My Christmas Mantel 2012

Last Christmas we were in a house that didn't have a fireplace.
I am so happy to have a mantel to decorate this year!!

Hmmm, I guess I'm going for a bit of a French Country look?
What do you think would be a good description of this style?

I fell in love with these deer from Pottery Barn last year.
I was crossing my fingers that they would still have some in stock after Christmas and
 I could get them on clearance.
They did!

I'm not totally convinced that gold deer and a gray mirror go together though.
I came close to painting the deer several times.
I couldn't think of anything to put in the mirrors place, so it stayed.
I'm going to tell you all about the mirror in January.

It's a little hard to see, but there are leaves tucked into my greenery that are a matte gold and I feel they help tie the gray and gold together.
I love to mix elegant and rustic together in my decorating.

The only thing missing are some pretty linen stockings.
Someday I will order some from Etsy.
My 13 year old son insists we use our bright red and green stockings with
 Santa and snowmen on them.
It is nice that tradition is important to him so I'm happy to indulge him.

Silver and copper acorn ornaments are nestled into the greenery on the mantel.

Christmas two years ago  I stenciled Joyeux Noel on an old rustic box (click here to see).
I propped some dollar store candles on tuna fish and green chili cans for height.
I then stuffed around them with paper towel and covered the paper toweling with moss.
I wrapped the candles in scrapbook paper and simply used stick pins in the back to hold the paper on.

I made the NOEL banner.
It's actually much cuter in person.
It is times like this I wish I had a fancier camera and the skills to use it. ;)
(Here's a tutorial for the banner)

My Kubu basket from World Market holds Restoration Hardware pillows and a sprig of greenery.
My Christmas tree is going next to the fireplace this year and I think it will look so pretty there.
I'll probably go get it this weekend.
Now I just have to finish the rest of the house!
p.s. I've had to turn on word verification for awhile. I'm getting a ridiculous amount of spam. Sorry!
I'm joining these wonderful Christmas Mantel Linky Parties:


  1. Adorei o teu blog, parabéns.
    Já sou tua seguidora, quando tiveres um tempinho visita o meu e se gostares participe.
    Linda tarde.

  2. Thank you Arlete! I had fun translating your comment:

    I loved your blog, congratulations.
    I am already your follower, when you have a little time visit mine and if really participate.
    Beautiful evening.

  3. Rustic Glam...

    I love your mantel. Looks beautiful with the deer. Also love your banner.

    Happy days to you!

  4. Your mantle looks beautiful. I love the reindeers. I have them on my mantle too.


  5. This is beautiful, Lisa! I like the deer and I think they look great with the mirror. Love your little secrets in popping those candles up higher, I'll remember your ideas! Yes, I think you have a nice French Country style going on, very pretty!

    I hope we get our tree soon, too. It's hard to make them last!


  6. So cute Lisa have a great weekend


  7. So beautiful and sophisticated, Lisa. Your creations make the vignette warm, festive and personal. I actually like the gold with the gray :) Look forward to seeing your tree. I think we'll be getting ours on Sunday.
    Kind regards,

  8. I really like the grey and gold. Can't wait to read what you have to say about the mirror. It's stunning.

  9. Lisa your mantel is fantastic. I LOVE the deer, the candles and those lovely chair are gorgeous!

  10. I love your mantel. The deer are perfect there - so glad you got them in the sales as they are the star of the mantel. The whole grouping looks great together - gray, silver, gold because you have repeated the colours in the ornaments and the letters on the garland. I'm pretty much finished my mantel, but am still struggling with the ends.

  11. Love this look Lisa!Simple and elegant!

  12. Oh Lisa, I love every single thing on the mantel. and the chairs and pillows, everything. Love your style mixing rustic and glam is my favorite look! Great job!

  13. So, I wish you un Joyeux Noël, from France. I'm happy to see some french words in your decoration :)
    And this is funny, because, in my home (I'm french), I've got a decoration "Merry Christmas" !
    We love exoticism, don't we :)

  14. Lisa- your mantel is beautiful and I love the deer with the gray mirror. I am glad you did not paint them. The juxtaposition of the shiny and the rustic is wonderful!

  15. I think you did a great job with your mantel. It definitely does have a country french flair to it. I love the mirror above and your cute NOEL sign bunting too.

  16. So beautiful Lisa!!!
    I love all of the touches of gold and the pillows in the basket in front of the mantle! The perfect mix of rustic and elegance.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog today, I truly appreciate it!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  17. Beautiful! I like all the gold and gray- it goes great together!
    Thanks so much for your comments on my "anniversary". :) I hope you take the steps you want towards a place of your own!

  18. Everything is so beautiful! And I LOVE the gold and grey together! I'm going to follow you cause I want to hear about that mirror! And if you decide you are ready for linen stockings I'd be delighted to make you some!

  19. Beautiful deer and awesome wooden box.


  20. I'm so glad that you stopped my blog, because that lead me to yours and I love it! I love your mantel. The deer are beautiful! My kids are the same way in regards to stockings. Ours are old and ratty, but they've had them since their 1st Christmas, so they are very special. Have a great weekend!
    House on the Way

  21. Your mantel looks so pretty. The deer are lovely and festive. I love the vintage box that you stenciled JOY on. I have some serious pillow envy now too ;)

  22. Oo, I can't wait to try this! I've always loved your style and ideas! Hope your having fun in your new home in Texas.

  23. beautiful,beautiful, beautiful!!!!

  24. everything looks so pretty! love your garland :)

  25. Very simple and pretty!
    Love the deer!