Tuesday, December 6, 2011

HOLIDAY MANTEL PARTY

I'm happy to say that everything is up and decorated and I am on time for the holiday parties. Yay! Today I am joining Kristin of My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia for the Holiday Bloggers Block Party. Today the party is about mantels and I have finally completed mine and can share it with you.
One thing I haven't changed is that I use real fruit amongst some live greenery...apples, oranges pears and pomegrantes.
Then I just decorate around this with whatever I have that I want to see on the mantel.
There are mercury glass bottles on a galvanized metal stand, mercury glass candle holders in the middle, some candles, ornaments and an Old World Santa {I collect these}.
As you can see, I finally got my tree up! Douglas Firbanks, Jr. turned out to be quite a monster once we brought him in. I still have another bin of ornaments to put on him, so don't look too close!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks Kristin for hosting this fun party! :-)

61 comments:

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Very pretty Jane! Happy Holidays!~Hugs, Patti

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Beautiful Jane! I love the fruit!

Marigene said...

Gorgeous, Jane...I love the use of fresh fruits mixed with greens. The mercury glass adds that little bit of sparkle! I can imagine how beautiful it is at night with the candles lit...

Cindy said...

So pretty Jane! Love your mantle and the mercury glass bottles are such a nice touch! Lovely tree too!!!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Your mantle looks lovely Jane....very festive and Christmassy and your tree is magnificent. We don't bring our tree in until next week and, it ALWAYS has to be a real one. Just a tradition that goes way back.
Have fun in the lead up to Christmas. XXXX

April said...

I love how you've used fruit to decorate your mantle! Your tree is gorgeous! Everything has come together so nicely...BRAVO!

Debby said...

Your mantle and tree look really nice.
Nice and cozy.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Looks beautiful, Jane! You had me with the fruit... my favorite way to decorate for Christmas! Enjoy your pretty mantle and tree:)

Just took a stroll down memory lane, listening to Crash Test Dummies on your playlist. Haven't heard them in ages!!

Pat said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jane!

Linda Chapman said...

I love the FRAGRANCE of fresh pine and fresh fruit as well as the beauty! Bet YOUR house smells wonderful!

Honey at 2805 said...

It's beautiful, Jane! Love the greens, fruit and that mercury glass! I see your tree is up too!!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I love that you used fresh greenery! I bet is smells so fresh in there. Now, if I used fresh fruit, I could just see myself walking past and grabbing one to munch on everytime I entered the room, lol. Love it!

NanaDiana said...

Jane- It is looking very Christmas-y at your house! Love that you have special ornaments on the tree. I went with plain old red and silver colors on my tree this year and did not drag out the bins of individual ornaments that have been purchased over the years.

I hope you have a wonderful, not-too-busy week! xo Diana

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear Jane,

Lovely and inspirational! What are the holidays without stockings hanging from the mantel?

Jeff has been restoring our little fireplace and will soon make a mantel (other owners tore out the original one) and get it in place so that I can hang the stockings too.

I found a long, thick, (and heavy) piece of virgin redwood (probably 2,000 years old) at the site of a building being earthquake retrofitted. I hauled it home and that is what Jeff is using for wood.

Love to you,

S

Theresa said...

Oh how pretty, LOVE the use of fruit and fresh greenery! Great idea! Your tree is so beautiful even if it isn't finished! Mine changes daily! I am adding things to it every day, like getting a new tree:) Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

laurie said...

beautiful!!!!! love this!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love your fresh mantel Jane!

Sherri said...

I LOVE it Jane! I am all about using whatever makes me happy and I enjoy looking at for the holidays. Cause I am the one who has to see it daily. LOL I love the fruits. I re-used everything I already had on mine this year. Just posted it last night. Beautiful tree too! Are those postcards on it?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Jane -- loving it all! The natural elements really show off your gorgeous mantel :)

CHRISTmas Blessings!
Gail

Janie's World said...

Everything looks very festive! Beautiful

Simply Me said...

AWW love your Tree, So beautiful !! and the Mantel looks Great Merry Christmas!!

Lynn said...

Hi there!
Your mantel is lovely and the picture of your tree beside it looks like a Hallmark Christmas card!
I see you are a Sue Grafton. I have read all of Ms. Malone's adventures and her "all-purpose-black-dress"

Kerry said...

Douglas is a joy to behold!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Jane your mantel looks beautiful and I love how you added the fruit! That last shot of your room is stunning! Martina

Maggie said...

Lovely mantle, very Blondie!
Love seeing how everyone decorates at this special time of the year.
Mercury glass is my new "must have"!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Your mantel looks yummy! So fresh and pretty. Love it!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

YOU'VE got your tree up!! I KNEW I was way behind!
Everything looks so Christmasy and pretty! (I need to rush things up a bit I think!)

