12.03.2012

A Woodland Christmas Mantel

My mantel is very basic and traditional with a mix of vintage thrown in. I was going to switch out the painting over the mantel, but I am trying to keep things simpler this year and that includes not having to move too many things out and in so I just worked with it.






I don't have a large deer so I pulled out this goat thing that I purchased from Wisteria years ago. Hey, it has antlers so we will pretend it is a deer.


How did I put this all together, you ask? Well, I took some faux garland and added some clippings from our Leland cypress trees in our yard. Then I just added some candle holders for some added sparkle. Then I stuck a couple of my antler sheds in the garland. At first I could not figure out what to put at each end. I had two cone trees, but they were too red next to the painting. Then I added birch candles on  stands and they just blended with the wall color. Then I saw a mantel with trophies on it and the light bulb came on. I only have one real trophy, but the black urn has the same shape. I can't remember who had the trophies to give credit, too. So glad someone gave me the inspiration I was needing. The only new thing are the small votives from PB outlet.

Post edit: many of you have said my goat thing is a deer. I believe it was a ram goat I ordered from Wisteria years ago. I know it was not a deer. Don't think deer are white anyway. Here is a pic of a real ram goat.

The Homespun Christmas Party, to link your Christmas vignettes and mantels to, is still going strong and will be open all week so come add yours if you haven't. Thanks to all who have already joined. There is a whole lot of inspiration and talent. You should check them out if you haven't.

Have a super week!

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65 comments:

  1. very pretty Kim. I love the realness of it.

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  2. It is beautiful - using natural elements is my favorite way to do a mantel. You did a great job.

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  3. Your mantle looks gorgeous Kim! Love the full look of your greens!You are lucky to be able to use some from your own property too! Simpler is so much better isn't it! I have enjoyed not moving everything all over my house this year!
    xx
    Anne

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  4. Your mantel looks great Kim. I love the thought of adding fresh greens to faux greens...great idea!

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  5. Your mantel looks fabulous. I love the basket on the coffee table too. Hugs, marty

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  6. Hi Kim, Your mantel looks beautiful and the painting fits right in. Hae a great day...Connie

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  7. Hi Kim, Your mantel is beautiful and the painting fit right in. Have a great day...Connie

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  8. What a lovely mantle, Kim! So warm and cozy. I love the trophy cup. That is one thing that I've never come across that I would love to get my hands on! Lucky girl! Your mantle is beautiful!

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  9. Love it, love it, love it! Love the lush draping garland and the bold red stockings in the middle. It all flows well with your room and looks cozy with the rustic antlers and pinecones.

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  10. I love the mantel...as it just enhances that magnificent painting....like an extension of that beautiful scene....Love your "goat with antlers"...:)

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  11. Looks beautiful and serene Kim. I think it is my favorite holiday mantle of your yet. Hope your weekend was a grand one.

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  12. It is beautiful Kim. I love the live greenery. Very festive. My company just left so I finally have time to breathe again. I only had time to link up the other night to the mantel party.Now I can go check out more.

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  13. Just gorgeous Kim! I love the trophies and the antlers! Beautiful...

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  14. Beautiful job, Kim! The trophies are a great addition!

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  15. I love your "goat thing" as you call it~ I think it goes perfect with your lovely display. thank you for sharing! Colette x

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  16. I LOVE the goat with antlers!!! I thought it WAS a deer:) The mantle looks beautiful, great idea to mix real with the faux!!!! Noe I need to go take pics of my mantle so I can join tyhe party!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Geesh, sorry for the typos!!!

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  18. Your mantel is gorgeous Kim! I love all the greenery with the red. I know the rest of your house is going to look beautiful!

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  19. It's a great designer's trick to add live greenery to faux garland. I think your trophies were the best idea for the ends...I love the authentic one...they are getting harder to find these days.

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  20. Kim, this is perfect! I love the simplicity and the woodland feel. This is much like what I plan for our mantel. Just need to get busy and get it done!
    The tree is up and decorated, but that is as far as I've gotten.........Sarah

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  21. Kim, You can never go wrong with the natural greens and pinecones for a Christmas mantel display. Yours is stunning, and I love how you added the antlers into the mix. Just perfect!
    Mary Alice

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  22. Very pretty, Kim! I love that garland. I think adding in the real greenery makes the faux look so much better. I may have to try that next year.

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  23. Kim, your mantel looks great! Love the greens with the antler sheds. The vintage trophy and urn are perfect accents for each end. It's beautiful!

