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Friday, November 30, 2012

Joke's On Me!

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This year, I wanted to keep our Christmas mantel simple.  Ha Ha ... *who* am I kidding?!
 
Meet our new buddy, "Buck."  He's the reason my thoughts of simplicity went right out the Christmas window!  He's a Virgo ... likes long walks through the snow covered forest ... annnd, if you stare at him long enough, you'll swear that he has winked at you!  The moment I spotted him at "New River Pottery" (an a-MAZING Christmas shop in Wilmington, NC), I knew I just had to have him as our holiday mantel guest of honor.

And, to properly welcome him to the family, I saw it only fitting to splash a few lights and ornaments to the wreath that came with him.  From there ... it only got worse!  Ornaments began to hang themselves from the top of the mantel:


A big, lush garland arrived on the scene ... only for me to add lots of ornaments, glittery garland and snowflakes:


Prelit topiary trees made their way to the mantel, too, but not before I placed them in cream urns I had on hand, along with *more* ornaments:


And, hmmmm ... where did Santa 1 and Santa 2 come from?  I must've purchased them while in one of my *Christmas comas* at HomeGoods!


And, after all of that I had to "believe" that I was done!


Needless to say ... somehow this ALLL came together to create this:


Not exactly *simple,* but we'll take it ...


And, while I know our sled would much rather be used to fly us down a snowy hill (that does NOT exist here in Myrtle Beach), I gave it no choice but to be dressed with winter greenery and faux skates and placed by the fireplace:


So much for a simple Christmas mantel, right?  I s'pose the only missing now is a warm fire ... next time!


So, please tell me ... do you always start out with one decorating plan and end up doing the exact opposite?
 
I'm joining up with:

Savvy Southern Style/Vignettes and Mantel Party
The Lettered Cottage/Christmas Mantel Party
52 Mantels/Christmas Link Party
Becca











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60 comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Becca,
WOW!!! It's all wonderful...love all the bright ornaments. Glad you left simple to me:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Linda

The Rusty Heart said...

Hi Becca! Your mantel looks beautiful! I love those Santas!
~Audra

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

So funny. Somehow I think that you and I would never be happy with simple. Simple is for well. non-bloggers maybe. LOL

Love what you did. I have a Buck too. Come visit me next week to see him. :)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

LOL!! How you could even form your mouth to say, "simple" is just hilarious to me!! You don't have a simple bone in your body! LOL!!! Becca, seriously, this is so pretty! I love all of the bright colors; and the deer is fabulous! Love it!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So gorgeous Becca! :) I am leaning more simple this year actually... but you are making me rethink the bold and beautiful!! Love it! :)

Stephanie Sandoval said...

OH my goodness! We love it...and we especially love Buck! Amazing work filling the entire space...eye candy galore! One of Buck's cousin's (MonMell Designs' Reindeer Feed Pillow cover) would look darling nearby! Off to pin your decorating genius!

Shannon Fox said...

Becca, I never know what I am going to do. It's always pretty much a surprise! This years mantel is beautiful. So lush and pretty. Love that fluffy full garland and all your special touches.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Buck's a Virgo, I'm a Pisces - I think we're a match made in mantel heaven!
Kelly

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

:-) Luv your simple Becca!!! It is wonderful..
Cheers, Gee

visit me at
http://simplymedesignsbygee.blogspot.com

iSavortheWeekend said...

Absolutely stunning!! I wish it were my mantel! I'm so in love with that buck too! Thx for sharing.

Jemsmom said...

OH MY WORD!!!!! LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was going to go all simple this year, but not now!!!! You have set the bar woman!!!

Margaret said...

Oh my!! It is fabulous! Love the trees, the Santas, all the ornaments...fantastic job Becca!

Cheri said...

So pretty! Love it!
Cheri

At The Picket Fence said...

It's AMAZING Becca! Every year you outdo yourself and I bow to your mantel decorating skills my friend. Love it!! :-)
Vanessa

Blondie's Journal said...

Hurray for you! I always over do it but I love that you are using COLOR! As much as I love simplistic and natural, my bins are filled with bright reds and greens! No turning back after 25 years and so many memories! Maybe you are starting a new/old trend!! LOVE everything!!

XO,
Jane

Savvy Seasons said...

YOUR HIRED!! Come on over and create this look at my place.;) Oh, how I love this look! Becca, you AMAZE me every year with your "change-it-up" talent! I love all the color amongst the white backdrop, it POPS! I really love the dropped ornaments, it frames the whole display beautifully. Well done, girl! XO ~Liz

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Buck looks perfectly fabulous up there all adorned with baubles! I'm finding "simple" sort of hard to do, too!

Designs By Pinky said...

Becca, your mantles are always SO fabulous!!! can you tell me how you attach your garlands? Command hooks??? I adore all the ornaments you use on them too. BUCK is fabulous and he came with the wreath??? I have a reindeer in my mantle wreath too!!!!!! I will be posting it Monday. XO, Pinky

Jennifer said...

Santa is gonna leave you extra presents this year, Becca! I love Buck, really!! It is so gorgeous & bright and I love that one thing led to another. You rocked this one out!!

Meredith Garrett said...

Un*BUCK*lievable. (Wink, wink).

Right out of a magazine, Becca.

Blessings,
Meredith at thepolkadotshoes.blogspot.com

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love "Buck"..and he so proudly rules over your gorgeous mantel...and being a Virgo, he is very particular..so he is very pleased!...and you have my favorite holiday statement..."Believe"....
Have a wonderful weekend Becca...and yes, that place in Wilmington is great!!...

