Our Christmas Mantle

I wish I could slow time and freeze these magical days spent with a little baby-turning-toddler running around.  I know I cannot, so I try to savor every moment and soak it all in.  I try not to cram too much into our already busy lives and I try to give him my full attention although I know I often fall short.  But I love each new day and we are really enjoying the holidays over here.  I hope you are too, as imperfect and wonderful as each day may be:)

Today our Christmas Cheer Holiday Link Party is showcasing mantles at Ten June.  Can’t wait to see your mantles!

Many of you know we don’t have a true “mantle” in our home, but that doesn’t stop me from creating “mantlescapes” on a console table or, this year, on a counter in our butler’s pantry.  I continued with the metallic theme we’ve got going on in the stairs and tree and used fresh garland from Lynch Creek Farms after reading the recommendation from Centsational Girl. I like the addition of real greenery, especially since our tree isn’t real.

I added some vases of varying sizes for height and scattered ornaments, pinecones and decorative birds. 
The large mercury glass vases are from Home Goods, the tall candle holders are from Target.  

I’ve had these ceramic birds from Hobby Lobby for ages, but recently spray painted them gold.  I love how easily a shot of spray paint can transform anything. 

Snow and holiday ornaments in a glass vase always looks festive.  I’ve had the snow for years- I bought it on sale at Pottery Barn after Christmas one year.  I keep reusing it!

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  1. December 6, 2011 / 1:39 pm

    It's beautiful Megan! I love the different shades of metallic!

  2. December 6, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    I'm crushing on the mix of metallics for the holidays and your version is stunning. Love the copper addition to the gold and silver.

  3. December 6, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    This is BEAUTIFUL! We don't have a mantle (yet) in our house. I make "mantlescapes" on our bar and glass table in our living room.

  4. December 6, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    This is gorgeous, Megan! I was just playing around with my mantle last night. I have similar pieces, so when I saw this I was awe struck! Just stunning!

  5. December 6, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    I love it, also nice that you see the reflection in the mirror.

  6. December 6, 2011 / 4:11 pm

    Love you decor…the fresh greens contrasting with the mercury glass and gold is simply beautiful!

  7. December 6, 2011 / 6:16 pm

    Great idea! I don't have a mantle in my home. My tv sits in the nook over my fireplace. In my old home I always put my Christmas village on the mantle along with garland. I think I may use the table in my kitchenette to dispaly it now. Thanks for the idea.

  8. December 6, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    Absolutely lovely 🙂 The shades of metallics you have work together so well, it's very holiday!

  9. December 6, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    gorgeous! I love all the textures and glittery sparkle. Beautiful. Off to link my mantel now at the party 🙂

  10. Michaela
    December 6, 2011 / 3:07 pm

    You're always so creative, Megan! I love what you've done with it. The lavish greenery makes it (:

  11. December 6, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    It's beautiful, Megan! I love the idea of fresh greenery. It's so nice to bring in the natural elements!

  12. Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}
    December 6, 2011 / 3:33 pm

    So pretty, Megan! I love the golds and silvers, and the hurricanes of snow are beautiful!

  13. natasha {schue love}
    December 6, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    I adore all of these details! The gold birds, mercury class, fresh greenery and festive ornaments! All so beautiful!

    December 6, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    Gorgeous Megan, everything looks so festive and inviting for this holliday season. Gold birds and mercury glass are unique, it adds such a fresh look to the mantel vignette. Lovely. Thanks for your sweet and generous visit to my post.
    Hugs, FABBY

  15. A Blissful Nest
    December 6, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    SO pretty! I love the rich earthy colors.

  16. Amanda
    December 6, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    Megan it looks amazing!! I LOVE the fresh greenery- I had thought about ordering from them as well- I bet it smells wonderful.

  17. December 7, 2011 / 6:57 am

    I love the combination of silver and gold, it looks so pretty!

  18. Allison
    December 7, 2011 / 5:47 am

    It's beautiful, Megan! The gold birds are lovely mixed in with your other metallics.

  19. December 7, 2011 / 3:55 pm

    It's beautiful Megan. Love those colors. I used fresh garland this year too and I love it!

  20. December 7, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    It's gorgeous Megan! The greenery adds such a nice touch. Would you mind sharing what gold spray paint you used on the birds? I've had a hard time finding one that is the right color…yours looks great!

  21. Michelle @ Ten June
    December 7, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    Very gorgeous, Megan! The fresh greenery is beautiful and I really love the brown + gold colors of the ornaments and accents. Great job!

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