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December 7, 2011

Italianate Mantel

My new Angels and Nativity
combined made for a very
Italianate design.  Along with
the cathedral styled mirrored
screen it all came together
and created a beautiful
I used the command hooks 
on the mantel and used a wire
to loop around it and the garland
to hold it tight to the front edge.

 The angels are sitting on a
wreath to give them some 
height and hide the base
I added some flowers to enrich
 the look of the garland
I love this nativity- it's simplicity
says it all
I added these leaves by slipping
them behind the mirror and
a gold beaded garland to
add some body
The tree is a 9 ft. pencil tree
which fit in very nicely and
I didn't have to fight for a
spot to set it.
I used coppery brown and gold
ornaments along with a mix of
angels, stars, chandeliers, finial styled 
ornaments and golden icicles
 The chandelier ornaments and angels 
were new last year from Macy's- 
their early sales were great!
 The twinkly star like ornaments were
from Pier 1 Imports last year
These new white and gold ornaments
were from T.J. Maxx this year
The tree topper is a Capiz
Star of Bethlehem
I looked for several years 
and finally found this one.
 My new tree skirt from an 
Etsy purchase
 I mentioned in a previous post with
our other tree the quality of these tree 
skirts are wonderful and I'm really happy 
with their looks.  With such a small profile 
tree I wanted a smaller sized tree skirt.  
I felt lucky to have found these.  They are 
two sided so I can go either way!
I am not being compensated for showing
her link, I'm just sharing info.
Our living room is a multipurpose room.
My desk, a large screen tv, stereo speakers
and a game table are all part of the scene.
This room was an addition to our approx.
1100 sq. ft. home in the 90's. It's roughly
a 20 x 22 room and gave this tiny house
a breath of life it needed.

Thanks for stopping by
I am joining From My Front Porch to Yours
for  the  
First Annual Holiday Mantel Party
2805 Blogger Block Christmas Tree Party 

I hope you enjoyed what you saw!


  1. Your Nativity is divine, makes such a focal point in your room. The nitch in the wall is perfect for it as is the beautiful mirror. the final touch of the gold leaves really sets it off. You've done a beautiful job. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  2. Just beautiful, Liz. It all comes together so perfectly. xo

  3. Liz, your nativity is so gorgeous! I was thinking about just setting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus out by themselves this year, too. I haven't done mine yet, though and my daughter will probably want the whole set out. Your whole mantel is sheer perfection! Well done!

  4. Great idea to put wreaths around the bottom of the angels to give them height and hide your mechanics! GREAT idea!!! Still loving that pencil-thin tree!!! That is just perfect! You already know how pretty I think that Nativity scene is!

  5. Absolutely beautiful, Liz! I would love to have a nativity set like yours. Your pencil tree is so elegant. I want one of those, too!
    ~ Wendi ~ xo

  6. What a gorgeous mantel Liz. Your home is looking quite warm and festive for the holiday season.

  7. Your holiday decor is stunning in every detail.

  8. Oh, it is beautiful! So warm and welcoming! I love your nativity!

  9. Both your tree and mantel are gorgeous and festive, Liz!

    Thank you for linking to the Christmas Party at 2805!

    I hope you will visit Hometalk, the generous sponsor of the $100 Pottery Barn Gift Card!

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely home JoAnn

  11. Liz, your beautiful room just blows my socks off! I love your capiz shell topper! So delighted you left me your link. That nativity is beautiful and the niche above the fireplace is the most fitting spot! So beautiful, all of it! Merry Christmas, xo marlis


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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