Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Powder Blue Christmas Mantel

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

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  1. Just absolutely perfect for your room. I love how cedar drapes too. Christmas just brings out the memories doesn't it?

  2. knew yours would be lovely, It's so pretty..

  3. Beautiful! Love the fresh cedar and pine clippings added to the garland.

  4. Amy just totally picture perfect in every way. I love the fresh evergreen clippings and can almost smell how yummy it must smell! It is indeed looking a lot like Christmas over at Maison Decor!

  5. Your mantle is lovely. The fresh greens really pop. I love the whole room too. Your ruffled slipcover is to die for!

  6. Your mantle looks beautiful Amy and I love the two little trees in the urns!

  7. This is so charming!! I love the simple wreath over the mirror.

  8. So pretty and soft. Just as I expected. Lovely!

  9. Very pretty, Amy! Just the right touch to your mantel. I love the ribbons you used and how the greens soften the edge of the mantel.

  10. I never knew you lived in Thailand! Wow! Your mantle is very romantic and peaceful looking. I love the way you draped your greenery with the ribbon woven through it. Your family room looks very pretty.

  11. Beautiful Amy...I used real garland last year and within a week it was a fire hazard...so now I use faux. I am glad you mentioned tucking in real bits and pieces, because that would work! You could pull them out and add fresh when they dry our. Thanks for the idea!

  12. Amy your mantel looks beautiful! I love how you added the fresh greenery to your faux garland.

  13. Amy, your mantel is lovely and I love your slip-covered sofa with the ruffles! Very sweet and feminine! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

    Christmas blessings,

  14. Everything is so pretty Amy ! Elegant !

  15. beautiful and elegant, Amy. I love the soft blue, it goes so well with your living room!

    Happy Holidays!


  16. Amy! Stop doing so many cool things! I can't keep up with your blog posts,.. i haven't even had a chance to comment on your cool new chandy in the kitchen, and now you've made a gorgeous mantel. I love all the natural greenery, and the little wreath on the mirror. And that mirrored piece on your mantel makes me faint it's so pretty...!
    Wow! I want a little green tree like yours too... so simple and so pretty...


  17. Absolutely breathtaking. Wow...the architectural piece is stunning. Also, I never noticed that gorgeous sofa lcover before with the ruffe. When is the party? I'm coming over. ;)

  18. Absolutely Stunning Amy!! I LOVE every single thing in this room....magazine worthy!

    Lou Cinda ;)

  19. Thanks Cindy~that pretty mirror is in my Etsy shop for $75..since it hasn't sold yet, I used it for my christmas mantle display!

  20. Amy-
    Your bog is amazing. I am your newest follower.
    Thank you for your kind comment at Tina's yesterday.

  21. Amy I love the touches of blue, beautiful!

    You are the WINNER of the Princeton Pine Wreath, Yay!! I am so happy for you!! The Christmas Tree Market will get it to you ASAP!

    Vicki from French Essence has offered her duo of books to 2 winners!We are on our 5th day of Holiday Giveaways with 4 events being open!

    Art by Karena

  22. Amy, how fabulous!
    What a joy to see, thank you for sharing the
    beauty you create ~ absolutely delightful!!!

    ~ Violet

  23. wow, amazing decorations, but that reindeer from your childhood...how special!

  24. Everything looks great - very New England with a romantic flair~

  25. Very pretty!! I love the carved piece above your mantle!!

    Everything looks so elegant and relaxing!!

    Merry Christmas!!


  26. Amy- I love the way you have dressed the mantle in such soft beautiful colors and greenery. Perfect...and I LOVE the little tree with the blue bulbs in front. xo Diana

  27. Your room looks magical. Just love the mantel.

  28. I never tire of looking at your beautiful mantel. The powder blue touches work perfectly.

  29. Pretty color combination Amy!
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house!
    hugs my friend

  30. Hi Amy,
    I love your mantle both decorated and undecorated. It's so beautiful. I like to add real greenery in with the faux as well. It looks so lovely.

    It's wonderful that you still have your little deer. You must have had an interesting childhood.


  31. it's gorgeous Amy, everything is so pretty! I put my blue's away about two years ago and I'm dying to take them out again! Hope you are having a great week!

  32. Just beautiful. Love how you mixed the fresh greenery with the faux and of course powder blue is my favorite color. Your family room is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us.

  33. Very pretty. Love the blue for Christmas. I really love the wreath on the mirror and the little trees flanking the fireplace.

  34. Quiet, peaceful, elegant! I love it all ~


  35. Absolutely perfect Amy. It looks stunning in your living room! That room gets better and better every time you show it! I love how it is constantly work in progress, like all of my rooms!

  36. Very beautiful, Amy. Love how you worked in the powder blue. I'm out of the loop 'round here but this was a pretty post to catch up to.

    Merry Christmas,

  37. Wow Amy, I just found your blog and so glad I did! I love it and will be back again!!!

  38. Gorgeous! I love the shot standing behind the coffee table looking at the whole room which captures all the Christmas evergreens you've incorporated. LOVE it Amy!

  39. Amy, I love your mantel. I am especially fond of the colors. They are my favorite. Love the urns on each side of the fireplace. I normally use fresh and faux greens also. You can always replace a few sprigs but it is impossible to replace entire garlands.
    Please come over and see my mantel and banisters.
    Merry Christmas, Ginger

  40. Just beautiful, Amy! Of course, the colors are my favorite so I am really loving what you did with your mantel!


  41. Thanks for stopping by Amy...I'll be sure to visit your Pinterest board soon!
    Love the mantel display and especially that fabulous piece over it!

    Happy Holidays...xo, Janet

  42. Love the fireplace! Looks amazing....


  43. Amy your home has always been one of my favorites and the Christmas decor you chose this year is just fabulous!

    bee blessed

  44. Every time I see pictures of our fireplace, I fall in love with it all over again. It is just amazing how you have it, and the decorations are lovely on it!


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