Thursday, December 3, 2009

CHRISTMAS MANTLE







After redoing the mantle a couple of times, I am happy with the results...I wanted it to coordinate this den with all the candy cane things in the kitchen and dining area...... since they are all connected....







This is the before picture of the mantle after the Thanksgiving autumn items have been taken down....





It sure looks a little plain before, wouldn't you agree...










The wonderful Mr. S. drilled a hole in the bookcase side that goes behind the t.v. and ran an extention cord behind those books so I could light up the garland on the mantle....If you are getting a new fire place or mantle or having one built, never never forget to put outlets somewhere near, for for lamps, Christmas lights even those electrical picture frames. The fact that the garland has tiny little lights makes a huge difference...












When the mantle is lighted and the candles on each side are also lighted, wow it sure is Christmas time.....almost time for hot chocolate this year by the fire, I think that will be next...








You will notice some of the pictures have red dishes in the cabinet and some pictures do not, it just depends on what point I have tweaked it or not, oh well....











The Plate is a Hallmark Plate and I love the wonderful red color....









Bows are fun to make and make such an impact, I must confess, they are hard on your hands so I was happy to make only a few this year...








For some reason it was important for me to have the garland touch the floor, I actually wanted it to puddle on the floor, maybe next year....The corners of the garland is held to the mantle top on each end with those command sticky things that won't hurt the paint, they work great and I will use them again...














My fireplace is very deep because it is double sided, so I can have the garland swag this way, and yes we use the fireplace daily.... so be careful if your fireplace is shallow....

















Those cute little doggies.....and their peppermint collars...











I know your probably wondering why I rarely do candle, dim light photos. Well I just don't do that well. I do have dimmers on all the lights, however it always looks like someone shut off the electricity.....I will however work on it.....













Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had an enjoyable visit....if you would like to leave a comment just click on the word comment and let me know what you think, I read them all and love to hear from you... Phyllis Thanks Susan @betweennapsontheporch for hosting met mon. Also thanks diy show off holiday highlights...

64 comments:

  1. Phyllis I love the candy cane colors, it is wonderful, the mantle looks amazing it belongs out of a magazine. I love that vase sitting by your fireplace that is amazing.

    You did a fantastic job!

    Have a wonderful evening.

    Blessings


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  2. This looks great, Phyllis! I love the candy cane theme you carried through here. Love the fullness and length to it. I'm with you ~ I've learned my lesson about making sure there is an outlet near the fireplace. I'd love to do a lighted garland and I still could with those battery operated lights, but I also think it's a great idea for if you want lamps on your mantle. Nice job on the bows, too!

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  3. I could get lost in every detail in your house. Just breathtaking! The mantel is definitely something from a magazine. I have to ask.... you have that long garland touching the floor AND a cat? I'm impressed! :)
    Everything is just beautiful.
    Lisa

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  4. Awesome Phyllis!!! What a terrific job! I'm a 'Candy' person too! I love how yours has turned out!
    Michelle

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  5. That's a truly beautiful mantel that you created!

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  6. Hi Phyllis! I love your mantel and the candy cane theme that you have in your home...gorgeous! Your doggies with candy cane collars are so cute! Happy week!...Debbie

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  7. Wow that is soooooooo beautiful. What fabulous bows and a beautiful garland!! Love the reds in the dishes with it!! I saw that you sneaked in a cloche!(with cookies?)

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  8. You do have the prettiest mantle around - I just ooooo and awwwwww at your shelfs and mantle - all that creamy white.....even before decorations - just beautiful !
    Kammy

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  9. Phyllis, This is my first visit to your blog and now I'm definitely a follower! I just love the red and white candy cane garland! Your mantel is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it. I peeked at some of your earlier posts and what eye candy I found! Beautiful blog and thanks for visiting me! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  10. SOOO pretty! The peppermint look is fresh and lovely!

    Stop on by--would love to meet you!

    love, kelee

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  11. OHHHH... how pretty! What a beautiful garland! And any way you tweek it, it looks great!
    Dee Dee

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  12. Just gorgeous Phyllis...all pepperminty and festive, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  13. All of your decaorations are beautiful. Everything looks perfect, I just love all the red. I am lucky, I do have an outlet on one of my fireplace mantels, but not on the one in my family room. Your right it does make things allot easier.
    Sandy

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  14. This is gorgeous! I miss having a fireplace so much (we are even talking about getting an electric one) and this really makes me jealous! You did a perfect job with this. I love it!

    Sue

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  15. Oh my goodness, I am SOOOO glad I came over here from Susan's. Your mantle is GORGEOUS!!!! I am a floral designer so appreciate what a GREAT job you did!!!! I love the candy cane theme, and the red and white! So festive and happy! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!! XO, Pinky

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  16. You did such a great job and it looks lovely! I smiled when I saw the dogs with their peppermint collars. Such a lovely home.

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  17. gorgeous, i love all the red and white!!

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  18. How beautiful everything looks on your mantel! Your garland is so festive and cheerful. :)

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  19. Very beautiful mantle! Gorgeous!

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  20. OH' MY GOODNESS... so in love! I adore candy cane peppermint all things red and white for the holidays. I love the candy cane ribbon. Your mantel is gorg. I love your table and the garland from your light fixture. Beautiful!

