Christmas Mantel 2010

Last Thursday I was determined to finish up my decorating for Christmas.
I went to the basement storage room to dig out some ornaments….and this turned into a full 7 hour basement ‘excavation’. I ended up taking 6 boxes of stuff to Goodwill and clearing out 2 bags of garbage.
I never did get the decorating done~ I was too pooped.
The decorating had to wait until Friday morning instead~ this is what I did with the ‘mantel’.
I have chosen a theme of sparkly white & silver with accents of blue & green for my indoor decor.
And I have to throw in some natural elements…like branches, a basket and a wool carder.
Christmas Mantel 2010
The pitcher was a spray-painted project from the spring. I kept the branches from Halloween.
Remember how I used it here:
I moved it to the mantel, but added some sparkly snowflakes to the branches for the holidays.
{Snowflakes were 6 in a package from Canadian Tire for .99 cents}
The silver cake stand  that holds the blue & green ornaments is from Goodwill.
The lantern is from Ikea. The sparkly white ‘Tis The Season’ is from Urban Barn.
I elevated the pitcher for a bit more height with books.
The basket you see is my Grandmother’s knitting basket from many years ago.
{It’s tall because it’s meant for holding knitting needles and yarn.It has crossed my mind to fill the basket with yarn… I still might.}
The wool carder belonged to my great-grandparents~who married in 1899.
My uncle very kindly gave these treasures to me~ and I adore them.
Here was what the ‘mantel’ looked like for Halloween:
And here it is ready for the holidays:
And to all of you south of the border….Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

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  1. says

    This look so pretty and inspiring! I also have bought those packs of glittery snowflakes from Canadian Tire and they are great. How special to have those lovely items that belonged to your relatives. I'm heading down to the basement this p.m. – wonder if it will take me 7 hours to sort things – I hope not!


  2. says

    Congrats on a beautiful decorating job (and on getting your basement organized). You have a great eye for balance & scale. I love the tiered tray and the artful way you have combined antiques with the contemporary pieces. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi Angie,
    I love how you mixed the old with the new on your mantel. The blue, green and sliver is a really nice combination. I'm off to find how you painted that pitcher. My ceramic canister set needs a makeover. TFS! Sheila

  4. says

    Love, love that tiered basket of ornaments. I know what you mean about the cleaning. For my family it was the attic. Last winter, it was too cold to be there after Christmas, so we threw everything in. Then in the summer it was too hot and when we did some redecorating, all the old house stuff was thrown in as well. We had a good amount of rearranging just to find the ormanets this year.

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