A Wintery Christmas Mantel

In the years past, I used a green garland and trimmed it with ribbon, ornaments,

and all the pretties of Christmas.

This year, I went with a white flocked garland to create a Wintery Christmas Mantel.

Great Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Great Room Mantel-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Yes, this flocked garland was my inspiration piece.

It is quite a large, full garland, so I kept the accessories simple.

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My existing stockings had very vibrant colors so I ordered these beautiful linen

stockings with vintage pillow case fabric from Ann of On Sutton Place.

Great Room Mantel Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Silver glittered letter tags from Pottery Barn were added to each stocking.

Great Room Mantel Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

In keeping with the woodland theme, I added more owls to the mantel.

Great Room Mantel Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

I searched for the right trees to place on the mantel with no success.

I had these pine sprays/picks and I shaped them into trees!

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Simple black lanterns and a duo of owls flank the left side too.

Great Room Mantel-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Great Room Mantel-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

I have had these white ceramic ornaments for several years

and thought that they would work well with the theme and color of the mantelscape.

Great Room Mantel-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

I guess I could have just left well enough alone, without the hanging ornaments . . .

but you know me . . just one more thing!!

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You can see the reflection of the Christmas tree lights on the granite mantel surround.

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On the hearth sets a vintage basket of berries and Sammy the Squirrel . . .

my rescue squirrel.

Great Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Great Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Great Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

I am pleased with the way this room turned out this year.

Great Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Today, I am joining 10 fabulous and talented fellow bloggers. . .

~ ~ for a Christmas Mantel Tour.


Here are some sneak peeks of wonderful Christmas Mantel inspiration!

Just click on the link below each image to see the entire post!!


Becca of Adventures in Decorating


Amy of Atta Girl Says


Mary Alice of Chateau Chic


Anita of Far Above Rubies


Courtney of French Country Cottage


Pamela (our hostess) of From My Front Porch to Yours


Kim of Savvy Southern Style


Janet of Shabby FuFu


Yvonne of StoneGable


Anne of White Lace Cottage

Have you completed your holiday decorating? . . .

If not, the above will lend to great inspiration.

Have a most wonderful day!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Coastal Charm for Show and Share

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

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  1. It looks beautiful, Shirley. Just love the flocked garland and the hanging ornaments look amazing!! Happy Monday ~
    Design Chic’s recent post…Ultimate Holiday StyleMy Profile

  2. It always feels like Christmas when 1 of a few things happen…..It snows, My tree is finally done, I watch my favorite Holiday movie and I get to see your mantle….LOL I am really liking the frosty white garland

    Also, such a great idea on using a pick/branch as a tree! A lot of the tree’s I am seeing this year don’t measure up here either. Yours look amazing. Great job!
    Christine’s recent post…Christmas Tree Rustic Style 2014My Profile

  3. Your mantel is stunning, Shirley!! Love the white garland which makes the green trees stand out just right! The stockings from Ann are beautiful. Your whole room is gorgeous and festive!!
    Mary Alice
    Mary Alice Patterson’s recent post…Christmas Mantel in PastelsMy Profile

  4. Peggy Thal says

    Very pretty! You did a wonderful job decorating for Christmas.

  5. I love the super flocked garland. Cute stockings with the letters added and I like the hanging ornaments to top it all off.
    Kim’s recent post…Into The Woods…..Christmas MantelMy Profile

  6. More is more – beauty full! Love the look, and that stocking on the right with the tatted edge – gorgeous! Is that flocking something that sheds, Shirley, or do you have a secret?
    Rita C. (Panoply)’s recent post…Winter Frost Holiday TablescapeMy Profile

  7. And, I always love your “just one more” things! A wintery wonderland … how beautiful! I love your thick flocked garland … your sweet owls add a cute whimsical touch … and, Ann’s stockings are lovely and wonderfully showcased! Another masterpiece!

