Saturday, December 1, 2012

HELLO DECEMBER


My Christmas mantel is simple and will be enjoyed throughout winter. I left the lanterns and urns from the Thanksgiving mantel, removed the fall branches and added a wreath, greenery and white lights.


This year I am using fireless, wax pillar candles since I finally found a candle that looks real. We attended a dinner party last Christmas, and when I looked around the living room they had just the right amount of ambience. They had several Luminara candles tucked in amongst their art work and every day decor. It made the room very cozy, without having to worry about the safety of traditional candles. I am not getting paid to say this :-) Although, for the price, I wish the company would send me a couple at no charge. The best price I found was on QVC.  I found out that the candles use Disney patented technology, as seen in The Haunted Mansion at DisneyWorld and Disneyland.


This weekend we'll put up the tree in the sun room. I found an adorable topper for the tree at Cracker Barrel when I was there in September. It was the last one and they took it off their decorated tree for me.

I made a centerpiece for our small table, trying to achieve a look similar to the Farmhouse Centerpiece shown in the Mackenzie-Childs catalog. They used a hand-painted Courtly Stripe vessel which is lovely. I used a similar shaped vessel that I covered with black and white checked duct tape, and attached gold spray painted marbles for the "feet".



Here is theirs. Love it.


Thank you for stopping by! I am joining the Homespun Christmas Party at Southern Savvy Style and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.

 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

22 comments:

  1. Debbie, your mantel is beautiful. Perfect for the season!

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  2. Debbie, it's just gorgeous and I love your duct taped creation! Better than the real thing in my opinion.

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  3. Hi Debbie, your mantle is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing about the candles from QVC. I sure am not happy with the ones from Hobby Lobby, or my lanterns from Ross that are on timers. Yours look so pretty all lit up. I love your Courtly Check. You can change that out and it always looks good, no matter what the season.

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  4. Love the mantle decorations! I have a lantern that I purchased from QVC that features the same type of flameless candle and I love it! My husband and I are renovating a log cabin in the Adirondacks and will be looking forward to more decorating tips! Barbara

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  5. Your mantle is beautiful.

    Kathy

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  6. I could have used those candles when we still had our dog. I could never use candles on my coffee table because we feared her tail would either catch fire or she would knock the whole thing over.
    You have done a beautiful job and I like yours better than the one from the store.

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  7. Your mantle is wonderful. I like black and white -- elegant -- and with a splash of color can go from season to season. Well done!

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  8. Debbie, you are so clever. The centerpiece is gorgeous. I love the look of the lanterns on the mantel. Perfect that you can leave this up all winter. I like to do the same, but as yet have no idea what is going on the mantel this year. Tree is up and decorated, so now it is on to the mantel and other details. ;-)

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  9. Looks gorgeous, Debbie. The Courtly Check works for every season. Love it. xo

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  10. Beautiful mantel, Debbie! I will have to look into these candles now too :) We are enjoying those we bought at Costco so much but the 'flame' on these looks wonderful.

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  11. I had to come over and see your blog. Your mantel is beautiful and will certainly work all winter long for you. I love how you painted the small container and filled it with lots of greens. Thanks for visiting me. Pamela

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  12. Oh my goodness you did a great job on your container! You used a checkered duct tape? It looks wonderful! I love your mantel and the lanterns! I do love MacKenzie Childs and wish I could afford their stuff! We found those candles too and they are the best looking I've ever seen!

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  13. I love your interpretation of the Mackenzie-Childs centerpiece! Very nicely done! What's cool, too, is that you were able to easily transition your mantel from fall into winter with just a few beautiful tweaks! I'm really fond of flameless candles, too. My husband gets so antsy every time I use the real deal. After a couple of close calls in the not-so-distant past, the flameless ones just seem to be the right thing for us! :-) My Mom has some that are operated with a remote. Gotta get me some!!!!!

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  14. Those candles look just like the real thing! Your mantel is very pretty! Love those lanterns!

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  15. Your mantle looks beautiful and thanks for the tip on the candles from QVC. I ave a friend who works there so maybe she can get ne some:) I also LOVE your container, and I have those same candle sticks!!!! XO, Pinky

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  16. I love your black and white checked lanterns! They are so unique and beautiful the way you have displayed them. Both your Christmas and fall mantels are lovely!

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  17. That's duct tape? You are so creative. What a beautiful start to December, Debbie :)

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  18. Oh how pretty! The duct tape on the container is just brilliant and turned out so pretty, and I love the checks on the mantel. laurie

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  19. Very pretty, Debbie! I hope you linked to mrrebates before you bought from QVC, nice percentage back! :)

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  20. So so pretty, you really make me want to just clean and decorate my house tomorrow!

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  21. Your Courtly Check decor is AH-mazing! :D I love that you used duct tape. You are the master!!! Got to *love* it!

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  22. Debbie, this space is so elegant a sophisticated! I love it! What a great sense of style! So happy to visit your blog! Happy Holidays

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