Our Great Room Christmas Mantel

Our Great Room Christmas mantel this year 

is probably the most simplistic mantel that I have created.

I promised myself this year

that I am really going to downsize my Christmas decorations.

I did give many boxes of Christmas ornaments, florals and decorations

along with a couple of trees to Habitat last year.

However, I did keep these little trees!

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I gathered the decorations that I knew I would definitely keep

and I started decorating from there.

Which included my crystal deer.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

Birds are always a keeper.

Especially ones with sweet expressions.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I attached a few evergreen swags together to form a garland.

Added stockings and a snowflake ornament to embellish the stockings.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

A wreath with a lacey burlap bow hangs high on the shutters.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

Reticulated Ginger jars are filled with picks of artichokes and greenery.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I love using the thick faux evergreen swags throughout the house.

By connecting the swags together to form the garland, you get a much fuller result.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I have in the past been known to weave 2 garlands together

to get that fuller look.

2015 Christmas Great Room Mantel - Housepitality Designs

Antique French Boot forms waiting on the hearth

to be warmed by the fire.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel/French Antique Boot Forms - Housepitality Designs

Side views:

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

The tall slender candles seem to be a staple on the mantel.

They work well with the antique wood and iron shutters.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

My 2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

The mantel definitely makes the room feel warm and cozy.

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

Today, I have presented my 2015 Great Room Mantel decorated for Christmas.

Please visit the other 8 fabulous bloggers

that are presenting theirs today too.

And come back this week to get a tremendous amount of

Christmas decor inspiration!

Christmas Ideas Blog Party - Housepitality Designs

Monday – Mantels

Petticoat Junktion
My Creative Days
2 Bees in a Pod
Restoration Redoux
Atta Girl Says
Art is Beauty
Cottage at the Crossroads
Housepitality Designs

Tuesday – Tablescapes

Postcards from the Ridge
Town and Country Living
Hunt and Host
Savvy Southern Style
All Things Heart and Home
HighStyle Restyle
This Makes That

Wednesday – Wreaths

Domestically Speaking
Our Southern Home
Mad in Crafts
H2O Bungelow
Sweet Pea
Around The Watts House

Thursday – Thrifty Crafts

Dukes and Duchesses
Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
Prodigal Pieces
The Interior Frugalista
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Girl in the Garage

Have a most fabulous day!!!


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  1. Hi Shirley, Your mantel is beautiful. I love the crystal deer. So fresh and pretty. Sounds like a great tour this week. Happy December. xo
    Southern DayDreams from Celestina Marie Design’s recent post…Tea Cups, Muffin Cups and Peat Pot Christmas Tree AccentsMy Profile

  2. Great job Shirley. Merry Christmas.
    Leo Windham’s recent post…A Peaceful MantelMy Profile

  3. Fabulous job this year. I love how you created that lush garland.
    Kim’s recent post…And The Christmas Tours BeginMy Profile

  4. That’s just gorgeous Shirley and the piece over your mantel makes such an impressive statement!
    Janet (Shabbyfufu)’s recent post…Christmas In The Living Room: My Holiday MantelMy Profile

  5. It is GORGEOUS! I was going to ask where you bought the garland, it is so lush and beautiful! Did you attach 2 swags end to end? They must have been long swags! That is a great idea though. Love those jars and how you filled them. This should be a wonderful tour! Have a beautiful day!
    Pinky at designs by pinky’s recent post…Seeded Deer and an Asian Santa on the HearthMy Profile

  6. Oh Miss Shirley~!!

    what a beautiful and unique mantel you’ve created.. I am sure its the best one in all of NC…

    pouring rain here and foggy as pea soup:) I’d planned to run down to Lexington to do some ” small store” shopping but rethinking that now…

    again, your mantel is amazing and I know everyone who sees it will oooooooooo and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa about it…

    sonny’s recent post…Looking a Lil Like ChristmasMy Profile

  7. Your mantel is absolutely gorgeous, Shirley!
    Pat@back porch musings’s recent post…A Soup Sunday TableMy Profile

  8. YOur mantel is stunning! Those shutters and those boot forms…… AMAZING!
    Lindsay Eidahl’s recent post…Christmas MantelMy Profile

  9. Shirley, your Christmas Mantel is quite stunning. Love the greens you used in your ginger jars and I’m swooning over your glass reindeer. The thick lush garland is gorgeous and loving the mercury glass acorns hanging from it.
    Marie at The Interior Frugalista’s recent post…Christmas Ideas Tour and Samaritan’s Purse VW Auction & GiveawayMy Profile

  10. Gorgeous Shirley! Love the way you swagged your mantel garland, I am going to try that on mine, I can’t wait to get started on my decorating later this week!
    Jenna’s recent post…The Organized Life, December Paint BucketMy Profile

  11. Your mantel is stunning! I love it. Simple, pretty and I love the color white with the greens. Your architectural shutter piece is awesome! I love it! The antique French boots look great too. Just beautiful.

  12. It looks beautiful! And love those iron shutters! Great tip for making lush garland…thank you for sharing 🙂
    Jenn & Vicki @ 2 Bees in a Pod’s recent post…Rustic Christmas MantelMy Profile

  13. Another stunning holiday mantel by you … simply gorgeous, Shirley! I love your crystal deer and perfectly “balanced” greenery. 😉 Your bookcases are styled fantabulously and “frame” your mantel beautifully! Amazing photography, too!

