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

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

  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

  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.

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

  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!

  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!

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

  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

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


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