Heather’s Mantel~ Christmas Blogger Block Party 2011

How exciting! The Christmas Blogger Block Party is underway and we hope you all are enjoying sharing your fabulous holiday décor and projects as much as we are! We’ve had so much fun seeing everyone’s Holiday Copycat Challenges over at Debbie’s and today we are thrilled to be linking our mantels over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.  
I will be sharing mine this morning and Vanessa will be sharing her TWO mantels this afternoon! Two posts in one day..whew!
I had so much fun decorating my mantel this year.  I wanted to go in a completely different direction from last year, using a soothing and crisp color palette.  I settled on white and green with touches of silver and gold!
I am so pleased with how it all came together.
My brick fireplace and oak mantel have always been a challenge for me.  Ideally I would have painted it white, but with all of the other projects going on around here it just wasn’t in the cards before Christmas.  I did repaint my fireplace screen a creamy white and feel it really brightened up the brick.
I took an old black frame I had and painted it silver and layered it behind my gold mirror.
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I made faux metal letters to spell JOY and hung them over the mirror with tiny silver tinsel.  I reused some garland I had that is very realistic and strung white lights through it. 
One of the few purchases I made this season were white vases from Ikea.  I love Ikea because they are so inexpensive and I knew they would have lots of crisp white simple pieces for my green and white theme.  
Vanessa also found these gorgeous white stockings with silver beaded snowflakes for me, I was so excited to have new stockings!
On one side I placed a tall white vase with one sprig of faux evergreen.  I piled a galvanized bucket with green ornaments I already owned.  I recycled a green wine bottle, wrapping it in layers of white and green ribbon and placing a tall white taper in it.  
I filled a pretty lacy white flowerpot with some green berries from the Dollar Tree and I glued two glittered stars from the Dollar Tree back to back and tucked it into the corner.
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On the other side I placed a small little green potted topiary in another little footed white flowerpot from Ikea and added an additional wine bottle to mirror to add symmetry with the other side. 
 I took an old copper rusted lantern and painted it white.  I filled it with green mirrored and glittered ornaments.  I found this pretty little live Christmas tree at Big Lots and I love the addition of some real greenery to the mantel.
I think in spite of the brick I was able to create a light bright and crisp mantel this year!
So are you ready to share your mantels at the Christmas Blogger Block Party? Head on over to Kristin’s to link your mantel up! Be sure to head back over here this afternoon to see Vanessa’s mantels and join us tomorrow for the Porches and Doors party here At The Picket Fence and at Judy’s at DIY By Design for the Banister party!
We also wanted to remind you that each party will be having FABULOUS giveaways sponsored by some of the most amazing online stores and websites!
We can’t wait to share the AMAZING giveaways…yes we said GIVEAWAYS (PLURAL!!) that we will be having at both parties here At The Picket Fence! 
Are you enjoying the Christmas Blogger Block Party? We sure hope so! We appreciate all of your participation and we look forward to partying with you all week! See you back here soon…At The Picket Fence!


  1. says

    Oh, my goodness, Heather! Your mantel is so beautiful, shiny and bright! I love your fireplace screen too! JOY to you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. says

    Just really beautiful…love it all…so fresh…the green is lovely.

    I have a question for you…on your fireplace screen…did you paint it and if so, what kind of paint did you use? There is one at the antique store that I have walked by, stopped and considered at least 100 times and it is black…I love your white one and I think white would look great in my family room too.

    Thank you to you and Vanessa for sharing and for hosting this very fun Christmas Block Party!


  3. says

    The mantle looks gorgeous. The lime it so vibrant & it has just the right sparkle. My mantle is a pain in the booty too but I didn’t notice anything but how fresh and pretty it looked all dressed up for the holiday!! Merry Christmas.

  4. says

    I love the JOY hanging in front of the mirror. I sure hope you don’t mind but I’m stilling the idea for my mirror, that is if I ever get to decorate for Christmas. Your entire mantel is so pretty.

  5. Christie says

    Heather, your mantel looks AWESOME! The colors are great and festive and I love the ‘JOY’ hanging in front of the mirror! The Blog party is so much fun! Thanks for hosting it! Christie

  6. Cindy says

    My brick fireplace is a challenge for me too Heather! White, green, silver and gold…oh so pretty!!! Love the JOY hanging on the mirror!

  7. says

    Heather, your mantle is gorgeous! I absolutely love every single detail! The green and white together is soooooo pretty!
    Could you please come help me decorate my home next?! :)

  8. says

    Hi Heather…

    I’m just coming over from Pamela’s mantel party! Ohhh my…I love your color choice…the bright white and bright green is sooo pretty and cheerful! You did a beautiful job, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas with us today!

    Warmest Christmas Wishes,

  9. says

    Yes you did! I absolutely love it. I wanted to put those very colors in my house more this year, and every time I turned around, I was sticking up red instead.(That’s because I’m so stinking cheap and have a lot of red in good shape.) There’s hope though! I think that gorgeous mantel could lead you right on through the new year, and I intend to try to copy cat it then.

  10. says

    You and your sister have done such a great job on your mantels. I like how you spelled out JOY and then added so many pretty things around it. Love your simple colorscheme too.


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