My Christmas Tree And Mantel {At Long Last}

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I have put together my Christmas tree and mantel, and it looks gorgeous!

For my final Christmas post this year, I thought it would only be fitting to share my Christmas tree and Christmas mantel with you.  In reality, this is my way of saying, “I wanted to share them with you three weeks ago, but I’m soooo behind!”.  I’m hoping that many of you can relate.  😀

I was certain that my Christmas tree this year would be filled with nothing but chalkboards and rustic and handmade ornaments with no glitter allowed.  I even purchased the most amazing chalkboard ribbon in the history of ribbon just to use on my tree.  Here’s what I wound up with.

Rustic & Luxe Christmas Tree And Mantel.Pin

See any chalkboard ribbon?  Me neither.  In my defense, I was totally swayed by my holiday wreath.  It is my knockoff version of a wreath that I stumbled across in a catalog that I fell in love with and knew that I could recreate.  And then to top it off, I was further swayed by the most amazing foil print that Minted sent to me, that I used in my Christmas foyer.

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A rustic window frame with a Christmas wreath and deer and candlesticks on the mantel.Pin

Plus, I’ll admit that even though I just knew that I wanted chalkboard ribbon and all of those other goodies, I had trouble getting a real vision in my head.  But, this holiday tree seemed to come naturally once I made the Christmas wreath.

A large Christmas tree decorated with gold ribbon and feathers.Pin

My tree topper came together easily by using the tips from my post, Step-By-Step Christmas Tree Decorating Directions From The Pros.  It started with the Which Direction Weathervane from Painted Fox Treasures.  {They’re not paying me to say this – I just love their stuff!}  I took the deer out of its stand and stuck it down into the front of my Christmas tree, close to the top, along with some branches from a couple of different sprays and some pretty feathers.  I just love that you get a peek of the ends of the weathervane.

Christmas tree topper using a galvanized deer and arrow weathervane, feathers and stems from a variety of spraysPin

I used four different ribbons on my tree.  A 12″ wide burlap’ish one, a fabulous Burberry inspired one, a black and white checked one and one that reminds me of glitter tape.  They are criss-crossing and trailing and going every which-way.

Rustic luxe Christmas tree with a variety of ribbons and ornaments.Pin

The base of the tree is surrounded by gifts wrapped in a variety of gift wraps – brown wrapping paper, silver stripped brown wrapping paper, black chalkboard paper and more.  All of the gifts are dressed up with simple Christmas ribbons and a few have the cutest ever Christmas tree clothespins holding the name tag.  I made all of the name tags myself by using a tag shaped paper punch and some card stock.  Some of them are displayed on a vintage sled {that I picked up for $10 at a junk sale!}, in an olive bucket stuffed with a natural colored garland {to tie in with the mantel} and on a little chair named Joan, that has been in my family for almost 100 years.  Lots of little hineys have sat it that special vintage chair over the years!

Christmas gifts wrapped with brown wrapping paper, silver stripped brown wrapping paper, black and white and chalkboard paper. All tied with a variety of ribbons and embellished with simple items.Pin

More favorites from the tree…

A collage of Rustic & Luxe Christmas Tree Ornaments.Pin

Okay, back to the holiday mantel and hearth.  I mentioned earlier that my tree and mantel were totally influenced by a Christmas wreath that I diy’d after being inspired by one that I saw in a catalog.  I stole the twig wreath from my screened in porch and gave it a very light coat of white spray paint for a snowy effect.  Then I dolled it up by adding some burlap’ish mesh, a few sprigs, some pine cones and a glittery deer.  Once everything was in place, I gave it spritz of spray adhesive and sprinkled it with a little glitter.

