I finally finished up my mantel today. On the weekend we hung our Robert Bateman print ‘Winter Run’. Today I added the two little shrubs wrapped up in burlap (they remind me of the snowy branches in the painting). However, the wreath beside them almost didn’t get to stay. It kept falling off the mantel and that was OK until the time it hit me on the head, bounced off, crashed onto my finger (the finger that had stitches this past summer) and cut it. I did a little dance around the living room saying a few words (not to be repeated here) but I think they were warranted at the time . . . grrrrr. I finally got the wreath to sit there with a little help from that blue sticky putty stuff. I added a trio of birch logs tied together, a couple of white candles in the holders that I already had, lights, and some silver balls which will match my (soon to be decorated) tree.
|first, an early evening view|
|the overall view – daytime|
|birch logs and white candles|
|little burlap-wrapped shrubs from Home Sense|
|my little antique parlour stove|
|looking out the great room window – you can see that it snowed the night before|
|looking into the kitchen/dining area|
|My new (old) window frame and vintage paper trees|
|my twinkly banister|
It’s just my style this year; low-key, natural, partly homemade. I can’t put my tree up until the 7th of December but it will be sitting directly behind where I stood to take this photo. Can’t wait to start that!
(btw I think my finger is going to be OK as well as my head)
Rural Revival says
I just adore your entire fireplace setting and your home for that matter…very beautiful!
LOVE it! Being the Christmas decorating junkie that I am, I just adore seeing everyone’s x-mas decorating. Love the monotone nature or yours…very soothing!
Nancy @ A Rural Journal says
Love the understated tones, Barb. Your home is beautiful. :)
Your home is gorgeous! Wow, the coloring in the photos is perfect. It’s all so peaceful.
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it all looks wonderful and warm! i love the print above the fireplace and the way it sets the tone for the rest of the room.
i like the subdued colors and natural textures. sorry about the cussing dance! :)
Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain says
You have a beautiful living room! Love everything about it!
Seraphina´s Phantasie says
Fantastic decoration for the Advent and Christmas time. I like all the warm brown tones with little accent in white and red. So beautiful !
Beautiful, the decorating fit so good with the surroundings… Simply beautiful.
Jako lijepa kuća!! Prekrasno si je uredila, super…Kamin je posebno lijepo uređen, sve mi se jako sviđa…
So beautiful you have it Barb! Absolutely gorgeous … so good you are to decorate and make it cozy.
Ms. Becky says
your home is lovely and so comfortable looking. I’m looking forward to seeing your decorated tree. and I’m glad your finger and your head are alright too. the things we go through for a little fun and festivity, huh? happy day to you Barb.
What a lovely home you have…so calm, peaceful and serene. Love your decorating style. Wonderful collection of natural decorating on your mantel, you should be quite proud.
EG Wow says
It looks exquisite. You have great taste!
Bunch of Barrons says
Love the decorating! So pretty and festive!
deb duty says
You have such a lovely home and it’s decorated beautifully. I would love to sit there and look at the winter scene out the window!
A lovely home, I love your leather couch and fireplace.
missing moments says
Love what you have done … the simplicity yet elegance is wonderful!
Seeing Each Day says
Thanks for the tour – I really enjoyed looking around your living area – so interesting. I could easily pick out 20 things to mention that I caught my eye but due to time limits shall just mention my top top favourites of your decorating techniques firstly, your overall colours & style – are beautiful, next – LOVE the lanterns on your mantlepiece, next – LOVE the 3 piece mirror on the other wall, next – LOVE the view outside your window, next – LOVE the arrangement & light around the balistrades of your inside stairs. It’s always a nice feeling popping into your blog – thank you.
the cape on the corner says
majorly loving those birch logs, and those 3 trees on your buffet. great job!
Pieces of Sunshine says
You have a wonderful house and you have prepared it delightfully for this season.
So beautiful. I could spend all day here. Love your decorating style. Must try to make the trees.
Blesssings. Audrey Z.
Jessa Irene says
What an amazing style you have, and such lovely photos. Beautiful!
Very pretty! Love your home! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
How festive and pretty. I love the birch logs and all of your natural elements. They suit your room perfectly! I love your window mirror ~ beautiful.
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
So pretty and wintry! I love the Birch logs and your twinkly banister!
Your home is lovely!
What a gorgeous, peaceful room! I love your mantel, it’s perfect! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Your home looks so warm and inviting! I love your lil stove and your banister is delightful! Thanx for coming to party and giving a link back!:)
Bella Vista says
Hi, your home is lovely and so welcoming. Love your mantel, too.
The birch logs and the shrubs are perfect for the style and view out your beautiful home. Sally
Jo's This and That says
Beautiful photos of your lovely home thanks for sharing,love the mantel!
Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says
Your home looks so lovely with its holiday decorations. Love that little antique parlor stove. The view from your window adds to the wintry feel.
Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas says
I LOVE LOVE this!! So calm and serene and beautiful! I love the style of your home….can’t wait to see the tree!!
I am your newest follower and I will be back!
Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon says
Your home is stunning. So simple and classic… just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing at our Home for the Holidays link party!
Cottage and Broome says
Love the mantle, the birch, picture and everything looks great. Love the parlor stove what a great find. Will be your newest follower, hope you will stop by and visit us, Laura – Cottage and Broome
So Many Little Things says
Beautiful! I love all of it!
So naturally beautiful. I will save this !!!! Your home is beautiful
fiona anderson says
I’m checking out some of the other mantle link ups and checked yours out first. It’s gorgeous, and I especially love your window turned mirror.
Hoping you may pay me a visit on justpaintitwhite.blogspot.com