Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Glitter Gold Holiday Mantel


It's not often that glitter and gold
get center stage in my home sweet home.

I'm the kind of girl that decorates with cozy, cottage-y, eclectic, and a collection of adored pieces that connect to my heart.

I typically don't do formal, elegant home decor. But a Christmastime Mantel is my exception this year!

Why is the fireplace mantel the primary territory for holiday decorating? Maybe because of all those magical stories of St. Nick whooshing down the chimney to fill long, whimsical stocking all hung in a row over the fire...

Or maybe because the fireplace is such an imperative part of a long, cold winter. I do know that it is a fun little spot to adorn with holiday goodness!


These hanging ornaments are the recently popular
faux silver mercury,
which have been making their way into home decor trends.
They mysteriously take on the color of what surrounds them.
Endless waves of ribbon,
which you can never have too much of during the holidays!


A vase overflowing with shiny and satin gold ornaments
sits on top of my all-time favorite classic,
Gone With the Wind.
And even my 5 year old can tell us what
the Greatest Christmas gift of all is:

Sweet Jesus who welcomes each tender heart,
always with His strong arms extended,
ready to comfort and sustain the weary travelers.

Sweet Jesus who multiplies the joy of the happy ones
with His ever-present life wisdom
and gentle care.


"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people...
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger."
-Luke 2:10,12

41 comments:

Jenny said...

Love the glittery gold decorations! Elegant, rich, classic and warm!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Lisa, all the layers of shimmering gold look really lovely! I've been eyeing some of the faux mercury glass balls and trying to decide where I can put them. Maybe I'll wait and buy them on clearance after Christmas and use them next year!

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

You definitely achieved your goal - it's elegant and formal, and ever so lovely, Lisa! Very pretty! I just love those faux silver mercury ornaments!

You love Gone With the Wind, too?! I've read it so many times the cover fell off! :)

Liz said...

Hi Lisa,

Your home is beautiful and I love the glittery gold...very elegant and classy. I love the niche above the fireplace and the wreath looks gorgeous. I love it all. =)

((Hugs))

Liz

Jennifer Poppy said...

Beautiful! I love your tall ceilings & windows, too:)

Sarah said...

Hi, Lisa! Awesome to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wow, your house looks beautiful, I'm going to have to keep reading your blog:) And your boys are too cute!!! I love the shimmering metallic decor...I love metallics at the holidays. Especially mercury glass this year. Your mantel looks amazing!!

Adorably Distracted... said...

Your home looks great!

Erin A said...

It all looks lovely!! I have a fireplace and inset just like yours, I have never seen another before! It is crazy trying to decorate such a huge space that is so difficult to reach! I was on here trying to get inspiration for mine, so thanks. :) Have a pic of my mantle this week, but hope to Christmas-ize the inset soon. Thanks for the pics!

Kelly @ The Miller Mix said...

I've never seen the ornaments, but they're gorgeous -- as is your entire display. Another great job.

Kirsty said...

It looks lovely, you are so creative!

Kim said...

I wondered what happened to you, you've been decorating! I especially like the wire/mesh gift box.

Abbey @ Practically Perfect said...

I love it! Seems like everyone is using lots of metallic this year!

laterg8r said...

what lovely glittery goodness :D

Sylvia said...

I love gold

The Taffs said...

Looks beautiful! : )

Nancy said...

The silver mercury ornaments are so cool! I'm going to have to try getting a few of those. You have a very beautiful house! I love all the windows and the snow peeking in from outside. It really doesn't feel very wintery in Arizona.

Leanne said...

Hi Lisa,
Your mantel is beautiful. I'm with you, I'm not much into glitter and gold but at Christmas something comes over me and I can't help myself. It's so beautiful and magical this time of year. Thanks for sharing some of your Christmas decor.
Leanne

Embellished Bayou said...

Love the gold, the more sparkle the better!

Kristin said...

Just beautiful. Glitz gets me every time!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I really love all the mercury ornaments - they are my favorite right now!

Dorey said...

So sweet! I love the silver and gold. =) AND your high ceilings. =)

Jennifer Juniper said...

So lovely and golden! It just GLOWS! Yep, I love it :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm a gold girl so this is right up my alley! Love it, Lisa!

XO,

Sheila :-)

b. said...

so very pretty and elegant and still very cozy! love seeing all the photos! love the idea of letting ornaments hang off the mantle like that.. cute idea!

Priscila said...

I love gold at christmas time...I love how you decorated!

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pk said...

pk @ Room Remix
So pretty and and I like all the shine! It's FREEZING here today, so the fireplace is sounding pretty good.

Shelia said...

What a beautiful home you have. Love that taaallll fireplace wall - it's gorgeous. Love all of your glittery goldness! So beautiful.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jerri said...

Great decorations! And such a beautiful home!

Hope to see you next week for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Beautiful! I bet when the fire is on everything glimmers and shines. Merry Christmas!
xo Lidy

Sofia Striffler said...

Beautiful mantel, I love those ornaments. Of course Jesus is the reason for the season. Let us remember that. Merry Christmas. Stop by sometime. I also did white and gold!

Rue said...

Hi Lisa :)

Your mantel decor is beautifully done! I love how it glitters, especially that box :)

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments!

xoxo,
rue

Carolyn said...

Your mantel is well done. You have three very handsome boys too!

Carolyn

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Your home is beautiful and i love the bling and glitz! Merry Christmas!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I love the design of your mantle. It is so dramatic and great for decorating. You did an amazing job. I'm not normally a "gold" person, but you made it look amazing!

Its So Very Cheri said...

The gold is so pretty, and your home is gorgeous. Thanks for posting to the party I am enjoying each person's unique decor-special for their family.

cheri

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Love the ornaments hung from the wreath. So clever. Gold is such a great color at Christmas. =)

Delightful Dwelling said...

It looks so pretty and elegant with all the gold. That little nook above your fireplace is so neat.

Cristin said...

Your mantel is lovely too!!!

cristin

honeysuckle said...

The mantel is especially beautiful at night. I love that you brought us back to the real reason for all this celebration and decorating! Merry Christmas.

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

This is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!

beautyinallthings said...

The gold is beautiful!