Monday, December 5, 2011

Living Room Mantle


Last week in my area of Southern California has been a very unusal one. On Wednesday night we experience hurricane strength winds. Enormous ammounts of damage was done, mainly because of falling and uprooted trees. I was fortunate in that I only lost one small tree, some of my fences and damage to several arbors. I was without power for four days...early this morning it was restored. This really makes one appreciate the basic comforts of heat and light. I am so thankful that I was spared more costly damage and thankfully no one was injured. Because of this I decided  to repost my living room mantle from last year. I will be back with a new post later in the week.


I love the simple, elegant, designs that so many people are doing now, particulary in green and white , so fresh, clean and beautiful. But in my home it just wouldn't work...on the other hand, lavish, over-the-top, fits in very well and no place better than my mantle in the living room. Early on in the holiday season I found two beautiful garlands on a special sale at Michael's for 70% off and they became the basis for my mantle decoration this year. The garlands are composed of gilted magnolia leaves, sparkly pears, and some small pine cone clusters. I already had the additional greenery, the clear glass ornaments, the wired ribbon and the lovely velvet flowers. Here we go...the La Vie Qutidienne mantle for 2010!








A charming bird nest ornament made one year by my even more charming daughter at, http://loveandlifeatleadora.blogspot.com/




















Do you think that Santa will like it when he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve. I hope so because I have a very long list!

34 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Your mantel is fabulous!

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  2. Your mantle is beautiful! It really reflects your style.

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  3. Your mantle looks very beautiful and as far as from what I have seen from you I think this fits your house perfectly. Santa won't have a chance but like it!

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  4. I agree that this is the only way to go for your mantle. Inspiring and elegant.

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  5. It's all about context and sometimes more is more! It looks very beautiful and perfect for your style and your house. Great work!
    abby

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  6. I think you need to go simple or over the top gorgeous, like you mantel. I think Santa will definitely be coming to your home, but he might not want to leave, Kathysue

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  7. Totally fits your house! I love it -- so full and lush. And, so pretty. Mantle decor looks the best when it works with the room and the people who enjoy it. Bravo :)

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  8. Your mantle looks beautiful. You were right. Those garlands are perfect for it. Love the opalescent balls too. I can't imagine you doing anything "simple". Your style has always been "big and lavish" (remember my wedding bouquet?).

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  9. Stunning. Absolutely stunning. I just love your rich garland.

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  10. Your mantle looks gorgeous! You have such a lovely home.

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  11. I love it! I have that same bunny picture. It's right over my desk where I do all my blogging. You did a great job on that mantel, I love the little bird.

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  12. Adrienne, your mantle is absolutely lovely, and Santa won't have any problems! I hope all your Christmas wishes come true!

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  13. Outstanding! I love the bird ornament your daughter made...

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  14. thank you very much for ur lovely comment in my blog.

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  15. Ohhh, how elegant. I love that little bird :)

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  16. Wow you out did yourself lol!! It is stunning absolutely beautiful ~Enjoy all your lovely holiday decorations ~Love Heather

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  17. Your mantel is gorgeous! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. So beautiful. Love the little birds nest. Yes Santa will love it . Don't forget the milk and cookies.Merry Christmas

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  19. I just love your mantel!! I love how full it is. That's my goal for next year!!

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  20. WOW. It's beautiful! I've added it to my Top 10 Christmas Decorations post (which I haven't published yet - but stay tuned!).

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  21. The word sumptuous came to mind when I saw this. It's like a fantasy made real.

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  22. Oh my, your mantel is absolutely stunning. So pretty. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Your mantel is beautiful! I'm happy to hear you did not have to much damage from the storm.

    Dee

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  24. Sooooo pretty! I love all of your Christmas pretties... simply beautiful.

    Thanks for coming to visit!

    Warmest blessings,
    Spencer

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  25. Hi Adrienne! Oh, your mantel is glorious! I love it and how you made your garland so full and the candles! Just so beautiful.
    Sorry you received some damage from those winds. I saw about this on TV.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  26. I wondered how you were doing out there in California!

    Your mantel is gorgeous Adrienne. Photos amazing as always.

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  27. Soooo beautiful! Utah had some crazy wind last week too. Glad to say we lost some branches but not our ancient trees. Mimi

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  28. You've done an amazing job! I think Santa will love it. And the wreath on your previous post is gorgeous...one of the prettiest I've seen all season. Enjoy your week, Adrienne.
    Catherine

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  29. Very glad to hear you are safe and didn't suffer much damage. But being without power for four days was enough, I imagine! Happy to see your mantle from last year as I wasn't visiting then.

    Take care and have a lovely week, Adrienne. – g

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