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03 December, 2013

My Farmhouse Christmas Mantel

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I took a little time off to get my house all ready for Christmas and I can’t wait to share it! And…I have to say…this year’s mantel is my favorite ever! I have been searching out galvanized goodies for the last few months with a farmhouse theme in mind for this Christmas…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT My Farmhouse Christmas Mantel …and here’s the result…my farmhouse Christmas mantel! And there will be even more galvanized touches throughout my home this Christmas! Can you tell…I love to load up the mantel with greenery and add lights for sparkle!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse MantelBut without doubt, the star of my mantel is the pair of rustic barnstable lanterns! I love the rusty, farmhouse look! They came with dark glass but I removed it to show off the structured look and let the candles shine! (In case you are wondering, I found them at Joss and Main several weeks ago.)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse Wreath To add to the farmhouse look, I used a simple grapevine wreath with greenery and berries and finished off with a frenchy grain sack burlap bow.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse MantelThe burlap stockings are the same ones that I made three Christmases ago…and I love them! I added a little rustic ornament to each one to give it a different look.You can see them and my mercury glass and sheet music mantel here. And…if you would like to try your hand at making your own cuffed Christmas stockings, you will find a tutorial here. 

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Olive BucketAnd to add even more rustic feeling to my fireplace, I am using my vintage olive bucket to hold firewood. It was a little splurge several months ago that seems to have found its proper place in my home!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Christmas VignetteThe farmhouse theme continues on the coffee table where a pewter pitcher holds seasonal greenery and berries. Red candles in matching pewter candle holders add a pop of color. And…I love my little lamb…perfect for Christmas!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Christmas Vignette On the demilune table next to the sofa you will find a little snowy tree, a sleigh and one of my prized possessions…a book that I bought from the bouquinistes…the book stalls along the Seine River in Paris…when I was a college student many moons ago! It is over 270 years old…predating the French Revolution and published under the auspices of King Louis XVI! You can read more about it here.

Baby KittyAnd just in case you haven’t had enough, our co-host Baby Kitty would like to show you some of our mantels from Christmas past! :-)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel5Last year, I shared my burlap and plaid Christmas mantel…inspired by the burlap and plaid stockings at Ballard Designs. You can get a better look here.

020 Another favorite was my mantel starring French ticking, burlap and mercury glass. You can see more of it here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Christmas 2010 And finally, here is one from three years ago…my mercury glass, sheet music and burlap Christmas mantel. You can see more by clicking here. And if you would like to find out how I made the sheet music wreath and Pottery Barn inspired candles, you will find the tutoriall here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse MantelAnd finally, here’s another look at this year’s Christmas mantel. I still have to vote it as my all-time favorite! What do you have planned for your mantel?

Remember to pin it!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my farmhouse Christmas mantel! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures,  Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday 
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55 comments:

  1. Oh Debbie,.
    It truly is gorgeous! I am telling you, every year your new mantle becomes my new all time favorite!
    Thanks for the inspiration and of course you know I used your stocking tutorial. Just love the galvanized, I need to shop.
    Cindy

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  2. Your farmhouse Christmas mantle is just beautiful. Love your barn lamps. They are the perfect touch. This would be the perfect spot to gaze at the mantel with the twinkling lights and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate ~ love it

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  3. I truly love your mantel! Those lanterns are the best! The wood in the olive bucket looks great and I really like the table vignettes. That's amazing about your book's age- that's quite a find! All your mantels have been great! The burlap stockings are very cute. I like the extra details you added to them this year.

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  4. Love your farmhouse Christmas mantel! The galvanized lanterns with the gorgeous garland and wreath really give a warm and cozy farmhouse look. Your earlier mantels are great too...lots of inspiration. Love it all.
    xo Babs

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, Deb. I love the lanterns and your stockings are perfect. Hugs

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  6. I can see why this is your favorite mantel ever. It is beautiful. Though the others were fabulous too!

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  7. I have to say Debbie that this one is my favorite mantel too. I even pinned it. You should really decorate for people. I hate you but in a good way...you have that knack that I wish I had with crafts and decorating. I just drool every single time I check out your blog. You have such a gorgeous and inviting home. You need to do some classes for us untalented people.

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  8. LOVE LOVE the farmhouse theme you went with this year Debbie!! So pretty!!
    Love those lanterns and that festive wreath hanging from the mirror!

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  9. Oh yes, this year is spectacular! Those galvanized lanterns are pretty special.

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  10. Debbie this is gorgeous! I think you may have outdone yourself! Love your mantel and always look forward to your Christmas reveal! I don't have a fireplace or mantel but I can just enjoy yours. Beautiful!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  11. love every single mantel!! I agree @ this yrs!! I want to make a paper cone wreath w/sheet music!

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  12. Debbie, I love your galvanized lanterns- what a great idea to remove the glass! Your mantel is amazing! I love the rustic touches and natural elements you added to it! You always have the best ideas! Each mantle is stunning!

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  13. DebIbie, those lanterns are perfect. How smart of you to remove the dark glass. I love all your mantels.

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  14. Deb, I am in love with this mantel and those lanterns, very smart purchase!! So fun to see all of your mantels from the past all lined up. Each and every one is done with a beautifully restrained hand, warmth, texture and interest. YOU are a designing diva my friend, xoxo Kathysue

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! Each and every year your mantle has been warm, festive, stylish and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! I just did a new blog post on my Christmas mantle today too if you'd like to see what I've done to mine! Thanks again.

