Tuesday, December 6, 2011

~ Picture Inspires Mantel ~

When you begin your decorating, do you already have a picture in your mind how it's going to turn out? I'm always inspired by all of your talent. Recently while doing some cleaning, putting away and re-organizing I remembered this beautiful picture. It belonged to my Aunt Mary and was painted by a friend of hers. I'm ashamed to admit I've never hung it in my home. This year I was inspired by it's beauty, the background of the mountains of Montana with the large pine trees reaching for the sky.
Those beautiful trees got my wheels to turning. I wasn't going to decorate the mantel in the kitchen, Mr. P uses it at times to grab onto when he gets up from his chair. He graciously said he would try to be careful not to knock anything off. Bless his heart, he really could care less if anything is decorated and has put up with my passion for almost 34 years now. ;-))
My love of silver has taken over many areas of our home. The darling bud vase has set on top of the refrigerator, I needed a bit of height and something to hold the darling glass ornament.
When I got the reindeer I wasn't quite sure where or how I was going to use them. Once I started on the mantel they just seemed to work perfectly with the rest of the decor.

Miniature trees under glass...
Tall sparkly trees....

Small bottle brush trees...
Notice anything missing? See the hole in the vignette? We can't have that. ;-)
Yes, I took pictures and realized I had a hole and needed to fill it. lol. The Santa quickly came to mind. A perfect fit don't you think?

So.. this picture was the catalyst that set the wheels to rolling to put together the mantel in the kitchen.

18 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I really like it...that delicate bulb is so pretty!! Love all the silver!

Richard Cottrell said...

I think you captured that frost, cold, winter feeling perfectly. Lovely job. Richard from My Old Historic House.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Yep, your mantel sure seems like it's inside the art work, you captured the essence perfectly, gorgeous copy cat! You have such pretty elements in it, very winterie and festive. Merry Christmas.
FABBY

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Lynne, pretty woodland scene on your mantel. Thanks in advance for joining the party.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantel looks so pretty...very woodsy and capturing the beauty of that painting! It all came together perfectly!

Happy Holidays! :-)

XO,
Jane

Suzy said...

What a lovely vignette, Lynne! I love all of the silvery touches. Don't you just love it when something inspires you like that? Take care.

Shelia said...

Hi Lynne! Oh, this is so pretty! I love your frostyness going on and what pretty things you have. Love the little dainty ornie!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful Lynne!!

Christie said...

All the details are lovely! Coming over from WOW! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Lynne! I never know how my attempts of decorating will end up. I usually just start with an inspiration piece. I sometimes do the same as you... edit my vignette after I see the photo.

Everything looks lovely in all it silvery sparkle!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is really gorgeous Lynne! When I saw that painting, I just knew you would make it fabulous and you did!
Hugs,
Cindy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Simply beautiful...I have more to say..will be back..
Hugs.
Mona

Dolores said...

The painting is so pretty, it makes the perfect frosty background for all the beauty on your kitchen mantle.

Love it!!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What lovely inspiration for your mantelpiece vignette.

PAT said...

Your mantel is beautiful, Lynne. The painting is fabulous! Love it all!

Envoy-ette said...

Very Festive indeed! Perfect spacing and wonderful colors! Good job!

lvroftiques said...

I love that painting and the pop of gold that it brings! I think it's contrast makes that vignette!

As for me, it's a wonder anything has any cohesiveness at all in my house because I just buy what I love and hope like crazy that it works out *winks* I'm batting about 75% I'd say. About a quarter of the time I'm wondering "what the heck was I thinkin'?"...So plan in mind?....A resounding NO *winks* Vanna

arrielle_p said...

Great decorating your mantel. Like it! The elements that you have added to your home are perfectly paired to bring out the beauty.

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