The mantel is decorated with a combination of
faux and fresh greens with a few pinecones and ribbons.
Fresh cedar and pine clippings enhance a
base of faux garland and gives the fresh look I love.
Having a fire going during the holiday month dries out real garland,
so this is the solution that works well here.
Three wired ribbons in charcoal and silver damask,
powder blue and silver mesh are added for sparkle.
The blue ribbon looks pretty with the floral bookcase fabric
and is close in color to the powder blue paint, Ben Moore Glass slipper,
that was dry brushed onto the mantel and arched decoration.
The front door urns are inside this year on
the hearth holding small flocked trees in burlap root balls.
The cedar drips gracefully off the edge of the mantel.
A small unadorned wreath hangs by ribbon from the mirror.
This little golden reindeer is from my childhood
when we lived in Thailand, once a set of 8.
Now several of us kids have possession
of a few of these charming nods to our past.
Our Christmas Mantel~2011