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Christmas Mantel 2012

by Jane Windham on December 1, 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

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Martina December 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

So pretty! I love it!!


Patti December 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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!


Linda@Coastal Charm December 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

STUNNING!!!! Says it all!!! You have put together one beautiful mantel…I love everything about it.



Gee December 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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

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


Ann December 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

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!


Gina December 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

What a beautiful mantel! I love that shade of green & together with the burlap, it’s a fantastic combination.


Kris December 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

I love your choice of colors. That green with the silver and white is so striking. I’m in love with those stockings! Beautiful job!


Vickie December 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

This is beautiful. I love the choice of colors and the nature feel. I put up less each year but still too much. I like your uncluttered look.


Pamela Knopf December 2, 2012 at 6:55 am

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


Danni Baird December 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

Jane that was just gorgeous to look through! What a beautiful holiday home and I love the color scheme!


Eileen December 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

So so pretty. I love the nests and birds.


Shirley@Housepitality Designs December 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

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!!


Dawn December 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

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.


Barbara F. December 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

Everything looks so beautiful, wonderful color combination, and those birds are my favorite. ;-) xo


sandy December 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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


Donnamae December 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Oh, it’s gorgeous…love the colors! ;)


Savannah Granny December 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Oh, I love all of the decor. Your mantel is stunning. Santa has done such a great job on the treetop I hope he stays for another 19 years.
Love to all, Ginger


Jill Flory December 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

It’s all so lovely! That mercury glass candle holder and embellished candle is gorgeous!


Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage December 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I agree with Rascal – this mantel is amazing! And that tree – stunning!


Jean Windham December 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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


Dolly Sarrio December 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Well, that was just beautiful! I really like your color scheme and the textures gorgeous…


Carlene @ Oganized Clutter December 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Lots to love here, Jane. Love the buckets with pinecones, doilies and sticks. I love the silver and mercury glass, the burlap, the Santas on the tree and the treetopper Santa.


Dewena Callis December 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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.


Gwen December 3, 2012 at 2:28 am

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.


Mary Ann Eckles December 3, 2012 at 3:21 am

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


Mary December 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

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.


Jennifer December 3, 2012 at 6:34 am

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


Kathleen December 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

It looks beautiful, Jane!


Shirley December 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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.


Keeping it Cozy December 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I love your nature inspired mantel! And the firewood buckets are so pretty.


Michele December 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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!


Melanie December 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Everything is lovely Jane! Admittedly my favorite decoration is Rascal!! That is a really good picture!


Marti December 4, 2012 at 6:16 am

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


Debbie refreshrestyle December 4, 2012 at 6:18 am

Your mantel and tree are gorgeous! Now why didn’t I use some burlap! It all looks great and I love your fur babies!


Thistle December 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

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!


Patty December 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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.


Karen December 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

It’s all so beautiful Jane!


Petie December 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Your mantel and tree are gorgeous. I love the pops of chartreuse green you incorporated.


Ms. D December 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Everything looks so beautiful. Great job! I love the frogs!!!


Kelly December 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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!



Stacey December 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm

So fun! Would love if you came by the mantel party to link up!!
The party is happening now!
Stacey of Embracing Change


Ellora @ Creatively Southern December 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

Your mantel is gorgeous! I’ve been sitting here just swooning over the fireplace screen too. :) I love the color scheme you chose – very elegant and burlap is one of my favs!!


Pendra December 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

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!


Trish @ Uncommon December 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Oh Jane! It is all stunning! I love that you included your little fur-babies, too! Hope you and Leo are well!

Take care,



Debi Windsor December 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Your mantel is truly beautiful!!


Stacey December 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Charming and quaint – love the birds!
Thanks for linking up to the Christmas Mantel Linky Party at Embracing Change!


Linda November 28, 2013 at 1:10 am

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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