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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Our Christmas Mantel and "Deck the Halls" Tour

Greetings, friends!  

I'm happy to be part of a "Deck the Halls" tour where 11 other bloggers and I will be "virtually" sharing more of our Christmas homes today and tomorrow.

Admittedly, one of my most favorite things to decorate for the season is our mantel.  And, after thinking and thinking … annnnnd thinking how to dress it up this year, I decided to bring back a few of our nutcrackers from Christmas' past!



Glittery nutcrackers are my favorite … I especially love when the sunlight hits them in the late afternoon, casting "bling" all over the room.



And, while I started out with a simple, leafy garland, I soon realized I wasn't kidding anybody but myself and simply had to have more … sooooo, lots of mesh, glitter ribbon, snowflakes and ornaments made their way up there.


I layered a plain wreath from Michael's over our mirror and then dressed it up a bit by adding leftover ornaments and a strand of lights.  And, after searching for something to add to the middle of our mantel, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened a box to find our forgotten "Christmas" sign.  (Don't you just love forgotten purchases?!)  Thank you, HomeGoods!


"Pencily" trees (from Michael's) also got a bit of bling with tinier ornaments:


Our handsome nutcrackers stand guard by the fire,


making sure that no one takes off with the presents!


I love the ambiance of the lights … especially in the evening.  


Thanks so much for visiting our Christmas mantel!  Be sure and visit these amazingly talented ladies who will, undoubtedly, dazzle you with their beautiful Christmas creativity! 
























Linking up with:

HomeGoods/Holiday Home Linky Party
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Thrifty Decor Chick/Christmas Party

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36 comments:

Mary said...

Becca, I adore your glittery garland and nutcracker flanked mantel! What a fun Christmas sign too...so festive and full of cheer with the blazing fireplace! It definitely puts me in the Christmas spirit!

Pamela Graham said...

I have no words….but if I could muster up one….stunning!!!

Love your creativeness….awesome, totally!

Pamie G.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, this is of course beautiful as you always do. You have such a beautiful mantel to dress and are very gifted at decking it out!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

STUNNING my friend!! Love the nutcrackers and love the pencil trees in the white urns! Your mantel always looks fabulous!

Dawn said...

OMG how stunning Becca, it is just beautiful and love that you used traditional Christmas colors.

Kim @ The Beautiful Home said...

Becca, I love the glitz and glamor that you created on your mantle. It is truly stunning. I used to use very large nutcrackers, too, but didn't put them out this year!

Becca said...

Thanks so very much, Pamela … truly appreciate it!!

Becca said...

Thank you so, so much, Mary … such a kind thing to say! :)

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

You and your mantel never disappoint! What would anything you do without bling be like? I hate to even think of that thought!! Happy Holidays to you and your family. I hope I will see you soon.

Margaret Pereira said...

Gorgeous!! Absolutely beautiful Becca. Happy Holidays!!

Maria Elena said...

Becca, just stunning! I so look forward every year for your mantle reveal. You are so talented and such an inspiration to me. Can't wait to see the rest of your Holiday decor.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Becca, I adore your mantel! I have waited to see what you decided to do this year! Your seasonal home is always a favorite stop of mine! I love the nutcrackers and the pencil trees! Your mantel is gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

Pat said...

Gorgeous and festive, Becca!

Merry Christmas!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh Becca, it looks beautiful! You always do such a great job with your mantel decorating! Love the nutcrackers and your garland and how everything brings your eye from up high, down to the hearth.

Jennifer@ClassicStyleHome said...

Everything looks beautiful! You did a great job on the garland and I'm in love with the giant nutcrackers. That's something to look for on sale after Christmas for next year.

Susan said...

Becca...Stunning!!! I wish I had your talent!! I've never seen glittery nutcrackers and if I do find some I'll be sure to snatch them up, they're gorgeous. I also love the pencil trees, that's my style!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your home is always so festive at Christmas Becca! This year it's gorgeous too! Love your mantel!!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh you did it again Becca!!….The mantel is fabulous! I can just imagine someone walking into your home and just "gasping" over the beauty of it!….Gorgeous job as always Becca!

Becca said...

Thank you, Susan! If you have an Old Time Pottery near you, pay them a visit as that's where I found most of my glittery nutcrackers.

Becca said...

Thanks so much, Pat!! Merry Christmas!

Becca said...

Thank you so very much, Margaret! Happy Holidays!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my word! Becca if mantels had their own kingdom you would be their queen! I love it all so much my friend and as usual stand in awe of your talent!!
Vanessa

Carol said...

Wow, where have I been? Cannot believe I missed seeing your gorgeous mantel, Becca! The nutcrackers are so adorable, and I just love all the glimmery, shimmery bits and baubs that you've added!

Jennifer said...

Colorful, sparkly, & stunning! Love the nutcrackers & all the ribbon and bows you used. Intricate and beautiful. What a happy happy Christmas mantel! Love it!!

Jemsmom said...

It's about flipping time you showed me your mantel!! :-) I have been waiting so long!!!! It is just gorgeous as ever and I love that you brought the nutcrackers back! I Love It!!!

Jemsmom said...

Now... when do I get to see more???

Eclectically Vintage said...

So festive and fun! I'll be over for a peppermint martini - jumping in my sleigh now!
Kelly

HG Insider said...

Hi Becca, wow your mantel is gorgeous! Thank you for joining our link party. It's nice to make new friends. Happy holidays. HomeGoods

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So pretty Becca~ I always love seeing your mantels!!! Sharing and happy to be partying with you!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I don't know how you do it...every year you reinvent your mantel and it's always amazing! Love those little trees from Michaels. And really...it wouldn't be "Becca" without that bling! Happy Holidays girl!

Shelia said...

Oh, Becca, your mantel is just beautiful! I love all of your colors! You are just amazing in your ideas of what to do and it always turns out most gorgeous.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Florence Kang said...

Love your decorations!

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Bonnie said...

I love your festive and striking mantel. Looks like a magazine! This has been a great tour. Thank you.

Kristen Dobson said...

Your mantels are always stunning and this one doesn't disappoint! You are so talented! Happy to be part of the Deck the Halls tour with you :)

JennyM said...

Hi Becca,
your home is just lovely! Can you tell me where you found the framed postcards/envelopes?
I just love those!!
Jenny M

Sarah said...

I am loving that tall nutcracker!