Treasure Box Wednesday: Christmas Mantles and Tablescapes


With the Christmas and New Years holidays headed our way, I thought this Treasure Box Wednesday you all might be-- like me-- looking for a little decorating inspiration. So I've pulled together a collection of different Christmas tablescapes and mantles I've done over the years, and if you have time to stick around, I'll also show you the very, very early plans for Christmas decorating this year.

This was my dining table last year. I went with greens, deep purples and golds-- an excuse to use my crystal Waterford/Waffle Depression glass. In the center of the table was an elaborate candelabra (from the thrift store, of course!) some jeweled fruit, and a very realistic-looking faux pine bough...


You can see the tablescape from a slightly different angle here...


This was the mantle in that room-- I'd gone with a bit of a Sugarplum Fairy theme with fairies from TJ Maxx, more pine boughs and lots of ribbon...


This was over to the right side of the fireplace mantle...


And this was the themic Christmas tree... Just a $10 tree I got from Family Dollar with leftover fruit, fairy and butterfly ornaments and--yup-- more ribbon...


You can see a close-up on that tree here...


Here is the same diningroom, done up for a previous year...



There I went with a lot lighter colors-- more of a Shabby Chic influence, and fewer Victorian jewel tones. You can see a close-up of the table here...


And the centerpiece here...

This was the matching mantle....


On it, you'll see some bisque cherubs, some handpainted Victorian plates, more tinsel and beads than you can shake a stick at (if you're the stick-shaking type). It was pretty much an explosion of color and shimmer.



And now, as we step into the entryway, this was my entryway sideboard tablescape from last year...


And here, a little snow scene of cardboard houses set up in the very same room...


As we pop upstairs to the spare room, these were some tablescapes from last year...



I'm not really sure what direction I'll go with it this year. It really depends on how the other rooms shake out.

And what's been going on this year, you ask? Well, given the large quantity of ShinyBrites I'd found at the thrift stores, I thought it might be fun to do some small ShinyBrite trees-- something hearkening back to 50s tinsel trees and strong color combinations. So when I saw some flocked pink trees on sale at Michaels, I thought I'd give it a go...

These are not done yet, but this is the direction they're headed. Here we have the diningroom again...

I think I'll use my great-aunt's cream and pink china plates on the chargers this year. The tree and mantle really need some ribbon... I want to balance the intense pink out with a soft light green.


Still, all the ShinyBrites on the pink look a bit like decorated cotton candy to me. It's sort of crazy right now, but I think it will work once I'm done noodling with it...


Here are some ShinyBrites in the centerpiece bowl. Some of these are just waiting for me to unpack the ornament hooks. And some of them are slightly damaged and so are safer to sit happily in the bowl...


It's very bright and a bit groovy, I know-- and still somehow doesn't clash too much with the actual Victoriana. I wanted to balance the "atomic age" look of the ShinyBrites with the Victorian time period of the house. So I think I'm headed in the right direction. Like every year, it's been a lot of trial and error-- and it ain't over yet!

And here in the entryway, I've been messing around with this little tree.


Where with the diningroom tree, I'd been trying to keep to the color palette of the dining room-- pinks and greens and golds-- the entryway tree, I'm trying to use more pinks, turquoises and reds. I think color-wise, again, I need to tone it down a bit. But that could just be because it's the only Christmas decor currently in the entryway....

It's a bit like bringing Mae West and Liberace to a military funeral-- They're bound to stand out.

So we'll see how it goes.

Anyway, that's where it all stands for now. As I'd mentioned before, I'm on the road right now (will still be checking in to respond to comments, etc.), and Sunday's post will be found here on http://thriftshopromantic.blogspot.com only, and not on the main page of www.thriftshopromantic.com, as I can't update that from a distance. I promise to do that when I return.

I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving, for those of you in the U.S. who are celebrating. And to my non-U.S. friends, take care and I will be talking to you!

8 comments:

Traci said...

Your decor is beautiful...
I think you're doing a great job combining the different Christmas colors and styles together to make it look very cohesive...My motto is "decorate with what you love, no matter what style or time period it's from"!!!! :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

MyGuy Friday said...

What a fantastic job! I love the mantle & the mirror's!! So beautiful! stop by mine and you can see my holiday designs for my home!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Joey :)

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Traci- Thanks much for the support. I too believe in decorating with what you love-- and happy Thanksgiving to you, also!!

Joey- I always end up starting with the mantle-- for some reason it helps me focus on the rest of it. You have a great Thanksgiving, too!!

Jaffer said...

OMG what a fantastic job you to ! I love greens - the right shades of greens that is. I love your table scape in the second and third pictures.

I'd really like to see your finished pink trees ! All i'd do was throw on a few blacks !

Your dining room in eighth picture is decorated like most homes during the time I grew up in Saudi Arabia the wood, the white walls, the rug and even the laces ! (You and I have couches with similar styles and legs ;o) )

If I ever feel crazy nostalgic, I think I'll just drive down to visit your home !

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Jaffer- AW! That's excellent! I love the vibrant colors and the intricacy of middle eastern and Indian items, so I can see where there'd be a lot of overlap in taste! How fun!

Lana Gramlich said...

All very lovely, of course. Don't know if you know this, but green, purple & gold are the "official" colors of Mardi Gras here in the New Orleans area.

saffron said...

So, so gorgeous!!! my favorite is the light pink and greens, but hard to choose just one fave! Thanks for helping me to get in the mood for the redecorating to come!!

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Lana- I do, and I love those colors. I was actually right at home in New Orleans when I visited, between the Victorian architecture and all the colors, the history, the antiques, the fables and the right amount of fun tacky stuff... (also the jazz/blues). LOVED it.

Saffron- Oh, thank you, and I'm so glad to hear it. I love seeing what other folks have done for the holidays myself!