  8. I feel as if I’m in a beautifully decorated ski lodge when visiting your vignettes!

  9. Your mantel is beautiful Shirley. I love the white flocked garland and the stockings Ann made. Stunning!

  10. Your mantel is so peaceful! I love flocked trees and garlands! The Woodlands theme is also one of my favorites too! Your mantel looks like a winter wonderland; it’s beautiful!
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  11. Shirley I love your flocked garland! It totally brings the outside in with your woodlands theme. Everything looks stunning. Thank you for joining the mantel blog hop and happy holidays my friend!:)
    Pamela’s recent post…Christmas Mantel 2014 & Blog HopMy Profile

  12. Loving the flocked garland! I may have to look for that at the after-Christmas sales! Your room is absolutely gorgeous and the addition of the hanging ornaments made it even more beautiful! Sometimes more IS better! Cathy in CT

  13. I love the flocked garland, Shirley. I looked at something like this at Michael’s and was tempted! Gorgeous mantel.

  14. MERRY CHRISTMAS SHIRLEY, The snowy garland is amazing!! The little touches of the owls and the cramic flowers hanging were the perfect touches. Love your wintry woodland theme. I used that theme for my mantel this year too!!!
    kathysue’s recent post…The Great Christmas RaceMy Profile

  15. Everything is perfectly beautiful, as always! Love the pillows, too! Thanks for sharing & looking forward to the rest. I’m making a quick trip down to Fuquay on Wednesday, and I hope to get by your favorite store (and a few of mine)! ;o)

  16. WOW! Love, love, LOVE, everything about your Christmas home, and your Christmas mantel is to die for, SO beautiful!

    Judi in the UK

  17. Wow Shirley, what a grand mantel, and the flocked garland is fabulous!! Love the winter-white theme and the owls are darling!
    Anita’s recent post…Cottage Christmas Mantel and a blog hopMy Profile

  18. Shirley this may be my favorite of yours. The garland is really something and all the details are just such a WOW factor. I also really like all your ACCESSORIES. Your never disappoint!!

    Cynthia’s recent post…Big Project, FINISHED!!!!My Profile

  19. WOW your mantel looks gorgeous Shirley! What a statement piece that gate makes.Love those sweet owls too!
    Anne’s recent post…Jennifer Rizzo’s House WalkMy Profile

  20. Soo soo pretty Shirley!! Love the white and those owls are darling! 🙂

  21. Beautiful job on the mantel and the whole room! That’s a great way to improvise with those floral picks you made look like trees (I wouldn’t have guessed!) Love the fuzzy owls and the white ornaments and the basket vignette! Is that a punch bowl with the ornaments- it’s gorgeous!

  22. Stunning as always. I adore the white, so beautiful and your swag and garlands are fabulous.
    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life’s recent post…A Gift For You and One For MeMy Profile

  23. GORGEOUS Shirley…I love the hanging ornaments…the whole room looks beautiful!!
    martina’s recent post…The Glow of Christmas in our Living RoomMy Profile

  24. LUV the big ,full, flocked garland Shirley. Your mantel and room e both beautiful.
    Gee’s recent post…Rekindling an old luvMy Profile

  25. Shirley, your mantel is so beautiful! It is truly a Winter Wonderland around there! I love your flocked garland, it really sets the tone for everything! You always do such a wonderful job!
    Shenita’s recent post…~Christmas Touches on the Coffee Table~My Profile

  26. I love your flocked garland It looks like a winter wonderland with all the white. I also really like the stockings you got from Ann. She does such good work!
    kelly’s recent post…Christmas Decor in the BedroomMy Profile

  27. Oh Shirley, it is so beautiful and peaceful – like your out in the Winter Wonderland. The garland is stunning and so full. I of course I love all your owls. Wonderful job and thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week. Looking forward to seeing the tree your sweetie picked out.

  28. Your wintry Christmas mantel is absolutley gorgeous, Shirley. You truly are the queen of Christmas decorating! 🙂
    SheilaG @ Plum Doodles’s recent post…Daisy BB Guns Make Cool Christmas GiftsMy Profile

  29. Linda miller says

    Love the flocked garland and the simplicity of the linen stockings. Still waiting to see your big tree…no pressure. I can tell you have been very busy.

