Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas & warm Holiday greetings to all blog friends! ..

I’ve always had such a big interest in  decorating,  especially for the holidays. I thoroughly enjoy it,  so when my parents called on me a few days before Christmas to decorate their home for the season. I jumped on it! I decided to make the living room  mantle the focal point of their holiday decor,  it greets visitors,  and is also where our family will gather for the Holidays. 


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Okay now comes the fun part. Yep, I kind of figured you would want to know some of the dets of how I achieved this look.

I used two oversized garlands, one at the top above the mirror and one on the mantle. The next step might make you a little squeamish, to hang the upper garland you will have to use two picture hanger hooks in.  Yep, you will have to make a few small holes in the wall.  The holes will have to be patched after Christmas.  Come on folks you can do it,  that’s what spackle was created. The lower garland you can secure with nails underneath the wooden mantle. That’s one of Mom’s crafty tricks!

The garlands aren't the skimpy kind you see at Target and WalMart, oooh no, these bad boys are densely thick and come with a hefty price tag.  You can purchase them at specialty Christmas stores.  I bought these the day after Christmas for half price,  and have used them many times over the years.  My clients often rent them for the holidays. I used a combination of fresh Noble branches mixed in with the artificial garland.


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She chose a burgundy & gold color palette. I  used this magnificent velvet fabric on both ends of the mantel, I allowed it to cascade to the floor in a puddle. 

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I placed this elegant angel mom purchased at Home Goods,  in the center to be the crowning gem. We love Home Goods!!! I placed the angle on a pedestal to make her appear airborne!

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Sorry about the blurry photos folks.

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I mingled curly willow and birds (mom’s favorite) throughout.  We call all birds rippers,  not sure why,  we just do. lol

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burgundy velvet wired ribbon

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Wishing you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas!!  Have a wonderful 
day and enjoy!


Last week while at my niece and nephews Holiday program, they sang about figgy pudding.

It's amazing what the brief mention of this Victorian-era Christmas carol did for me.  Come to find out every year, thousands of people around the world, including myself  become curious about the figgy pudding mentioned in the secular English carol, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Apparently, it came from an obscure little dessert.

“Please pass the figgy pudding!”

Figgy Pudding

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  1. You did a fabulous job, my creative/gifted daughter!


  2. Laurie, this is absolutely stunning! I love your eye for beauty and design.

    {ps. the comment from your mom warmed my heart. Moms are the BEST}


  3. Laurie,
    Just found your blog and love it! Your photos are beautiful and that mantle is to die for! I am your newest follower and will be checking back often! Would love for you to visit me at!


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