Olive Cooper said...

Love the fruit Jane and the oval mirror is beautiful. The tree is fabulous too. Happy Christmas ♥O

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Douglas is looking pretty good right now, Jane! Your mantel looks so pretty and I love that you use real fruit with your fresh greenery. I'll bet your glad you got everything all set.

A Vintage Chic said...

Everything looks so lovely, Jane! Love your "Douglas Firbanks, Jr."! So clever!

Wishing you a beautiful evening, my friend!

Julie

Lori said...

Your tree is gorgeous Jane and the mantel looks wonderful. Now sit back a bit and enjoy those lights. xo

Tracy said...

Jane, your mantel is fabulous, I love your pretty fresh greens and fruits. Douglas is amazing! I hope you have a gigantic ornament collection because he's enormous!

Sonia said...

Love your natural mantel...fruit and evergreens are so beautiful! Everything looks wonderful..hope you are enjoying the season! Christmas tree looks lovely!

Miss Bloomers

xinex said...

Both your mantel and tree are beautiful, Janie. I love the galvanized tray and the mercury glasses on it...Christine

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

So beautiful and fun.

Fondly,
Glenda

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Great job on this mantel Jane...I totally love the fresh fruit. Now that it's done you can sit and enjoy it! Have a great rest of the week...

Desire Empire said...

Despite another bin load of ornaments for the tree I think it looks terrific as it is. Love the idea of live fruit on the mantel.

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, I love your mantel and you used real fruit!! Love all of your stockings too.
You did good.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

raggygirlvintage said...

Looks so cosy Jane, I love all the fresh fruit mixed in there!
Tracey

Lori E said...

Looking good Jane. Of course your Santa on the mantle caught my eye right away. He is a nice one.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

The tree is beautiful! Everything looks so festive. I love just sitting in a tree lit room for a little while before sleep. Your room feels cozy like that. So nice that you can just relax now.

Pondside said...

Your living room is looking so pretty - festive - I love it!

Paula said...

Your mantle looks so pretty. I love how you combined the fruit with the greens to get a Williamsburg look.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Jane, this room looks so warm and festive!! I love the fruit on the mantel! The mercury glass adds just a touch of sparkle and it looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

So pretty, Jane! Your tree and mantel look fabulous!

Jane said...

Jane, your mantel and home look stunning for the holidays! Enjoy your parties.


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stefanie said...

sooooo warm and homey!!!

Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie, I love your mantel and the real fruit is so refreshing! Mixed with the greenery, it is such a delight for the eye. I had forgotten about doing this. :-)

Love your sweet tree, too.

Hope you are enjoying your decorations.

xoBarb

Andrea said...

I love the wood tones of your mantel, and it looks so pretty all decorated. There are so many party's, I don't know what to do with myself lol!

Anita said...

Jane, it's all just beautiful!! I LOVE the pomegranates! Love all the natural accents you have, and the tree is just gorgeous! THanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments!!

Designs By Pinky said...

HI Jane! Love your NATURAL mantle!!! It looks so pretty and the tree is gorgeous too! (I didn't look too close), LOL! No, it does look beautiful! I will share my tree soon too. These parties have me all out of sinc, I was going to do a house tour srating at the front door but.... well it will all get shared!!! Have a great day! XO, Pinky

Kim said...

I love the use of fresh fruit at the Holidays and the wreath over your mirror is pretty too! Glad to see you at the party!
xoxo,
Kim

Debbie said...

Mmmmm...your living room sure looks warm and cozy for the holidays, Jane. I bet it looks even cozier at night with all the candles, and lights lit. Douglas looks pretty spiffy!
xxxooo

Debbie said...

Mmmmm...your living room sure looks warm and cozy for the holidays, Jane. I bet it looks even cozier at night with all the candles, and lights lit. Douglas looks pretty spiffy!
xxxooo

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I bet that tree smells DIVINE!!! And your mantel is beautiful....I love the idea of using real fruit....love it!

Hope you are having a great day and enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas!

Lou Cinda

d e l i g h t said...

So pretty! Love the bottles on the galvanized stand!

d e l i g h t said...

So pretty! Love the bottles on the galvanized stand!

Susan said...

Just lovely, Jane! I like the fresh fruit & greenery, not to mention that neat old world santa.
Happy decorating!

Aimee said...

Oh my goodness, How BEAUTIFUL! I'm wanting some Christmas dishes so badly! What a dream!!!

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Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Everything looks so pretty! I love the dark stockings...very unique. I think the fresh fruit looks beautiful. I'd probably grab a snack every time I walked by. I have oranges in a bowl on my kitchen counter and they just keep disappearing!

Jo's This and That said...

Love your tree! Great job! JoAnn