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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Cottage Mantel

Sometimes decorating starts with one unexpected item and then builds from there. I saw this Cottage sign at a local store and loved it thinking I would hang it on the porch. But I never considered the porch is white and it looked lost against the house. Hum…..still love the sign, now what. After trying it in a couple of places I settled on the mantel. I don't use a lot of red inside the house but what the heck, it is the holidays a little red will be wonderful.



 I love the fireplace screen, it was originally a bronzy color but I painted it to coordinate with the fireplace.


I only have one smallish box of holiday decorations at the cottage so I had to repurpose things I had on hand.  Birdcages (I'd hate to count how many I have of those), planters, fish floats (the green balls) and clocks.  The santas and red ribbon are from my holiday stash and I grabbed extra greens when we got the little tree for the porch.









36 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Laura, It looks great- I LOVE that COTTAGE sign..it makes a nice anchor piece for your fireplace. Love the screen, too. xo Diana

Olive said...

Laura, the mantle is so sweet with your COTTAGE sign. I love the collection of clocks too. I have just about decided not to bake. xo, olive

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your mantel looks so festive with the cottage sign! Love the clocks and fish floats, too!

Dawn said...

Darling sign and I love the clock collection next to it. Great mantel and I see you changed your header:)

Connie said...

Oh my goodness, I love, love, love your mantel. It is so creative and so fresh and clean. Absolutely beautiful:)
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Your blogging sister, Connie :)

podso said...

Love it! I would take that cottage sign home with me if I could! The clocks---it all looks so lovely the way you've arranged it!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your cottage sign :) Your mostly white with touches of red decorating is so pretty!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

What a gorgeous fireplace and I LOVE your cottage sign! The perfect centerpiece!!

Millie said...

very cute!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
I love your Cottage sign and it looks right at home there on your mantel. You have a wonderful fireplace and I like your screen as well as the sweet little table in front. Thanks for sharing with us and enjoy the rest of your week.

Christmas blessings to you and your family,
Sandi

Marissa said...

Love your fireplace and clocks!!! looks nice and merry! Blessings Marisa

Maggie said...

Your cottage mantle is a delight, the sign looks perfect there. Beautiful mosaics, so well composed.
Thanks for visiting Normandy Life.

Carol L McKenna said...

How lovely ~ could be in a magazine ~ lovely decor and photography ~


(A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

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White Whimsy said...

Love the cottage sign and the white fireplace! Gorgeous!

Lynn Proctor said...

i love everything i have seen you do!!!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

This mantel is great. Love your sign, the clocks and all the ornaments.

Pam said...

It looks awesome! I love the shot of the clocks and Santas.

Donna Wilkes said...

Wonderful eclectic mix - that takes a creative eye!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hi Laura! Loving the cottage sign, the mantel is lovely and so is the clock. You have some gorgeous ornies too. Thank you for your sweet visit my friend. Happy holidays.
FABBY

Sherry said...

I wrapped presents today! I couldn't believe I had so many. I didn't think I had that many. I am like you I am ready to move on to the baking! I love your mantel especially the Santa and clocks! Very cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! I am following you back!
Sherry

Yona Williams said...

Cute sign. Happy Holidays!

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victoriantailor said...

Adorable, love the santa's, especially the nesting one!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh baking sounds like fun! And work! No I'm not there yet. But I do love your sign. Caught my eye right away. Love your cottage style too! Cheers!

Rachel O. said...

I am in love with your mantel. That cottage sign is perfect - gives it the best holiday feel.

Ann said...

How clever using fish floats--so pretty in green. The sign does look really nice at the center and all the clocks compliment it so nicely.
Ann

ImSoVintage said...

I love your mantle, Laura. Clocks are one of my favorite collections. So nice to have found your blog.
hugs,
Laura

Jan said...

Just beautiful!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I love the fireplace screen, and the cottage sign. We have to repurpose at our camp, and you did a great job with what you had available.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Laura! Oh how I love a well-dressed mantel! Mine is so simple this year, but I am enjoying it to the fullest. Thank you for your comment last night. Anita

Jody and Stan said...

Laura, What a gorgeous Christmas mantel. Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love your collection of clocks! Have a wonderful holiday week!

Jody

Katherines Corner said...

This is lovely. I like everything but the bird cage is my favorite! Love the shape of it. Thank you or sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

What a beautiful fireplace! You have arranged it so professionally - are you sure you're amateurs!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love your sign. So cute for the holidays.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Laura, it just looks perfect! What a cute sign and the way you put into use what you had an hand looks so pretty! Love the simple charm. Happy baking!
Merry Christmas,
Susie

Jann Olson said...

Laura, I love the new cottage sign. Perfect on your mantel. I love birdcages and have a few myself. Oh how hubby would love it if I just had a couple boxes of Christmas. Love everything you pulled together! The clocks say 'Christmas Time'! Thanks for sharing with 'Creating Christmas'
Hugs,
Jann

bj said...

That is an adorable sign...the screen looks really classy painted the same color as your fireplace...love it.
I love your little red ribbons...my mom always said tying red ribbons on just almost ANYthing made it look Christmasy....:))
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