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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Mantel 2012

Sugar Coated Christmas
I finally got my tree and mantel decorations up yesterday.
This post is devoted to my mantel.
My tree and dining room will follow later in the week.
I wanted to do something different this year on my mantel.
Somehow it developed into a house and trees scene again but totally different than what I've done in the past.

I used a putz house given to me by my good friend Shannon H.
She gave it to me last year for Christmas. It's surrounded by bottle brush trees.

Sit back and view - lots of photos showing the details.
I put up my white tree again this year...and so I HAD to use white garland.
Luckily I have lots of it I bought on sale one year at Target after Xmas.
The sparkly garland I bought years ago also super discounted at Michael's.
This is the first time I used it.
I never intended to use it on the fireplace but I found it in my stash and on a whim 
hung it and loved it.
I originally was just going to use the large icicles.
These were also in my stash of Christmas stuff I haven't used in a very long time.
I pulled them out of my stuff that was put away in the garage.
I was planning on doing a more streamlined design this year....but so much for that.
I just kept adding stuff to it.
The wreath has been years in the making.
I keep adding more ornaments to it each year - all vintage shiny brite.
My blogging friend, Valorie Hart aka The Visual Vamp sent me the precious
little box decorated with a porcelain pup.
She said it just looked like me when she saw my decorations two years ago
and popped it in the mail to me after Christmas.
I was thrilled to get him.
Like I said...I just kept adding to the mantel decor.
The little bottle brush stars came from Pier 1 last year...my friend Petra came in one night
and I told her I loved them but would not be getting because I wasn't even putting up a tree.
One night she brought me a sack of them.
I couldn't wait to use them this year.

Those bottle brush snowflakes came from Target several years ago...after Christmas...super cheap.
I thought I couldn't like my Christmas mantel any better than the one I did in 2010
but I like this one more.
See last year's here...
Yes, I love this year's more.
Totally inspired by this putz house.
This pillow is really the only new thing I bought this year and it came from....Pier 1...where else?
I wanted it last year but we sold out before Christmas.
I made sure and grabbed one early this year.
I bought the pom pom fur throw there last year.

All my posts this week will be about my own Holiday decor.
So be sure to come back...oh...I'm having fun now.....

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Anja said...

Beautiful small houses, i`m From Finland and i found this beautiful blog. I do not know English very well, but i love your pictures :)
Merry christmas to you :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, so pretty Nita! I love that vintage ball wreath - just beautiful!

Amy Chalmers said...

Its very pretty and whimsical~a pastel frosty delight! I made a big wreath even better by adding lots of shiny brite style ornaments to it...and hung it over my mantle. So we have that in common~I hope to share on the blog today...I love all the treasures you amassed for this years mantle! Well done Nita, you did not disappoint.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Nita,

Love your mantel it's so shiny and bright! The wreath is all vintage glass isn't it? It's a beauty! I am looking for some more of those glass icecicles for next year. The clear ones seem to be very popular. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas my friend.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Razmataz said...

It's very very pretty. I love the shiny brite wreath, It's a great way to protect them from breakage too. The whole display is soft and pretty. It highlights those gorgeous tiles and sconces.

Lee said...

Lovelovelove your mantle! I follow over one hundred bogs but yours is one I never miss reading~ so beautiful and inspiring!
Thanks for all the smiles! HoLiDaY Hugs! Lee

Susie said...

Oh WOW !!! I love it all. xo,Susie

Anonymous said...

Is that a Batchelder fireplace?? Love the tiles. So gorgeous. I was a docent at Hollyhock House back in the 90s and I remember learning about Batchelder and the TILES!! I saw them in a number of sweet bungalows in the area. Love them. I miss (and love) LA too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Nita, your mantel is just glorious! I love it and it is so dreamy. Love your little glitter house and trees. I made my own glitter houses this year. You're giving me an idea about the mantel for next year! Can't wait to see more.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

"Create Beauty" said...

I absolutely LOVE it!!!

So merry and bright.

Your wreath is F A B U L O U S!

This has been such a treat : )
~ Violet

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the white garland and snowflakes, and the ornament wreath is a show stopper!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

It's gorgeous! I didn't think it was possible, but you have outdone yourself again :) Love love love every single detail. You had some really great things hoarded away!
xo, Andrea

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW this is gorgeous!!! Love everything, sharing today :)

Stacey said...

Nita, I always think that your home has the look that girls dream of! I just love your mantel. The putz house was the perfect inspiration for your house and colors. Can't wait to see what else you are up to.

Renee said...

This is so magical! I love it!!

Adam Hazlett said...

