Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Mantel

One of the things I love about blogging is how it keeps me motivated to get projects finished.  And since I wanted to join Layla @ The Lettered Cottage for her Christmas Mantel Party, and Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for her Boring to Better Party, it was just the push I needed to get my mantel decorated early this year.

I have two fireplaces in my house and the one I'm showing today is in our finished basement.  The room has a stone fireplace and one stone wall which gives it somewhat of a lodge feel.  So I decided to decorate it this year with warm woods and pops of red and white.  I didn't want to spend any money so I scoured my Christmas bins and my basement storage area to find pieces to use.
The window came from my childhood home.  The house was built over 100 years ago and this is one of it's original windows.  My Mom and Dad still live in the house and they had the windows replaced a few years back.  At the time I took the window I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but I love how it looks on the mantel.
I made the yardstick star a couple of weeks ago and the tutorial can be found here.
I dressed it up with a red bow to add some color.  The metal star is one that I have had on my mantel for almost five years.  I also took three old bottles and added some small game cards to read JOY.
We're not finished just yet.
The fireplace is anchored on the left side by our TV and the right side with cabinets, both with lots of upper display space.

More "shopping" around the house and lots of time tweaking the display (my legs are sore from going up and down a ladder) and this is what I finished with last night.  All I kept thinking while I was adding all the stuff was that it was going to end up looking like a TGI Friday's Restaurant.
Not my best photo but I really needed a wide angle lens (and better lighting) to capture a good picture.
After looking at this picture I think I need some garland draped under the mantel with some stockings.

Here are some additional pictures of the mantel area:
An old wood game board propped against the wall is a backdrop for a flying Santa.
The vintage lantern was an antique store find.  It was made for a light bulb but I took the electrical components out and added a battery operated candle.
The lantern is sitting atop a shelve from an old trunk and the little red truck was a toy of my husband's from the mid-60's (gotta love that his mother saved everything).
I rounded the display out with a wreath, one of my favorite Santa figures, and some trees and snowflakes.
On the right side I piled on more stuff.  A second lantern, some of my Santa collection in a wood box, a white wicker basket with poinsettias and twigs, and a well loved sled that was my husband's from when he was growing up. 

This was the first time in five years that I have decorated the entire mantel area.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
I have seen a few of the beautiful mantels that have been posted today and I'm off to go visit some more.

Jane

58 comments:

  1. Jane, such a great mantel with vintage charm. I love what you did with the window. So cute on your mantel.

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  2. ooohh merry christmas
    looks so comfy and cozy I can just see the fire burning now.
    I agree, a garland would look great and festive!
    Have fun, soak in an epsom bath for those tired legs
    Amy

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  3. Goodness I love your fireplace! With all your fun nostalgic elements just make it magical! Very nice! Love the pops of red.

    Donna

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  4. I think the the little red truck is my favorite piece.

    I have a friend whose family owned a local hardware store and she is swimming in vintage yard sticks. I showed her your project and she is excitied to try it.

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  5. I have to agree with Corners of My Life, the little red truck is my favorite. Your mantel looks wonderful.
    Monica

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  6. Oh so pretty! I love the country charm that it brings. Have a blessed night!

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  7. You have an awesome display area and you've dressed it perfectly. I love all your rustic charm!

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  8. Gorgeous Jane! I love how you used the window and it has such sentiment too! The old toys are just the perfect touch!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  9. I really love your mantel. The window with the wreath and the sign above it is my favorite part! Looks wonderful.

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  10. your mantel is charming - and I love that you "shopped" your house for what you needed. I haven't even begun any decorating yet...maybe next week!
    amy of four corners design

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  11. It looks great, Jane! I love your built-ins. I also decided tonight after seeing other mantels that I need to do a garland. My stockings do go on mine as well, but I can't find my stocking holders! I guess I'll be going back down to the basement! : ) Had to laugh at your TGIFridays reference; I don't think you need to worry about that happening.

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  12. It absolutely doesn't look like TGIf's (or any other restaurant!) It totally captures your style with that stone fireplace....so warm and cozy and vintagey. Makes me want hot chocolate :)

    Love it Jane!

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  13. What an awesome job you did. It looks like a magazine shot.
    Did I hear Santa collection? I have one like yours (second from the left in the box)in my collection. With over 100+ I wonder how many more we may have the same.

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  14. Love it! Your window is great, and the Candy Cane sign above really adds old fashioned charm. And how cool to have TWO fireplaces.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  15. I love your fireplace. It really makes your room look so warm and cozy! And you have it decorated in such a fun way! Great job!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. I'm in with the red truck crew.....if only I had a fireplace....a beautiful well done job. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  17. Love your mantel, it looks so perfect. Wow, what great bookshelves on either side too!

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  18. I love your mantel display! Gorgeous!

