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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Mantel

I had so much fun decorating our mantel for Christmas this year!




White Beauty is ready for the cooler winter weather sporting a Forever 21 scarf and a leopard fedora from Target (that she borrowed from my wardrobe).   In case you're new here, White Beauty is the horse head (ZGallerie) that lives above our mantel.  She's been with us for over a year now and she's definitely part of the family.  We live in the bluegrass surrounded by horse farms so she fits right in.

She can be a little difficult to photograph.


To add some joy to the mantel I used a command strip to adhere this large letter "O" to a chalkboard and then used an alphabet stencil and some chalk for the "J" and "Y".


The only purchases made for this mantelscape were new stockings from Hob Lob at 50% off and a wintery garland from Michaels that was also on sale at 50% off.  I paid just $30 for the stockings and garland all together!  I layered the garland with some fresh holly from our backyard and a few sparkly red berry picks from last year.  


The tinsel trees I've had for years.  I love the sparkle they add to the mantel, especially at night.   




What does your mantel look like this year?  Isn't fun to play around with different looks each year?!  I can't wait to stuff those stockings, or I mean I can't wait for Santa to stuff them!  

Holiday 

22 comments:

  1. i LOVE it!!! "joy" and white beauty are my favorite elements but it all looks wonderful and so you- classic with some whimsy and sparkle!

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  2. Beautiful Carmel! I love the JOY sign and pretty poinsettia on your table too! Martina

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  3. Man I love that horse head! And the scarf! I die:) Looks great!

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  4. Those stockings are too fun! Love that basket too!

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  5. This is so fabulous Carmel!! The 'O' on the chalkboard was so clever and white beauty looks especially festive. :-) Everything is just beautiful!
    Vanessa

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  6. Gorgeous mantle. I love the horse head and those stocking. Also the Joy chalkboard is perfect.

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  7. It turned out absolutely lovely, girl! I *adore* White Beauty and her jaunty little fedora...so fabulous (c:

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  8. That is the most creative Christmas mantel I've seen all season!!! I love how whimsical it is and I might have to steal the chalkboard idea:)

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  9. I think the scarf is my favorite. Oh White Beauty - you look so chic!

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  10. Love your mantel decor, especially White Beauty, and your whole room looks really cozy. I love the brick, the rug, the pillows, the furniture...

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  11. You gotta have the stockings! Lookin good! I'm loving your silvery touches, they really brighten everything up

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  12. I am head over heels for the fedora and the jOy sign. So darling. The JOY sign really rocks.

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  13. The frame around Beauty is so cool!! Love how you did that joy sign, too!

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  14. Your White Beauty is soooo great! And I love the hat and scarf she is wearing for this season - it looks so right and so funny with lots of style!
    Thank you for sharing these great pictures - it gives a lot of inspiration!

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  15. Cozy, inviting and whimsical - perfect!

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  16. Love how you decorated "outside of the box!" Such whimsy! Looks like a fun room to be in for Christmas. I spy the plaid pillow from Target. I have a couple of those. Love them!

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  17. Aw so pretty, Carmel! You really do think outside the box. The fedora + scarf are beyond precious! I also love the joy sign... definitely the reason for the season, right? Thanks for linking up!

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  18. Love the horse with the scarf and hat, the whole combo rocks! Oh, I see the red Ikat fabric made into a pillow, love that fabric! Great mantel!

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  19. This is great. The horse with that hat cracks me up. So much fun! I'm your newest follower!

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  20. I'm in love, how fantastic! White Beauty is spectacular with the fedora and scarf! How creative! How great that you have fresh holly in your yard, what a great addition to your mantle!

    I linked up too with my mantle but when you click it my Halloween mantle pops up. Just click my name and my Christmas one pops up!

    Megan

    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm so inspired by looking at your photos and as I was taking mental notes, I noticed that we have the same leather sofa (mine is in front of our fireplace!). I know what I want to do this weekend now ... decorate my mantelpiece for the holidays and jazz it up in the same spirit as you did yours. Thanks!

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Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C

 
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