I don’t know about the rest of you, but this holiday season, I have just been scrambling to get things done around the house. I’ve had boxes and bins of Christmas decorations sitting all over the floor and on tables in several rooms for days. I just can’t seem to get organized! And no, you will NOT see a picture of THAT…
I start one project, move on to another, take a break to read some favorite blogs, then attempt to get started again. Yikes- who would think that it would take so long to accessorize a simple mantel and fireplace?! By the time I finished up late this afternoon, the sun had fallen and the great room was dark. And by the time I took photos, it was really late. Just look at the time on my giant leather clock!
The clock has been the focal point on the mantel for some time, now. It was originally a cocktail table. What~ you say? This three-foot in diameter clock face sat on a metal base with a piece of heavy glass covering it. But it came damaged in transit. Rather than sending out a replacement piece of glass, the vendor sent out an entirely new table instead. That left me with one heck of a new clock!
Here is a shot of the mantel and the hearth. I kept it very simple, using draped garland filled with silver magnolia leaves, clear beading, and sparkly silver ornaments. The lighted garland is artificial and was purchased at Lowe’s. It has very natural looking branches, as you can see in the close-up picture below; but for even more realism, I added in some real pine cuttings.
The magnolia leaves were sent to me from friends in Florida. Originally I had planned on keeping the leaves supple and preserving their beautiful green color by putting them in a glycerin solution. But time got away from me before I could shop for the glycerin and they got hard and dry. Not wanting to let them go to waste, I spray painted them metallic silver. They ended up being perfect as filler for the garland.
I draped the beaded garland into several loops and then added some glittery ornaments.
I kept the two urns that I’ve had on either side of the mantel and just filled in with some silver pieces. On this side of the clock, I used three mercury glass candlesticks and a little silver bowl.
The urn is filled with a mound of pretty, green moss .
All I did was nestle a glass prism ornament onto some reindeer moss in this bowl.
On the other side of the clock, I elevated a reindeer on a couple of books wrapped in white paper and placed a ribbed silver box beside it.
I think this box shows character with the tarnish in between the ribs. Or do you think that I’ve just rationalized that so I don’t have to scrub it with a teenie-tiny toothbrush and some silver polish?
This wooden reindeer originally had a dark stain, but I used a matte finish silver spray paint to liven him up a little.
The rough texture of the stone hearth needed some softening, so I used these three candlesticks to hold succulents sitting on a bed of pine straw. I really like the contemporary feel this brings to the fireplace- it’s such a fun and different use of a candlestick.
I wanted a white poinsettia - no traditional colors in this room for me this year. The lighting makes it look a bit yellow, but it is indeed white. Not wanting to see the foil wrapped pot, I placed it into a wooden box.
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Don’t forget the French Hen Farm barn sale on Saturday, Dec. 4th 2010!! We Ohio bloggers are getting together for some shopping and lunch, and we’d love to meet you if you can make the trip. Contact me for more info.
Linda should have oodles of goodies perfect for Christmas gift-giving and for yourself.
Hope to see you!
Linking to Layla’s Christmas Mantel Party
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