Last year I said that our Christmas mantel at The Glade doesn’t change much from year to year.
2011 Christmas mantle complete with crèche
As usual I’m making a fool of myself and totally going back on that statement. This year’s mantel is a departure from Christmases past. On the right side is the large weathered tin vase with natural greens and herbs I made here.
Just a few pleasant items on the mantel
At first I played it very safe using just a few vintagey, Christmasy items on the mantel. If you look closely above you can see the repetition of tree forms: silver on the small table at left, turquoise on the left of the mantle, and crystal on the right of the mantel. Repetition is always a good design idea, n’est-ce pas?
The candle, herald angel, and glass balls belonged to my mother.
This year we’re focusing on not only using the things we already own but also on our heritage: items and objects from family and friends.
Adding the large picture necessitated moving a few things around.
Moving things around the house I found a large flower print that gave the mantel a bold hit of color while continuing the green theme. Charlie thought it waaaay toooo big.
A few vintage photos: one of me and one of my great-grandmother at about the same age front the large peony print.
On the left side we’re featuring a newly painted ceramic tree along with a smaller glass tree near some old portraits. The right side has a little lift of color with a stack of Christmas cards.
The carved wooden angel harmonizes with the natural theme.
But since Charlie was not really fond of the big picture I changed the mantel one more time. This time I removed the flower print and replaced it with a round silver tray.
A tamer version of the Christmas mantel.
I used the photo of my great-grandmother at the age of 18 on the Thanksgiving mantel and just wanted to feature it a little longer. This is the most distant of my relatives that I can still remember.
Granny in the late 1800s.
The glass balls are held in place by a little patch of double stick tape so once they were in place I did not move them.
3 glass balls (one not shown) carry the color theme of green and turquoise.
This mantel is in total flux because I keep adding and removing elements daily. But I’d like to hold a little vote among the readers. Which do you prefer?
Thanks for your help.
Do you continue to change things? Or once you’re done, you’re done?
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