Christmas Mantel 2012: BELIEVE

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Ours was full – a little bit of everything.

We saw Red Dawn (and I must say, it was good.  Because it was a remake, I wasn’t expecting much.) 

We got our trees.  Three of them – and there is a story that goes along with that expedition that I’ll share when I show my tree.  Luckily we managed to find a window of good weather and stayed dry!

We also got some Christmas shopping done and we did a lot of chores.  John got all of the porches spider-free and the windows sparkly clean. 

God. Bless. That. Man.

Inside, there was hustle and bustle!

Unfortunately,  I don’t have my decorating done but my fireplace is finished. While  I’m working on the rest of the house, I can at least enjoy that – along with a fire on these stormy days we are experiencing.

Oh, and some Christmas music of course!

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Remember when I posted about Christmas Color Scheme possibilities?  From the options I put together, I chose to go with the red, burlap and charcoal – and added some silver for holiday sparkle.

Sparkle is oh-so-important for the holidays, don’t you think?

I didn’t use a lot of charcoal since it is displayed naturally in the stone.

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An old milk can with a burlap collar and a faux berry vine anchor the left side of the fireplace…

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…while a large, and heavy,  wooden Santa (from Pottery Barn a few years back) perches next to a pair of snowshoes on the right.

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While I am not a big “collector”, I do have a handful of Santas that I have gathered over the years. Some are old, some are not.  This hand-painted gourd is one of my faves.

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Wood letters, painted in ASCP Primer Red are attached to burlap ribbon and draped from the mantel.


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A bundle of silver bells and ribbon add the sparkle, along with some LED lights.

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With the fire going, it is complete!

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Last year,I went simple with greenery, berries and candlelight

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This year, it is all about the message.

Be inspired,

 BLOG NOTE:  Through the holiday season, Turnstyle Vogue will be posting each day.  Yep – 7 days a week of holiday DIY, tips, thoughts and some furniture thrown in here and there.  Please be sure to stop by and say hi – or share your own!

Linking to:

Savvy Southern Style – Homespun Christmas

Cowgirl Up! at Crafty Texas Girls
Get Your Craft On – Today’s Creative Blog
Metamorphosis Monday
Home Stories A To Z
Thrifty Decor Chick – First Monday of Every Month


Tip Junkie handmade projects

DIY By Design
Project Queen
Tip Junkie
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Elizabeth & Co.
Not Just A Housewife
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Restore Interiors
domestically speaking: power of paint party
From My Front Porch To Yours
The Brambleberry Cottage
No Minimalist Here – Open House Party
My Repurposed Life
beyond the picket fence
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
house of hepworths 
36th avenue


Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Tater Tots and Jello
stuff and nonsense


Funky Junk Interiors
The DIY Showoff
Be Different Act Normal

Sisters of the Wild West – Sister Sunday Link Party
Nifty Thrifty Things
Under The Table And Dreaming

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  1. so cute! love the way you did the believe!

  2. I love this. Those are great snowshoes. I would love to have you share this at the Homespun party, too if you like.

  3. I Believe I’m in love! The snowshoes are amazing and I have a little gourd snowman to go with your santa!

  4. This is adorable and so beautiful with all the red berries and the touch of burlap. Love it!


  5. Looks so nice! I love that cute little round Santa. My mom would love him. :) Megan

  6. I do BELIEVE you have created the perfect wintry mantle. The snowshoes are a just right touch. Now all I want is some hot chocolate, a fuzzy robe and a fire.

  7. Wow!! Love your fireplace!! I am jealous of the natural stone :) Nice mix of rustic accents and Santas. Love the snow shoes!!

  8. Your mantel looks so festive and cozy.
    Mary Alice

  9. Love your Santa mantel….You have displayed my favorite word for the holidays….”Believe”…

  10. Gorgeous!

  11. Love your mantel! Beautiful! Very much like the pop of red. I like your Believe burlap sign. I chose to use that word for my mantel, as well. lol :)



  12. Such a great mantel and you decorated it so nicely. I love love the snowshoes. I used vintage wood skis in our living room but I NEED some great snowshoes like yours. The Santas and berries are perfect additions.

  13. So pretty! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday – Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …” We’ve also got a fun Christmas Wish List Giveaway going on which includes a chance to win a Blend Tec. Hope to see you there!