11.28.2016

Steps to Layer Your Holiday Mantel and Mantels Around America


Playing with our mantel is fun, so when Suzy from Worthington Court invited me to join "Mantels Across America" I said YES! 

Anyway...welcome to San Francisco, California if you are visiting for the first time!

Our mantel started off bare...except for the mirror from Anthropologie (fitting with the 1920's architecture of our apartment building overlooking the SF Bay).

I'm not a very good artist, but as with a lot of my ideas, I like to do a quick sketch.

1.  Start with your greenery.  At the San Francisco Flower Mart, I chose eucalyptus branches (popular right now) and boxwood for garland and a wreath. 
2.  I hung the wreath on the mirror with Command hooks...easy!  It was my first time using one...and I can remove it after Christmas.
The greenery and the berries grow all over here in California.  

3.  Next, came the hurricane candles with some snips of the greenery in the base.
4.  And then these colorful votives from Glassy Baby (hand blown glass.  10% of their sales go to charity).  Each shade has a name like Tradition and Azalea and is heirloom quality.

5. Ribbon from Home Goods was added to the garland for another texture.
6.  I tied sprigs of eucalyptus to the stockings.
7.  Finally, I added a wire basket of birch logs and pinecones sprayed with "flocking" to fill in the black fireplace when we don't have a fire lit.

Check out these wonderful mantels around America...




Participating in 12 Days Of Christmas Tour Link-up

28 comments:

  1. I am always a fan of your designs.

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    1. Thanks, Ron! I love your attention to detail.

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  2. I think we're going to get a tree tomorrow. It makes the house smell so good!

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  3. Beautiful mantel and I love how you incorporated the Glassbaby candleholders. Love those. How could we decorate for Christmas without Command hooks? :-)

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  4. Just beautiful and classic!!!!
    Love it!
    Did they have magnolia??

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    1. Yes!!! I have branches in our foyer, Terry. When are we getting together?

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  5. Was just going to add that we have tons of magnolia down here and I love it! I have sprayed some of it with gold or silver in the past; combined with some sparkle red ornaments, it is perfect. Loving those candles you have!

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  6. This mantel is just gorgeous! I love all of the fresh elements and I think you are a great artist- love your sketch too.

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  7. So pretty. I can't wait to start decorating, but no one does anything here until the 1st December! The street lights in our village went up today, but they won't be turned on until Thursday evening for the first time, actually it is quite nice, it makes the anticipation build up!

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  8. Always so classy and elegant Mary Ann, you make it look and sound easy! Beautiful!

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  9. Your mantel is simply stunning, Mary Ann. How fortunate you are to live in a place where you have access to a flower mart. I'm totally jealous! The soft green of the eucalyptus mixes beautifully with the colors of the votive. The whole effect is really beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Suzy...but I can't go outside and get free greenery! LOVE your mantel. Thanks for having me participate.

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  10. So beautiful, Mary Ann! Love how you hung the wreath on the mirror...perfection!

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  11. Soooo pretty! Perfect with your new pillows! I have never used command hooks...you know all the tricks!!

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  12. Thanks for the way to layer tips!

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  13. Very elegant look! I love the eucalyptus leaves and the pink and red candle holders! So pretty!

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  14. This looks gorgeous and a great tip about how to hang the wreath on the mirror!! Beautiful!

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  15. Just wonderful! I am in such limbo between houses and cant start decorating yet but this got me in the holiday spirit!

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  16. Love love love seeing you demystify this process and encouraging us that we can create a dramatic statement. Your fireplace and mantel "before" are swoon worthy!!! I would be so happy to have that base to work with and the mirror is stunning. Thanks for this nudge and lesson! xox

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  17. Dear Mary Ann,

    It doesn't surprise me in the least that your mantle is gorgeous. You always change it from year to year and it's always amazing. You are so talented and I want to come live in your house!!!
    Happy Holidays....xoxo Gail

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  18. Your mantel truly shows how great a designer you are Mary Ann! So flattered you joined our party! Merry Christmas!

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  19. Beautiful mantel, Mary Ann! I love how it went from paper to reality! Happy Holidays!

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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