Christmas Mantel 2012


I finally finished decorating our mantel and our tree in our living room!

My color scheme this year is white, silver, and green with just a touch of red. And lots of burlap.

I decided to use this silver wreath again, but this year a little birdie is perched upon it.

He’s protecting these little nests.

He’s joined by another friend here.

And here’s the mate, I’m sure! My sweet sister-in-law gave me these birds a few years ago.

Most of the things that I used in decorating the mantel we already had, except for the burlap bows and these gorgeous green stockings.

Since the mantel is nature inspired, I couldn’t resist putting these little frogs into the stockings. They are actually ornaments that were given to me by a student quite a few years ago. I have always loved them!

I already had the mercury glass candle holders and the candles. You can read about how I added some details to the candles in my post Embellished Candles.

I added a little firewood to these buckets and adorned them with burlap and crocheted doilies given to me by my late mother-in-law, Sarah Windham. I think she would be so happy that I’m using them because she dearly loved Christmas!

This little chair is usually stacked with magazines, but now it’s holding a miniature tree in a galvanized bucket. Those are little mercury glass ornaments tied on with twine.

Our tabletop tree in this room has a white Santa tree topper. He’s been on top of our trees for 19 years.

He has led to a collection of white Santa ornaments.

As you can see, there’s some burlap garland on the tree.

One little gift is under the tree, and I’m not telling whose it is!

Rascal thinks we’ve put up the tree just for him, or maybe he’s eyeing one of those birds on the mantel!

There’s no place like home for the holidays!

I’m joining:

A Homespun Christmas@Savvy Southern Style

Metamorphosis Monday@Between Naps on the Porch

Holiday Home Party@The Lettered Cottage

Christmas Mantel and Link Party@Uncommon Designs

‘Tis the Season Holiday Link Party@Embracing Change



  1. says

    I just love your attention to details! The little frog is a real cutie. But the birds and the little nest are my favorites. The color palate is so fresh. Great job!

  2. says

    Hello Jane and Leo :-)
    What a beautiful Mantel… and trees !! Luv the addition of the birds. All the details.. the frog…..
    Luv it all.
    HUGS, Gee

    Come on over and see my mantel featuring some special cotton bolls.

  3. says

    Oh my gosh you have been busy! This is stunning. I love the bows and the little nests. You do such a good job working around the TV too. Your halls are definitely decked. Thanks for linking up to our party. Happy Sunday!

  4. Pamela Knopf says

    This is just absolutely gorgeous! I so love your style and little cute touches throughout the room. Oh to be like you! :)

  5. says

    Gorgeous mantel Jane…I am decorating the other mantel today and have to work around a TV too…I love how you did that so beautifully….the tabletop tree is all the ornaments and the Santa is perfect!!!

    Have a great day Jane and Leo!!

  6. says

    What a wonderful job you did. It is all just gorgeous. I think you should submit it to a magazine. The color combo is just perfect. You outdid yourself this year.

  7. says

    I had to stop by and let you know how
    beautiful your mantel is.. makes me smile
    to know you also have your flat screen up
    there.. I’ve been trying to get mine down
    for several years but the Mr. will not
    hear of it…lol
    Happy Holidays

  8. Jean Windham says

    I think this is my favorite mantel display. The natural theme fits the house so well! The colors and natural materials are just very special. Great job. I am excited to see it Christmas Eve. Ho Ho Jean

  9. says

    Those really are refreshing colors and all the elements you put together work great. Silver and burlap together with the pine is so crisp. Darling tabletop tree over in the corner.

  10. Gwen says

    What wonderful ideas! And I love your tree too. My sister was saying that decorating a 7.5 foot tree is getting hard! I told her I’d been seeing more trees in urns and such. We put our parents’ on a small table. Yours looks awesome on a large round table with burlap fluffed around. I’m sending her your idea. Oh I love the ornament from a student years ago. I have a few of those special items too…treasures of love I call them from children who cared enough to give me a special something. Once again love your mantle and tree plus adding doilies in with logs in a pail. It just all works.

  11. Mary Ann Eckles says

    Absolutely beautiful. Keep up the good work. The house is just beautiful.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year

  12. says

    This SO beautiful Jane! My favorite color combination~ green, silver & white! I love the addition of the burlap and your table top tree is the perfect size! I love Rascal’s spot. We had a cat that was always sleeping under the tree and batting at the ornaments and our dogs used to always drink out of the tree stand when we had a live tree…never a dull moment :)

    Your frog ornament is so cute peeking out of your stocking. My MIL is a frog collector~ I gave her that very same ornament, there were a set of three musical frogs, I can’t remember now where I found them. Everyone is always on the look out for a frog she doesn’t have for her tree, which is becoming more of a challenge.

  13. says

    What a beautiful mantle! I love your color and theme for your Christmas decorating. Very warm and pretty. I love the color green you are using, and especially the little frog sticking out of the stocking.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Jen @ Our Southern Table

  14. Shirley says

    Me gusta mucho la decoración, y el árbol se ve hermoso, con los tonos blancos y verdes se siente una cálidez muy hogareña. Saludos desde C.R.

  15. says

    The mantel is worthy of a magazine spread of its own, absolutely gorgeous. As for Rascal, watch out. He might surprise you and be thinking frog legs sound like a tasty snack!

  16. Marti says

    Love your decorations!!!! Everything just ties together. Can’t wait to see the rest of your creations. This should definately be in a magazine!!!!!!!

  17. says

    Oh Jane! It looks amazing! I love the nest with the little birds….and what a pretty color scheme!

    Thank you so much for inspiring me today!

  18. Patty says

    I’ve spent this morning looking at Christmas Mantels and I must tell you this is one of my very favorites. You did a beautiful job.

  19. Kelly says

    Hi – I came over from The Lettered Cottage, and I love your mantel. The color scheme is beautiful, and I adore your white Santa Christmas tree. Wonderful job!


  20. says

    Well if that last picture isn’t “Picture Perfect” with your furbaby laying curled up in front of the fireplace. Your mantel, tree and room is beautiful!

  21. Linda says

    I am having a hard time making bows. They do not have a nice circle around bow with a tail at the bottom. They look more accordian style and not puffy. How do you make your bows. Thanks


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