…and three others~
It started with an early morning trip to Lowe’s for a fresh wreath, a couple of swags and pine rope.
When visiting Lowe’s and The Home Depot, during Christmas season, remember to asked about clippings left over from trimming trees. The box of clippings, shown here, was free of charge. These can be used as filler in arrangements, whether faux or real. We place the clippings in Molly’s little pool, filled with water, to hydrate them until they are used.
We have two gas fireplaces, in our home. One in the hearth room and another in J’s den. We have a small electric fireplace/stove, with a mantel surround, in the master suite.
The wood burning fireplace, shown above, is on our back porch. Instead of a conventional mantel, we have an old garden gate hanging above the fire box. I enjoy decorating this fireplace through all the seasons.
This year, for Christmas, I added a fresh wreath to the gate. The hearth is decorated with an ice skate adorned sled, a pair of antique skis, a lantern and small iron rabbit.
The back porch is accessed from the hearth room and master suite.
Our hearth room mantel for Christmas 2010.
The bark trees are from Nell Hill’s, several years ago. The bark candleholders are from Evergreen Mfg, Osage Beach MO, snowman from Hobby Lobby, a few years ago. The gate is from Apple Wagon Antiques and Home Decor, near Kingdom City Missouri.
A glimpse of the master bedroom mantel, done in green and white, for Christmas 2010.
This fireplace is in the lower level den/lodge. The mantel is rough sawn cedar. The print is one we purchased while visiting the gallery of artist Kathy Glasnap in Door County Wisconsin, a few years ago. Kathy adds cardinals to each of her paintings. The iron candleholder has a cardinal perched on each end. The only other decoration on the mantel is greenery.
a back porch vignette
The Santa Claus, shown on the shutters, is probably 20 years old. The paper mache deer were purchased at Walmart, many years ago. I believe they are 15 or 20 years old.
I am still decorating the back porch. I hope to have a back porch Christmas tablescape soon.
Layla’s Mantel Party, November 30th, at The Lettered Cottage.