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  24. Hi Kimmie! Your mantel is very beautiful and the way you've decorated it fits your lovely home so well. I see that little stocking for little Bailey! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. Hi Kim it all looks so great. Love the tucked in antlers. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I love it, Kim! I am using a lot of greenery this year, too

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  27. "Goat thing!" I LOL'd!
    I can almost hear the Christmas music on the stereo, Kim! So pretty!

    xo

    Andie

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  28. So stunning.....love the trophy cup, and the stockings.....well evertything really!!! Beautiful....
    ~Des

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  29. wait a minute, are you telling me those ginormous pinecones are just out for the taking? sigh. i had to buy mine!

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  30. Stunning mantel and so classic! I love the trophies and all of the greenery and pinecones. That just says Christmas to me!

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  31. I really like the woodland look I am seeing around the blogs. You did a great job of mixing in the real pieces. I love the simplicity of it!

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  32. I think it is beautiful. I wish I could go out and clip a few real clippings, but no evergreen is sight around here. I thought that was a reindeer...it is a goat?

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  33. I love mantels and yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. What a beautiful mantel, Kim--I love the green stocking in the middle--fit for an elf!

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  35. So pretty - I especially like the pine cones in the trophies! Take care, Laura

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  36. Your greens are so pretty - beautiful job!

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  37. Beautiful, Kim! I love that you mixed real greenery in ... it must smell wonderful. The trophies are a great addition, too!

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  38. Looks beautiful Kim! Very festive.

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  39. I love it... it looks fresh and beautiful. The trophy looks great and your goat looks like a deer to me!

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  40. Kim, It looks great and I really like the looks of the picture in there -I think it goes well with the "trophies"- makes me think of bird hunters. Love your greenery and I think everything looks very Christmasy- xo Diana

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  41. The greenery is very southern and so fitting for the title of your site. The mantle is beautiful.

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  42. Very pretty, Kim. I love the "deer".

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  43. I think your mantle looks lovely, there is nothing better than greenery and pine cones, it just look so natural, in its simplicity,Baily has a beautiful stocking!!!You made me smile when you said it has horns, I thought it was a deer!

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  44. Hi Kim, I think many of us are making Christmas easy this year. It is a very smart idea to use what you have and add the Christmas decor to it!!! Your mantle looks so rich. natural, lush and very Merry!!!!You can decorate anything and make it look like a masterpiece!

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  45. Kim, your mantel looks so natural and relaxed, not fussy at all. I love hearing how you tried different things before finding something that worked. I have worked and reworked my mantel a dozen times (okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but at least 3) and thought to myself "I have a lot to learn." I've been looking forward to seeing your mantel this year, and just assumed you instinctively know what to use ahead of time, and it automatically looks good. Thanks for sharing with us your thought process. Glad to know you're human. :)
    Debbie

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  46. Girl, you have me laughing over the "goat thing", which btw looks fabulous!

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  47. I think your mantle looks elegant and beautiful! So classic!

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  48. Your mantel is beautiful Kim!

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  49. Kim, your mantel photographs are stunning! They look as if they are lifted off the pages of a Southern Living Chrsitmas issue. They also remind me of of era when people used to walk the streets under the light of gas lamps and lanterns and sing carols. Very classic!

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  50. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the trophies and the basket of greens on the table. I agree with Andrea, your room looks just like a magazine. It's simply beautiful.

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  51. This is my favorite mantle of all the ones I've seen this year - low the woodsy/natural feel, the creation of height and especially the goat..love the goat-wanna-be-deer, lol...everything is just perfect.

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  52. Kim, you mantel is classically beautiful! I really like the idea of using the trophy and the urn at each end. And little Bailey has her own stocking!

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  53. I love Bailey's stocking! We have one for our dog too. Your urns are fabulous. Hope to ship your stockings in the next few days.

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  54. Just beautiful and so full. Love the Bailey stocking we have two for our pups Peanut and Reeses on our mantel too.

    Cynthia

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  55. Love your mantle. I'm pretty sure that's some sort of deer. We raise goats, and it's not a goat! The horns, ears and face are all wrong for a goat, but spot on for some sort or deer!

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  56. Very pretty Kim....you did a fabulous job!

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  57. Stunning Kim! Love your loving cups - and that deer/goat/ram - whatever it is, it's the perfect focal point!
    Kelly

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  58. Awesome features Kim.Thanks for hosting!

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  59. Your mantel is gorgeous and I adore how you spread the greens in baskets. Beautiful room!

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  60. Don't you know...rams are the "new deer"...like in the movie....pink is the new black...it's a Reese Witherspoon blonde movie. Very hip! I likey!

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  61. Lovely, Kim! Simple and perfect. Whatever your animal is, goat, deer gazelle, it looks perfect in that spot!

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