Living Room Christmas Mantel

After a couple of days of working on the mantel…I finally finished..

… 10:30 that evening, I sat down on the sofa with my cup of tea…admiring my mantel…

……….then crash!!…the left tree toppled over, taking part of the garland with it.

I did not cry or curse.

I just took a deep breath and with the help of my hubby and “all the king’s men”..

… was secured and back together again. (oh that rhymed!)

So here is my living room mantel for this year…

…..another woodland type theme.


Two winter trees flanking each side of the mantel..

… is lit with led lights..

……….with owls and birds happily perched.


The mantel has an evergreen garland for the base…

…..and two holly berry twig garlands intertwined.

I placed my wooden monogram over a cotton wreath that I had made.




I hung ornaments beneath the garland…

…..I found ornaments that coordinated with the holly berry garland.






Pretty owls and birds frolic in the trees and garland….







When seeing this photo…I am inclined to say “Peace On Earth”


And the squirrel keeps coming back every season for a visit….


A view from the left side of the mantel….


So there you have it…my Living Room 2012 Christmas Mantel..


Hope you enjoyed it !!!

And if you would like to see my mantels from 2011…click here

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  1. Just beautiful, Shirley! Your garland is just stunning! I’m so glad you were able to save it, without crying or cursing, and get it back in place.

  2. Amazing ! Spectacular ! Beautiful ! Love it !

  3. Shirley, you come up with fantasdtic ideas! I love this the mantel is just stunning.


  4. Linda Owens says

    Your mantel is absolutely stunning and very artistic and imaginative. Love it. The best I have seen on the web.

  5. Wow — THAT is gorgeous! I love how full the garland is, and the little furry owls are absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration with us! Have a great weekend!

  6. Absolutely stunning! I love everything that you have done. You are truly one of the sweetest lady’s. Thank you for all of your help!

  7. Oh no!! Well that’s a holiday memory to hold on to?! Your mantel is exquisite with the exception of that squirrel! I had one in the house this week and can’t bear to look at anymore of those flying rodents! 🙂

  8. Beautifully done, Shirley! I drool over mantels like yours! When I grow up I’m going to have a fireplace and mantel and a front porch 🙂
    Marty@Marty’s Musings

  9. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says

    Shirley, this is so pretty. I love all the elements of nature. Hugs, Marty Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:22:22 +0000 To:

  10. Shirley, I am new to your blog. Your home is just gorgeous! I love love love the monogram in your wreath, everything is lovely!

  11. just gorgeous! that monogram looks wonderful added in!

  12. Shriley!
    I’m in awe!! So sorry your tree toppled over! When I was a kid, Rex, our dog, knocked our tree over on Christmas morning! We packed up the ornaments and put the tree back in the crawlspace.

    At least you made the best of the situation!!

    And why oh why didn’t I bring back boxes of that fabulous southern cotton?!

  13. Shirley, your mantel is just spectacular! How do you think of these things?! You have such great creativity. That is a gift in itself! I love it; and I can’t wait to see more of your fabulous decor!

  14. Shirley I’m not sure that I would have handled the crash so well! The ending result is gorgeous though! I love the birds and natural elements!

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  15. Shirley, It’s gorgeous as usual! You have so much talent and I love that full greenery…and don’t even get me started on that cotton wreath 🙂 I can’t wait to see all of your Christmas decor this year!

  16. Just fantastic, I love the woodland theme. It looks great with your new mantel piece.
    Merry Christmas, Ginger

  17. Sandra White says

    Breathtakingly beautiful!!! As is everything that you do………..

  18. Oh, the humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure I would have been on my knees crying and babbling about the injustice of it all. Sounds like order was pretty quickly restored, though, so probably better that you kept your cool. The mantel is absolutely exquisite! I love all the snowy white and the woodland animals. You KNOW I am just going bonkers over that incredible wreath with the monogram!!!!!!!!

  19. Shirley – you have truly knocked it out of the park! (Just ask Tom – he can tell you how awesome that is. lol). Your mantle is just stunning!!!

  20. In love with this! =)


  21. Simply breathtaking Shirley! WOW…this surely looks like it should be in Southern living magazine.

  22. Shirley, that is just downright beautiful! The ornaments are a great match for your garland too! Just wow! (love how the squirrel sneaks in for a visit 🙂 )

  23. Amazing mantel, Shirley. Gorgeous!

  24. Pretty! I love the lush garland!

  25. Wow, that is amazing! I’m loving the use of cotton boles in your wreath and the garland is stunning too.

  26. Holy smokes!! That’s some amazing work Shirley.

  27. I love the white in the garland. It’s so classy. “All the king’s men”, too funny. And, the monogram is to die for.

  28. Wow! My favorite part are the ornaments hanging from the garland, they compliment your beautiful garland nicely. I’m glad you were able to put it all back together again!

  29. OH, how gorgeous, Shirley! Absolutely beautiful, I love all of the white, it looks so wintery. I love your monogram, too.

  30. Good for you for keeping your cool when the tree collapsed. Your finished mantle is terrific with everything so beautifully coordinated.

  31. Your mantle is gorgeous, A real statement. I love it , I will be back to check out your blog. Happy to be a follower.

  32. Shirley~ Your mantle is beautiful and I love your cotton ball wreath with your monogram! I would have cried and cursed and did when our tree fell down one year smashing keepsake ornaments that all the kings horses and men couldn’t put together again! I’m off to look at your other wreaths. Happy decorating and enjoy your Sunday!

  33. Shirley, I am dying for the metal and wood doors above your mantel, so pretty!! Also I love anything with a monogram on it!! Merry Christmas,

  34. Stunning, indeed.

  35. Robyn Henningsen says

    Beautiful! I don’t think I could have been as calm as you though!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  36. How Exquisite!!! Shirley I love it!!

  37. LOVE the gate!!!! Such a pretty mantel

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