  14. Curtis Chipley says

    Of all the mantles that were featured I found yours to be the most beautiful to me. Love the symmetry, and the shutters….just beautiful…. Christmas Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie Chipley from French Gulch California…

  15. Shirley your mantel is gorgeous! Love your greenery swap and the height you have your mantel!
    Maryann @ Domestically Speaking’s recent post…Rustic Luxe Christmas Tree 12 Bloggers of Christmas with Balsam HillMy Profile

  16. Your Mantle is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
    I love the combination of it all!
    great job!
    Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)’s recent post…My Vintage Christmas Mantel! Christmas Ideas TOURMy Profile

  17. It looks great, but that’s no surprise. My mantle is so skimpy and the ceiling is so high that it’s a real decorating challenge. Want to come help?
    Linda’s recent post…WalMart…A Different LookMy Profile

  18. I just don’t think it gets any more beautiful than this! Stunning!! XO
    Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer’s recent post…A Furniture Auction and Giveaway for a Great CauseMy Profile

  19. Shirley what a stunning mantel. Im also going simple this year. We had an horrible accident here, my youngest was in a car accidentcrash Nov 11th and has a shear brain injury. Im just not in the mood to deck the halls, that’s for sure. I’m going to enjoy all your creativity, I just love the crystal ornaments you have. Merry Christmas!!
    Dawn’s recent post…Rustic Cabin Natural Christmas DecorMy Profile

  20. It’s beautiful, Shirley! My husband and I don’t have a fireplace, but I do decorate a very tall shelf in our great room:) Thank you for your inspiration as always:)
    Cindy’s recent post…DIY Basket Weave SnowflakesMy Profile

  21. Shirley, your mantle is so beautiful. I’m in love with your reindeer. Lovely. Jo
    Joanne Boulter’s recent post…Holiday Crafting and Gift GivingMy Profile

  22. Your Christmas mantel is so beautiful and elegant, Shirley! Great idea for creating a full and lush swag. Those amazing shutters are the perfect place for your wreath. Perfectly lovely!!
    Mary Alice
    Mary Alice Patterson’s recent post…Creating a Christmas MantelMy Profile

  23. Shirley, no matter what the season, your mantel decor always looks fantastic because of those great shutters!!! They are the perfect background for anything! Nobody mentioned your stockings but I really love their elegant beauty. I was noticing the trim on them! Thanks for that tip about joining two swags together. Now I will be looking at them in a whole different way! Pinning and sharing your gorgeous mantel!
    Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads’s recent post…A Peaceful MantelMy Profile

  24. Shirley, the mantel is stunning! You have a great eye, my friend! I am trying to downsize the decor this year…I have collected way too much through the years! Have a great week!
    pam richardson’s recent post…Christmas Vignettes: Joy To The World!My Profile

  25. Love your mantel!! Where did you find that beautiful greenery! Love all the different greens!

  26. The green and white are so pretty!
    Penny @ The Comforts of Home’s recent post…Let The Decorating Begin!My Profile

  27. Gorgeous Shirley! I’ve always admired your handsome shutters and they look beautiful festooned with your garland, urns and wreath for Christmas!
    Mary’s recent post…‘Tis the Season and Decking the Halls: Recipes and Christmas InspirationMy Profile

  28. Wow! Your mantel is exquisite! I love how you layered the wreath on the antique shutters and all the touches of crystal are fabulous. It really is a grand focal point of your room.
    SUsan’s recent post…Jingle Bell Holiday Table SettingMy Profile

  29. It is all stunning, but those boot forms have me drooling. They are gorgeous!!
    Kim @ Hunt & Host’s recent post…You’re Invited: An Artistic AdventMy Profile

  30. Your mantel is absolutely beautiful! My favorite part are your crystal deer and snowflakes. I’ll be that they catch the light and create pretty light patterns on your walls during certain times of the day.
    Paula@SweetPea’s recent post…Christmas Outside and On Our PorchMy Profile

  31. The architectural piece over the fireplace is fantastic! The trees and crystal deer and so pretty together. Actually, the entire room is so beautiful I would love to hang out in front of that fireplace. 🙂
    Amy @ Highstyle Restyle’s recent post…Home for the Holidays: A Christmas TablescapeMy Profile

  32. Your mantel is beautiful … and I agree with you about the birds!! 🙂
    Jennifer @ Town and Country Living’s recent post…Christmas Table Setting in Blue, Silver, and GoldMy Profile

  33. It is beautiful, Shirley!
    Cecilia’s recent post…A Winter WonderlandMy Profile

  34. You’ve outdone yourself again Shirley. I especially love the swags/garland! I got rid of a lot of Christmas decor last year and need to weed out more. The crystal reindeer and white trees are lovely.
    kathy@petticoatjunktion’s recent post…White Shabby Antique Table Complete With Mouse HoleMy Profile

  35. Simply stunning! Love it all!
    Iris Nacole’s recent post…Holiday Home Tour Pt: 1My Profile

  36. Your sense of style always amazes me, Shirley. I would love if you could arrive at my home and help me get a grip – sort of like a Decorating Fairy God Mother! Beautiful display as always.
    Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline’s recent post…Mini Christmas Tree Ornaments and Place Card HoldersMy Profile

  37. Everything just looks perfect…
    LorB’s recent post…Thursday Doors – December 3, 2015My Profile

  38. Fern Bradley says

    Love, love, love your home but especially the shutters! Will you share your source? Thanks.


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