Friday, December 7, 2012

A Rustic Modern Christmas Mantel

I'm kind of in love with how my Christmas decor is coming together this year. I wanted to incorporate texture and natural elements, with a modern twist. It is fun being able to combine fabrics like flannel, burlap, and fur with smooth ceramic, silver and even some sparkle! Here is my Rustic Modern Christmas mantel:

 
It all began with this handsome guy:
 
I mean, how could you walk by him and not want to take him home with you? {Darn you Target!}

Since I changed up the color of my mantel a few months ago, I wanted to contrast the gray with beautiful winter whites. Enter my next project.... faux fur trees:

 
I used two different kinds of craft fur to create the white trees. {You can find my full tutorial here.} Then I decided I needed to incorporate some color and pattern... I found this cozy plaid flannel and knew it was perfect! Check out my Flannel Scallop Tree tutorial for all the details :)
 
 
I love the natural pinecones, but on a few of them I added a little shine with silver gilding from Martha Stewart.
 
My final element is the fresh cedar garland... this stuff smells yummy and it is beautiful! I am so happy with the final result:

 
Now, if only we could actually light a fire in this gorgeous fireplace! It would be SO cozy :) What do your Christmas mantels look like this year?
 
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11 comments:

  1. Simply lovely ... and I am coveting your wood basket!!

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  2. I love it!! Your mantels always make me swoon!

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  3. The mantel is lovely! I love the fresh greenery. I've placed that little guy in my buggy on my last two trips to Target still haven't made the purchase

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  4. I'm crushing on your plaid tree!!! There is something beautiful about a plain piece of Birch - love the wire basket so you can see the beauty of the birch.

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  5. Beautiful! I adore wire baskets. Yours is lovely. The plaid tree is perfect with all of the white and greenery.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  6. It's beautiful, Holly! I just linked my 'mantel' up! I don't have an actual mantel - I have a 12 foot shelf that acts as my mantel. hope that was ok to link it up!

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  7. This is so pretty and chic! I just love it! That little guy is hanging out at my house too, I couldn't resist!

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  8. Your mantel is so pretty! I would love if you stopped by the BIG party to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh wow! I love your trees-fur and plaid, who knew?!!! I decorated our mantel with an array of trees as well :) Great minds think alike!
    Lish @ Imprintalish

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  10. Merry Christmas! Just wanted to let you know I linked back to your blog on my newest post!

    http://southernbellesoulmountainbrideheart.blogspot.com/2012/12/fifteen-favorite-finds-christmas-style.html

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