  30. I love the wintery scene on your mantel Shirley. The Christmas tree pillow popped out to me also.
    Lori from LL Farm’s recent post…Blue and Silver Christmas MantelMy Profile

  31. Stunning Shirley just stunning. Love it.
    Kris’s recent post…Nordic Farmhouse Red and White Theme ChristmasMy Profile

  32. Hi Shirley, I really enjoyed your tour!!! Thanks so much btw for leaving a sweet comment on Designs By Anne on my house tour yesterday!!! Christine from Little Brags
    Christine’s recent post…I Am Featured Over At DESIGN DREAMS BY ANNEMy Profile

  33. Oh my goodness Shirley! Your mantel is stunningly beautiful! I’m crazy for the flocked garland and those snowy white owls. And is that red pillow edged in fur to match the throw? Oh lawd! I’d never get out of that chair if it is!
    Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads’s recent post…DIY Santa Napkin RingsMy Profile

  34. Oooh, Shirley, I love all the white on your mantel! It looks like a frosty, winter wonderland-gorgeous! 🙂
    must love junk’s recent post…Decking My Halls 2014My Profile

  35. Stunning! It makes me miss my big fireplace and mantle I had when I lived in Texas. Really beautiful! I would love to have you join in my Christmas home tour linky party! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-style-sisters-christmas-home-tour.html?m=1

  36. June Gerstner says

    Shirley, your mantel is stunning. Can I ask where you got the flocked garland…it’s so luxurious!?

  37. I have mantel envy. Mine is barely more than a ledge which makes it very hard to decorate. Your whites continue to look beautiful.
    Linda’s recent post…Ideas AplentyMy Profile

  38. Shirley, it is beautiful!!! I peeked at this this morning but had to run, went to my friends house to decorate for her. I do her house every year, this is year 9! It turned out beautifully. I posted my mantle today too. Let me know what you think:)
    Pinky at Designs by Pinky’s recent post…Christmas Mantle and SANTA!!!My Profile

  39. I love the garland and the owls are the perfect touch! It is all so pretty! Hope you are doing well.
    Cecilia’s recent post…Christmas Decorating Part 2 – The TableMy Profile

  40. and you should be , the room is gorgeous. i sure do love that flocked look. may have to consider it for next year.
    laura@top this top that’s recent post…This is What All Us Fitness People Want For ChristmasMy Profile

  41. Shirley, Shirley, Shirley………Girl, you have gone and done it now! What a BEAUTIFUL fireplace scene! I love the flocked details! The “snowy” mix of green and white is so serene and pretty. The owls all look right at home…as does Sammie hanging out on the hearth!

    I put our initials on our stockings like that this year, too, but ours aren’t nearly as fancy. I love that glittery look!!!

    If this isn’t inspiration for people, I don’t know what is!!!!!
    Alycia Nichols’s recent post…Old-Fashioned Red & Green ChristmasMy Profile

  42. Off to visit everyone, after all of your loveliness Shirley!!
    The Arts by Karena

  43. Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! That garland is amazing – the perfect winter wonderland!

  44. Judy hubbard says

    Your room is just gorgeous! So festive without being overly red and green-ish.

  45. Holy qwap! You’ve outdone yourself Shirley (and that’s saying a lot). I really don’t know where to begin, so i will just say I love, love, LOVE it all! Just gorgeous.
    Doreen@househoneys’s recent post…Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts-Part 2My Profile

  46. Love your winter wonderland mantle Shirley! The flocked garland complements your handsome screen above your fireplace beautifully without competing with it!
    Mary’s recent post…A Merry Santa Plaid ChristmasMy Profile

  47. Shirley, the mantel is gorgeous. I changed to white flocked on the mantel and stairs last year but mine is just plain white. What a spectacular garland! I love the whole room – it is stunning!

  48. Yes my decorating is finished…thank heavens! I just need to figure out my table. Your mantel is stunning Shirley and thank you so much for the shout out. The stockings are perfect if I do say so myself. lol. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Ann’s recent post…Christmas Home Tour 2014My Profile

  49. Beautiful!!!!! xo

  50. Love the mantle with the hanging flowers… What a wonderful job you’ve done….
    Lorb’s recent post…One Word Photo Challenge: EminenceMy Profile

  51. Love the mantle… What a wonderful job you’ve done… Those hanging flowers are do lovely…
    Lorb’s recent post…One Word Photo Challenge: EminenceMy Profile

  52. Beautiful and winter wonderland enchanting. Definitely am storing this one in my memory-bank … and …. wishing you A MERRY CHRISTMAS! -Brenda-

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