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29 November, 2012

My Rustic and Cozy Christmas Mantel...Burlap and Plaid

Woo hoo! I have finally finished my mantel! This year I am combining the rustic texture of burlap with classic red plaid…love it!  I have to say that nothing says Christmas to me like red and green tartan plaid!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel9 I have already shown you my wreath…burlap and plaid with pine cone roses. It was super easy and very inexpensive, too! You will find a closer look and instructions for making it here. If I had known how easy it was to make the pine cone roses, I would have been putting them on everything! lol

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel8 Here are the stockings I made to match…also very inexpensive since I made them from the remnants of the wreath. You can find a complete tutorial for making your own cuffed Christmas stockings here. I love their rustic, homespun look!

Ozzie Our CEO Ozzie is also fond of them since she played an essential part in their creation. Let’s just say she has a rather…erhands on management approach! 

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel5 And at last…taaa daaa!…here they are together on my mantel! I wanted a warm and cozy rustic feel for the holidays. The mantel is always the heart of my Christmas decorations and I draw all of my inspiration from it.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel6 Here’s a closer look at the mantel. The candlesticks were Goodwill finds at less than $2.00 each. I was thinking about painting them a distressed white, but I am so glad that I hadn’t done that yet! The birch candles are after-Christmas bargains from Kohl’s last year…waaaay cheaper than the ones at Pottery Barn!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel3 I finished it off with faux pine boughs and magnolia leaves. I have been looking for the faux magnolias for several years and finally got a head start on the Christmas shoppers this time. I bought all that they had at Hobby Lobby. I have been wanting to plant my own tree but I know I would just strip it bare every Christmas! Add a few berries and some silver ornaments for sparkle and…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel4voilà! Here’s a peek at my living room…at least what I have managed to finish so far!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel I love this huge basket on my coffee table! It has been so much fun to change it with the seasons! For Christmas, I have filled one of my double happiness jars with more pine, magnolias and berries and added a mossy candle stick with a plaid ribbon. I am a big fan of sheep (They are just so frenchy to me!) and this little guy is my latest addition. I have been saving him for Christmas. And…do you notice anything? Miss Kitty is hanging out on the sofa, checking out the bird feeder in the garden!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Burlap and Plaid Mantel5 And there you have it…my burlap and plaid Christmas mantel! I am loving the rustic yet classic combination of fabrics and patterns and I have a feeling that you will be seeing more of it in the rest of my Christmas decorations! How is your decorating coming along? Are you ready?

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my 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
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
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 Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures and the Winter Party   

The Lettered Cottage for the Holiday Home Mantel Party
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

DIY Showoff for the Holiday Highlights Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials. Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Saturdays
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

Savvy Southern Style for the Homespun Christmas Mantel Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!

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  1. wow, that looks terrific. love the plaid and magnolia leaves.

  2. Watching these pictures makes me miss home so badly... It even hurts more knowing that I am some thousands of miles away from home and won't be home for Christmas.Think i'll light up my Christmas tree

  3. Hi Debbie,
    I knew your reveal would be wonderful. Love all the plaid and the natural look. So pretty.
    Glad kitty could help.


  4. Debbie, I love it. Those stockings are perfect. They are perfect for my home, too. My tree skirt has a very similar plaid. Now, if I could only sew.

  5. I loved the wreath and stockings already and the lush greenery, lights and candlesticks finished it off perfectly.

  6. Your mantle looks just beautiful! I love the mix of rustic and refined. Beautiful- xo Diana

  7. It looks beautiful, Debbie! I love the way the whole thing flows together so nicely! Great stockings. I wanted to do new ones for us, but I want to make them {and so many other things} that I should just start in January so I can have it all ready for next year!

  8. Your mantel is gorgeous, I love magnolia leaves they are so beautiful. Great job.


  9. I love your christmas theme!!
    I am doing two themes in my home- white, silver and blue in dining room and sweater theme in living room!
    Your house looks beautiful!!

  10. Beautiful. Love it all. Love the burlap and love the plaid! Great job decorating.


  11. Debbie,
    This is so amazing! I would have sworn that the greenery was fresh from the yard. What a fabulous job on the stockings and wreath. I love the candlesticks, and red is the perfect color. WOW.....WOW!! Beautiful!!

