I really wanted to stick with my old stand by of light and sparkle juxtaposed against the rustic birch and pine cones. Love that look.
I took pics with the lights on and off.
The weather has been rainy and it was very dark, not the best for taking pics, but my little point and shoot did ok. (Hoping for something a little better under the Christmas Tree this year! Fingers crossed)
I flanked the fireplace with these two little buckets. I had a vintage galvanized bucket but couldn’t find another one so I bought this little guy on the left at the dollar store. I was going to cover them both in burlap but used the burlap for the bottom of my tree.
It is a winter wonderland mess but I really like it.
This wreath was the only item I bought new for the mantel. It was $16.00, I had everything else. I just loved the sparkle, which doesn’t show well in the pics.
I bought these little battery operated lights that fit so nicely into my buckets. It looks really magical at night when they are lit up.
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Jan @ BellaCasa
I heart your mantel!! It is just beautiful and I love the buckets with the birch! I saw those little lights and debated whether to get them or not because I couldn't picture what they look like, I love them and might have to back and get some!! (love the big mercury balls too!)
French Basketeer.com says
this is soo pretty! I love lights on the mantel. The glass candle holders are so delicate and light. The whole arrangement looks fantastic!
very merry vintage style says
I love it–so sparkly and I bet it looks even holiday decor party at verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com
Honey at 2805 says
Everything is perfect. I love the look. Hope you will stop by for a visit (warning: I'm working on a new blog header so it's bare bones). I'm your newest follower.
Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack says
I heart your mantel! It's beautiful! Like how you added in the rustic with the elegant. How do you do it?!? Gorgeous!
Dawn-Hydrangea Home says
Your mantel looks gorgeous!! I love it! Especially the huge pinecones. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says
Your mantel is so sparkly and gorgeous!! I LOVE the birch wood in the buckets too!!
Amy R. says
Beautiful! I just love the buckets. Great idea!
Meg and Mum's says
This is breathtaking! I'm not anywhere near that creative when it comes to Christmas decorating 🙁
Wow Kim, looks amazing,and still imspiring with the use of only white. Love it.
That is gorgeous!
Pretty mantel! I love the woodsy, natural decor. I just got an early xmas present of a Canon Rebel XS with a telephoto lens. Tell Santa that there's a great deal on it at Costco =) Love it
Audrey Pettit says
Your mantel is just beautiful! Love the mixture of elements you used. Everything looks just fabulous.
The Inspired Nest says
Wow! Your mantel is gorgeous! I just love how the wreath looks on the mirror. And the buckets are so cute!
Michelle @ Sweet Something Design says
Really beautiful! I love the birch!
Beautiful. Simply Beautiful! You have such a great talent for displays.
Ann @ makethebestofthings says
Your mantel takes my breath away! Now I am determined to put together a faux mantel in my home, I just love all the great designs I'm seeing. Wonderfully done, just beautiful!
I love it all– where did you get those beautiful white birch logs? Beautiful!
Susie at Not So Shabby says
I wanted to know where to get the birch logs as well!! Beautiful ~ I think I will do white and pine cones and greenery this year 🙂
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
Your mantle is gorgeous!! I love all the serene beauty of it and those berry wreaths are a favorite of mine too!! Stopping by from Very Merry Vintage Style~ Love it!! 🙂
Thank you all for the lovely comments, I so appreciate each one! I got the birch logs from my local floral nursery that sells xmas trees, wreaths etc. They are $10 to $20 each for an 8 ft piece. However, you can also cut down your own if you have a patch of land with some trees on it! lol. Please do not do what I was tempted to do and grab a saw, slink into somebody's forest and chop one down! (No I didn't/wouldn't, that's dishonest!) lol.
Oh, so fun! I love the glass candlesticks. I collect them and envy your large ones. What a fun and cheery mantle! The lights make it all stand out. Great job!
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Amy Kinser says
That is one beautiful "mess"! I am so impressed and so excited to be a new follower. Nice to meet you.
Hilary @ Sweet as June says
it looks so beautiful… EVERYTHING!!! and I love your Christmas header. 🙂 happy Sunday!!
Sherri @ Design2Shine says
Wow! It is simply amazing. I heart it ALL. The buckets with logs, lights and cones are just beautiful. Your 'mess' is PERFECT! Just my style too.
Now That's a pretty mantel. Terry
So pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am so glad I stopped by yours. I really love those buckets flanking your fireplace. I am going to store that idea away for when there aren't anymore toddlers running around here!
Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. says
Oooooh, so much green and white. I loooooove it.
Low Tide High Style says
I found you through lovely Michelle's blog. I love your mantle, it's simply beautiful!
Beautiful idea! I love the contrast of the silver bucket with the white lights and natural wood.
SHERRY HART says
Oh my gosh…those galvanized buckets are magical!!! I love them and you can bet I am going to try and re-create them for next Christmas….you have the touch girl!
Found this on Pinterest – where did you get those lights that look like branches? Love them!
I'm curious about the battery operated lights, too. I found some on Amazon. "Gerson 36852 20-Inch Battery Operated Brown Lighted Branch with Timer" Is this what we need to look for? I'm a loving the bucket look and working to put my own twist on it.
My comment is actually a repeat of the last two comments…..fell upon the pic of the buckets on pinterest and LOVE the lit branches. Never seen those before so I was also wondering where those came from. Beautiful setup!
You actually answered this question with your most recent blog post so thank you! I will start the hunt for the twig lights and report back if i find them….thanks again for the great idea!
Hello – just wanted to let people know you can find twig lights (and other versions) at Target.
Here is the link:
Where do you get teh birch that wraps around the candle?
Love the twig lights too!
Green Willow Pond says
Beautiful! I don't have a mantle, but your buckets really caught my eye! I have some of those lighted branches and some galvanized buckets. Great idea! I found you on Pinterest 🙂
Have a lovely week!
Hi there, I just love the buckets. Where on earth did you find the large pine cones. I can't seem to locate them.