Friday, November 30, 2012

Simple Garden-Inspired Christmas Mantel

The Christmas mantels at my home were kept fairly simple and as natural as possible this year.  I love fresh greenery and try to use it in place of artificial greens as much as I can because not only is it less expensive, it's prettier too!
 
Since the front living room has a casual, cottage feel with shades of blue, nests, and birds, I tend to use neutrals for the Christmas decorations in this room (you can see last year's mantel here).  Since I first decorated the Christmas tree in this room with a garden-inspired theme, the mantel also needed to reflect that.  Here are some sneak peeks of the tree and gift wrap...

I'm loving the faux bois gift wrap from Target!  It saves me from making my own this year!
 With my liberal use of dried hydrangeas and other garden-inspired items on the tree, I incorporated these same elements into a fresh $5 Fraser fir wreath...
A simple wreath can be personalized in many ways with ribbon, branches, ornaments, etc.  I love that everything that I added to this wreath was already on-hand or simply clipped from holly and magnolia trees...
Just as I love using cotton in many of my decorating projects, magnolia leaves are now on my list of Southern favorites!  I hand-tied the garland this morning (I'll post a tutorial later), and I just love the bright, waxy leaves and velvety brown undersides...

I also couldn't wait to show off some recent antique finds like these outdoor post lanterns from an old mansion in Boise, ID that made their way to the Raleigh Flea Market...
Considering we moved here last year from Sandpoint, ID, it was only appropriate to bring them home with me!  Since I haven't got around to adhering two of the circular glass pieces back on the lanterns, I just placed a candle and some greens inside instead of a light bulb.  After Christmas, I'll inspect to see if they need to be re-wired and I'll fix them up for future use...
I've got a few more presents to wrap and the top of my antique cabinet to finish up and this room will be ready for Christmas!
  Next up, I finished decorating the rustic mantel and tree in the great room...here's a peek...

Kristen

55 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Both mantels are just beautiful! I so wish we had magnolia trees in the Midwest! The leaves are so shiny and lend themselves to so many pretty arrangements. I like that you use natural elements...I like evergreens and use some sort of fruits on my mantels every year. Your tree is very lovely, too.

I think this is the first time I have commented on your blog. Can't wait to see more of your inspiring Christmas decor!

XO,
Jane

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kristen, this is just stunning. That magnolia garland is perfect. I have never seen leaves that perfect. I am going to clip some of my neighbors and hope they have some fresh looking ones like yours. Looking forward to the tutorial. Also the lanterns are pure perfection. I would love to find some old ones like that instead of all the replicas in the stores.

Veronica@ChaosInMyCasa said...

Both mantels are gorgeous! I am loving the natural elements that everyone's incorporating this year.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Looks so pretty and natural--a great look!

Sherry said...

So pretty! I love the magnolia leaves. The wreath is perfect. A beautiful mantel!

sissie said...

Stunning!!! I love the beautiful wreath and the magnolia garland.

hugs
Sissie

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

YOur mantle is stunning, Kristen!!! I love the magnolia and your wreath is so gorgeous!!! I LOVE your Christmas style!!!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

just gorgeous, I love the natural theme with the hydrangeas!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Kristin,
WOW!!! I so love that garland, looking forward to seeing how you made it. Now, those old lanterns are out of this world "COOL"!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kristen....as usual you have come up with the most elegant of mantel decor...I love the fresh magnolia leaves and the fresh wreath...and very heavy envy on those lanterns!!..fabulous!...The sneak peak of the tree looks wonderful...love the hydrangeas!!...

Peppermint_Patt said...

Kristen,
You have done such a beautiful job of decorating with nature.
Can't wait for the tutorial on the magnolia leaves garland. Never would have thought to use the dried hydrangeas on the Christmas tree, but they look awesome! I think you are adapting to Southern Living in a beautiful way! Pat

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your home is so lovely. I really like both of the wrapping papers, and the gift in the nest is precious. Your lanterns are fabulous, I love pieces that come with a bit of history, so you know where they lived in their previous life.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kristen, this is so pretty! Love the magnolia leaves. I used them, too, this year! Your garland is gorgeous!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Everything is so beautiful!! love all the dried hydrangea! Your magnolia garland is wonderful! I have a magnolia tree in my backyard. I wish I had thought of doing that! :)

Karen said...

Both mantles are gorgeous. I love the magnolia leaves and dried hydrangea.

Cindy Ritchie said...

Gorgeous! Love your lanterns and the magnolias are so pretty! Everything is lovely!

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

Gorgeous! Found you on savvy southern style, I'm your newest follower :)

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

The simplicity is stunning. Love it.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Beautiful! I really really like the magnolia swag. One of these years I'm going to break down and pay the money for magnolia. Around here it is quite pricey!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Kristen, your magnolia garland is gorgeous. I don't have a tree, but I can't wait for your tutorial on how to make one. It is so elegant. I love the garden theme. Where did you find the little flower pots?

