Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Mantel 2012

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year, we spent the holiday with Dear Hubby's family in Alabama. While there, my sweet sister-in-law supplied me with an abundance of magnolia branches from her 'humongous' magnolia trees. They were just the accents that I needed to get my decorating under way.


My Christmas plans evolved from the purchase of these 
fleur de lis ornaments from Hobby Lobby, several months ago. 
It was love at first sight!  
I thought the pewter color would be pretty, when mixed with ivory, gold and copper. 
(That's my color scheme for this year.)



I started with a pre-lit faux pine garland. After I fluffed it and wrapped it with ribbon, I simply stuck a few magnolia branches in; and proceeded to decorate. The wire branches in the pine garland can easily be used to wrap and secure the magnolia branches in place. I love the thickness that the magnolia branches add.  



I left the fall lanterns in place and added the guilded reindeer. 
I finished the mantel with our monogrammed stockings from last year and crystal embellished candlesticks. 
We will be using lots of crystal this year.




The garland is also decorated with fleur de lis ornaments, glittered magnolia ornaments, cherubs, beaded grape clusters, pheasant feathers and copper ornaments.




So, that's the mantel for this year. Dear Hubby has put the lights on the tree; and I will start decorating it today. Hopefully, I'll be able to share it with you soon.

Hope you're having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Decorating!!!

From My Front Porch to Yours



Linking to:
Houspitality Designs-Better Late Than Never
From My Front Porch To Yours-Annual Holiday Mantel Party
Kathe With an E-Mantels and Tablescapes
The Lettered Cottage-Christmas Mantels
Cedar Hill Ranch-Cowgirl Up Link Party
Three Mango Seeds-It's Party Time
Life on Lakeshore Drive-It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Savvy Southern Style-Homespun Christmas Vignettes and Mantels
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating-Flant It Friday
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday
Katherine's Corner-Thursday Favorite Things
Imparting Grace-Grace at Home
StoneGable-Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits
Southern Lovely-Show & Share
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
DIY by Design-Fall Into Fall
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
House on the Way-Twirl and Take A Bow Party
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
A Delightsome Life-A Return to Loveliness
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
Curb Alert-Deck the Halls with Glitter

87 comments:

  1. BEATIFUL!!! I used the magnolia pods in mine last year. The leaves are great!

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  2. This mantel is stunning and I am not surprised. I love the magnolia leaves. Such great touches too.

    Cynthia

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  3. So gorgeous, Shenita!! Love it all! You have done an amazing job as usual!! :)

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  4. Love the magnolia addition! Wish I had some :-). Great job!!!

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  5. Shenita your mantel looks stunning! I love magnolia leaves!

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  6. Just dropped by and must say that is just so beautiful. Happy decorating. Deb

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  7. You are waaaaay ahead of me! Great inspiration, darling. Love the magnolia leaves, they add so much I think. xx's

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  8. Shenita,
    Exquisite!!!
    I adore your fleur~de~lis ornaments! Real magnolia leaves, how perfect!!! I used faux magnolia swags in my Christmas decor last year and I L O V E D it!!! Your gilded deer are stunning!!! Off to an excellent start...I'll be back soon, dear friend!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  9. Those colors are perfect! Lord knows when I'll even get mine started.....:)

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  10. Shenita it is just simply gorgeous! I love the magnolia leaves!

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  11. Shenita,
    What an elegant mantle, it looks absolutely stunning! I love the fleurs, I need to buy some. The mantle has such a pretty glow about it, I love the lanterns and colors you went with, you are seriously making me re-think my red and green theme...lol! I can't wait to see more, beautiful job! XO ~Liz

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  12. Shenita your mantel is just gorgeous! What a stunning focal point for your room. I love the gilded raindeer and and would die for those amazing magnolia leaves! All your elements work beautifully together. Superb job!! Have a wonderful week!
    XO Barbara

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  13. The magnolias are a beautiful addition to your lovely mantel! It's so lush and elegant. :-) Sue

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  14. Hi Shenita! Oh, my goodness. Your mantel is just so gorgeous and elegant! You are simply amazing with your decorating.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. I would absolutely love those fleur de lis ornaments too! They are gorgeous. Love the addition of magnolia leaves. Your mantel is spectacular...

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  16. Your mantle is just gorgeous, and I love the way you used fresh greens! Have a great week....Hugs, Penny

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  17. You cannot beat decorating with magnolia leaves & branches. Looks great, Shenita!

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  18. Very pretty, Shenita. Your color scheme is beautiful. Of course I love the fleur-de-lis.

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  19. Wow. So beautiful! I can't believe you have that much decorating done already. I'm jealous!

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  20. Shenita...another beautiful Christmas mantel....I so love magnolias....The branches look wonderful...Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving In Alabama!...

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  21. Your mantle looks beautiful and elegant--you did a great job!

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  22. Your mantel looks fantastic! Simply stunning, Shenita.

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  23. Thats so holiday pretty.. Looks like great minds think alike. I have laterns and deers too:)
    Yours is far more elegant though and that suits your home so well.

