Our 2015 Christmas Mantel

This year's Christmas mantel was inspired by the gorgeous arbor vitae of our next door neighbor's which happens to line the fence between our two yards. Last year she was kind enough to let me snip some for my dining room, this year I am going full hog on the living room mantel.

I started by filling two candle globes with springs of the luscious greens, and embellished some faux garland with more arbor vitae and a few large pine cones. 

Then added a little bling to them using some glass Christmas balls.

An acorn wreath I made last year was hung on the mirror. To see how I created this wreath just click here.

Mercury glass candle holders are centered in front of the mirror with my handsome little silver deer out in front.

Still plugging away on my Christmas decorating, just a few more rooms to go including my back porch. Since the weather has been amazingly mild, I thought I may want to do a something festive outside for some winter entertaining. 

If you are looking for more inspiration, please don't forget that this Monday, December 7th,  kicks of a week of 30 home tours put together by my friend Marty of the wonderful blog A Stroll Thru Life.

The lineup is as follows!

Monday - Dec 7th

A Stroll Thru Life - Marty - http://www.astrollthrulife.net  
Claire Brody Designs - Claire - http://clairebrodydesigns.com 
Hymns & Verses - Doreen - http://www.hymnsandverses.com  
Rain On A Tin Roof - Jenna - http://www.rainonatinroof.com  
Making Home Base - Chelsea - http://www.makinghomebase.com 
Snazzy Little Things - Jeanette - http://www.snazzylittlethings.com 

Tue - Dec 8th

Bliss @ Home - Kristen - http://www.bliss-athome.com  
Driven By Decor - Kris - http://www.drivenbydecor.com 
(new)    Refresh Restyle - Debbie - http://www.refreshrestyle.com 
Our Southern Home - Christy -http://www.oursouthernhomesc.com  
(new)  Far Above Rubies - Anits - http://http://www.anitafaraboverubies.com
Life on Virginia Street - Sarah - http://www.lifeonvirginiastreet.com  

Wed - Dec 9th

Burlap and Lace - Shannon - http://www.burlapandlaceblog.com 
Decor To Adore - Laura - http://www.decortoadore.net  
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia - http://www.thriftyandchic.com 
21 Rosemary Lane - Barbara - http://www.21rosemarylane.com 
Style Your Senses - Mallory - http://styleyoursenses.com  

Thurs - Dec 10th

Simple Stylings - Summer - http://www.simplestylings.com  
A Thoughtful Place - Courtney - http://www.athoughtfulplaceblog.com 
Tidbits & Twine - Kim - http://www.tidbitsandtwine.com 
Monica Wants It - Monica - http://www.monicawantsit.com  
(new)   Decorating Delirium - Jennifer - http://www.decoratingdelirium.com 
No Minimalist Here - Sherry - http://www.nominimalisthere.com  

Fri - Dec 11th

Life Love Larson - Andrea - http://www.lifelovelarson.com 
Remodelando La Casa - Christina - http://www.remodelandolacasa.com  
(new) It All Started With Paint - Linda - http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com 
Dimples & Tangles - Jennifer - http://www.dimplesandtangles.com 
SG Style - Shavonda - http://www.sgstyleblog.com 

See you there!!!
Have a great weekend!

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  1. Your mantel is so gorgeous! Love all of the greens and the sparklies!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Oh my Barbara your mantel is stunning. Just gorgeous.

  3. it's gorgeous, Barb, I can just imagine the heavenly aroma of the greens!

  4. So sparkly and pretty! I miss having a mantel.

  5. Beautiful! Really elegant and natural! Love the greens along

  6. Oh, my...such a beautiful mantel. I love seeing how we all decorate so differently.....hope you will stop by on the 8th for my Christmas in Texas post....what a wonderful time of the year....

  7. Your mantel is amazing. I love the lush greens and then the sparkle of the silver. Absolutley stunning.

  8. Barbara,
    E x q u i s i t e!!!
    The drape of the arbor vitae makes for a dramatic effect!!!
    The silver deer combined with your mercury silver glass candles is stunning!!!
    L O V E the idea of your acorn wreath!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. What a beautiful mantel:-) Love all your decor:-)

  10. How gorgeous!! I don't know why I never thought of snipping some Arborvitae for holiday decorating - what a perfect idea!!

  11. Barbara, Your mantel is absolutely GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see your Christmas home tour.
    Happy Holidays,

  12. Wow, your mantel is gorgeous!!! The greenery and silver shines!
    Blessings this Christmas,

  13. Oh, Barbara, it's beautiful! Can't wait to see the rest of your lovely home and thanks for the list of everyone in the home tour. Can't wait to get started..Happy Monday..Judy

  14. This is stunning!!! I love how you have used the arborvitae! The candle globes are just beautiful! I will be looking around at your other posts too!


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