A white deer is on a holiday wreath.Pin

From there, I draped a natural colored garland across the mantel with the same black and white ribbon that is on the tree woven into it.  Then added a couple of old brown deer that I spray painted and glittered, some burnished gold trees and the candle sticks that I used on my fall mantel and hearth.  I also tucked in a few frosted woodsy pine cones and sprigs from the same type of sprays that were used to make the wreath. A white fireplace with baskets flanking the sides of it and a mantel decorated for Christmas.Pin

For even more texture and interest, I repurposed two of the shutters, that used to be part of a backdrop on a wall in the basement at our former home and gave them a light coat of soft gray spray paint.  As an added level of detail, the candles were wrapped with the same Christmas ribbon used on some of the gifts.

A galvanized bucket filled with presentsPin

Another basket on the opposite side of the hearth holds a few more Christmas gifts.  I’m so proud of myself – this year I wrapped actual presents instead of empty boxes just for looks.

Little gold deer figurines are on the mantel.Pin

And here’s how the whole thing looks.  Hopefully, you can tell that the tree ties in with the mantel a bit and gives me my excuse for no chalkboard ribbon on the tree.

Rustic & Luxe Christmas Tree And Mantel.Pin

Guess I’ll save that amazing chalkboard ribbon for next year.

Before I sign off, let me tell you how truly thankful I am for each one of you.  You make my day in every way with your sweet comments and visits.  I wish the most blessed Christmas for you, your family and your friends as we celebrate the greatest gift of all – our Saviour’s birth!



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  1. So beautiful! I love your Christmas mantel display and your tree is gorgeous. Love the soft warm colors you used. Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you so much, MeMe! It certainly turned out a lot differently than what I thought I was going to do. lol Merry Christmas!

  2. Suzy,
    Your tree and mantle are gorgeous! I love the way you put the garland on the tree and mixed it! Next year I’ll hold the camera and you give the demos!

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy. That means a lot coming from you! I would love to have just an ounce of your amazing talent! I enjoyed the time that we spent together this year.

  3. Suzy,
    It looks just gorgeous! I am so glad you take the time to share how you actually create your look. I hope you and your family have a most blessed Christmas. ? Happy New Year! ?

    1. Thank you so much, Joan! I’m never sure that my thought process makes sense to anyone else. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and merry Christmas and New Year too!

  4. Wow! Stunning. Looks like a magazine photo shoot! Blessings to you and yours this wonderful season.

    1. Thank you, Kate! Merry Christmas!

  5. I agree with all the comments already, the tree and mantle are beautiful …the whole room looks amazing. You have done a wonderful.job on your house, it all looks and feels like a home.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. You’re so sweet, Daphne – thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  6. Anne Marie Petralia says:


    I just love your Christmas decorations. They are exactly what I’ve been attempting to achieve. Wish I could have posted them to pinterest for next years inspiration. Love your Blog!!!!!!

    Wishing you a Blessed
    Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year

    1. Hi Anne Marie. Thank you so, so much! You can always pin for next year. LOL I hope you and your family and friends have a blessed Christmas and New Year as well!

  7. Suzy, beautiful we’ll worth the wait! Entire room cool fresh & warm at the same time. I like all the new grays, but when I try samples on my walls it just makes me feel cold. The color on your walls seem to have some warmth to them . It goes nicely with all the white trim, the blue end table & brown window shades & gray in the Christmas decor.
    2016 will be the year of painting & updating our home on a very tight budget(we have a lot of repairs that are needed so that is where our $$$ has to go). Would it be possible for you to share the color you used on your walls & trim. Pinning your Christmas decorations for 2016 because hoping my great room will look a lot like yours by then. My room already resembles yours… window & fireplace placement.. Mine is more narrow & appears to be smaller. If your are not able to share your paint colors …any suggestions? Thank you so much You have a wonderful blog?

    1. Hi Ginger. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. We tried SO many paint samples until we hit the right one. I wanted gray – the hubs wanted beige. So we compromised on Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. It’s a great warm beige with gray undertones and has no pink in it that I can see. I agree with you about gray – it can be so cold. I think the trick is to get a gray with some slight brown in it to warm it up, but be careful of pink undertones at the same time. Easy peasy – ha!