WOW, You've certainly outdone yourself this year! So beautiful...I never realized Putz houses were so big. Your whole display looks like you've pulled out of a store window display from the 1940s. I LOVE it! Can't wait to see the rest, and I'm very glad you are happy and having fun. I've wanted that reindeer pillow since I worked there 3 Christmasses ago...it's so whimsical, I'm glad you bought it!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Just beautiful, Nita!

Mick said...

Its just wonderful!

Scribbler said...

This is totally wonderful! I have been watching your series re putz houses -- I don't think I ever knew anything about them before your blog.

Debra@CommonGround said...

your mantel needs to be in a magazine!!! just fabulous, Nita!

Sharon Rexroad's Bringing Creativity 2 Life said...


I'm so glad you made time for YOU and your own holiday decor! And from what you've shown us so far, it's delightful!!!!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful mantle!! Love the wreath! It is stunning!


NanaDiana said...

Nita- Your mantle looks beautiful. I love the putz houses...and think I need some of my own- xo Diana

Ricki Treleaven said...

This year's is my favorite mantel, too. I love all the sparkle and shine! Great job, Nita!

Ronnie said...

Happy to see you back in the Christmas fluffing mode! I have three fireplaces in my old beat up house, so the inspiration was most welcome. Gotta have the sparkly garland from Michaels and love your new Pier 1 pillow. Have a very Happy Christmas, Nita.

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Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Nita,
I hopped over from Common Ground. Your mantel made me drool! lol! Seriously, it is just down right gorgeous! Love everything about it. Happy to be a new follower.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your mantel is just beautiful, Nita! I love that putz house. The ornament wreath is so pretty and suits the mantel decor, too. Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

Gorgeous Nita, those colors are so pretty, love the pillow too.

Pam @ Frippery said...

Yes I agree that last years was gorgeous and this year even more so. Just beautiful.

Dewena said...

So very pretty. Makes me feel like you have a winter wonderland there in Oklahoma. I love seeing you do this! Keep enjoying it!

Cottage and Broome said...

Nita, I love your mantel, some times more is more! You are right our collections are very similar. But I don't have that wonderful wreath, I have wreath envy! Will pop back monday to link up, Laura

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your mantle is gorgeous! I have to say I love last years too--can't decide which one is better--love them both!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Just adore that wreath, especially against the beautiful mirror!

Mitzi said...

Gorgeous mantel! And I don't know why I haven't visited your blog before...shame on me!

20 North Ora said...

Nita - Your mantel is OUTSTANDING!
It is just beautiful. Love the wreath, the mirror and well, everything. It is just breathtaking.

Merry Christmas.


Brooke said...

So much fun! I would sit a stare at my mantle all day long if it looked like yours. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

Your fireplace is easily the prettiest one I've ever seen, and you did a marvelous job of decorating it. I'm your newest follower.

Jeanine said...

Your fireplace is so beautiful! I love the wreath, I have always wanted to make one. How did you make it? Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Love your wreath and mantel decor. Compliments your fireplace surround that you so carefully brought back to life. Really pretty. I want to post a pic of a quilted snowman a certain creative friend made for me years ago! :) It's still one of my dearest Christmas decorations. oxox Merry Christmas to you and the doggies. Julie L.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I love your wreath!

Happy Holidays!

Unknown said...

I love this years mantel too! REALLY love that awesome wreath!
Merry Christmas!!

Shannon Fox said...

Oh Nita! The wreath is a jaw dropper. Maybe one day I'll commit my ornaments to one, for now.. I am too chicken ;) LOVE it though, it's a beauty!! Wishing you the very, merriest of Christmases and a joyous New Year.


SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Holidays! So beautiful and Christmassy, Nita :) Seasons Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Anonymous said...

Love both looks, beautiful!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos said...

Love your Christmas mantel! Just found you over at Common Ground and I am your newest follower.

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

Cindi Myers said...

I want a fireplace/mantel!
Then I want cute litte houses and adorable little bottle trees.
Your mantel is SO LOVELY and SNOWY and SPARKLY and PERFECT.

Yvonne said...

Your mantel is wonderful. I have never heard of a putz tree, but it is fabulous nevertheless.

Cindy said...

I'm very happy to see that you have decorated your mantel, it's gorgeous!!! BEYOND GORGEOUS!!! 2010's was nice, but this one outshines every one that i've seen so far ever!
I love your colourful puts house and what it has brought to your decor.
Love it!
Hugs, Cindy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I am absolutely loving it. Gorgeous gorgeous. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Nita!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

So whimsical and different. I love it!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

SO magical! No wonder you were featured on Feathered Nest Friday! Just gorgeous!