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Eclectic Christmas Fireplace Mantle Ideas

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 7, 2017

A handful of Christmas Fireplace Mantle decorating ideas incorporating pinks and reds and lots of nostalgic touches! 

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Hi! I’m popping in today to share some more Christmas decorating tips with you! This time we’re talking about your Christmas Fireplace Mantle! Some friends and I are sharing all of our favorite ideas – be sure to scroll down to visit all of the mantles in this hop!

Oh, and before I forget – Thank you for all of the love on my Vintage Modern Christmas tablescape! I’m so glad so many of you liked it. Christmas tablescapes are always so much fun to put together! I hope you were able to find all kinds of inspiration for your table this season!

 Eclectic Christmas Fireplace Mantle Ideas

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I struggle a little bit with decorating our fireplace because of where it sits in my living room. It lies between two windows, but it’s not centered between them, making me a little bit crazy and providing a bit of an awkward view. On top of that, like many of you, my television is above my fireplace mantle, which is a whole lot less pretty than a giant mirror or beautiful art. It’s a challenge for sure!

 

For this year’s mantle, I reused many of my old favorites from last year and just rearranged them in new ways.

STOCKINGS

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I purchased my stockings at Target and added the personal stocking tags last year. I’m so glad to have finally found socks that will have some staying power and adore the whimsy and color of the stocking tags.

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PINECONE TREES

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The pinecone petal trees moved from my dining table last year to the Christmas Fireplace mantle this year! I love how they look placed over the fireplace.

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The crystal trees are vintage – if anyone of you had an Avon lady in your family back in the 70s and the 80s you’ve probably seen these before!

Christmas Fireplace-Crystal trees

They used to have three little lights inside that twinkled off the Crystal facets. The lights on these lamps haven’t worked for quite some time, but I love them just the same. They remind me of Christmas growing up. There are always warm fuzzies when I put them out each year!

A FEW NEW THINGS

I did add a few new items this year. The pink candle holders have a slight mercury glass finish and came from the target Dollar-spot. I love how the pink complements the colorful stocking tags.

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On the left and I added a pruned rosemary tree – it smells heavenly mixed with the evergreen of the Christmas tree.

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THE TREE

On the other side, stands our Christmas tree. I think it quite possibly is the most beautiful tree we’ve ever had and I love how the Christmas tree lights dance and twinkle on the glass and crystal.

Christmas Fireplace-Tree

 

I topped the few gifts I’ve wrapped with these adorable gift tags,  available for free download to those that subscribe to my newsletter! No spamming! I promise! You’ll also gain access to the members-only Goodies area, packed full of all sorts of fun printables!

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A mirror is leaned to balance out the windows, and a small crate holds family photos. One of my most prized possessions sits atop of the box; A folk-style Santa, complete with pipe, made for me by my mother the year before she passed away. It’s still as lovely today as the day she made it for me and brings back so many happy Christmas memories.

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I can’t fix the window situation or move the TV – at least without a family mutiny. But I can enjoy the magic of Christmas, complete with old and new treasures and lots of twinkly, glittery lights.

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Thanks for sharing that magic with me!

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Setting a Modern Vintage Christmas Tablescape

This modern tablescape maintains a vintage Christmas feel with fresh greenery, bright, vibrant blooms. The bottlebrush trees and cheater-putz houses all lend a nostalgic feel, and the geometric globes hold a special gift, just for you – free Holiday gift labels! 

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Hello, Friends! The most magical time of the year is upon us with Christmas Day arriving in T-minus -21 days! I hope you’re as excited as I am!  I’ve been busy decorating every nook and cranny – I’m sure you have been, too! Thanks so much for stopping by today and joining 27 beyond-talented bloggers and me for our Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to visit them all to soak up every fabulous Christmas table decorating idea!

HOW TO SET A MODERN VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE

I stepped outside of the box on this one and created a tablescape with modern color, style, and accents, which still maintained that vintage Christmas feel I’m so crazy about.  I love green and red as much as the next person, but I like pinks and blues and turquoises far more, and this setting has that in gangbusters!

THE ROOM

Like many of you, I’m sure, the only time my dining room gets dressed up is special occasions. A few years ago we created a dining/play multipurpose room. During most of the year, our dining table folds up and acts as a console table. But when Christmas (Or Thanksgiving. Or Halloween.) comes around, things get fancy, and that table folds out!  Here it is the night before the big decorating! For more information on that, click here!

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THE CENTERPIECE

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I started by laying a scotch-pine runner, adding sprigs of Leyland cypress and boxwood atop a teal and vintage looking lace-edged layered table runner, right down the center of the table.

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I nestled glittery candles and cheater-putz houses bathed in glitter in pinks, blues, and other pastels. I’ll be sharing the fastest tutorial on these later in the season!

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Next, came various sizes and colors of bottlebrush trees, along with clementines for color and texture.

