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Monday, December 8, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Mantel and Blog Hop ...

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Greetings, friends!  

Today, I'm happy to be joining 10 incredibly talented bloggers as they share their beyond beautiful Christmas mantels!  


And, while our mantel is far from a show-stopper, I'm humbled to join these fabulous ladies to spread a bit of Chistmas mantel cheer!  

So, here it is:


I have to admit, I was in a bit of a holiday mantel "slump" this year ... maybe it was the new house ... maybe it was missing our old fireplace ... I just couldn't get with it!  And, then, as I was wandering through the aisles of HomeGoods, with my typical "deer caught in the headlights" look, I spotted it!  There it was ... at long last ... my mantel inspiration!  (My sincere apologies to the sweet  group of ladies whom I almost knocked over getting to it!)


Once I put 50 holes in the wall trying to center it and hang it at the proper height above the mirror, it was time to start working my way down, with red, black and white being the main colors.


This cute reindeer from Hobby Lobby was then cast as the centerpiece on the mantel!  While he was so handsome and whimsical on his own, I wanted to add a bit of "oomph" behind him to help show him off a bit, so, I hung a simple wreath behind him and then let green and silver join the fun, too:


And, okay, "bow maker" will never make its way onto my resume, but, I was on a mission to add a few to our flocked garland, to tie in the black and white colors in our cute chalkboard sign.  So, thank you, Youtube, for the tutorial!  


I then added leftover ribbon to a pillow (from IKEA) to carry the black and white theme around the room, which I'll share later ...


As I was "shopping" our Christmas bins, I had forgotten I had these cute red trees (from Wal-Mart a few years ago) ... don't you love free decorating?!


Originally,  I didn't plan on using our nutcrackers this year, but, as I closed the lid on the bin where we keep them, I'm pretty sure I heard a muffled cry ... so, out came a couple of them!


We can't have a sad Nutcracker, now can we?  I'm happy I added this fella and his twin because, no matter how hard I might try to stay simplistic, I always *need* a little bit of bling!


Our colorful view as we relax on the couch ...


You can never go wrong with a faux poinsettia from Michael's, can you? 


Of course, I had to carry the black, white, red, green and silver theme over to our tree, too!


I hope you'll come back soon to see that and the rest of our room.


You won't want to miss the other mantels on the tour ... they'll undoubtedly inspire you like they did me!





















Thanks so much for stopping by,

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49 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Girl you did it again...your Christmas mantel looks fabulous!! I LOVE the way that whole space looks with your pretty pillows and the wreaths on the windows!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Super cute you early bird you.

NanaDiana said...

Becca- That looks like a show stopper to me! I absolutely love it! It is beautiful and that sign was the perfect starting point. Perfect-absolutely perfect. xo Diana

chateau chic said...

Very fun festive mantel, Becca! Love those black bows...made perfectly!!!
Mary Alice

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh Becca!...Your mantel is fabulous .... fa-la-la-la-la fabulous!....The mantel is always exquisite with a flair of fun!...glad the nutcrackers spoke to you they are great on the mantel!...I can so relate to the many holes in the wall...spackling paste is my friend!...Great to party with you!!!

Atta Girl Amy said...

If that's what you call I slump, I'd love to see your A game. Your mantel is gorgeous and festive and sparkling -- just like you. I love the inspiration sign and you were perfectly right to mow people down in Homegoods to get it. I'd love to shop with you! Definitely a showstopper!

Shabbyfufu said...

I love the use of black mixed in with the red...such a great pop! PS...my link isn't working

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I just love that pretty flocked garland too :) I spent the better part of the weekend trying to copy your garland from last year, lol! I can rock a bow, but that mesh ribbon had me stumped for a while, haha. No one would have ever guessed that you weren't a bow expert Becca, and someone really should crown you the Queen of Christmas!! xoxoxoxo!!

Pamela said...

Becca your mantel turned out perfect! I love that sign from HomeGoods. I had to laugh at the 50 holes thing cause I do the same. Thanx for joining the blog hop!

Greatfull Dazeez said...

This has to be the prettiest mantel I have ever seen. I love the colors and it looks so cheery! Love it! We don;t have a homegoods store here so I don;t get to one often, only when we travel. But it is one of my must stop at places! Again, this is the prettiest mantel I have ever seen! xxDazee

Judy said...

I love the ribbon and the color scheme you used...for not "feeling it" you sure knocked it out of the ballpark! i'm so glad you brought out the nutcrackers as you began my love for them which trickled down to my grandson (jackson)...in fact i bought him an "Alabama" one yesterday (which is against my Auburn religion) after Alabama won Saturday night...he and his dad are the Alabama fans in our family.

can't wait to see the rest of your home!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Becca, you created another masterpiece! I love the pops of red with the black and white bows! The nutcrackers knew they would be a perfect addition to your mantel, so I'm not surprised they called to you when you were packing them away! Your chalkboard style is fabulous! Love it all!

Kathysue said...

Becca, your mantel made me smile, with its bright happy colors and then you added my favorite touch of black and white and then I REALLY smiled, Merry Christmas to YOU and yours,
Kathysue

Linda said...

Wonderful Becca! Your mantel is perfect!!!!

The nutcrackers were just the right colors for your theme...and they did look marvelous with everything else you did!

