Mantels of Christmas's Past

As we head into Thanksgiving and then right into the Christmas season, I couldn't help but to begin thinking about my holiday decor for the living room this year. So I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my mantels of Christmas's past. 
(You will also be able to see the progression of my photography over the years as well.)

This was the first mantel shown on my blog which back then was called "Decorating with Barbara". LOL...real original right? Anyhow I only have the two pictures but as you can see Santa was definitely the inspiration for this display!

The next year's mantelscape is much more simple and has a bit of a colonial feel to it with all the silver pieces, pine cones, pears and greens. 

The 2012 mantel was done with a live spray of greens in the center which was adorned with sticks collected from the yard and sprayed white. Some faux mums and berries were added for more color along with a little "bling" in the way of silver candle holders.

Last year's matelscape displays a more earthy or woodsy interpretation of Christmas. I had bought the little wood cabins from TJ Maxx the year before and used them to create a woodland village.

This year's mantel will again take on a completely different vibe because I have revamped the entire living room switching up the colors and feel of the space. I know I have yet to reveal it to you, but let me just say that it has totally taken me by surprise.

In the meantime I would like to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very happy and turkey filled day tomorrow. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I just want you all to know how thankful I am for your continued readership!

May God bless you all and from us here at 21 Rosemary Lane we'd like to wish you and yours a very 
Happy Thanksgiving!



  1. They are all beautiful, but I think my favorite is 2013. Can't wait to this year!

  2. Oh everything has always been so pretty. I can't wait to see what you have for this year. Things are a little different at my house too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  3. I think every mantel display is just lovely!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  4. I loved them all Barbara...2012 & 2013 were my favorites...I love red!! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

  5. Such beautiful inspiration! I love it all...especially that last image with the burlap ribbon in the tree. You have given me an idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Barbara, I had so many posts stacked up and I'm just now reading this. I'm HOPING that you are going to reveal your LR mantle and room tomorrow on the Home Tour??Right or have I missed something else? Love looking back at your past mantels. They are all so gorgeous..Happy Thursday..Judy


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