Christmas Mantel Party!

I love all of the linky parties that take place during the holidays and enjoy seeing the wonderfully festive ideas that are out there.  I’m participating in the Christmas Mantel Link Parties over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia (December 6th), Southern Hospitality and Home Stories A to Z (December 7th).

I’m still getting acclimated to decorating our home for the holidays, as last year we had just moved into it in mid-November, so it was a mad rush trying to throw things together while simultaneously unpacking boxes.  This year isn’t quite as crazy (or at least we’re back to our more “normal” state of crazy), so I have been able to take my time a bit more.

Our fireplace is large and challenging to maneuver, but I’m happy with how it turned out this year.  I still have it on my renovation list, as I would love a stone fireplace with a traditional mantel, but I’m not complaining.

The garland and wreath are from Ballard Outlet, and the lanterns were a steal from IKEA.  I was thinking that the red lanterns would have been really festive and fun too, but I know I’ll be able to use the black ones year-round.

The stocking at the center of the wreath is from Southern Living, and I shopped the house for the mirror.  Now that I stop and look at these pictures, I think I should lower my wreath to the center a bit more. 😉  The owl was my awesome Goodwill find that I spray painted and gussied up – he’s perfect for some extra wintry goodness.

The greenery is from evergreens in my yard, leftover from the holiday planters I put together last week.  And a glitterized “K” for my daughter’s stocking.

Is your mantel decked out for the holidays?  Make sure you join the fun!

(Don’t forget to enter to win a $50 gift card from NOVICA – contest ends Friday, December 9th!)


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    Pam - diy Design Fanatic
    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Your Christmas mantel is beautiful! I love the wreath and the garland!

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    Calypso In The Country
    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Your mantel is gorgeous and I love the way your fireplace looks next to those big beautiful windows! Your room is so festive!

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    December 6, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Love how you put the garland around the mantel niche.

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    Sharon @ mrshinesclass
    December 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I love it! I'm your newest follower.

    Sharon @

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    Maria Elena
    December 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    It is so elegant and beautiful! Love the garland!

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    Dusty Coyote
    December 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Very pretty and elegant. Love the boxwood wreath and garland. I like the wreath up high.??? Gorgeous fireplace AND ceiling. Wow!

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    Pat@Life At Lydias House
    December 7, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Cute, cute stockings! Very nice mantel.

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    Ann from On Sutton Place
    December 7, 2011 at 3:37 am

    My mantel is not so decked…but I'm sure enjoying yours! Really love the boxwood and stockings. I have never been to a Ballard outlet…that would be an amazing experience to be sure!

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    December 7, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Love your mantel,,,just the right amount of Christmas joy!! Stoppin by from the Mantel Blog hop!!

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    December 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Pretty! I love your stone fireplace. Your home is so beautiful.

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    Megan {Honey We're Home}
    December 8, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Your mantle is gorgeous! Such a pretty wreath- the peek of your tree looks so pretty too!

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    A Vintage Vine
    December 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Jenny, I love your mantel, it is very elegant! Great job and thanks for sharing.

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    December 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Your mantel is fantastic! You should have no problem with the kitchen.

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    Mrs Aussie
    December 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I just wanted to let you know i love your Christmas mantel that i have added your tutorial to my blog

    happy holidays

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    1 Funky Woman
    December 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Love the garland framing the mantle! Love the lanterns too, very festive!


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    debbie refresh restyle
    December 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Jenny, your mantel looks great…love your owl! You home is so beautiful!

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    December 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Now that's a mantel! Very nice!
    And that ceiling is gorgeous!

    Happy Friday!
    Just when you thought

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