Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What Worked & Didn't Work On My Christmas Mantel

Decorating is a process!! It takes some adjusting to get the look we are trying to achieve. Some things work like we envisioned and some don’t work.

I am about to show you what worked and didn't work.......

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I started out with an all white base!! I really liked the clean, fresh look.
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As pretty as all white can be, I have to have color in my life!! I had envisioned using my black and white striped ornaments with the all white.

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(Last years mantel in black and white)

I just knew it would look amazing!!

Black and white always look great together, right?


Apparently I like black with white, not white with black.

When there is more white than black it did not look right to me.


Color!! I need some color!! But, which color. I tried them all believe me!! The only color I liked with the all white mantel was RED!!!

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This years mantel is in Red and White!

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 I added the basket and the pinecones for texture.

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Apparently I can not leave well enough alone because I thought I would add just one more thing to the mix.

An Addition:

I saw this image and saved it on my Pinterest boards……

I love this look! I just knew the addtion of some colored ribbons would make the mantel pop!!

In came the ribbons. Red, white, kelly green, and lime green……..

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Shall I use multi-colors?  OR  Just the greens and white? 

Multi-colors Wins

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Pretty? I thought so! But! I woke up the next morning, and it did not pass my first thing in the morning test!! (If I don’t like it first thing in the morning the out it goes)

So OUT  with the ribbons !!

The next addition was planned from the beginning so that was my next step!

To be continued…………



The enchanted home said...

Looking good....decorating is all about trial and error and recognizing what works and what doesn't. It all is coming together beautifully! So festive!

Merlin said...

It is a PROCESS isn't it!!! :) franki (p.s. that isn't what my hubby callit....)

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Too Funny!
I know exactly what you mean by "The First Thing In The Morning" test! Happens here all the time....

GeNell said...

I agree, the ribbons didn't do it for me either. I'm sure you'll come up with a better alternative!

michele said...

ha! i love the addition of red too.

and i'm kinda surprised you didn't like the ribbons--what you have planned must be extra special!


Acanthus and Acorn said...

So funny...I did the same thing, poured myself a cup of coffee surveyed the few ornaments I hung on the tree and started adjusting before I even finished my first cup!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Sometimes it's just a process. I do the same thing. Seems I'm always tweaking! I think the ribbons are the perfect touch. Can't wait to see what's next.

5th and State said...

clever you sharing your likes and dislikes, we get to see your process. so now i know you are up to something and can't wait to see!

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

I thought this type of thing only happened to me! I'm sure the end result will be wonderful. x Sharon

Henhurst Interiors said...

I love your addition of red. I also refresh and rework my holiday decorating. I think it is part of the fun!
All best,