  8. Nancy Carroll says:

    GF you did an amazing job decorating for Christmas!! Everything is much more beautiful in person than pictures can ever show. I love the way you draped the ribbons on the tree and jealous you found all that black and white checked ribbon…I looked all year for some! Your whole house is very welcoming and relaxing.

    1. Thank you, GF! I can’t wait to come see your house all decked out for Christmas. I’m sure it will be amazing!

  9. The chalkboard ribbon will keep. You created a lovely. light, shimmery display on the fireplace and tree….just gorgeous and fits your decor perfectly! Thanks for sharing the transformation of your new to you home. Have really enjoyed seeing it evolve into a swan! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and looking forward to new posts in the coming year!

    1. You’re so right jae. That ribbon will surely keep. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  10. Gorgeous!!! Suzy, I do believe this is the most beautiful tree and mantel I have seen this year. Absolutely stunning.

    1. Oh my goodness, Beverly – thank you! You’re too sweet! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. Doreen Bednarski says:

    I keep going back to this and looking at how I could duplicate some of your ideas. Your tree and mantel are beautiful. I love that you have gifts in the baskets. I have an empty basket by the tree and today I will work at trying to make it as pretty as yours.
    Merry Christmas

    1. Aw, you’re so sweet, Doreen – thank you! I’m glad you were able to find some inspiration. I couldn’t figure out what else to put in the baskets besides greenery, so the presents made a good filler. Merry Christmas!

  12. Just gorgeous, Suzy! And your pictures look fabulous! I’ll probably have a tour up by Christmas Eve. One of these years my life will be stable and I’ll be done 3 weeks ahead of time. Until that time I’ll rest in the fact that Christmas isn’t about ME it’s about Jesus!

    Hope to see you soon!

    1. Thank you, sweet friend! I would love to know what it would feel like to be done 3 weeks ahead of time! lol And you’re exactly right – it’s WAY too easy to get caught up in the world’s version of Christmas. Love the saying – Jesus is the Reason for the season!

  13. Wow! This is truly stunning. Love the colors, how you did the mantle, and all the different ribbons you used in the tree.

    1. Thank you so much, Amy! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  14. Oh my Suzy, your home is absolutely picture-perfect! I love all the gorgeous details you added and that sleigh??! Want it! Thank you so much for sharing your home in the 12 Days of Christmas Blogger Home tour Link Party!

  15. Adore the reindeer on top of the tree! Beautiful design!

  16. Love your home, Suzy!! Don’t you want a little Spanish lady who knows how to cook?? Love the detail of the ribbon on the candles and the spray painted reindeers.
    Thanks for sharing at #2usestuesday, and have a Merry Christmas!!

    1. Thank you, Pili, and you’re too funny! Yes, I would absolutely LOVE someone to cook for me!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  17. I’m behind too! Your tree looks lovely…very ethereal! Merry Christmas to you too! 😉

    1. Thank you, Donnamae. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Can’t believe that it’s over! Now it’s Happy New Year!

  18. Ok this is by far the prettiest christmas decor I have seen this year. You did an amazing amazing job girl!

    1. Wow, Suzie – thank you so much! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  19. Suzi,
    Your mantel is elegantly designed, dear one!!!
    I adore the deer within the wreath!!!
    Your Christmas Tree is e x q u i s i t e!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Pat. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  20. WOW- what a gorgeous decorated space. It is magazine perfect. To be quite honest, black ribbon would have taken away the soft nature of this perfectly designed space. It would have changed the look totally – and not necessarily for the bettter.

    You are soooooooooooooooooo talented! This is AMAZING!

    May your new year be filled with good health, joy, love and peace.

    1. Oh goodness, Michele – thank you so much! I agree with you about the black ribbon. It’s tucked away for next year. 😀 Happy New Year!