Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Mantel 2011


I just finished getting my mantel ready for the season.  I decided again this year to leave out red in my Christmas decorations and instead go with green, silver, and white with lots of natural touches.

I bought two bunches of cedar branches {unfortunately I don't have any in my yard that I can cut!}.  I knew that I wanted to make a few cedar topiaries, similar to the ones I made last year.   I thought about making garland for the fireplace, but decided on just draping the branches across the mantel.  Pretty easy, right?

The branches already had a natural curve to them so they drape over the mantel nicely.


Here's an overall view of the mantel:


When I decorate for the season, I try to just use the accessories that I already have and make them work for the occasion.  I only item I bought for this years mantel were the cedar branches.


I love these glass candle holders.  I've had them in my Christmas mantel every year since I bought them.  They are from CB2 and were really inexpensive.


I also really like these mercury glass birds.  If you've been reading 33 Shades of Green for a while now, you are probably sick of seeing them!  They are from Target {a few years ago}.



I placed mercury glass and silver votive holders all over the mantel.  I use these all the time too.



Glass canisters are another mantel staple for me - just fill them up with any element of the season and they are good to go!



This is the left side of the mantel:






And this is the right:




I'm definitely enjoying the festive decorations - I hope you are enjoying yours as well!


You can see my past Holiday mantels here:
2009

I shared this post with the Holiday Home Link Party.  This week it is all about mantels over at Southern Hospitality.  Head on over there to see all the pretty mantels!

I also linked up the the Christmas Cheer Link Party @ Ten June

Beth is also hosting her mantel link party today @ Home Stories A to Z.

Join the fun at all the parties listed above!

28 comments:

  1. Alissa I smiled when I clicked this thumbnail and ended up here! I always love what you do and your mantle is no exception. In fact as I look at your pictures in my family I realize your color scheme would work so well in here....one more idea I'm going to have to steal from you! Thanks for yet another lovely inspiration....love the blues and greens! Hope you enjoy the Christmas season!

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  2. Love the fresh greenery! I am lucky enough to live next to my sister in law who has some of those exact trees. I cut tons every year and use it everywhere. :)

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  3. So pretty Alissa! I love that you were able to achieve the look you wanted using items from your home that you already had! Beautiful job!!

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  4. It is beautiful and I am in love with your glass candlesticks! I'm your newest follower. Would love for you to stop by and say hello.

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  5. It's so pretty! I love the way the cedar branches drape across the mantel. I also love mercury glass! I think it's pretty timeless...

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  6. Beautiful Alissa! I am a fan of blue and green for Christmas and you've done a great job. Love the CB candleholders too.

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  7. Beautiful :) I love the simplicity and organic feel.

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  8. Beautiful Alissa. I fortunately have a large cedar tree in my yard so I clip away! Nothing better than draping cedar along the mantel - easy peasy!

    Loving the colours!

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  9. Gorgeous! Loving the greenery and Mercury Glass!!

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  10. Very attractive and no mean feat to achieve with a television to contend with. :)

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  11. I love those glass candle holders...and of course the mercury glass! Great job!

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  12. LOVE! So beautiful! You are so talented :)

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  13. AMAZING!!!

    http://excurlythoughts.blogspot.com/

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  14. So pretty! I really loved all of the colors that you used. Thanks for linking up!

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  15. love the use of natural materials for your mantel alissa. and great color combinations with the blues and silvers. gorgeous mantel, makes me want to have one in our house, but no fireplace :-(

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  16. Love.love.love the colors you chose for your mantel, Alissa! and the natural boughs add the perfect touch! Nicely done!

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  17. Such a pretty color combination! I love the birds, too...keep using them!

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  18. Fabulous! Love the colors and the greenery!

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  19. Very pretty. I love the clean look.

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  20. I absolutely adore your mantel especially the birds! I'd love it if you'd add this to my what we wore and made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  21. Hello, I just found your blog via a link for Subaway Art and it is so inspiring. Your home is beautiful.

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  22. VERY beautiful!! Love it all. ;-)
    Merry Christmas!
    shaunna

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  23. It's gorgeous Alissa, I love the fresh cedar. I need to see if I can find some. I don't have any in the yard either. It looks so soft! Love the sparkle from the mercury glass.

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  24. Pretty colors! :)

    Courtney Lane
    courtneylanemichaels.blogspot.com
    michaels@spu.edu

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  25. What a lovely, sexy mantel. I wish I had a mantel.

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