoxo, Tanya
twelveOeight

Infuse With Liz said...

Traditional is my language! Your mantel looks wonderful! I love your mix of elements on it. The arrangement on the coffee table looks great too!

SavannahGranny said...

Love the new look. I did go back and look at the Christmas mantles past. They were all lovely but I think I love the white look best. Fantastic job. Blessing, Ginger

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Debra, I love, love your new header! And I can see that you have simplified your mantle look although there is still lots of eye candy there to enjoy. It's all beautiful. Love that your fireplace looks Christmasy without looking too comercial for lack of a better word. Beautiful!

On Crooked Creek said...

Debra,
Sometimes Simplifying comes from the change in hue(s) versus quantity of items. Your color palette has certainly achieved a simplistic style in your Christmas decor this year! I adore it!!! N O E L is my favorite Christmas sign!!!
Fondly,
Pat

bandbbuildalife.com said...

I love how you managed to create a lux look without it being unapproachable - it's still comfortable enough to feel like something you'd put in a home (as opposed to the windows at Pottery Barn) but still look shiney and magazine-ready. Love it!

The Fancy Shack said...

Your mantel looks fabulous! Perfectly balanced with all the right touches, I love it!
Kimberlee

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

That mirror is gorgeous! I really like the white Christmas feel, very chic♥

Linsey

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Simple and stunning. I love all the white and layered mirrors with the pretty little sign. It's perfect.

Glamorous Mommy said...

Stunning!

Fotini

Keeping it Cozy said...

It looks beautiful! I love the combination of white and all that gorgeous greenery.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your mantel is gorgeous Debra. I love your pretty topiaries on the book bundles.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Your mantel is really pretty, Debra--I love the green wreath on the mirror, and the Noel sign!

Debra said...

It's beautiful and that Noel sign is just perfect :)

Beth said...

This is so beautiful! Found you from Layla's.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Debra your mantel looks beautiful and your Noel sign is the perfect finishing touch!!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your mantel is amazing!...Your whole room looks beautiful!

Carol said...

Oh your mantel is just so very lovely, Debra! If this was paring down, then I would say you did a superb job.

Object of Maya*ffection said...

I love the reflection of the beams in the mirror!!

Stacey said...

So pretty!
Would love if you stopped by the Holiday Linky Party - mantels - to link it up! The party is happening NOW!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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