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  19. Wow! Your mantel is huge. I love it and it looks nothing like TGI Fridays. I got a little teary eyed when I saw your childhood window. I wish I would have thought of that when we sold my Mom's house. The new owners did a huge remodel, so they wouldn't have missed a window or two.

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  20. Love your mantel...the yardstick star is my favorite. I am green with envy over all the storage you have in that cupboard!

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  21. FABULOUS! I love everything about your mantle display. You outdid yourself on this one. Did I mention how fabulous it is?

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  22. Umm, love it all!!! One of the best I've seen.

    Merry Christmas.

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  23. What a warm vintage mantel! I like it!

    Amd you sooo make me smile. I truly appreciate that you take the time to comment on my blog posts! Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas season!

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  24. You have ample space to display all your creativity. Your yard stick star is perfect,

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  25. There is no way I could pick a favorite of your mantle decorations, I love it all!

    Blessings'
    Catlyn

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  26. That is just so completely cool!!

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  27. Jane I love the rustic elegance your mantel has. And yes some added fresh greens would be amazing.

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  28. I'm loving the stars and the fire place and your basement.

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  29. Your style is soooo "COOL"...I knew I was going to love your CHRISTMAS mantel!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  30. Jane, it is all so gorgeous! I LOVE that window, even more so since it is from your childhood home!! Your yardstick star is fabulous too!! ~ Tina xx

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  31. I LOVED the tour Jane! Wow, can you decorate a mantel. You are so good at layering. This mantel is full of nostalgia. The darling sled that was your husband's along with the toy truck he had as a child, and the beautiful window from your childhood home makes this an just so special. I don't think it should be another five years till you do this again. It's too special.

    What a wonderful tutorial on making the cones!!! But the little santas you made years ago, stole my heart.
    hugs to you...

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  32. Jane, thanks so much for joining in this week!

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  33. Jane that is so pretty. I love all the vintage things you found around your home. The window is so priceless. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Your mantel is wonderful, Jane...and I seriously LOVE that little red truck!

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  35. Jane, your mantel looks great! I love the story about the old window. I'm also in love with that yardstick star. I've bookmarked your tutorial!

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  36. I am always in love with what you do! This is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  37. It looks wonderful, Jane! I love it all!

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  38. Dear Jane, your mantel piece looks so very cosy, and old time christmassy- I love how you displayes, all, and surely the old window frame, too----must be great to have saved that.
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  39. Your mantel looks amazing! I love that you have an old window from your parents house! And the side with the little red truck, so cute!

    I just realized I wasn't a follower of your blog! Well I fixed that! Have a great week!


    Theresa
    aka:TOT

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  40. Love, Love, Love your mantel in all it's Christmas charm! You've done an awesome job!

    Now enjoy your day,
    Gail

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  41. I just love the look. You have a talent for putting things together. I especially love the window frame from your house growing up. You were so smart to take it!!

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  42. I want that window. Lucky girl.
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  43. I love your Christmas decor. It has the traditional yet rustic feel to it that I love!

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  44. Jane,
    Wonderful job on your mantle! Using items that your already have only adds to the special meaning and enjoyment!
    Dee Dee

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  45. Hi Jane....

    As always, everything you put your hand to..... So charming!

    Having a delish giveaway over at Bellamere Cottage.... A sweet little metal sign from Ramsign....right up your alley, I think... :-)

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  46. Hi Jane, looks wonderful. I love it!!!!!
    Rebecca

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  47. Morning Jane....!

    THANK YOU so much for helping to celebrate our 100th posts....It's LOVELY to have you at the party....!

    Speaking of LOVELY....Your mantle is GORGEOUS....I haven't started my Christmas decorating yet but am gathering inspiration from those of you that have....I ALWAYS enjoy putting my vintage decorations out but it takes so long....It would be nice to have a few Elves about the place to give me a hand....hahahahahaha....!

    Cheers for now Lovey,
    Tamarah :o)

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  48. Your mantel has such a nostalgic and rustic charm. I really like your barn star layered with the rule stick star. You really have a great eye for decorating! Enjoy it...

    Happy Holidays!
    Michelle

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  49. Oh Jane! Your home is so inviting, the mantel looks great! Love the three little bottles!

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  50. I love your mantel. You have decorated it perfectly. Love, love, love the yard stick star. I so want to make one. I just need to find some yard sticks. And I love the "joy" bottles. Great, simple idea. But then you always have the best ideas. The surrounding areas look fab as well.

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  51. I love your mantle - especially your yardstick star!!

    SMiles,
    Teresa

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  52. Your mantel looks wonderful and festive! I especially love the stars. :)

    Blessings, Jessica

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  53. All that climbing was definitely worth it! It is gorgeous! I love all the vintage touches!

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  54. Jane, Your vintage style mantle is fabulous! I love the rule stick star. Beautiful fireplace and cabinets too.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  55. Beautiful job!!! Looks so homey and the essence of Christmas.
    Cindy

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  56. I LOVE love love that yardstick star!!

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Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all of your comments!