My Christmas Mantel 2011

My Christmas Mantel 2011

Well, the sun never came out (hello, Washington in December!) but in spite of the rather dreary day, I got a few pics of my Christmas mantel. While in our dining room I added pops of red this year, in this room I decided to go with a more simple palette of  just green, silver, white and brown tones. Our family room is loud enough without the added contrast of color! I need visual calm!

My Christmas Mantel 2011

I mixed quite a few shapes and textures for my mantel again this year. Lots of shine and texture from mercury glass, some roughness from the letters and the metal flower bucket, I added a little sheen and curvy shapes with the white pitchers and brought in some softness with my quilted white stockings. There is lots of great natural texture from the green foliage and the awesome shape of the book page wreath layered on the textured mirror finishes it all off!

Done!

My Christmas Mantel 2011

I’ll pull back and show you the tree and some other festive corners of the house on Monday!

And because I get emails and comments daily now asking to see more photos of Jack (Ha! He really needs his own fan club), here is a little behind the scenes of us trying to get him to pose with his Santa hat.

Easier said than done.

We couldn’t even get it ON his head because he grabbed it first.

My Christmas Mantel 2011

We really tried to get it out of his mouth and on to his head. Really. We tried.

My Christmas Mantel 2011

It turned into a tug of war. His favorite game. We eventually got the hat out of his mouth, but we struck out on him wearing it.

My Christmas Mantel 2011

Maybe by Monday we can get him to pose with it on his head. Maybe. Or not.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Christmas mantel!

Can’t wait to have you over on Monday!

My Christmas Mantel 2011

The 2011 Christmas Home Tours @ The Inspired Room start at 6PM PST Monday! Here are some of the details on when and how the party works!


*I’m linking up this mantel post to parties at Hooked on Houses and Southern Hospitality!

My Christmas Mantel in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

My Christmas Mantel in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

A few months ago I was just minding my own business when I was contacted by Cottages & Bungalows magazine. I KNOW! I can’t believe it either! They really liked my Christmas mantel, MY super easy Christmas mantel! (from a previous year — and no, that is not it on the cover, but I love that one!!) and wanted to know if they could feature it in their 2011 Christmas magazine! Yahoo! Of course, I thought about it for about negative 5 seconds and said um, YES? I love that magazine.

Only problem was, and of course, with me there HAD TO BE A GLITCH, my computer happened to be DEAD. D-E-A-D as in it needed-an-overnight-stay-at-the-Genius-bar kind of dead. And those pictures were taken two cameras ago and not on my backup drive! Nice! I’m so good at this. I had some copies of a few of the pictures, but there weren’t the best ones I had. My big moment and I was fumbling! But, they were oh-so-gracious and understanding and good with editing it, so it was all fine.My Christmas Mantel in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

Yesterday I remembered about the issue and ran, well, drove, to my neighborhood Lowe’s to see if it was there. And lo and behold, they had four copies left! I bought ’em all, of course.

When I set up that Christmas mantel, it took me just a few minutes to put together using things I already had. I am so pleased that both HGTV.com and Cottages & Bungalows have featured it! In spite of the challenges of blog world, there have been some surreal moments like this when you see your house featured in fancy places. I don’t take those moments for granted!

Look mom! My mantel is in a magazine! {jumping up and down!}

This has now motivated me even more to get going on my holiday preparations! I’ve got a project that has been in “I’m thinking about it” phase for about six months. It involves a new mantel  … so I’m definitely getting inspired to finish it up before the holidays. This pic is a little dark and blurry, but here is a sneak peek for ya…

My Christmas Mantel in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!Thanks again, all you lovely blog readers (yes, even you quiet-as-a-mouse-lurkers) for your support here at The Inspired Room and for your comments on the post yesterday…you are the best!

Announcing the two winners of the Where Women Create Winter 2012 Magazine Giveaway! Congrats! Tiffini and Kristyn, you have both been notified by email!

My Christmas Mantel in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

My Christmas Mantel in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!
So, fess up.

Are you excited to get a jump on Christmas decorating or are you waiting until after Thanksgiving (in the US!)?

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