Monday, December 7, 2020

Christmas Mantel & Fireplace 2020 & a L'il bit More!

Our Christmas Mantel and Fireplace has been all decked out ever since the 1st of November and no, Im not tired of it, yet. I think, if I remove the stockings and Santa's list I might be able to let it stay throughout January. I'm sure I'll be ready to change it up just in time for Valentine's Day.

I love the neutral Christmas decor that I've done before but, for me it's really all about red. It's my favorite color after all!

*** a little bit about our fireplace and doors...yes, it is a woodburning fireplace. The doors, easily, lift off if we care to make a fire. Here in Sunset Beach we have pretty nice winters, so there's not many cozy fires happening in our house.

Last year, I came up with the idea to hide the glass doors and make a pair to match the full size doors that hubby had already created. The door hardware is available in many different sizes on Amazon :)

Without a doubt it's the prettiest sight with all the pretty flickering lights.

Hubby got a kick out of this... mostly because his name is Ralph!

 I love looking glass relections. A mirror has no purpose to me if it doesn't reflect something beautiful!

Here's another example of mirror reflections.

I love pulling this out of our Christmas storage box every year.

I love painting snowmen on vintage crystals.

Just a little FYI...this was the tiniest cross stitch I ever made it's just  a mere" x 1 1/4"

Here's Gucci saying "Merry Christmas" from one of his favorite spots in the house to hang!

 That's it for pics of our fireplace and mantel and a peek around the room. Next up I'll share our little snow filled Christmas tree laden with cute little chickadees. They were the inspiration for my last tablescape post with chickadees, too!

Love, Hugs & Kisses,


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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Chickadees and a Tablescape in Black & White

I made another simple tablescape with a simplified look for the season. I used our cute little chickadees again....they're just so darn adorable. Did you see them last week when they were all over my 

Christmas tablescape

They're even in my corner hutch and in our Christmas tree again this year.  I'll be sharing that post, next week, and our Fireplace and mantel, too.

 This chubby chickadee pair are the parents... I made another new centerpiece for our everyday dining room table. I just switched up a few things from the way it was before.

The smell of evergeen is amazing, between the freshly cut cedar and the balsam and cedar votive, it's just so Christmasey and delightful!

Wooden cranberry beads, faux pomegranates, and a few snowy pinecones fill inside the cedar filled tobacco basket centerpiece.

 Little baby chickadees sit a top each one of the hyacyinth napkin rings. They're the perfect compliment to the black and white color scheme going on.

The wooden riser that we made is my favorite addition to our's replaced our huge lazy susan for a while. 

This will be our everyday look until I get around to sharing another tablescape with you. I have a really gorgeous, winter white, formal one planned!

Til Next Time...enjoy your Holiday preparations, as simple as they may be this year. We're all disappointed that our celebrations just won't be the same, but we need to keep our spirits up and surround ourselves with things that make us smile.

Love, Hugs & Kisses,


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Thursday, December 3, 2020

A Buffalo Check Christmas Tablescape & Centerpiece with Chickadees

Christmas is amost upon us in just a few short weeks and because I love to give you ideas to incorporate into your own home, I created this tablescape in red with accents of the ever popular black and white buffalo check. 

For this one I used two round tablecovers, layered and gathered, with a scarlet red satin bow, between each place setting.  

Here, I photoshopped a sprig of holly to the ribbon, which is something you may like to add to yours. I chose to keep it more simple since there was already a lot going on with sprigs of berries on the table.

Buffalo check napkins placed underneath black chargers with red, poinsettia toile, dinner plates create quite an impact over the red faux burlap tablecloth. White battenburg napkins are simply tied with white satin ribbon and accented with white berry picks placed to the side of each plate.

Rolling up the top tablecloth and securing it with an accent of your choice is something that's so easy to do!

Buffalo check napkins, placed on a diagonal, add an additional visual impact as place mats, underneath the black chargers.
The beautiful plates are available at and may be found on Etsy or Ebay.

They are really beautiful!

How cute are my little chickadees as accents for the theme around the table? A sprinkling of epsom salts beneath the lanterns on the saucers added a snowy base just for sparkley fun!

The chickadees were from last year's Christmas tree and have managed take flight and perch in our snowy white tree again this year.

Here are a few sneak peeks!

Naturally, another larger Christmas lantern had to be the center of attention at the table. Sprigs of winter greens, deep red pomegranates with ornaments of pearl surround the lantern. Wooden beads of cranberries, candy canes and a pair of icy chickadees that flank each side, so sweetly.

The precious, icy, chickadees came from Hobby Lobby in 2019.

That's all for now, I've got all our other decorating done and a few more Holiday posts to share with you, including a gorgeous, winter white, formal tablescape. 

Always hoping that my posts give you at least one idea that you may like to try a version of  in your own decor!

Til Next Time...

Love, Hugs & Kisses,


and Gucci, too!

and on 

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