Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Fireplace

Hello my friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday. 

What a weekend.  Our family went to Atlanta to meet up with our Buckets of Burlap friends for a couple of fun days and then to the funeral of a forty four year old friend. 

Have you ever been to a funeral that caused you to look inwardly and do a heart and life check?  This sweet friend’s funeral felt like a call to action.  It felt like a time where we were being called to make sure to keep the things of God as our priority.  We are to be about Kingdom business!!  This lady was 100% about serving others and telling anyone she could about Jesus Christ. 

On a much less important but still a fun note…I saw that there are some Christmas parties going on around here and wanted to join in.

I know a lot of us keep talking about keeping things simple, but I have to tell you that I truly have kept things simple in my home this year compared to years past. 

mantel 1

I am always trying to soften and lighten my oak fireplace and thought the fabric garland might help.

I cut and strung scraps of burlap, white and lace and ended up with something that I really like.


mercury glass

snowman 2

mantel 2

full fireplace

pillows 2

Disclaimer…yes, I know the pillows are a fire hazard as is the wooden bench.  It will all be moved before we start a fire.

bench 1


mantel 4

I am really enjoying my much less busy Christmas décor this year.  It is so much easier to look at and will be so much easier to put away when Christmas is over. 

I also love, like I told you the other day, that a lot of my Christmas decorations will actually carry me into the winter months.

I am headed to some parties and cannot wait to see what all you guys are doing around your beautiful homes.

Partying at:


❀ JoAnne said...

Beautiful Amy! That little chair is over the top sweet. I am more and more leaning towards using natural elements for my Christmas decor. I'm just getting started so we'll see how it ends up!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh my, so beautiful as usual Amy!!!
I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend, she was so young!!! It does put things into perspective doesn't it!! It makes you remember what's really important!
So happy that you got to spend time with Becky though!
Hope your doing well and enjoying this glorious season!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

So pretty....sounds like an uplifting funeral...what a testimony that lady had!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Love your mantle, and all of the vintage things surrounding it.

Barb said...

Very pretty, Amy! Your garland is gorgeous! I think I'll be leaving up a few of my neutral Christmas decorations this year too.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your fireplace mantel is decorated so beautifully. Simple but certainly not lacking in texture or style. I agree that it will go well into the New Year and winter months.

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Beautiful job on the garland and I love your little green tree, so cute! Although it is difficult to deal with death of loved ones, it is definitely a reminder to what life is truly about. I would love to be remembered the way you remember your friend, lovely...

mississippi artist said...

I love all of your mercury glass! I have tried to keep it simple, but my tree taskes forever-I just put too much stuff on it! That is a cute snowman that can go all thru winter.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Hi Amy,
I LOVE it all...and that little twiggy snowman made me smile:)...I am sorry about your sweet friend but what a testimony she had...
Take this with you into the holiday celebration of hOPe...
Merry Christmas!

Pattie said...

Very nice Amy... Love all your mercury glass I'm a sucker for it...

Honey at 2805 said...

It's beautiful, Amy! Adore the garland (I just made a burlap and lace wreath) and the music sheet wreath.

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

Heaven's Walk said...

So pretty, Amy! As usual, you pulled together a beautiful vignette! Love that little tree in the bucket among the merc glass! :)

xoxo laurie

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Amy - Beautiful as usual. Lovin' your mercury glass too. The wrapped presents are even simple, but elegant, with a sprig of greenery. So sorry for your loss. Forty four is definitely too young.
Connie LOU

sweetpea said...

amy thank you for stopping by my blog. we are on the same path with our decor. simple is best for sure. merry christmas to you and your family. your mantle looks beautiful.



Robin said...

Amy your mantel is gorgeous. I love the wreath and the garland is so pretty!

Debbie said...

It's all very beautiful to me. So is the music you're planning right now. I came here to read and had my sound on. I have been sitting here for quite a while just listening.

the cape on the corner said...

love that mercury glass tree, and what a neat idea to stack those items in front of the fireplace. really makes it cozy.

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh, so many pretties in this post!

michelle said...

Your mantel is so beautiful Amy, I love all your touches of Christmas and winter.
I am so sorry about your friend and I know exactly what you mean about taking a step back.
Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Lovely - all! Our main tree is really bright, kiddie, kitsch but my bedroom is brown walls with creams n silver, and an unused fireplace... I may have to copy some of your great ideas!
Merry Christmas!

hong kong property said...

looking real nice~

Okio B Designs said...

Love your mantel and wow, what a great collection of mercury glass! Love! Coming over from White Wednesday and your newest follower.


Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Love this too, Amy!!
That snowman is adorable.