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  24. Shenita, just gorgeous! You have done such a beautiful job! Love the Fleur de Lis ornaments and the magnolia leaves are just the perfect touch. Looks stunning! Can't wait to see your tree. I know it will be beautiful!

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  25. Beautiful, love all the gold in your mantel theme. Great use of the magnolia leaves too, I used to have a huge magnolia tree in my yard years ago and always cut lots of branches to use on our porch and make wreaths. Great looking header too. Happy holidays.

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  26. Your mantel is gorgeous Shenita! I have a magnolia tree...you just inspired me!

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  27. Shenita your mantle is beautiful. So elegant and stunning!! Love it!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  28. So beautiful, I wish I had your vision. I have a Magnolia tree and I will go out and pick some leaves and try to figure out what to do. Maybe I can blink like I Dream of Jeannie and wish you in my house to help me decorate :) Great job!!

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  29. Beautiful, Shenita! The magnolia leaves are a perfect addition to your mantle.

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  30. Just beautiful Shenita. WOW, classy my dear. You do it up just gorgeous.

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  31. Wow, Shenita, your mantel is so elegant! Love the magnolia leaves -- they are elegant on their own!

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  32. Gorgeous, Shenita! Just stunning. I adore those magnolia branches.

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  33. Your mantel is magical looking. I have the same set of deer only in silver but we don't have a mantle in this house or I'd have them displayed as you have.

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  34. It's so pretty and elegant! I love the stockings and the matching lanterns. The magnolia leaves give it that extra southern touch.

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  35. B e a u t i f u l Shenita! You put together a very pretty arrangement. I love the magnolia branches! I can't grow those up here! Love the fleur-de-lis ornaments!

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  36. Fabulous! I KNEW it would be!!!!!! I am SO tempted to rip off my neighbor's magnolia tree, but I want to live, so....:-) The color scheme is fantabulous, and I LOVE those stockings!!!

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  37. Gorgeous,Shenita! Love your lanterns and the garland with magnolia leaves. So Southern!

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  38. It's gorgeous, Shenita. You can't go wrong with magnolias - I love them with anything. The ivory and brown is stunning! Can't wait to see your tree.

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  39. So glad you had a good Thanksgiving in Alabama with family. Your mantle is spectacular! Love those ornaments and the magnolia branches are beautiful and the perfect addition. XO, Pinky

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  40. My oh my!...So lovely Shenita!

    Lanterns lush, full, festive garlands and magnolia leaves. What could be prettier on your amazing mantle piece?

    I am going to do decorate my own fireplace mantle, tomorrow and although mine will be very different, what a breath takingly exquisite inspiration you have shared! Thank you.

    Cheers, Wanda lee

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  41. Perfectly beautiful is all I can say! So elegant and professional looking. As always, you know how to decorate just right. I'm hoping mine will be just half as pretty.

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  42. So pretty. I love the elegance of your mantel, absolutely stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  43. Gorgeous as expected, Shenita! Magnolia leaves and gold anything are go-to foundation pieces for a touch of Southern Christmas beauty. I bought a fresh Fraser fur garland at Lowe's to use with magnolia leaves from my very giving and generous neighbor's tree. It is a timeless, traditional, and elegant material to work with, and the best part? Inexpensive! That's right decoristas- save $$$ where and when you can and put that savings towards things that sparkle! I am inspired!

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  44. How very lovely! Maybe I'll do my mantle next. I'm working on my decor a little at a time. I spend so little time at home! Plus I've developed plantar faciitis is one foot a little over a week ago so being on my feet is painful - bad timing - I have so much decorating to do! I have a magnolia tree I may grab some magnolia leaves and follow your lead. I'm headed to my parents for my Dad's 80th birthday celebration on Saturday and I usually bring back pinecones and pine and cedar boughs from their woods, magnolia mixed with it would be awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Beautiful and elegant, Shenita. Everything is so stunning. We have a magnolia tree but it is so tall and I cannot reach the leaves so I usually just use our holly berries which are easier to cut......Christine

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  46. That is breath taking! I've looked at each photo at least twice, some more than twice. I love every detail. I miss my Magnolia tree I had at a previous house. laurie

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  47. Just beautiful, Shenita! I've always admired the garlands and wreaths made from Magnolia leaves. I love your Noel stocking holders. I have no room on the mantel here for stocking holders {it's not deep at all}, but I used to love using them in our old house on the mantel.

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  48. Wow, your mantel should be in a magazine, my friend! Here I've decided on a simple Christmas, and I see your STUNNING matel, and I adore fleur de lis!!!! So pretty.

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  49. Shenita, when I saw the thumbnail, I knew this was you!! Wow, gorgeous as always. How wonderful to have the magnolia branches...that is something I do not have here!! Just beautiful, rich, dramatic and so festive! Thanks for always taking time to stop by:-)

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  50. Just stunning Shenita! Of course everything you do is magical. Beautiful ornaments and the magnolia leaves make such a statement. I thought of you and Thanksgiving and wondered if you would be in Bama. Hope it was a good trip for you.

