Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Holiday Mantel

Happy Tuesday!  Are you getting into the Christmas/holiday spirit yet?

The folks at She Knows Canada contacted me to share a Christmas decor tip with their readers awhile back.  So, I got cracking on decorating the mantel.  I didn’t even pull out the boxes of ornaments and decorations from the basement as I wanted to do something different from Christmases past.
I had seen an owl print as part of a Christmas display at a retailer and I remembered that I had taken a photo of a snowy owl at my local conservation area a few summers ago.  I was up close during one of their bird presentations.  I had the photo enlarged and popped him in a frame.

This set the stage for a wintery woodland theme. I bought the woodchip heart from HomeSense, the two deer from the Superstore and the glittery gold and wood bird from my local greenhouse. Then,  I just added in some burlap and my vintage brass candlesticks and that was that!

I have since added in some greenery and of course the stockings are added closer to the big day. Oh, if you looked back at my previous mantel displays, you may have noticed that the wall colour changed. It was a light buttery colour and now it is Para’s P5223-24 (aka Sarah Richardson’s Lily). It’s the perfect greige – not too grey and not too beige. It’s become my go-to colour as it really goes with everything!


(Excuse the terrible photos. Next year, I’m going to invest in a big girl camera - an SLR so I can take better quality photos. I know I have said that once or twice before but it’s time!)

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Do you change things up every year?

You can read the She Knows article here.  And I am linking up here. If you are visiting for the first time, welcome!

Have a great week!


  1. It's lovely Vanessa.Because it isn't so Christmasy it will work great for the rest of the winter, when everything looks so bare, after the Christmas decorations come down. Congrats on being asked to do this.

  2. LOVE, LOVE your mantle Vanessa- my favourite one I've seen this season:)

  3. Very cute Vanessa...my daughter loves owls. Anthropology has some great owl decor.

  4. What a gorgeous, sleek mantel--I love it! Love the drama that the beautiful owl photograph provides.

  5. I love this Canadian-made mantle. Finally some stores I can shop at without having to travel :) I love the owl inspiration.

  6. Very pretty! I love all the neutrals and that owl photo is fantastic!

  7. Love what you did here. I try to change it up a little every year. This year I injected a healthy dose of felt to all my Christmas decor.

  8. Where is this fireplace? I love it and don't remember seeing it! can't believe you took that owl shot ... totally HOT! and I am loving the neutral + black & white palette in the space this year. Share the final look too ... love to see the greenery and stockings :)


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