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Colorful reindeer ornaments adorned with sparkle flank the sides of the runner.

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Geometric globes hold small gifts, wrapped in ribbon and love from Santa, just for you. His gift? These free downloadable gift tags!

Christmas Gift Tag Graphic

 

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In the center sits a large vase of vibrant blooms and evergreen stems.

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THE PLACE SETTINGS

The gold chargers are my holiday standbys, but I love finding new ways to use them!

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The salad plates were a budget find this year. I love the whimsical message and images and the mix of colors and patterns. Linen napkins wrapped in gold napkin rings and red and white baker’s twine bows set the scene. I wasn’t able to find Christmas crackers in time, but rest assured I’ll be adding them before the season is out!

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I’ve been dying for pink dinner plates, but I’ve been unable to find any in the right shade (or budget).  I decided to take matters into my own hands and painted these on regular white dinner plates using a non-toxic enamel – I’ll be sharing a tutorial shortly!

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Being an informal table setting, I skipped the place cards. I may decide to use my gift tags as place cards later in the season.

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Just because it’s an informal setting doesn’t mean I’m skipping the crystal! These crystal goblets hold cranberry mimosas garnished with fresh cranberries, orange slices, and sprigs of Rosemary. I know what we’ll be serving for Christmas breakfast!

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NEW VINTAGE

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Even with its non-traditional colors, this table still holds all that is near and dear to me at this time of year – a place to gather with my family and friends, to celebrate the most wonderful time of year, surrounded by magic! And, of course, a visit from all of you!

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Merry Christmas and many thanks to Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate for organizing such a fun blog hop – always one of my favorite collaborations! Don’t forget to visit the other contributors – I’m headed over there now!

 

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Holiday Ready for Christmas

Posted in Christmas, HOLIDAYS, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 8, 2016
5 tips for making your home holiday ready this Christmas. We’re sharing our favorite ideas to ensure you spend less time readying your home and more enjoying the things that matter most!

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Hello! Are you as excited about this holiday season as I am? I’m so happy to be taking part in the holiday edition Simply Seasonal blog series! I’m teaming up with a fantastic group of bloggers to help make your holiday season a little more manageable by each sharing our favorite ideas to ensure you spend less time getting your home holiday ready and more time enjoying the things that matter most!

If you’re visiting from Recreated Designs, welcome, and the Merriest of Christmas’ to you! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and this blog! My favorite things are cookies, holidays, DIY, decorating and my family. My small family of seven (ha!), along with our shit zhu, Tito, who thinks he’s a human, moved into this house about nine years ago. The first few years we spent most of our time keeping everyone alive – five is a fair number of kids. After being relatively successful with that, we decided to tackle a few DIY projects. Since then, little by little, we’ve been making this home truly our own! I hope you’ll stay and look around – If you’re so inclined, please check out the myriad of projects in the project library

5 Tips on How to Make Your Home Holiday Ready

I’ve been known to go a little overboard when decorating for holidays, but I’m proactively working on keeping things more simple than I have in the past. We love a real Christmas tree and try to begin readying our home the weekend after Thanksgiving. We spend a lot of time picking out our tree to be sure we find a tree that we love.

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I tend to mix things up, while incorporating heirloom items. I like to use neutrals but throw in splashes of color and bling to bring out the excitement of the holidays. I also love to incorporate comfort items such as knit blankets and fur throws and pillows.

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Here are 5 things I do to make my holiday season enjoyable and straightforward:

  1. Start and stay organized! Set a budget, carry a list and shop online as much as possible.
  2. Skip the white and embrace the colored lights once in a while. Christmas should be fun!
  3. Plan meals in advance to manage a hectic schedule.
  4. Feel free to say “no”. Make sure you have time for yourself and just for being with your family.
  5. Embrace traditions – they are what makes a family, and they are what you and your children will remember always.

I’ll be sharing a full home tour this coming Monday, but here is a sneak peek into our holiday home!
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Be sure to hop on over to The Interior Maven to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post}, so you can be sure to check out all the fabulous blogs in this series.

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 Monday, December 5

Organize Nashville | Creatively Homespun | At Home with Zan |Uncookie Cutter

Tuesday, December 6

Timeless Creations | Craftivity Designs | Green with DecorMy Life from Home | Two Purple CouchesOld House to New Home

Wednesday, December 7

Our Crafty Mom A Purdy Little House | Roots North & SouthPender & Peony | Organize & Decorate Everything

Thursday, December 8

Flourish & Knot | Rocky Mountain Bliss | Pocketful of PosiesRecreated Designs | Knock it Off Kim |The Interior MavenLittle Bits of Home

Friday, December 9

Love My Simple Home | Brooklyn Berry Designs | Simple Nature Decor2 Bees in a Pod | Country Design Style | Finding Your Joy in The Journey

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