    ~Emily

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  51. Your mantel is beautiful. Magnolia leaves always add a lovely touch to Christmas decor.
    Mary Alice

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  52. Shenita, you have done a beautiful job! I love the magnolia leaves!
    ~Audra

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  53. Your mantle is stunning.....love the magnolia leaves! Your fleur de lis ornaments are so beautiful too :o)
    ~Des

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  54. Absolutely Gorgeous! I love all of your decorations... Very Elegant.

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  55. Beautiful! This is the second time I've seen magnolia leaves in Christmas decor. I may have to go take a trim from mine! Thanks for sharing at my party at House on the Way!
    Leslie
    houseontheway@gmail.com

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  56. So pretty! I love the crosses on the candles! I did something similar on my mantel too!


    =)


    Brooke

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  57. Oh Shenita! How absolutely gorgeous! I just love the color scheme you chose. Wonderful job!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  58. I can only say WOW! This is just beautiful! I loooove the magnolia leaves, and all of that shimmery gilding and glitter. I sure wish I knew someone with a magnolia tree that needs to be trimmed. Do you think anyone would notice if I was walking around White Rock Lake with my pole pruner so I could get some of those leaves, haha?!!

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  59. Your mantel is beautiful! Love the color scheme you chose. I grew up on the MS Gulf Coast so fleur de lis and magnolias are close to my heart :)

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  60. Shenita, your mantle is beautifully decorated. Those magnolia leaves are the best...and they look perfect, like they made the trip well. Did you wrap them in an special way to travel? Thanks, Helen

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  61. The mantel looks awesome, and i love the vintagey looking photos
    Stacy

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  62. Love your mantel! I love using fresh magnolia leaves in my garlands as well! Thanks for the visit today!

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  63. Oh, Shenita the mantle is gorgeous! I love the use of the gorgeous fresh magnolia leaves. The color combination is stunning!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  64. We are all decked out too! My mantel was the last to be done as I was changing out a lot this year. I have done the same for so long that it was really fun.

    I love the fleur de lys and the magnolia branches. What a fabulous look. We have lots of snowy crystal this year too. I think decorating is my absolute favorite thing to do, along with listening to Christmas music.

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  65. Your mantel is just beautiful. Adding
    the greenery really puts it on the top
    Happy Holidays
    Sandy

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  66. Just beautiful, Shenita! I am loving using fresh greenery this year. Love how the huge magnolia leaves look on the already beautiful mantel. Can't wait for that ginormous tree!

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  67. Hi Shenita!,
    You've got some Frenchy glam going on! And I love magnolia leaves. Just beautiful!
    Cheers!,
    Barbara

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  68. Stunning, Shenita! It's got glitz, glam and tradition. I love that you mixed in magnolia with your faux greenery! The reindeer look perfect poised up there, and the ambiance of your candles is gorgeous! This must be one of your favorite rooms during the holidays!

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  69. You are SO far ahead of me! I've done little more than hang a store-bought wreath. Your decorations look beautiful. I hope your Christmas is happy!

    Keri

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  70. Gorgeous Shenita! I'm a big fan of adding real greenery to an artificial garland and the magnolia leaves are a beautiful addition!

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  71. My goodness, Shenita! Your decorations are so pretty. I wonder if my neighbors would mind if I grabbed a few of their magnolia leaves. I love the way you used them in your decor.

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  72. Oh, how I miss magnolias! We don't see much of them in New England. I love the garland - it's such a fresh look. Gorgeous. :)

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  73. Very pretty! I love all the fleur de lis decorations. The magnolia leaves look gorgeous. Just love your whole look!

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  74. The addition of the magnolia just takes it to a new level. I will try hard not to covet your stash, my poor little magnolia tree needs every leaf it has, I don't dare cut a one! Your decor is so elegant, just lovely.
    Merry Christmas Shenita.

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  75. I love the magnolia! It really makes everything pop! Such a beautiful mantel Shenita!

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  76. I'm diggin' the gold reindeer and stockings!

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  77. I like to use magnolia leaves on our mantel for Christmas too. That's on my to do list today. Tree is up and decorated as of last night. Thanks for the inspiration...........Sarah

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  78. So flipping pretty! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and pick up a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  79. Wow Shenita, your whole fireplace is gorgeous!! I love your pretty fleur de lis fire screen and the cheerful logs. But your mantel decor is just spectacular. I, too, love Magnolia leaves; I need to see about getting some from my MIL this year. :) The stockings and the reindeer are so pretty, and your garland is lovely. I really like your color combinations.

    Thanks for sharing you holiday fireplace and have a great day! Visiting from Seasonal Sundays.

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  80. Shenita, you nailed that mantel! The fleur de lis ornaments were made for you! Visiting from Seasonal Sundays and the Homespun Christmas party.

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  81. Your mantle is beautiful Shenita! Love the deer. Thanx for coming to the mantle party.

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  82. Shenita your mantel is spectacular and that fireplace screen is perfection.

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  83. Shenita - I'll happily tell you again how gorgeous your mantle is! Thank you for linking up to The Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations bloghop.

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