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  16. I love your pretty mantel. Especially love that wreath and I am about to do a COPY CAT......but, when I post it, I WILL link the inspiration right back to your pretty wreath. :))
    I came over for The Scoop....will be back a little later.

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  17. They're all beautiful! It would be like trying to choose your favorite child!

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  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS!
    I envy your talent. I have not started my decorating yet :-(
    Maybe today ...
    Have a great week ... diane @ aug's blog

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  19. I have to say of all the Christmas mantels in blogland & Pinterest, this one is my all time favorite. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  20. Love this, Debbie, but especially the stockings. I adore burlap and our stockings are old and ratty. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Well, this mantle is MY favorite too!!! LOVE those lanterns! They are just fabulous and that was a great idea to remove the glass! Have a great week, Debbie!

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  22. Debbie, Beautiful as always. I couldn't help but notice your table with a Charles Faudree book. Have you heard the news that the King of French Country passed away last Wednesday? He was such a talanted man who will be missed here in Tulsa and around the world. I have a whole Pintrest board dedicated to this amazing man and have followed his work for 20 plus years. I know you loved him too. RIP Mr. Faudree. Patty Gammel

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    1. I know, Patty....I am so sad to lose him. Indeed he was the king of French Country for me, too! I consult his books before making any major decorating decisions. He will be terribly missed. :-(

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    2. "Too much is never enough." RIP (and thanks for this)
      xx, mgh - ADDandSoMuchMore dot com

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  23. Stunning, Debbie! I love the traditional, farmhouse feel of your mantel! And, of course, what fun to see your mantels again from Christmas' past … you have a gift!

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  24. I love your farmhouse style mantel. Such rustic charm and it looks so pretty with those red touches!

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  25. I love this farmhouse mantel. Actually, all of your mantels look great. Do you have a favorite? I followed your stocking tutorial a few years ago... Maybe next year I will make a new set. I like how you added ornaments to the stockings. Looks great!!

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  26. I love every single one!!! All I do is hang a few stockings. Must. Do. More.

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  27. This year's mantle is wonderful, I love it! What a great mix of burlap & greenery & galvanized goodies - you did a great job.

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  28. Amazing! All I can say is Wow! I think this year's mantel is your best yet! I'm looking for inspiration today for my mantel and I definitely am inspired by yours. I just bought some lanterns yesterday at Costco which may end up on my mantel. Thanks for the inspiration! ~Delores

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  29. Debbie,
    Each mantel and each Christmas stocking is stunning, dear friend!!!
    I do admire the galvanized lanterns. . .they set off your wreath perfectly!!!
    Thank you for sharing and please give a Holiday Hello to your handsome co~hostess, Baby Kitty!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  30. Hi Debbie! Your mantel is so beautiful! Love your stockings too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. All are beautiful. This year's galvanized lanterns are among my favorites.

    I'm thinking about lots of white and fresh greens for this year's mantel at my house.

    Judith

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  32. Debbie…Everything is just beautiful….as always love all that you do! I would like to invite you to come by and share at One More Time Events…http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/11/share-it-one-more-time-party-and.html Tammy

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  33. Your mantel is beautiful. I love love love those lanterns...gorgeous!

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  34. Wow I love how you created this mantle...so beautiful, Come link up to Centerpice Wednesday and share this idea with us! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/12/welcome-to-centerpiece-wednesday-104.html
    Karin

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  35. Oh my your mantle is absolutely stunning! It caught my eye over at Between Naps On The Porch.
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  36. Debbie, I don't know which I like best. They are all lovely. If you tried to give me the olive bucket I would have refused and now I see how you have used it and I totally love it. Now I will be looking a rustic in a whole new way.

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  37. Beautiful mantel, I love the look too. Gorgeous touches of Christmas. Hope you show us more.

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  38. Debbie, each year your mantel is beautifully decorated. I love the different stockings you've made through the years. I bought some burlap stockings after Christmas last year with the thought of using them on the back of the dining chairs. Now I might switch gears and hang them across the mantel as you've done. I've not started my decorating, but hope to get to it this weekend. We just returned home last night. Lots to get done!

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  39. Hi Debbie. I love all the pictures of your decorated mantel, but I absolutely adore the lanterns!! I don't have a mantel, but had a shelf put up over the flatscreen, just to pretend lol. you gave me the inspiration to do some decoration now.
    Your cat is adorable!

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  40. So pretty!
    And the co-host especially!!!

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  41. Debbie this s great! Love the lanterns!
    Sherry

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  42. So cozy and festive. What are the lanterns called on Joss and Main? I missed that deal!

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    1. They are called Barnstable lanterns. These are the 15 inch ones and they are rectangular, not square. However, they did have the 13 inch square ones again this week. So glad you like them!

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  43. oh, I agree, I think it's my favorite too!! LOVE those wonderful lanterns!

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  44. Wonderful, wonderful...farmhouse look has never looked better!! franki (from the farm!)

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  45. The whole mantel is gorgeous, and I love the barnstable lanterns. Always love to see your co-host as well. I have a little bird feeder set up by my office window, and it has become "bird tv" for our 3 cats who sit on the desk and watch!

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  46. Love all your mantles but I'd have to say the plaid and burlap is my most favorite!

    Andrea @ http://andreasanswerto.wordpress.com/

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  47. What a lovely mantel! I love the little pieces that bring it all together.

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  48. Got here from Pinterest, gearing up for Christmas already - LOVE this site & your home. Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be back.
    xx, mgh
    ADDandSoMuchMore dot com

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  49. Absolutely GORGEOUS, warm, inviting and everything a mantel should be, Great job. I pinned away!!
    xo Kathysue

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie