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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Buh bye, Mr. Pumpkin ...

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Happy Sunday.  Brrr, it's cold outside!

Well, considering I've had my Fall decor up since the latter part of August, I've decided it's time to start adding Christmas! I spent most of yesterday taking all of the leaves and pumpkins down (and confusing my 4 year old son who asked why I'm putting Christmas up when it's not even Thanskgiving yet ... he'll learn, right?  lol)! 

In the meantime, Beth over at her fabulous blog, The Stories of A to Z, is having a last year's Christmas Mantel linky party to get everyone in the mood for Christmas decor.  So, I thought I'd join the fun and share just a couple of pics of my mantel back then, which was dressed with a big ol' garland ... glittery nutcrackers and festive finials. 


A closer look (my apologies for the poor photo quality):


I love the nutcrackers ... and will probably be placing them on my mantle again this year.  However, I'd love to switch it up a bit, so we'll see.

And, since there is no way I will be *over*decking the halls like I did last year (when our home was on the local Christmas Tour of Homes Parade), I thought I'd share a link to my home from last year.  Just click here: Part 1 of my holiday home tour from last year if you feel like seeing Christmas on overload!

Thanks for stopping by,


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35 comments:

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Becca,

All year round I like a fairly pared-back look but then Christmas comes and something gets into me. I like Christmas overload. I can't help myself!!

I'm like a magpie!! Glitter and sparkles and bright colours!!

I think your mantlepiece is absolutely stunning.

I'm really enjoying following your blog. Each post seems even better thn the last!

Sarahx

Sarahx

Jenny said...

I absolutely adore this. Every little bit of it. AMAZING!
Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

I'm trying to become a new follower but it says "request too large." Strange, huh? I'll try from my home computer later (I'm at my parents' house) and see if it works. Just loving your blog!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Becca! What an absolutely gorgeous mantel! Love it! I'm starting to think about Christmas, too. Crazy, huh? It's not even Thanksgiving yet!Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, that is gorgeous. I am not going to add Christmas this early because I will get tired of it before Christmas and want to take it down.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your mantel decor is stunning. Love the garland and all the nutcrackers are just perfect. The two big ones on the hearth are stunning. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Sailing Simply said...

OH I just love it! I went back and took the whole tour, well, part 1 tour anyway. LOL! If I had the money I would go waaayy overboard! LOL! I have pared back over the years but I just love seeing all bells and whistles of the holidays. I am in love with those elves decorating your den tree and your larger Santas everywhere. I would have a very hard time not putting it all out again if I had it though. Thanks so much for resharing this I am sure I will be checking it often for great decorating ideas!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Oh, my... that's it! Love the nutcrakers and the lighted garland. What a grand and beautiful fireplace! I'll have to click the link to see more. How fun to have your home on the Christmas Tour! I bet there are a few ooohhs and aaaahhs :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just gorgeous Becca!! Wow! Can't wait to see more this year!! I am sooo ready for the holiday decorating too! :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantel was just gorgeous. I have a problem paring mine down because it is such a focal point in my living room. I will start to decorate after Christmas. We get a live tree so I can't do anything too early or the tree will be dead on Christmas! lol!

Can't wait to see more, Becca!

XO,
Jane

Melissa Miller said...

OMG! I forgot how gorgeous your mantel as becca! Stunning job girl. :)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oh wow ~! this is stunning, seriously it is.
what a treat it was to see your photos.

Okie Chic said...

Sooo pretty your house was gorgeous last year. I decorate one of the homes that is always on the home tour in our town so I know how much work it takes. You did a lovely job on yours. Can't wait to see it this year!!

Carole said...

Love your autumn-themed centerpieces in your header. And your Christmas decorations last year--oh my! So gorgeous. I know it was a lot of work, but it was beautiful.

Gail said...

Becca your mantel is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do this year.

Enjoy your Sunday.
Gail

Becca said...

Thank you, Carole! (I tried to leave your message through your blog, but, unfortunately, there isn't a link to an email)! I sincerely appreciate your sweet note about my Christmas decor of last year. Take care, *Becca*

Vanessa said...

Oh my goodness Girl! Ummm...I seriously don't even have words! You could totally do that professionally, like maybe at my house?? :-) I must confess that on the one hand it totally puts my mantel to SHAME but on the other hand fills me with so many inspiration and ideas. You truly have a gift and I feel like I am looking at something out of Traditional Home with all of the rich colors and textures. So, how far have you gotten in your decorating for this year??
Vanessa

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

I'm still in love with that mantel!!! Everytime I see it, I sigh a little longer.....auuhhhh.
I want it in my home :D

I'm heading now to take the tour.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Becca, I'm lovin' your kitchen christmas decoration from last year. Well, everything is over the top wonderful but your kitchen is fun and delightful.
Thanks for sharing. ~Carrie

Andrea said...

Beautiful Mantle! I love all the ribbon and bows.
It looks like a picture in a magazine.
I have been wanting to decorate for Christmas
too. Thank you for posting last year's decorations, I need some inspiration.
Your blog is one of my favorites!

Kristen White said...

Stunning...what a gorgeous mantlescape! I can't wait to see your house all decked out for the holidays!!!
Kristen

Southern Fried Gal said...

Oh my word - your mantle was gorgeous! I'm following you AND going to check out your tour from last year. Yippee - thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How gorgeous your home looks ~ I love all the oversized ornaments and the nutcrackers, too! Stunning. I need to check out your entire home tour! :0)

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Becca said...

Andrea ... if, by chance, you stop back by, I just want you to know how much I appreciate your thoughtful note. (I see that you don't have an active blog nor email address listed when I click on your name.) Thanks again for taking the time to visit! Take care, Becca

Melanie said...

I love your mantle. It is beautiful. I wish you could come and decorate mine:) Since we are in the middle of moving, I don't want to even think about dragging that stuff out:(

Life with L said...

Becca, your mantle is gorgeous! I am not sure how you could improve it. Waiting to see...

Debbie said...

Oh I love it Becca....I may get me some more nutcrackers this year. I love the tall ones on the floor...it all looks fantastic!

Liz said...

I am so glad you posted your mantle from last year, because I sure needed some great ideas. Did you make the garland yourself with the lights, bows, and ornaments? ...just gorgeous! Going to go click on your link now...can't wait! Thanks for sharing! ~Liz

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Becca, You already know I think your just great! So I presented you with an award. Please stop by at pick it up :D
Have the best day ever ~Carrie

Traci said...

It looks great! I'm so ready to decorate for Christmas!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Oh my goodness girlfriend, you know your way around a mantel! It looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up.

Gypsy Heart said...

Simply stunning! I just love it ~ and I'm anxious to see this year's display.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Love your mantel and nutcrackers! I just found you and I'm signing up to follow. Please stop by sometime and say hello.

Blessings,
Sandi

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Hi Becca! This is my first visit to your site and I LOOOOOOVE it! Beautiful! I have an interior design blog and would love for you to visit. Right now im on Day 9 of 14 Christmas trees! WHEW! And I have a GIVEAWAY going on!

*ENTER PAMPERING Give-Away Here *

xoxokara

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Becca, Your mantle is beautiful! It will be really hard to top it this year. I am on my way to see last years decor. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
xo, Sherry