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  21. Absolutely STUNNING mantel swag Phyllis!! Love the reds, whites and candy theme. Your home looks so cheerful and inviting too!!

    Sherri:)

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  22. I think you did a beautiful job on your mantle. I wish you had shown us a view of the front of the mantel with the picture you are using. It looks like it matches good.

    D

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  23. The garland is absolutely beautiful. Really, really lovely. I've always staplegunned my garland to the mantle and spoilt the paintwork. I don't think we have the sticky stuff you mentioned here in the UK. xx

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  24. Oh Phyyllis,
    The mantel looks so amazing. I just love it. I love the red/white candy cane theme, it just brought the room to life. I love it. You do a beautiful job of making those bows. I have to buy mine, I am not a bow maker, I can barely tie my shoes and make them look civil.

    I too, love that candy red Hallmark plate. Is it knew or one you have had for awhile? I collect red dishes for my china cabinet so I too look for red.

    Thanks for sharing sweetie, and thanks for stopping by as always, I love to see you come, and so love having you visit.

    Country hugs and much love...Sherry

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  25. Your mantle is amazing. I just always love the colors you use. So bright and cheery.

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  26. Lovin' your peppermint decor!!
    Your attention to detail is incredible.
    EVerything is beautiful and so festive!
    Rhonda

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  27. This is just the inspiration I need to get a move on!

    So Welcoming!

    Scribbler

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  28. Love that garland!!...yes I have been beating myself up here lately because I didn't get outlets installed on the mantle!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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  29. Absolutely magnificent! Love the red plate!

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  30. Phyllis,
    It is beautiful!!! You decorate wonderfully, and your home is gorgeous!

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  31. Everything is so beautiful! Did you use two ribbons for one bow or are there two bows one on top of the other?
    Thanks!

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  32. Your mantle looks so festive...and I love your corner cupboard...happy decorating!

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  33. Absolutely the prettiest mantle I have seen this year!! Your bows are gorgeous. Love every bit of what you have done!

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  34. Your house looks absolutely beautiful! I love how you have coordinated all of the reds in all of the rooms. You have a lovely home and it really dresses up nice for the holidays. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love meeting new people!
    Jane

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  35. Hi Phyllis, these shots belong in a magazine. I love how you've carried your theme through out. My husband is one who swears Christmas is meant to be red and white and for the most part I agree. However, in our dining room I've done a pheasant theme with Santas thrown in. lol I'm glad you stopped by for a visit. Stop by any 'ole time.. hugs ~lynne~

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  36. Your mantle is so festive and looks great with your cupboard with the red and white dishes and displays. The way you used the red ribbon really makes the peppermint ribbon stand out. Beautiful fireplace.

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  37. Hi Phyllis, I love your last two posts! Everything looks so lovely, just beautiful. That mantle with the garland is so awesome. Good call on bringing it to the floor. I love your blog! You have such a lovely home. So festive and inviting!!

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  38. I love, love, love your garland! It's so full and lush, and love the touches of red -- it's my favorite color!

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  39. Your mantel is simply delightful! I love the red/white candy theme and the full garland and bows. I'll have to come back to visit more later.
    :-) Sue

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  40. Wow! Very Pretty!! You did a great job decorating.

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  41. OMG! That is awesome! It makes me want to go add a bow to my garland on the mantel! Your decorations are perfect and I love the dogs collars!

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  42. I bookmarked this post because I am going to copy your mantel. All your Christmas decorations are such eye candy.

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  43. Just Beautiful girl...WOW!! what a statement your mantle and all the red makes...I use to have a special red plate that was for special company and for the life of me I don't remember where I put it...Maybe one of my daughters took it home...Hey every time they come here their cars look like a low rider when they leave ha ha!! Your home is just beautiful...love the marble on the fireplace...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  45. Okay first of all I hope I'm not violating a blogging faux pas by writing what I already know will be a long comment. Second of all thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my blog in its infancy to make such a sweet comment. You don't know how much the first comments mean. I've been watching and watching and my husband kept asking did anyone comment and I was like a kid who didn't get a Christmas present each time I had to tell him "no." So now I have two comments and even better "followers." It's so exciting. And, another unanticipated benefit is it drove me to your site which is GORGEOUS - - both your blog and your home. It is simply stunning. As I'm already late for work because I've been captivated and can't walk away, I didn't get to see everything, but will be back. Again, thank you for stopping by and I hope, like you, I can be some form of positive inspiration. I haven't filled out my profile yet but will soon and will add that I have three children (twin girls who are 10 and a 12-year old son) so most of my time (and money) is (happily) tied up there. That's just a disclaimer that my home is a work in progress but I do have some ideas about future posts that I hope people will enjoy. In any event, I feel like I have really grown and found discovered another extremely worthwhile and fulfillingn dimension in this life by entering the blogging world and I enjoy the connection to otherwise total strangers. Again, many thanks.

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  46. I love your mantle and your garland! It's so festive and I love how it ties into the kitchen look! Your ribbon looks marvelous! I do love it going to the floor too! I saw that look at the White House on HGTV! I want to try that myself!

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  47. Love all the clean, crisp, white! It really makes the red pop!

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  48. Hi Again! I love yoour bows! Do you use a bo making machine to keep them even? Your mantle is beautiful. TTFN xo Sunny109

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