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January 11, 2012

Tuscan Winter Mantel

After taking down the Christmas decorations I decided I had to try a new look. 

 Joan's new look at  
For the Love of a House
became my inspiration!
My inspiration came from her earthenware pottery display. This 
caught my attention because I had purchased some pottery a while 
back, but hadn't come up with a 
good use for it. When I saw her 
mantel it hit me what I wanted 
to do!
After several renditions- 
which I won't bore  you with-
(but it did involve white lions :-)  
I finally landed on this design.
I mixed some deco balls with some
green moss balls in this pedestal bowl
and used one of my faux books to give
it some height.
The two pedestal vases at the bottom used to be above on the mantel.  Below is my old version which shows you how it looked before.
 It was a new look for me last January and I thought it was great.  Now it looks kind of naked!
In the morning I took more 
photos hoping to get better
lighting- the sun was out for
a change!
I know some of you hate
bright brass, but it does
not bother me.  
I shopped my house for 
most of this- that is the 
most fun and pleasurable!
 Thanks for stopping by and
I hope you enjoyed!
Please join me and others 
for the Winter Mantel 
link party hosted by
Potentially Beautiful
for the Cozy Home Party
hosted by Cozy Home Scenes
 Pot Pourri Friday 
hosted by 2805


  1. Beautiful winter mantle. I love the pottery. I am having a Shabby Apple giveaway, if you get a chance to stop by. xo

  2. The word on the street (yeah, right...who am I kidding? The mean streets of suburbia?!!) is that brass is making a strong comeback. I was going to paint some pieces, but I decided I'd better wait it out until I know just what the "new brass" look entails. I LOVE what you've done here. You have now given ME some inspiration. I can't do the darker colors, I don't think, because my brick is dark red and just swallows up certain colors. I have that huge, heavy black framed mirror sitting up there that stands out only because of the reflective surface. You did a great job!!!

  3. I love that pottery. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  4. Your Wither mantel is beautiful with just the right balance of pottery and other elements to enhance your lovely vignette. Bright brass on the fire place screen does not bother me either, especially since is saves on heating and cooling.

    I would be delighted for you to share with Potpourri Friday. Link up begins on Thursday afternoons. Hope you will come check it out!

  5. What a rich and elegant mantel display, Liz! Simply beautiful!

  6. Love your mantel! Thanks for sharing Joann

  7. Liz
    It looks great! And very Tuscan.
    Makes me wish I had a mantel to
    play with!

  8. Your mantel looks awesome, Liz! The Tuscan style is perfect for you!

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my kitchen collection cloches and silver!

    You are lucky to have received some vintage items - my favorites!

    Love your mantel (For the Love of a House is a fab blog and you did a great job at getting a much similar look). I have been searching trees high and low looking for one of those huge pieces of fungus!


  10. Love the new look for your mantel! The pottery is lovely! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  11. Liz, can I just say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your mantel?! You know how much I love the Tuscan style; and this is just wonderful! You have really outdone yourself! Your inspiration photo is great, as well! Love it!!

  12. Liz, your mantle is really pretty. I think mantles are difficult to decorate but you did a fantastic job. Thank you very much for adding it to my party. I hope you get many views and followers. Please join us again next week.-- Shannon

  13. Liz, Your winter mantle looks really great. Love the pottery jars and your chunky candle stick. Wasn't Joan's mantle awesome? I'd love to have some of those fabulous conks. I never see any on the trees here.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful mantle. Love the Tuscan colors, too.

  14. Liz, it looks great! I love your inspiration too! Have a great evening!

  15. Liz, it looks GORGEOUS!!! I saw her mantle too and fell IN LOVE!!! She has such amazing, differnet things!!! I love what you did, it looks beautiful! Thanks for including the daytime pics too. XO, Pinky

  16. Your mantel looks great! Isn't Joan the best? I'd love to go shopping in her house! I love the unique shape of your mantel, and your "new" accessories really enhance it :)


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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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