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Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel

I’m excited to share my first Christmas post for the season.  I started this year’s Christmas decorating with my mantel.  I’m calling it a Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel since I used traditional colors of red, green and gold combined with fresh greenery and pinecones.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

 

I’m sharing my mantel as part of a week-long Christmas Ideas Tour hosted by Angie from Postcards from the Ridge.  I adore Angie’s decorating style and if you’ve never visited her blog, I promise that you’ll enjoy it.  Today on the tour we are sharing our Christmas mantels.  You’ll find links to all of the mantels shared today and for the other projects that will be shared the rest of the week at the end of this post.

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Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel

My decor style is traditional and I love to incorporate antiques and vintage into my seasonal decor.  Red candles in brass holders look festive combined with greenery and snow-kissed pinecones.  A boxwood wreath on the mirror and greenery and firewood on the hearth completes the Christmas mantel.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

 

 

 

Every year since we’ve been married, my husband gives me a Swarovski snowflake ornament.  I display them on a tree that we made that sits on a music stand that belonged to a relative.  As the light moves from one side of the room to the other as the day passes, the snowflakes create refracted light patterns on the walls and ceiling.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

This is our formal living room and the family member who uses it the most is our dog.  He naps on the sofa or on the rug most of the day.  I’m sure he appreciates having “his” room decorated for Christmas.

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Christmas Mantel Details

The boxwood wreath was made using clippings from my yard.  The pinecones and greenery are also from my yard.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

 

The antique mirror over the mantel is from the Shenandoah Valley.  The candle holders that flank it are a thrifting find.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

 

I gave the pinecones a spritz of faux snow to make them look snow-kissed.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

Arborvitae is nice to use on a mantel since its greenery is flat.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

Cones on the tips of Japanese Cryptomeria branches are so pretty.

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The Hearth

A vintage box filled with greenery along with a wood barrel filled with wood grace the hearth.  The fireplace tools are from Virginia Metalcrafters which sadly has been closed for many years.  If  you have brass in your home, if it is marked with VM, it’s from Virginia metalcrafters.

Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel - A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional southern style. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasmantel #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas

Can you see George Washington behind the glass?  George Washington andirons were a popular Virginia Metalcrafter product.  We found this set in an antique shop in Charlottesville.

Christmas Hearth - A vintage box filled with greens along with a wooden barrel filled with logs grace the hearth for Christmas. #christmas #christmashomedeco #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas #vintagechristmas

My mom and grandmothers are the source for most of the vintage items that I use in my decor.  Mama gave me this box years ago and the red lettering along with greens from my yard looks festive for Christmas.

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My mom gave me this barrel and I love how it looks embellished with a faux boxwood wreath for Christmas.  I made this wreath with faux boxwood garland from Target’s dollar spot.

A vintage wooden barrel filled with logs is embellished with a boxwood wreath for Christmas. #christmas #christmashomedecor #christmasideas #favoritechristmasideas #vintagechristmas

Christmas Ideas Tour

Now it’s time to see all the Christmas ideas from these talented home bloggers. Here’s the tour lineup for the week. Be sure to visit everyone for wonderful Christmas ideas for the whole house. The links for each topic are below the images.

Monday – Christmas Mantel Ideas

 

Tuesday – Christmas Tablescape Ideas

 

Wednesday – Christmas DIY/Craft Project Ideas

 

Petticoat Junktion // Hearth and Vine // Girl in the Garage // Just the Woods // Lora Bloomquist

Thursday – Christmas Tree Ideas

Friday – Christmas Recipes

30 Comments

  1. I love the little wreath hanging on the barrel, Paula! And I’d love to see the prisms all over the room when the sun shines through those snowflakes; what a special tradition! So fun to see your dog’s favorite room all decorated so nicely;)

  2. Love, love, love your beautiful mantel, but must admit I get distracted by your beautiful furniture pieces. You have such a lovely home. It’s always a treat to visit. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. Paula, your Southern traditional mantel is beautiful! The combo of the red and green with those blue drapes is just stunning! We planted one of those cryptomeria trees in our yard and it was growing so well. But we needed to move it and it didn’t survive the transplanting. I love the snowflake crystal ornaments that you have displayed on the wooden tree and the story behind them.

  4. Your mantel is beautiful. I love the simplicity of it – greenery, candles and pine cones. Very elegant and festive. I always enjoy your stories about the history of the decorations you share from your homes. It makes all the decorating you do that much more interesting and beautiful.

  5. I love all the little touches of your fireplace decorating, Paula! The barrel is so great and I love that your mom gave it to you (I’m mushy like that!).
    Im sure your dog is loving “his” room all decorated!

  6. Paula your traditional mantel is so pretty. I love all the natural elements from your yard and the way you have paired them with beautiful wood vintage pieces. Perfect for Christmas.

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  8. Paula– Your use of traditional pieces always looks FANTASTIC and totally captures the seasons so beautifully. When you pulled back and showed the red throw pillows, too, my heart went pitter patter…they’re perfection in this space. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  9. Paula,
    Your lovely mantle is straight out of Williamsburg! It is so classically and simply beautiful.

    And so funny…my husband has gifted me a Waterford ornament every year we’ve been together as well and I ‘ve been trying to figure out a way to display them separately from the tree…your idea is brilliant.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    So happy to join you on this fantastic blog tour!

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. Thank you, Lynn! Telling me that my mantel looks like Williamsburg is a huge compliment. I love visiting Williamsburg at Christmas and looking at the decor. It was fun to tour with you this week!
      Paula

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