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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

~A Thanksgiving Tablescape~

Happy Monday, Everyone! I can't believe so much time has passed, since my last post. Today, I started to play around with some ideas for a Thanksgiving tablescape. 



The sunlight was streaming beautifully into the dining room, as I was changing out the Fall setting for Thanksgiving. I had to stop and capture a few random shots...

When I spotted these white dishes at ZGallerie recently, I knew that I would be buying a set. I fell in love with the shape and knew that I could layer them with a variety of dishes in my collection. They are from the Quadra dinnerware collection.



I used the rattan chargers that you've seen before, along with the Quadra dinnerware and layered them with these turkey plates from Williams-Sonoma.


I decided to go with crystal stemware...


I kept things relatively simple. I wanted the focus to be the centerpiece. I created a bountiful harvest of white pumpkins, pinecones, and fall accents. I took away the large lion's head candlesticks; and added the crystal taper holders. I used the pumpkin napkins from Pottery Barn.



The centerpiece was easy and finishes things off nicely.


And, that's it for today! Going forward, I guess we'll all be in the Christmas spirit!! I promised my girls that I would wait until they get home from college, to begin the Christmas decorating. Our tradition is to do it together.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! We have truly been blessed and have so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Ivy and Elephants


This tablescape has also been featured on 
Z Gallerie's Pinterest Page!


Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
DIY by Design-Fall Into Fall
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
House On The Way-Twirl and Take A Bow Party
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
You're Talking Too Much-Meet Me Monday
Be Colorful-Motivated Monday
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays

Thursday, November 1, 2012

~Favorite Gift-Giving Ideas~ The Polohouse-Favorites On The First

Wow, can you believe that November is here? Before you know it, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be upon us! My sweet friend, Alison, over at The Polohouse, is hosting her monthly linky party, "Favorites on the First". This month, her topic is 'Favorite Gifts to Give'. With the holidays just around the corner, I've got my eye on a few things that I think would make great gifts!

Being a Southern girl, I'm a sucker for anything monogrammed. I love these 'Alphabet Stoneware Mugs' from Pottery Barn. At only $10 each, you can easily buy them to give individually; or put a set together for those special people on your list.


Ornaments are also high on my list, when it comes to gift giving. This set of 4 Gilded Sunburst Ornaments comes from Wisteria. The set is priced at $49.00...I like to buy really nice sets of ornaments, separate them, and add them to gift bags to take home, after parties. You get more bang for your buck!

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Another favorite when it comes to gift giving is anything that has been personalized. Friends love to receive things that have been customized just for them. You can take these ordinary items to any place that does embroidery and turn them into something special, by adding a first name, last name, or monogram. 
These two items are perfect for this:

Throws...

Handwoven Plaid Throws

and towels...

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These items can be purchased in a wide range of price points, making them perfect for any budget.

Finally, Alison challenged us to include a gift that we would give, if money were no object...in true Oprah spirit! After giving it a little thought, I would love to give all of my friends and loved ones first class vacations to ANY destination of their choice!!

Paris?

Tuscany?

Monaco?

The options would be endless!!

Well, that's it for today. I hope I have sparked some ideas to assist with your holiday gift giving. Be sure to hop over to "The Polohouse" and check out some of the other great ideas, or submit some of your own!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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