Isn't fun how an inspiration piece can just get ya going! :) I love the sign!

Merry Christmas!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Anita Diaz said...

So pretty Becca!! I love the little red trees, especially and the nutcrackers are too cute!!

Anne said...

Becca your mantle is gorgeous! LOVE the beautiful bright colors!

sandra said...

Becca: it IS a show stopper, as I knew it would be!! Can't wait to see the rest!! We too have a nutcracker collection, and mine have a lot of bling also. Can't do without it!!! My Downs daughter has been collecting them most of her 36 years!! She just can't resist!!Ha, neither can her mom!! Merry Christmas to you and your family as you enjoy your fabulous new home!!!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Luv it! Glad you added the bling with the nutcracker twins!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh so pretty. I love your nutcrakers and your fabulous red trees.

Jeannette G said...

Stunning and unique - love that - no cookie cutter design from Becca! I adore this color scheme and want to redo my whole house now!lol I laugh cuz when we moved and took down our pictures the look on my husband's face was priceless as he saw the 10+ holes in the wall for one picture!lol I'm still making holes in the walls!lol I CAN'T wait for the rest of your décor posts.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Becca, you just never run out of the most creative ideas! Your mantel is fabulous! I love the black and white, with the red! And those bows are pretty darn cute, too! You just have the magic touch!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh my, you have outdone yourself, love it Becca, so gorgeous!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Isn't it amazing where we get our inspiration? That sign was the perfect starting point for another fabulous mantel creation! I always love to see your mantels because they are always incredible and this one is no different. It expresses all the joys and wonders of the season.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Becca,
It's all very festive...love that ribbon.

Blessings,
Linda

Traci said...

It's all very pretty!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I will certainly be back to see the room! Your mantle looks awesome and the bows are perfect!!! I love the red, white and black theme too! Today I went to my best friends house to decorate her house, this is year 9 that I have done it for her. It turned out very pretty. I also posted my mantle today, even though I am not part of the tour:):)

Shelia said...

Oh, Becca! I love your mantel! You did a fabulous job. The sign is perfect and your handsome little reindeer looks so cute. The red trees are so cute. Wish I could fine some of those. Now of course you had to bring out some nutcrackers! They are standing guard waiting for Santa! I'll never forget your nutcracker mantel a few years ago! Everything you do is fantastic!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Boy, this is so happy and festive…GREAT job.

Julie @ Restlye Relove said...

Wow, stunning home tour. Your mantel is gorgeous! :) Julie

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

no one does a mantel like you and I sure am glad your little nutcracker made an appearance this yeat!

PS- I heard about the altercation at Home goods. bad girl.

Becca said...

Jeannette, you make me laugh ... glad I'm not alone in the holes in the wall method! And, thank you so very much!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

so cute, whimsical and very unique. I love it!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

so cute, whimsical and very unique. I love it!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

so cute, whimsical and very unique. I love it!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

so cute, whimsical and very unique. I love it!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

so cute, whimsical and very unique. I love it!

Maria Elena said...

Becca, as gorgeous as always! Your are an amazing decorator and your holiday displays are always stunning! Love your mantle! Yes, the "holes in the wall" situation can not be avoided. I always keep a little handy tub of wall caulking hiding away so I can cover my tracks before everyone comes home. LOL Enjoy your week. xoxo Maria

Home on Hidden Oaks said...

I love your mantle, so fun and festive and the pops of black make it feel fresh and new! I'm interested in participating in these blog hops and blog series, but how do I get involved? Is there a way to join in other than through facebook? Thanks!

meme76 said...

Your mantel is so beautiful and festive for the Holidays! I love the added black and white bows. Can't wait to see the full tour!

Karena Albert said...

Becca, this is a showstopper in my book!! What a lovely mantel with so many beautiful elements all tied together! I love it!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

SHERRY HART said...

Becca...your mantel is perfect! Great job!

Sarah said...

Your mantel is adorable! I can't imagine it without the nutcrackers. They are terrific!

Shannon Fox said...

Gah! Delight and Delicious as ALWAYS Becca. Wishing you a Christmas as fabulous as that mantel!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

This mantel is every bit as nice as all the gorgeous ones you've done in your old house! Terrific sign (love that you didn't hang it in the "perfect" spot on the first try - makes it more real life!) and the snazzy reindeer on the mantel is great. I see your "symmetrical" side won out again and it turned out fantastic!

Gypsy Heart said...

Well, you've used my favorite colors ~ how could it not be gorgeous? :) It really is stunning and I love the sign that started it all. And hey, you gotta have bling!

xo
Pat

Carol said...

Well now, lady, I don't know why you don't like your Christmas mantel because it is beautiful! I really like the addition of the black with the ribbon and the nutcrackers. Black is so good at making other colors pop. It really is so very pretty, Becca!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Always love your mantle decor Becca- and this one is just gorgeous!!

Paula Lewis said...

The same thing I wanted to learn, which you shared with us, really inspiring! towels

Melissa said...

Your mantel is lovely. You say in your opening that it is not a show stopper, but it is beautiful (as is all your decor year round). Some of us (okay, me) who do not blog for a living, but actually like to have a beautiful home really want to see realistic decor that we might actually be able to replicate. Thanks for great inspiration! Love your blog and your home.