  12. Love the burlap/plaid combo...and the birch candles...and the candle it ALL!!! :)

  13. The perfect combination. All your thought and work came together to make a lovely, welcoming design.

  14. Debbie, all of your decor is just perfect! Then mantel is wonderful. I love the burlap and plaid together; and the magnolia leaves stole my heart!

  15. I love your themes each year and this one is so pretty! With the plaid it just might be my favorite! Love all your kitty 'helpers'! I'm doing such a simple tree this year. I'm just so tired that I don't feel like I can do a big decorating! I'll be sharing soon I hope!

    hugs, Linda

  16. Debbie, I'm loving the mix of burlap, plaid, and natural elements. Your living room looks warm and cozy. Wish I were sitting there by the fire in that charming space. As for me, I've not begun. I'm still in transition mode. ;-)
    Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

  17. It's so pretty! And aren't you the clever one, buying faux magnolia leaves! They look so real. I keep joking that I wonder if someone will call the police if I'm lurking around the Lake Park with my pole pruner, trimming the magnolia trees LOL! I love everything you have done Debbie, it's just lovely. Smooches to the staff :)

  18. I have always loved tartan plaid for Christmas...and love it paired with khaki color. Very cheery!

  19. Hi Debbie, Everything looks fabulous! I love the burlap and plaid too.

  20. Beautiful, beautiful! I also love the burlap and plaid. Where did you find your lamb? I've been looking and looking for a lamb or sheep to put on the mantel at Easter for "Lamb of God". I know you are busy, but if you could respond, I'd really appreciate it.

    Rita at


  21. I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  22. We just love that plaid and burlap! Very cute....such a coordinated mantel....beautiful!

  23. GORGEOUS! I am doing a more rustic theme this year...and not even putting up a tree. Your mantel turned out so beautifully, love the magnolia leaves and those GREAT bargain candleholders...not to mention your adorable burlap stockings. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Crafty Hugs,

  24. Debbie, it's warm and inviting and just says "love" to me.

  25. I am sooo into plaid right now. It looks great as usual. I'm using the NOEL inspired burlap stockings that I used last year---I got the idea from you.

  26. Love this! Very pretty! Lovin all the plaid!

  27. LOVE your mantel!!! The plaid and burlap are so perfect together! Rustic and homespun just like you said! It is so beautiful and festive!

  28. Debbie,
    It all looks great...LOVE your wreath!!!


  29. Hi Debbie,
    I am a lover of both burlap and plaid! This year I decorated my entry with my plaid collection of thermos's and tins. Hopped over from the Homespun Christmas. Now following you.

  30. I'm sure Ozzie was a great help
    with the construction of your
    stockings.. I have a Daisy who
    also loves to help... beautiful
    Christmas display and I especially
    like the Burlap being used on
    several decorations..
    Happy Holiday

  31. I love it Debbie...all of it! Those burlap stockings and the wreath are fabulous!

  32. The burlap and plaid is so darling together! You've done such a wonderful job on your mantel and with all the added "berries and greenery...just the right amount of everything!

  33. Super job! You always put things together so nicely! Your burlap stockings rock! Love the CEO assistant! That was quite the steal on those candlesticks! Good value on the candles too! I bought one that is battery operated with a chunky price tag! Your wreath looks awesome too!

  34. love all the burlap!! And the stockings, they're fabulous!

  35. Your mantle is amazing! Love the way you used the burlap and it looks so pretty with the reds. The garland looks gorgeous! Very pretty!

  36. Love, love, love your burlap and plaid mantel! I'm going to have to drag out my sewing machine now and try to make those stockings!

  37. What a unique and beautiful mantel you've created, Debbie--I love it! The red and green plaid is so pretty, and what a great find on those Goodwill red candle holders. I love the decorations on the coffee table as well, and as always, I love seeing your gorgeous and helpful kitties!

  38. Gorgeous, so country and classic, love it!

  39. Beautiful. I love the red and green plaid for Christmas too and mixing it with the burlap is so amazing.

  40. So classic and festive, I just love it! I attempted to make a few pinecone flowers and failed...guess you need really sharp tools to cut them apart,huh? I will be following you now to see what's new!

  41. Beautiful!!! LOVE how you tied it all together!!

  42. I love every single detail of your mantel and room! The plaid with the burlap is gorgeous and I love the magnolia leaves. The basket on the table is perfect. I wish I could use a live plant on my coffee table but it my be too tempting for my dog! Beautiful job!

  43. Burlap goes beautifully with plaid! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Have a very Merry Christmas!


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