Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Family Room Mantel

I'm not sure why, but it took me a really long time to decide how to decorate the mantel this year.  I spent probably 2 hours on this, and about 1 hour 45 minutes of that was in fussing with various items!  The whole thing really only took about 15 minutes once I decided what to do!

I used a wreath that I had created a couple years ago.  It's an inexpensive evergreen wreath, with a string of lights, some gold-highlighted poinsettias, some red berries, some holly, and a few gold-painted pine cones. I added a few lengths of garlands, with some lights in the garland.  (Most of the lights in the garland ended up being covered up, but some showed through.

I placed my "vintage" Santa here, and two Santas that were hand-carved by my dad.

I made a simple arrangement of hurricane vases with red pillar candles.

Of course our stocking hangers and stockings on either end, as well as some additional poinsettias and other floral picks.   The small Santa and Angel figures are mementoes from my husband's childhood and mine.

I took some extra greenery from the Christmas tree, and stuck them into the iron work on the log holder, then added a faux berry sprig.  Easy!

Our finished mantel for 2010.


  1. Loving it!! I got to decorate the mantles at the Stegmaier mansion yesterday and I was in heaven!! please stop by A Debbie-Dabble Christmas to take a peek!!


  2. Lovely, just sooooooo lovely! What a privilege to be able to peek in to your home and see everything!

    I especially love that you have things that are meaningful to your family incorporated in your decor, like the Santas from your father and the mementos from your childhood.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. beautiful. thanks for sharing your ideas!

  4. Your mantle looks terrific! I love the traditional greens and the red candles glowing softly. And, again, I must say that your dad's hand-carved Santas are fabulous!!!

  5. Your mantle looks beautiful! What treasures your Santas are that your dad carved?!! So special with the quilt that your friend made for you. It really looks lovely! Merry Christmas to you!

  6. I love how you decorated your mantle. The Santas your dad carved are wonderful along with other cherished keepsakes to see and share with others.