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November 29, 2012

Mantel and Living Room Christmas 2012

Finally- a sunlit day that allowed me to get some photo's with natural lighting!

I've rearranged the furniture once again- LOL- (those who know me know this is an ongoing thing with me!)
I staged the two wing back recliners and moved the big sofa over a bit. 

Ok, I'm a geek traditionalist! I'm pretty pleased this year with the mantel and since hubby walked in and reacted rather pleasantly I guess I got it right!

 I've used a combination of a garland with some soft green boughs slid in to build it up a bit. The red hurricane vases were from Kirkland's last year.

  I put fake snow in them with the greens and the striped stems that reminded me of porcupine quills. 

 I wanted a little more cabin/woodland accent this year so the huge pine cones seemed like a good choice!

Zooming in on the wreath I put together a couple of weeks ago.  Acorns, pine cones, berries and a rose accented ribbon fit my cabin/woodland desire!

 Next to the tree this year I set up one of my end tables covered with a cloth and my nativity. 
 The big gold panels are from Gumps last year (they still sell them) and there is an angel with a harp in the center.
 On the tree are some new and old ornaments. These big pears are my favorite this year!

 I've got a mix of greens, golds, coppers, whites and crystal on the tree.  The gilded leaves are a favorite but I need about 3 times as many as I have.

 Of course it's more engaging when the lights are on!

 I split up some copper colored branches and put pieces of them around the tree. They pick up on the same colors in the wreath.
Tucked just behind and to the side of the sofa is my linen chest that I decked out with an arrangement of glittery pine boughs, feathers and eucalyptus I put together. 

  The little angels were from Gumps last year. I also attached two gold leaves on the sides of the vase for more shape.

 A simple tree adorned with vase filler pieces. Hobby Lobby 2 or 3 yrs. ago.

 Just to the right of that chest is my other built in cabinet top that my Santos Doll sits on.
 I decked her out with two boxwood wreaths, another over sized pine cone and red beads... Her theme is Christmas decorating this year!

  When our daughter was home for Thanksgiving she 
dubbed it my Mardi-Gras Santo's  Cage Doll!
We both laughed about that one!

These two antique gold finished urns bring your eye around the corner! 
The large milky white ornaments were from a specialty store 3 yrs. ago.

 Our tree is a tall skinny pencil tree- it fits easily into the room.  
A couple of evening shots

Thanks for visiting! 
 I hope you like!! 

I'm joining Savvy Southern Style
A Homespun Christmas/Vignettes and Mantels Party 


  1. Liz- It is just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What a showcase of Christmas beauty. I love your colors and I am kind of a traditionalist, too. Blessings to you today- We are celebrating our SweetCheeks' birthday today- xo Diana

  2. Beautiful! I love the red vases and the greenery together :-)

  3. Very dramatic Liz! Your great room looks wonderful!Love, love, love your nativity...so classic. Now, if I could only get started decorating :/

  4. Oh, my goodness, Liz! Your home is so gorgeous and I love your pretty decorating! Just so pretty. Your header is beautiful too! I need you at my house.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  5. Everything looks incredibly beautiful. I love everything about it :) Thanks for sharing!


  6. Love your mantel and everything else, Liz!

  7. Oh, Liz, everything looks so beautiful! The room feels so warm and elegant! You have been a very busy lady. I finally finished the tree and got it posted; so, I think I've found my momentum now...lol!

  8. Liz, Liz, Liz....love your name, ha! ;) What a gorgeous room, mantle, and tree. You really have outdone yourself. Everything looks so festive, warm, and elegant. The mantle pictures are lovely. Love. Love. Love. Thnaks so much for sharing! XO ~Liz

  9. Beautiful room...♥♥♥ the tree!

  10. You have done a beautiful job on your mantel plus the rest of the room Liz. Love the greenery and especially the red hurricanes, they are delightful with your mirror and wreath. Your Santos is pretty special looking too, only wish I had one. Beautiful work!!

  11. Oh my goodness...I love your skinny tree, the boxwood wreaths and the pine cones. Oh and the Nativity too! You have been working hard girl. :o)

  12. Love the arched mirror and wreath. The mantel is beautiful. Also lovin'the Holy Family in front of the detailed littel screen.

  13. Oh, yeah! This is it!!! This is beautiful! I just love your pencil tree!!!! You have such a tall ceiling, and it's perfect for the room. You have decorated it beautifully! I love the color combination! Oooooohhhh...what a pretty Nativity setting, too! I don't have one. They're so pretty and have such meaning. You did a really great job with your Santos doll!!! She looks quite majestic! As always, your mantel is a sight to behold, too. Thanks again for your tips on the garland. Nice that you got a rave review from Dan! Men can be so weird about letting us know whether or not they like what we have done. I think next year I will have to set up another tree so that Ramon & I can decorate it together in addition to our decorator tree. He still loves that tradition of getting the family together for a night of decorating and hot cocoa and such.

  14. This is scrumptious, Liz! Absolutely gorgeous!

  15. When I entered your living room I felt
    cozy and warm.. you did a beautiful
    job of decorating with all your little
    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  16. Liz, you have created a relaxing and festive room. Merry Christmas to you and your family! You have a beautiful home.

  17. You have kept thing so simple and elegant. The mantle is really beautiful with exactly the right amount of decorative pieces. Those chairs are staged perfectly and I can picture sitting there with a good book and cup of coffee.

  18. first, i love your holiday header. second, i love the fireplace niche like you've done it. and third, those are giant pinecones and i'm jealous of their availabity! i had to buy mine!

  19. Your Living Room is beautiful!! Love the mantle and your tree and especially love the pics taken at night..



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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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