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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas mantel {rustic, whimsy}

I have to say this year I did not struggle with my Christmas mantel what so eva! 
Perhaps, I am either getting over my mantel challenge, or perhaps, I just am getting better at this gig! Practice my friends, practice.
I knew I wanted RED traditional stockings this year.
So I headed out to Garden ridge and found some cheapo ones for $2.99 each.

I wanted LOTs of Red in the family room this Holiday season.
It just is a pick me up I suppose.
My Mom found the skate for me last year, I just love it!


A little red, a little rustic, and a little whimsy is what I would say I did this year.
Makes no sense really, but, who says Holiday decorating has to make sense, if it makes you happy, go for it!



I had fun playing in Picnik as you can see.
I love to play with the holiday pictures.


I had the wooden ornaments from years past, pine cones, bells, sticks, and the wooden spindles are all new additions to my holiday mantel.



Oh look I hid the clock with a a Toy sign...LOL...of course Mike noticed that.
I have had those tin signs for years, I bought them at Target.




Thank you for stopping by.
Hope your holiday shopping and decorating is coming along nicely.
I have to get on line to shop some more.
My boys are tough this year.  They each only asked for one thing...
of course electronics...
looks like socks and underwear are on the list, as I have no clue what else to get them. It gets harder as they get older don't you think?
Have a great day!

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80 Comments:

Blogger Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

Your mantel looks so pretty and festive! I love the ice skate!

December 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love the reds and rustic look of your mantel....very pretty!

December 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger The Garden Bell said...

Man-O-Live.... you have really out done yourself this year. I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a pair of skates for a while now. Off to H.L., I need one more thing...ok, maybe two. By the way, if you had stenciled that ca-mod maybe your sweet son might have seen it and not dropped his phone...lol...I'll leave you on that note. I need to get there before all the moms who are busy getting their kids off to school.

Decorate On, My Sweet Friend,
Kate - The G.B.

December 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantel is just incredibly beautiful, Debbie. There are so many interesting things on it. Love the signs!! I thought they were vintage!! You really did a great job, it's inspiring!

XO,
Jane

December 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger linda said...

love the reds this year so cheery and the sign in front of the clock is a great idea cant tell its there .LOL

December 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Your mantel is so creative!! I really love it. I like how you did an asymetric design and added the whimsical signs. It's like your mantel is telling a story. Very unique and pretty. Yes, I agree it gets tougher to buy for them as they get older, but mostly more expensive! They start wanting one thing that costs ALOT instead of a bunch of little enexpensive things.

December 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Savvy Seasons said...

Super cute, Debbie! Your mantle definitely has a vintage feel to it, very nice. The skates and the sign are adorable. xo ~Liz

December 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger pam {simple details} said...

I want a skate!!! Your mantel is the perfect combination of fun, festive and vintage!

December 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Oh, Debbie,
You rocked this mantel! Really cute! It is such a fun mantel! I have my copycat challenge all ready for Monday! See you then!
Hugs,
SHerry

December 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Debbie, I love your mantel it really is so beautiful and inspiring! My favorite is your ice skate, love that touch! I always liked shopping for the children when they were younger, it was much more fun. I hope your holidays are filled with fun, family and love!
Hugz,
Kim

December 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Rhissanna said...

Oh, this is really lovely. I wish I has a mantel! Yes, red for Christmas always wins.

Presents for boys? Gadgets and wind up toys, if you're looking for cheapie stoking fillers. If they doodle in their notebooks or watch Japanimation, they might like art stuff.

If they're sporty, I dunno! My kids are as geeky as I am. I really wouldn't have know what to do with a sporty kid. They need a lot more space, right? And cleats...always need cleats?

Merry Christmas!

December 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Your holiday mantel looks so wonderful and creative, Debbie! Great job! I finally decorated the sofa table yesterday. That's as far as we got...we did get a big live tree last night and brought it in the house. Hope to have most of the decorating finished by this weekend.

December 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Regarding gifts...it does get more difficult every year. My girls couldn't think of a thing they wanted as they already have all the electronics they need. Of course, they would love a new car...LOL!

December 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I am a traditional girl at heart when it comes to decorating for Christmas Debbie, which means I love my red and I love the way you did your mantel!! That shot that you soften is GORGEOUS!! Your house is looking quit festive my friend:) Martina

December 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Ooouu!Ooouu! Oouuuuu! Girrrrl! It looks fantastic! I love the whimsy you added to your Christmas mantle. It's very vintage nostalgic too! Boys are so hard as they get older. It is usually boxes upon boxes of clothes and one big electronic gift at our house. Great job on another Debbiedoo's original!

December 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

Stunning Debbie love the mantel.. It;s being to look like Christmas...

