Thursday, December 2, 2010

Garden Mantel

It's that time of year! I started decorating for Christmas. Honestly I started with the mantel to enter it at the Lettered Cottage. You should too! Love all those gorgeous mantels.

Here's our mantel this year, decorated in a garden theme. I think it's really interesting that there are no ornaments, no wreaths, no lights, none of the glitter I'm seeing elsewhere in blogland (which I do love)... and yet the look is unmistakably Christmas.

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Our fireplace has this large built-in niche. I knew I needed something great to fill it. I usually have a carved wooden spire in there, and I fully intended to leave it... until I spotted this angel in our yard. I knew instantly the proportions were right. I love it so much I might just leave it there.

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I love to bring in things from the outside for decorating. Usually that means branches and flowers, but why not statuary?

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Or my children's worn garden trowel?

I am in love with that bright lime/pear/some-sort-of-fruit green. And I loved how the moss on the angel had that sort of tone. So I sprayed a branch lime green with some leftover spray paint.

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A little fake moss ball (which is there year round) in a thrift store vessel.

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For the greenery, I started with two fake evergreen garlands. I added real clippings from the outside, some fake holly, and two clear beaded sprigs.

To complete the vignette, a terra cotta bird and a vintage cardinal print.

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I tied some green ribbon on our existing stockings for an additional shot of green.

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And there you have it!

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Merry Christmas!

Linking to some of these parties.

This project was featured on Life as Lori.

7 comments:

  1. That is one of the most classic memorable fireplace mantles I have seen....Heavenly :)

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  2. The best in all of blogland!
    from one gardener to another-

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  3. Very pretty!

    I'm featuring this over at Life As Lori. If you would like to stop by and grab my I was featured button please do so.

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  4. Happy Holidays - I'm dropping by from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday's blog hop.

    Love your mantel!!! It is so beautiful.

    Please come by & say "Hi!" sometime: http://SallyLeeByTheSea.com

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  5. What a grand mantel. The niche with the statue is just stunning (okay, I know that's not the actual Christmas part).

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  6. Thanks for the feature, Lori. And thanks for all the nice comments! :)

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