11.30.2010

The Gardner Christmas Mantel

Layla over at The Lettered Cottage is having a Christmas mantel link up party today and I just had to be a part of it! Although our fireplace and mantle is very very simple and sits in the corner of our living room I tried to work with the space and elements that I had.
Keeping with the simplicity of our room I added some white lights to some garland that includes rusty old stars and black berries that we used at our wedding reception a few years back. I made the little banner just beneath the mantel with some old paper that Mike uses to wrap and protect drawers while painting.Next up I found this old iron headboard on KSL for a great price and it was located right near my neighborhood which made it even more appealing! Because we do not actually use this fireplace I was safe to lean it against the wall and hang three red pottery barn stockings from it.
If you follow our blog you have already read about the three trees I made out of old book pages. I have had a few emails asking how I made the trees and will be demonstrating just how I did it on Studio 5 a week from today. So hang tight! I have also posted about the wreath made out of old book pages but because it sits right above the mantel I wanted to display how it all came together.
And there you have it. The Gardner Christmas Mantel.
Certainly nothing fancy but it
displays all of our favorite elements.

I am linking to the parties on my sidebar and

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25 comments:

Merci-Notes said...

Hi!
Love the use of paper! The wreath is beautiful. I will check back to see a link up maybe for the Christmas trees to Studio 5.

With Kindness,
Mary

{the vintage wren} said...

Oh, your mantle is so pretty. I can't wait to start decorating my house. Love your paper wreath, it's on my list of projects. Hugs-Carrie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

melanie, it looks beautiful! love all the paper touches and the trees just take center stage!

Aledia said...

Oh! I love love love the old headboard, such a great idea! I think it all looks perfect! ~Have a blessed day~

michelle said...

Oh Melanie I just love it!! I saw it on some linky parties and I knew it was yours! :) I love how you put your typewriter in there, perfect touch! The headboard is such a great idea, I just love your creativity my friend!! You are on Studio 5 again? YEAH!!! I am so happy for you and I can't wait to see it!

NanaDiana said...

Melanie- It looks great! I really love your vintage looking sign. It is perfect in that setting!and..I see you were able to sneak your typewriter into the festivities. Hugs- Diana

Pam said...

I love your fireplace - the shelf above the mantel is very unique! When I saw the little thumbnail pic I thought that was a garden gate at first. It looks great.

The Mulberry Girl said...

I love the typewriter right there with all the pages on the wreath. Looks great!

Jen said...

Very pretty! love the wreath!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Love your mantle and love the decorations. You always do such cute things. Thanks for sharing

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Definitely merry and bright! So pretty! And you know I love that typewriter!

Rita E said...

Very charming! I'm so glad you'll be demonstrating the little trees ... I've been admiring them ... as well as the paper wreath. I just got 2 books plus other supplies from the dollar tree to make my own. Thanks for sharing ... you are so creative!

Allison said...

Very pretty, Melanie. I adore those paper trees with the stars on top. Fun pop of red with your stockings!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh my goodness! I just found your beautiful blog through Debra's party I am participating in too... I live in Centerville Utah also!!! I can't wait to read more of your blog... your mantel looks beautiful... xoxo Julie Marie

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You improvised quite well. Your mantelscape looks terrific below your fabulous book wreath. ;)

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Love, Love, Love ~ Everything....
the Old Metal Headboard, PRICELESS! what a clever idea, Love the Paper Art & the Old Library Index File, PERFECT!
Cheryl

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love the trees, and your mantle is so creative and personal!
Thanks for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Jill said...

I'm slowly starting to take over my boyfriend's mantle because they're so fun to decorate (starting with a Christmas wreath) I love book wreaths like yours though, and might just have to make an "all season" one to hang above his mantle because yours looks so good!

Audra Lynn said...

*sigh* It's lovely. I so wish I had a mantle.

Marlis said...

Love your paper trees and wreath. great idea with the iron bed. It all looks great.

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Jessica Hills said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on FTF! Grab a featured button if you would like one and don't already have one! Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh so pretty. I love your mantel. Such creativity. It looks awesome. Thanks so much for linking to TTT and I hope you and all your family have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Everything looks charming. Happy Holidays.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty -- and what a perfect wreath for your vintage typewriter!

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