December 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your room is just gorgeous...right out of a magazine! I love lots of RED this year, too! And you're right...I have 4 sons and it sure is hard to find things for them! ♥♥♥

December 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Debbie, it looks great, happy, and fun!

Carol

December 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Lauren Clark said...

The Ice Skate is such a great and one of a kind idea for the mantel!

December 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Debbie, your mantel is wonderful. I love the red and using the skate and all of the other vintage items is just perfect. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

December 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger ♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Deb, it looks great. I like that rustic look on your mantle.

I bet your family loves it too..

December 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Texas Tea Party said...

I just love your beautiful home and the mantel is perfect in the Red and White color theme. How lovely the skates and the thin ice sign are to add to the Christmas decorations. Happy Decorating, Pam

December 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Shelia said...

Hi Debbie Dear! Oh, I just love your mantel as it's so playful and cute! I love seeing lots of red too at Christmas. I enjoy looking at all of the wild colors others have, but I'm a pretty traditional old gal! :)
You're the best!
Be a sweetie,
shelia;)

December 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Debbie, I love your rustic mantel! That skate is adorable!! I just love all of the whimsy!!

December 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger laurie said...

looks beautiful, such a lovely home you have, and you are so right, its harder every year and more costly.The gifts get a lot more pricey, as they get older.

December 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Love the Traditional looks Lovely and reminds of a White Christmas!! The Ice Skate is Adorable... I am on a Ice Skate Kick this Year... :)

December 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Richard Cottrell said...

I love the sticks, I used a lot of them in a project I did for Christmas. Please drop by a see it. Richard at My Old Historic House.

December 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Sue@House Pretty said...

Your mantel is so, so, pretty! I love it! And, I must say, from the angle looking into your living room, it looks like you have a vaulted ceiling, and your house looks huge! By the way, one little "secret" to finding ice skates to decorate with, is picking them up at a thrift store for $2-$3 a pair.

December 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Oh, I love your mantle...esp. the pinecones and skates. I feel your pain with the boy presents. My oldest is 16 and thinks he can't live without electronics.

December 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger the cape on the corner said...

love the skate and the thin ice sign! my mom has an old sled that i'd like to place outside, but i think the local hoodlums would take it! (i call any child or teen walking by hoodlums)

December 1, 2011 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger SavannahGranny said...

Debbie, The mantel looks great. Mom did great with the skate.That last shot of the great room is awesome!
Blessings, Ginger

December 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Liesl said...

Rustic can give a fun feel to the holidays and I'm loving your mantle! They are always one of my favorite areas decorated during the holidays and the stairwells with garland and lights! Good luck shopping for the boys...I'm sure you will find something wonderful additions to the socks and electronics! ;)

Liesl :)

December 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Tardevil said...

Looks great, Debbie! If your sons are anything like my 12 yo daughter, they want gift cards....iTunes (anything w/ an 'i' in front of it!, Dick's SG, etc....Good luck!

December 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

The mantel is really cute! Love all the red! I must say the skate and the sign are my favorite part! hugs, Linda

December 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger M.O.T.B said...

I love your pics! And it looks beautiful!

December 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

Those cheapo stockings are so pretty! I did more online shopping this morning.

December 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

So pretty and festive!
I also love lots of red to decorate our home for Christmas. Can't wait to see more of your decor!

December 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

Your mantel looks great. It is so nice when it comes together and turns out just like you had in mind. All the red is a great color in that room. Tell your Mom I need a pair of skates too. The tin sign is to cute, I have never seen on like it. Beautiful as always:)

December 1, 2011 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, your mantel gets 10 stars from me! I think this is one of the most charming Christmas mantels I've seen. Love the mix of objects and the use of those signs. Fun to see all the Picnik photos. These are magazine worthy. I won't be surprised to see your mantel in Christmas issue next year. ;-)

December 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

It's beautiful...I struggled with mine this year and now that I see yours yikes mine looks like crap! I finished shopping for my daughter today....she wanted clothes and shoes!! Easy but not cheap!

December 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love your mantel. Except...it makes me want to redecorate mine!

December 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Ginger Zuck said...

You mantel looks amazing! I'd say you have gotten this gig mastered!

December 1, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Debbie, Your mantel is so pretty -love the skate and the signs. I bet your boys are getting excited. Yes I think boys and as they get older is harder -there is no longer any big surprises because they pick out the electronics and they pick out their clothes. -still fun but different.

December 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Honey at 2805 said...

Your rustic mantle is gorgeous! Love that red and the ice skate is so cute! It's such a great mix of interesting elements!

Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

December 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Debbue,

Lovely mantel. The skate is so cute with the thin ice sign.

Dee

December 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger ReFresh ReStyle said...

