Sunday, December 2, 2012

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Mantel




Welcome to December, the most beautiful month of the year for decorating! It's always fun to try something new, and this year it's a vintage hand-crochet mantel scarf. 





  I envy those of you who have something ample to decorate over your winter fireplaces. Our ledge is only six inches deep! But I feel lucky to have found an old cloth made especially for the purpose that makes me feel a warm connection to history. On the other hand, my husband says the trim reminds him of icicles!




I didn't spend a lot of time researching, but it seems that the purpose of a mantel cloth has only ever been for making the hearth more homey, cozy, and pretty. Of all times for something old-fashioned, for me it is Christmastime. Maybe we will prop all our cards up here like the Victorians did! 








Not much else has changed in the room, but a little fringe, a string of lights, and a bit of green has made all the difference to welcome a new season.















It's no trouble to whisk a few things away when we need to, and I'm looking forward to all month long gathering friends and loved ones near the fire. That includes you!  















Thanks so much for your visit!
I hope the new month is off to a wonderful start for you . . . .

Jacqueline




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37 comments:

Anne said...

Jacqueline your Mantle looks so charming.LOVE the lace with your Christmas greens and a twinkle of light.Pure perfection!
xx
Anne

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty! The crochet scarf does look a bit like ice dripping! I love how you use the big bowl for your Christmas cards, wonderful idea!

XO,
Jane

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

That is really a beautiful Mantle Scarf... Looks lovely...
Happy Sunday...
Ciao for now...

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh so sweet and lovely... I love the open book which I am thinking is a bible.. Great inspiration for my next mantle change except I will have to angle it atop the ,angle and I have a sweet altered art religious piece I create last year that will marry with it... Humm. Great reason why I love blogging and touches of inspiration... enjoy..

Bente said...

Oh my, how beautiful, Jacqueline. Love the green with the light.
I missed your to last posts. The pink decorated table are just gorgeous and I love that church. There is so much beauty in all of it, that I can`t say it all.

Hugs from me

Sharing Shadymont said...

So elegant! Your room is gorgeous!!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your mantle is so sweetly done up for Christmas. Your new scarf looks perfect for this new season. The rest of the room is so pretty, too, and so inviting. Happy December to you!
Nancy

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I love the cozy mantel, and the new scarf is just perfect!

Pamela Gordon said...

It looks very pretty and cozy. I love the old commode pot on the chair. ;)

Sherry said...

Very pretty Jacqueline. This is similar to what I did. Something simple but so pretty. Your white glows much better than mine though.
Sherry

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

I love your Mantle Jacqueline.. it looks so so cosy . Your lounge too.
Thank you for the invite.. i wish that i could pop over!
It is a lovely month to decorate. My decorations this year will be simple.. The whole family will be at my eldest son's home.
lovely photos.
val

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I just love your tastes~!

Your mantel is perfectly lovely and cosy.

elizabeth said...

It looks lovely and peaceful, which I love!

sissie said...

Very pretty Jacqueline. I love how soft and pretty everything looks. Your photos are amazing.

hugs
Sissie

Shelia said...

Your mantel is most beautiful, Jacqueline! Your mirror is lovely and your snaps are always gorgeous.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bernideen said...

This looks lovely and very restful! Love it!

Sylvia said...

Simple is beautiful! That's it! Thank you!

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

So beautiful, Jacqueline! The lace edge is exquisite, and you are working your magic with whites, as usual. Gorgeous.

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ Your mantel is so simple and yet so elegant and inviting. Just wonderful. I absolutely adore it ~

SizzleandZoom said...

This going to be a wonderful season. Your mantle looks wonderful and so welcoming. A comfy, cozy room for entertaining.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This looks so pretty! I love anything with lace and antique lace is the best. The combination you have put together says Christmas in such an elegant yet simple way. Beautiful.

chateau chic said...

Your pretty mantel adds so much warmth to your cozy room this time of year. You find the prettiest linens!
Mary Alice

bj said...

How beautiful this is. I love greenery and lights...and I am gonna use a pretty bowl for MY cards, too. Great idea.:)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

It looks as if the scarf was custom made for your beautiful mantle. It's lovely, Jacqueline. You have the prettiest collection of linen and lace. I love the white with evergreen.
~Lynne
w/L.

Deserae said...

So beautiful....love,love,love the mirror!!!
~Des

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your mantel cloth is lovely, and it reminds me of icicles, too.

Cynthia said...

Just stunning. I love the pot with the cards.

Cynthia

White Whimsy said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! Your pictures are always so relaxing, as your home must be. I love visiting.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline. My crazy "protector" McAfee kept telling me not to come on your site because they found it, what, not worthy? After a few days of that I just got fed up and clicked you anyway, it shows you what links I will go through to see your Christmas decorations! Beautiful mantle. So charming and satisfying as usual. I'm going back to your other posts that I've missed now..Happy Monday..Judy

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Your beautiful mantel just makes me smile, Jacqueline! Love the mantel scarf and the delicate crochet and the greenery and the open book on the hearth.

Cindy said...

Simple, and absolutely beautiful! I've been looking at my mantel thinking... hmmmmm, so many things one could do, so many bloggers with amazing mantels... and now when i see this, i know just what to do. Keep it simple, and add the beautiful greenery! Thanks!

Cindy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your mantle is just gorgeous! So homey and inviting. The vignette reflected in the mirror is just heaven!
Hugs,
Patti

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I felt the warmth of your friendship and your fireplace today during my visit, dear friend!
How serene with the vintage mantle cloth and the greenery lit to welcome in this Christmas Season!
Exquisite, indeed!
Fondly,
Pat

Jody and Stan said...

What a gorgeous vintage mantel scarf. It does look like icicles. So pretty and unique!

Jody

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Simply perfect. Love, love, love it.

Blessings,
Spencer

Marlis said...

Jacqueline.. be thankful for your 6 inches on the mantel! My crew has been putting up a mantel - we don't have one- for two years. aaah.. so much fun. I love the mantel cloth though.. the crochet trim is beautiful. Gorgeous with only the green and the lights! xo marlis

Haworth said...

Your mantle looks lovely, Jacqueline. The white cloth and greenery are so perfect for Christmas. And I love the cards displayed in the transferware chamber pot! Wishing you a wonderful December.

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