I wanted to keep this year’s holiday decorations much simpler than in years past, so I just left my moss-filled urns in place and filled in the top of the mantel
with two different kinds of greenery.
But the mantel didn’t get fully dressed until I received a special gift from blogging friend, Teresa Parsons, from Our Southern Country Home and Farm.
I had commented on one of Teresa’s recent blog posts about her own fireplace mantel, telling her that she was so lucky to live in the south and have access
to unlimited magnolia cuttings.
She then e-mailed me back to say that she would be happy to cut some more branches and send them to me.
I took her up on her offer and I received my box of Mississippi magnolia branches a few days later.
Was that not one of the most generous offers you’ve ever heard of?
So when you’re done here, pop on over to her site to see her gorgeous mantel as well as an adorable photo
of her dog, Sophie, and Santa Claus.
I took these photos of the mantel at the blue hour, so there is a bit of a yellow cast to them as the sun was rising.
You can see that I kept things balanced and placed the bunches on leaves in three spots on the mantel.
Then I filled in with some large pinecones and a couple of votive cups.
When I stood back to see my handiwork, the fireplace still seemed a bit empty;
so I swagged a long strand of clear beads from one end of the mantel to the other.
I think it made all the difference as far as completing the look I was after.
I just love the symmetry of the branches and the glossiness of their waxy leaves.
Can you see that lovely blue cast to the sky outside the window?
Here’s one of the giant, spiny pinecones tucked within the greenery.
This is another view of the fireplace looking from the opposite direction.
I placed my stenciled cheese box on one side of the hearth. It’s topped with two trees I found last month at a church holiday sale.
I paid $6.50 for the pair. A bargain, if I say so myself….
The ceramic angel is a vintage find from last year.
A garden lantern balances the opposite side of the hearth.
I placed four battery-operated grunge candles into the holders. They really do flicker this warm, golden color.
Now that my head has stopped spinning and the vertigo has gone away, I’ll be able to finish editing my photos and get them posted.
I have never been this late showing my home all dressed for the holidays!
The trees pretty much all look the same- changing the themes for all of them every year could get expensive.
I didn’t put up the 12-footer this year.
When I got my new furniture for the great room, I re-configured its placement and there was no room at all for that big,fat tree.
But eight trees still made an appearance. Big, small, minis…..
You’ll see them soon!