Your mantel looks great, and I know what you mean about it getting harder to buy for my kids! Love the ice skates, I'll take 'em off your hands it you ever want to get rid of them!
Debbie

December 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Cottage and Broome said...

Love the skate, it really adds a vintage feel to your mantle! Laura

December 1, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I adore it. It is vintage Christmas at its best.

December 1, 2011 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

It looks amazing Debbie!!! I just love the red and all of the layers and textures. That skate is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

December 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

You mantle looks amazing. I just love the skate and the thin ice sign. So unique and clever. It totally gets harder as they get older. You know I have a 14 and 11 year old and I don't really have a clue what to get them. They have everything!!

December 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger bj said...

What an adorable mantle...looks beautiful and fun and that's what I love about it.

December 1, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger sabri said...

great job..you know i love the red...ha !! i did up red in my bedroom also...probably because everything "is" red....lol..i think your mantle is so festive...like the cute toy sign..

December 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Olive Cooper said...

The TOY sign just wraps that mantle theme all up. Love it.

December 1, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I love your mantel! It's festive. I was just thinking about grabbing a pair of skates out of my mom's attic to try to decorate with them. Yours look wonderful.

And you're right. Practice... practice... practice.

(And I still need practice)

December 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Loving your reds. Very festive. Mike really keeps a close eye on that clock doesn't he!

December 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Debbie I love your vintage inspired mantel! Please come by Sunday evening at 8 and share for my holiday mantel party! I know there are plenty of parties out there but I would be so honored to have party with us!

December 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is rustic with whimsy. Love it.

December 1, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

I love it, Debbie. It is rustic and fun! Perfect for an active family and yet warmly welcoming. xo Diana

December 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I love it - but where's the other skate? I'm going to use red on our sideboard this year as well.

December 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Deb- I especially like the spindle turned on its side and tied up w/a ribbon. All that red is so festive! Like the cute "vintage" signs. I thought of you today as I added some red balls to my southwestern themed tree. :-) Glad I got to see the red that you added in this year.

December 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the skate to Deb and the signs, I thought they were vintage until you said you bought them at Target!
I used red to this year, I think it just says Christmas!!!

December 1, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

That looks fantastic! I love the skate and the ho ho ho, but the toy delivery sign is my favorite! So fun and cheery!

December 1, 2011 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Everything looks great. Love your photo play.

December 2, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Rizzo said...

It looks great! You've given me some great mantel ideas!

December 2, 2011 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

Debbie your mantel looks GREAT all decked out for Christmas! I love the rustic look you have created.

Enjoy your day,
Gail

December 2, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Calypso In The Country said...

I love all your details! Your mantel is so pretty!

December 2, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I love your mantel! Rustic & whimsy are perfect words to describe it. I noticed the skate right away, I love it.

December 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger MoneySavingEnthusiast said...

You make this look so effortless. Sign me up for one mantel with all of the same items! I love the sign skating on thin ice. Our second grader teacher used to tell our class that when we were fresh. :0)

December 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Jessa Irene said...

So very charming and lovely!

December 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Rosenbergh Fam said...

I love your mantel! We don't have a mantel, so I begged the hubs to hang a mantel-like shelf for me to use for decorating purposes just before Halloween (as seen here: http://rosenberghfam.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-decor.html)
Can't wait to finish it up and blog about it for Christmas!!!

December 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh, I love this Debbie, so festive and fun, and the signs are way cool!! so glad you joined in for the party! xoxo

December 4, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

Looks wonderful...love the sign hanging from the garland! Very clever :) Laurel

December 4, 2011 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Just darling Debbie! Thanx for coming one rot party! I need to head to Garden Ridge and see what they have. They just reopened here a few months ago and I forget abt them. Happy Holidays!

December 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

The mantel is gorgeous Debbie and even though I am in sweltering heat here I wanna skate toooo!!!! Love your pics of the rooms as well.

Happy decorating

Hugs

Veronica

December 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Debbie, I am obviously not the only one that loves your mantel...just look at all the comments! It is truly beautiful.
Hugs,
Sherry

December 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

BREATHTAKING- seriously. That ice skate drew me in. What a beautiful mantel and house!! I, too, am trying to bring red in this year.

I love these linky parties. How could there be one ugly home in America, with all of these beautiful links?! I am so glad I stopped by your blog. Off to take a look around!

December 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, wow, I love your rustic, whimsical mantel. So creative. And I agree with you about the boys being harder to shop for as they get older! I'm having trouble figuring out what to get my teenager this year.

December 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I LOVE that skate hanging from the mantle!

December 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Very cute! Your house is so pretty. :-)

December 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Miss Charming said...

Your house looks so Christmassy and homey.

December 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM  

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