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love "Buck"..and he so proudly rules over your gorgeous mantel...and being a Virgo, he is very particular..so he is very pleased!...and you have my favorite holiday statement..."Believe"....
Have a wonderful weekend Becca...and yes, that place in Wilmington is great!!...

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

Love this, so fun and colorful...way better than simple :)

Dining Delight said...

How fun! Love the traditional red and green used in this whimsical way! Isn't it great when you can change your idea from "simple" to "over the top" and still be happy! Great job!

DD

Carol said...

You've outdone yourself, Becca! The mantel is gorgeous. I usually only have a basic plan when I start out, and just go from there. The only place I try to plan out pretty well is above the kitchen cabinets. I don't want to climb that tall ladder any more than I have to! Looking forward to seeing more of your decor!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, there is no way you can do simple. It looks fab, dear.

Shelia said...

Hi Becca! OH, Buck looks marvelous on your mantel! I love all you've done and your mantel looks so pretty and whimsical and Christmasy! :) You always to the best!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Maria Morley said...

Oh, my! This is completely gorgeous -- like a picture out of a shelter magazine! Buck is super handsome, I can see why you just couldn't say no to that face! ;-) I love all of your glittery ornaments and your garland is so full and thick! You did an amazing job!

Vesna said...

I know what you mean ... amazing, but to me, it happens regularly ... I am completely helpless in front of the Christmas decorations, they have the power ... In any case, your decoration is lovely and festive, and the deer is just beautiful...
Hugs,

Vesna

Brooke said...

Looks so beautiful, I love it!

Suzy said...

I about fell over when you said that you wanted to keep it simple this year. Ha! You're way too talented to keep all of that creativity locked up inside! Love Mr. Buck! I've ordered one, but he won't be here in time for Christmas this year. :( Love, love, love your mantle. BTW - I finally made it to New River Pottery a few weeks ago and was blown away by the room in the back with all of the Christmas decor! I bet that place is a zoo right after Christmas!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Becca, embrace the decorating elf inside!!! I LOVE your Christmas mantle. It needs it's own spread in Southern Living!!!

Recreate and Decorate said...

Your mantle is beautiful!
I always end up with something totally different than I planned, ALWAYS!

Recreate and Decorate said...

Your mantle is beautiful!
I always end up with something totally different than I planned, ALWAYS!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Love it! Why would you want simple when you can have this???

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I absolutely love it. The deer is fabulous and I would want him too, but I don't have a fireplace, so no place to put him. I love all the garland full of beautiful ornaments and beads. Stunning. You did good. Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Becca! You always do such a great job on your mantel decorating. I had so many ideas and inspiration pictures pinned but when it came down to it, I just couldn't get it all done without it running into weeks. I opted for the simple route this year.

stephy213 said...

Wow! The mantel looks amazing!! I love it all.

L said...

Well, look at you! You did it again, Becca! Another wonderful and beautifully decorated mantel. I've been waiting for your post on this. Each year it is worth the wait to see what you do.
LOVE it!!! I'm glad that you didn't do simple. =o)

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

This is gorgeous! I hope I can pin it. I always start with an idea and change it up as I go! Happy to be a new follower.

Karen

Patty said...

Everything you do Becca is sheer perfection. Gorgeous as always. I look so forward to all your posts. Patty

Laura Marcella said...

Your mantel is so beautiful, Becca! I love the bold reds and greens with touches of gold. "Simply" gorgeous! You should make this mantel photo your blog's new banner for December!

Gail said...

Oh Becca, your mantel is BEAUTIFUL!! You are amazing!!! Hope you are having a wonderful day, Gail

Maria Elena said...

Stunning!!!! Oh, Becca the mantle is just fabulous! You do such a fabulous job every year! Every detail is just beautiful!

Cricket said...

Oh Becca....you always make me smile. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!! You need your own show. When is someone at HGTV going to get a clue and give you one!!!

Hugs,
Cricket

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Amazing! I want to come and sip hot cocoa by all that Christmas Spirit Beauty! It's PERFECT! XO, Aimee

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Becca this is fabulous! My husband would love Buck!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Ha ha, sounds just like me, I was going to go with all silver and white and that lasted about 2 minutes before the red arrived! I love your look, your "inspiration" and especially the Believe letters. Definitely a dramatic and fun display!
Jenna

Infuse With Liz said...

Beautifully done! Love the garland and your new "Buck"! Your sled is great with the skates! Every year I start saying I'm keeping it simple but it keeps growing as I go!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Whoever said less is more?! You've created a masterpiece!

mgeddis said...

Just when I think you cannot possibly outdo yourself.......you go ahead and do it again....just beautiful.

mgeddis said...

Just when I think you cannot possibly outdo yourself.......you go ahead and do it again....just beautiful.

Kim said...

Girl you have CMS!!! Cuh-Razy Mad Skillz!
What a fun space for your little man!

Jen said...

GORGEOUS!!!!
Love the buck..and the trees..and the garland...I think this is my fave so far!!

Renee Ann said...

Wow! That's gorgeous!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Gorgous! I do the exact same thing - I am going to do something simple and it never turns out that way. What a beautiful mantel!

Patsy said...

Wow, I do declare, that is the prettiest mantel I have ever seen. Simple materials used and it's gorgeous. Great job.

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Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful!! Love the reindeer ~

xo
Pat

Hayden said...

sooo beautiful!!