Thursday, December 22, 2022

Holidays at Home Christmas Mantel and More

Doesn't it seem just a short time ago we were celebrating Christmas week? The older I get the faster time flies. But here we are again celebrating Christmas and getting ready to end the year and looking forward to the New Year!

So glad you came by today because our dear friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home put this group together for some last minute Christmas fun. In November at the start of the Christmas Season I shared my vintage Goose decoy nested in my old copper boiler on the hearth. I'd not shared this big copper boiler before, and it was part of my other vintage copper pieces on display. 

I have two vintage goose decoys. One is plastic and newer of course, and then this one that is paper mache and very old. She's very fragile and crumbly so I try to not move her around too much. She looks right at home in the boiler. Glad she has some branches for nesting and isn't stuck in some hot water for Christmas Dinner!!

I usually have one of my Christmas wreaths hanging up on the mirror, but I wanted to find a decor piece that I could use for Christmas this year, and then keep up for awhile this winter. You all know I love lambs and sheep, (especially for Christmas and Easter) and all things French Country, so this framed grain sack piece checked the boxes. 


I wanted the framed piece to take center stage so I kept the color scheme a traditional red/green/white. I used two antique ironstone pitchers with a small tree inside, my grapevine cone topiaries, and my larger size white house lanterns nestled in some greenery garlands. A few red berries gives a burst of color.

The white "House" lanterns came from Michaels this year. I've learned that old books can make up height differences easily. One ironstone pitcher was a bit bigger than the other so a few books made up the difference.

The lanterns are large enough that you could put in votive candle holders or small candles easily to give a lovely soft glow in the evening. Battery operated votives and candles are pretty, but often they give off a yellow/orange glow insead of a more realistic white. I've had the grapevine cones for many years, but a couple of years ago they got a dry brushing of white. The white cones show up so much better now. 

The antique walnut armoire houses the TV. On top a smallish branch from our never ending supply of tree sticks, branches and debris is wrapped with a berry garland. 

Some of my collection of ceramic churches and houses line the shelf mirror on top of the sideboard.

Vintage mini white bottle brush trees are in between each house. 

A white dough bowl has a faux greenery wreath with winter fruit and faux hydrangeas surrounding an antique white ironstone tureen.

The small tree has been next to the fireplace in the past, but this year I found a lamp table that needs to stay there, so I just moved some baskets to wedge the tree in between the sideboard and the cookbook cupboard. The little bare tree is setting inside one of my very old vintage bushel garden baskets, with burlap sacks and a red berry garland.

My "Cobbler's Bench" coffee table/foot rest has a vintage ironstone tureen bottom with a large, short fat pillar candle. I keep this antique tray there to corral other decor pieces. 

The small ironstone tureen is called a covered vegetable. They aren't as big as soup tureens, but used for green beans or potatoes or corn to keep the food warm at the table.

Vintage wool Tartan throws are covering the slipcovered chair, ottoman and sofa. I love to mix and match Tartan Plaids; no need to have all the same pattern.

The Fontanini Nativity was purchased in the mid 80's when they first debuted. Some of my figures are not out, and I need to locate them. I just looked at the prices for them online and was temporarily breathless.

Thanks so much for coming by today and I hope you'll visit our other friends by clicking on the links below in the InLinkz images. Next up is Laura from Decor to Adore and she's sharing a Little Women Inspired Holiday Tea. I know it will be a lovely setting!

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Here are a few previous posts from the Christmas Mantel in the Hearth Room.

Have a great rest of the week. I'll be back on Friday with the Holiday Cupboard for Christmas.

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  1. Oh Debra it is all so lovely and cozy. We both have the exact same Nativity set. Mine has to be at least 30 years old. I've even replaced the moss on it. Merry Christmas!

  2. I love the Christmas goose and the way you displayed it. Your mantel is just gorgeous and is the perfect focal point for your cozy Christmas room. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  3. Your hearth and mantel look so pretty. Love love the copper piece with your Christmas goose. Have a very Merry Christmas. xoxo Kris

  4. So pretty, Debra!!! I love how your mantel turned out. It's just stunning!! Merry Christmas!

  5. Debra your hearth room is so super cozy and elegant for Christmas. Of course I love all the plaid and your mantel is gorgeous. I am looking forward to seeing more of your pretty framed French print too! Everything looks so beautiful. I am so glad we got together to share holidays at home! Merry Christmas!

  6. Debra, Your home is always so cozy looking. I just love your warm, French country style. I'm totally crushing on those duck decoys! Merry Christmas!!

  7. Debra I love the vintage copper boiler pot It's on my list to find at a reasonable price, lol great post, I love your vintage style you have given me great inspiration , Thank you, Merry Christmas-Happy New Year


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