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CHRISTMAS BEDROOM MANTEL 2010 & Winners!

While decking the halls and trimming the trees this weekend
I thought I would share my Christmas bedroom mantel from last year
again before revealing this years look.
(Apologies for the dark iphone photos from last year :-/ )


A mix of old and new...
shiny and chippy.


A favorite shabby crusty antique mirror that I found
in the basement of an abandoned antique store...
I wasn't sure the condition really, the lighting was bad
and it was covered in years of dirt and dust.
But underneath that crust,
I found an absolutely delightful forgotten antique piece.
Gorgeous chunky frame,
old original shabby peely paint and an absolutely wonderful
old mirror showing it's age and character.
I loved it immediately.
I dragged it upstairs (literally!) to the guy holding the sale and bought it.
I think I paid $3.00 for it.
For it's Holiday look
I draped it in fresh cut cedar branches and a white berry vines across the top,
a thrift store find leafy wreath
and laid more cedar branches & a bit of bling at the bottom *wink*


This is a tall mirror- probably near 5 feet tall-
it fits perfectly above the fireplace.


The antique candelabra's I found at a flea market flank the sides


and they are so charming draped in cedar branches and red frosted berries.


A Home Goods find Santos doll graces the center of the mantel.
Perfect for the holidays ~ Santos dolls are quite meaningful.
I love their soulful expressions and their simple beauty.


She wears her metal angel wings and holds
a bronze glass ball and glittered star.



Working on the bedroom mantel this weekend and sharing it's new look soon!

WE HAVE WINNERS IN the GALLERY DIRECT giveaway!!
Sherry No Minimalist Here
Dee Gee RN
Fabbys Living
Congratulations!!!

Please send me your contact info ladies ASAP


36 comments

  1. So pretty! I just love your $3.00 mirror find....it's gorgeous! I recently saw some Santos dolls in a magazine. They are so wonderful. I love your angel; she's lovely!

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  2. Just gorgeous...I adore the Santos doll...I really do need to make myself one of these one day.

    Blessings Kelsie

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  3. Love the romantic appeal of this, Courtney. Can't wait to see the new one.

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  4. Stunning! I love it all, from the mirror to the Santos angel, my fav.
    Hugs, FABBY

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  5. Your mantel from last year is so stunning! It' nice to revisit it, but will be fun to see how you are able to improve on it's beauty.

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  6. Your mirror is gorgeous, Courtney! I think I remember it from last year...and your angel is beautiful. I love all the greenery on your mantel! It must be lovely to have a fireplace in your bedroom!

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. OH I LOVE IT ! LOVE YOUR SANTOS DOLL.

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  8. Love, Love, Love everything..especially Santos doll with mirror! Beautiful!

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  9. Such a pretty mix of chippy vintage and sparkle. Love the mirror. What a steal ;) Enjoy the long weekend.

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  10. Looks beautiful, can't wait to see your creation this year~

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  11. Stunning, looking forward to this years mantel. Love those Santos dolls. Diane

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  12. Absolutely GORGEOUS Courtney! Can't wait to see this years! Happy decorating, Martina

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  13. So beautiful. The mirror was such a wonderful find. Love the Santos also. Can't wait to see what you do this year. Hugs, Marty

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  14. That mirror may be the best find...ever!

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  15. Courtney- It looks beautiful. I am anxious to see any changes you make to it! Gorgeous as it was it is hard to imagine that it could be prettier! xo Diana

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  16. Courtney- thanks for sharing your old photos. They are elegant and I love the greys. Isn't Homegoods the best? andrea@townandprairie

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  17. courtney, that mirror is beautiful! What a find. Your mantle is stunning. I am thrilled that I found your blog.

    MC

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  18. I always love your vignettes Courtney. Just lovely. :-)

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  19. Your mantle is gorgeous, Courtney! I love how you've shared each element with us! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  20. Very pretty, Courtney! I can't wait to see what you've come up with for this year.

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  21. This is just lovely! You always have gorgeous vignettes! I don't know what you will do this year because this looks perfect!

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  22. I need to go shopping with you, Courtney. You sure find the best deals!!! lol! I love the old, vintage look of your Christmas mantel. Soooo pretty! My decor is all up and photographed! hehehe!

    xoxo laurie

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  23. I don't know anything about Santos dolls, but yours looked quite elegant.

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  24. So pretty Courtney and so tranquil. Looking forward to this years mantle.

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  25. Well, I love last years version. I'll be back to see the update.

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  26. Love the vintage angel!
    I’ve just stumbled upon your lovely blog and have signed up as a follower. I look forward to popping by again for some more gorgeous inspiration!
    I’ve just put the finishing touches on my new blog ‘Country Style Chic’. It’s a daily blog on country living including chic interiors, stylish fashion, food, flowers and fun things to do.
    http://countrystylechic.blogspot.com
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute!
    x
    Melissah

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous, Courtney !! I can't wait to see what you do this year !!

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  28. Courney your mantel is just gorgeous. I love the Santos doll that you have used to create like a centre piece.
    Thanks for sharing

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  29. Oh, I remember this from last Christmas. I can't believe it's already been a whole year. This looks so pretty, I can't wait to see what you do next :)

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  30. Loving last years look...can't wait to see this years decorations. I'm a new follower.
    Happy Projects!
    Sherry

    http://ponderedprimedperfected.blogspot.com/2011/11/cabinet-door-turned-tray.html

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  31. Awesome $3 mirror! Lucky you. Happy holidays to you. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog.

    Ciao,
    Suzanne

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  32. Wow Courtney, absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
    You did an amazing job!!
    Hope you have a lovely week.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  33. Hi Courtney, I am just getting caught up on my blog reading and I see I am one of your winners! Thank you so very much. I am really excited to have won this giveaway.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  34. elsa_francoa@hotmail.comAugust 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Este Blog es encantador,estoy feliz de descubrirlo en pinterest,gracias por tan exquisita decoracion,de verdad es un gran placer mirar tanta belleza.Mil Felicidades a ustedy su Blog.

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