Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 Christmas Mantle

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

In hopes that all family and friends soon would be there!


My Christmas mantle has taken on a rustic and wintry mix this year.


It all started with the purchase of these beautiful reindeer that I bought from work at Stein Mart.

 I kept my eye on these for several weeks before finally talking myself into buying them.  I love how they have a subtle sparkle to them!

Then after laying out layers of garlands I added my pine cone candles.  I've had these for quite some time but rarely ever pull them out.

Then the search was on for just the right ribbon.

I was quite pleased when I finally found what I was looking for.


The final addition was to hang my winter wreath purchased from Walmart, during last years after Christmas sales.  Thanks to a great tip from Liz at Savvy Seasons to use those adhesive hooks with easy removable tabs, I was able to center it right on the middle of the mirror.

 I'm really enjoying the deeper richer colors I used on the mantle this season instead of so much bright red and green.  It's much more soothing to me!

 I thought I'd also share a few pictures of the finished living room with you as well.  I didn't put out all of my Christmas decor this year.  I am purposely trying to keep it more simple in this room.

  I have collected Santa's for years but only put out a few of my Santa's scattered over the house this year.  I also put out only a few of all my other Christmas accessories too.  Even with keeping it simple there is still quite a bit out, especially with Christmas trees in most of my rooms.  It's been a simple decorating year for me here at The Decorative Dreamer, but one I am enjoying quite a bit.  I may be a "decorative dreamer" but I guess I will always be "sailing simply" at heart.


Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed your visit too!

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20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I adore the rustic and Wintery mix that you have used on your mantel! It's all very lovely!

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  2. Gorgeous! I adore the rustic and Wintery mix that you have used on your mantel! It's all very lovely!

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  3. Your mantel is lovely and I like the subtle colors. Very pretty.

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  4. Beautiful room..so welcoming for Christmas! I Love the deer!! ;D

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  5. Stunning! stunning mantel and stunning home!

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  6. Oh Mary, the whole room is just gorgeous to me. I love the mantel and those reindeer. My favorite part of all is the pine cone candles.

    And I love the way your wreath looks against that mirror.

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  7. I love it! I am going to Stein Mart tomorrow to see if we have those reindeer! I am in love! I love the rustic simplicity of the mantle and how the bow coordinates with the one on your tree. It just brings the whole room together. Gorgeous!

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  8. Oh that looks just wonderful Mary!
    Love the mirror, the rustic look with those gorgeous reindeer, and that room, wow, it's just gorgeous and huge too!
    Well done my friend!
    Cindy

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  9. Gorgeous room, so festive and warm. Your mantle is lovely. I love every aspect of it, extremely charming! xo ~Liz

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  10. Love how welcoming and warm your living room feels! Your holiday touched are perfect. Thanx for coming to party and for linking back! I much appreciate it! Happy Holidays!

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  11. Your Christmas mantel is so beautiful, Mary! I love the symmetry!
    The reindeer are so cute!

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  12. I just love how your room looks. It is so warm and inviting with just the right amount of Christmas decor. Those reindeer are gorgeous!
    CAS

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  13. Found you at Pam's mantle party, and am following you. Your holiday decor is all so pretty. Love it all!

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  14. The mntel is de lovely and I adore the reindeer.
    Happy decorating

    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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  15. The mntel is de lovely and I adore the reindeer.
    Happy decorating

    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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  16. Hi Mary! Thank you for your sweet comment, it is so nice to be back with my blogging friends.

    I LOVE your mantel and the colors are wonderful. Warm and welcoming, that's what it says to me.

    I adore the deer and I'm jealous you're working at Steinmart. I love that place! Before I moved, there was one just minutes from my home. Now it's a half hour drive into town and I can't just run over all the time.

    Everyone's Christmas posts are helping me get into the holiday spirit.

    Hugs my friend, nice to "see" you.

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  17. Oh, my goodness! Your mantel is so pretty! I love everything about it! Your entire room is so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. Love that ribbon - it's the perfect last detail!! Sally

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  19. How gorgeous Mary! I love your sparkly wreath and your checked bow. SO pretty!

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