Ann Krucek said...

Love your wreath!! I like all the natural elements. Very pretty. The tree in the peek of your great room looks gorgeous!

Sue said...

how refreshing to see Christmas decorations in colors other then green and red....it's all so beautiful and blends in so nice with your decorating style....very very nice job...

Tardevil said...

What a find those lanterns are! I love your candlesticks! They are gorgeous! The wreath is pretty, too. It all turned out well! Now, I'm going to find you on Facebook!

Rooms by Ann said...

Both of your mantles are gorgeous. I love the freshness of it.

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

You are ridiculous, my dear! Ridiculously talented and with ridiculously good taste! Please come to my house and bling it out for Christmas.

Seriously.

Jenny

Infuse With Liz said...

Very beautifully done! I love your wreath and the bow you made and how it hands with is softly curled ends. The fresh magnolia is absolutely perfect! I wish I could use fresh greens but when we run the fireplace it gets so warm it would dry them up in no time. I love your candlesticks and your antique lanterns. Awesome look!

Andrea said...

it is all absolutely gorgeous!! I love using a ton of fresh greenery, also, and used hydrangeas in ine of my trees too-I love the effect!

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Kristen, Those lanterns are to die for! Everything looks so totally beautiful.

Kathysue said...

Omgosh, I am in love with those lanterns. I like that you kept the mantel simple and organic. so much more calming. Very very pretty!!
Kathysue

Alyssa@Clever Nest said...

SO beautiful! I found you via Hometalk, and I love your mantel. You're speaking to my heart with the simple, classic styling and natural components!
I'm your newest follower :D I'd love if you came by "my place" and said hi sometime! www.myclevernest.com
<3 Alyssa

Alyssa@Clever Nest said...

P.S. I love this so much I'm featuring it on my FB page today! facebook.com/CleverNest
Alyssa

Brandi said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are so talented.

Pamela said...

What an amazing space! The mantle display is just breath taking!

Krafty Kat said...

I am a southerner & yes, we love our magnolias! This mantel looks so pretty! You nailed it!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Beautiful! I love the lanterns, and your gorgeous candle stands and fireplace cover--so pretty!

BaileyWife said...

Gorgeous! I love your style! ~Kim

Vel Criste said...

You are a true talent! I love this one as much as I love the other!

Linking back from My Uncommon slice of suburbia

Jenna said...

Oh my, beautiful!

Lauren said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! This is definitely my favorite of the ones I clicked on from Layla's link party. Wonderful job!

The Rusty Heart said...

Love your mantel! I love those lanterns!!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Kristen - you have created such a lovely holiday room! It belongs in a magazine!! Beautiful colors and textures!

xoxo laurie

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your mantel is stunning! Featuring a little later today!
XO

SouthernGal said...

Beautiful! I can't wait for the magnolia leaf tutorial. I have a friend here in New Orleans that has several in her yard and it looks like we may have a new project to work on! Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

Christi @ A Southern Life
http://asouthernlife.com

Fine House said...

Found you from Tuesday's Treasure's features . . . your home is gorgeous, and I love your Christmas decor!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Beautiful! I love everything about it!

At The Picket Fence said...

Kristen this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Other people said stunning which I wanted to say too but I thought I would mix it up a bit. LOL! It is stunning though and looks like something out of a magazine. You have incredible talent and it shows in everything you do. :-) Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa

Sarah said...

Oh, I need your help here tonight. I worked on my mantel this afternoon, didn't like it, and now it is a blank slate again. I'd love to know how you made the magnolia swag. I cut magnolia to use on my mantel, but it was too much. This might be perfect.
Your lantern were a fantastic find! Love the look of both your mantels and the wrapping paper is great. I'm going to go get some..........Sarah

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10-rural.html

I hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Heather said...

Your Christmas decor is so elegant - magazine worthy!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Oh, Hello Magnolia Leaf Wreath! You are fabulous!

Blue Creek Home said...

Coming over from Common Ground - love the magnolia garland. Just yesterday, I risked life and limb trying to break off a few magnolia branches growing wild on a back road - couldn't quite reach across the ditch!!!
The old lanterns are incredible!
Rhonda

Connie said...

So lovely . . .and simply elegant.
you are very creative :)
Connie

Seraphim Home said...

I found your blog through The Lettered Cottage mantel link party, and my, my! Your magnolia leaf swag made me do a double take! Amazing job!

- Dana

Sherry said...

Just gorgeous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!
Sherry

Deborah said...

I love the warm yellow/Beige of your walls with the cool blue of your drapes. I am so in love with it that I am thinking of copying it.

I would love to know the name of the paint you used- that is if you don't mind sharing.

-Deb

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