I’m Dreaming of a Red Christmas!

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My Christmas Mantel is done!
My Halloween and Thanksgiving mantel both used the old barn door, which I love, but I felt it was time to mix it up a little!  I also was ready for some color and decided RED!
My initial hesitation with not using the door was that I knew I needed something with a large enough scale.  Then I remember I had the mirror that used to hang horizontal over my dresser and knew it would be just the ticket!
This reindeer was brown and cute but I wanted to make more of an impact so I sprayed painted him red.
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I really like the mirror because it reflects several of the other Christmas elements in the room as well such as my paper mache carolers on top of my armoire.
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I used several of the pewter and silver plate vessles I have picked up recently as bases for a mixture of artificial and real trees.  I love the detail on this piece.
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I used a slice from a branch (my husband cut down a lot of trees this past weekend so look for more projects with this!), a few pieces of greenery and some vintage bell ornaments that I had to hang in the center of my “wreath”.  I found the felt snowflake at Target.  Since I already had so much greenery included, I wanted to keep the “wreath” simple.  I used an embroidery hoop, spray painted it red and then hung the wood, snowflake and bells in the center.
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The red really pulls in one of my favorite things in our house – our big key sign.  I found in about 10 years ago at a random antique barn in NY but it is from the town my husband grew up in and his family still lives there.
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I had the red stockings and they seemed to work really well.  Actually, I will have to find a way to hang a bunch more stockings because we are lucky enough to share Christmas with a lot of our family.
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I also took a few pictures at night and I really love the change that the light makes on the color of everything.  In the background of this picture you can see our kissing ball which we have had for years.  My youngest promptly told me I should kiss Daddy under it as soon as he gets home!
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I found the flocked bell and pinecone star at the Christmas Tree Shop when I went there a few weeks back. I hung it from the ladder I got at an auction recently and like the rustic element that they bring to the mantel.
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Now I can’t wait to just sit down with my family and watch It’s a Wonderful Life and enjoy the Holidays.
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So now that the “back” half of my house is pulled together, I need to work on the rest.  Oh yeah, and I think I have a third grade diorama to assist with this week!
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22 thoughts on “I’m Dreaming of a Red Christmas!”


  1. This is just beautiful!! I am using red also. I love the rustic pieces you have added too! Would LOVE to find one of those pinecone stars. I have been picking up silver pieces like that too for my niece. Great idea to add the trees!

  2. I love everything you did. It's striking. I think it has a perfect mix of elegant and rustic. Your living room is beautiful and that Key is amazing!

  3. I just love your mantel once again! The red is so beautiful with your pewter and silver pieces and I love all the greenery you added in them!! That key is so cool, what a great sentimental piece!! Your room looks so cozy and comfy to watch all your movies! Enjoy and good luck on the diorama!! 🙂

  4. Your mantel looks so wonderful!! I love the red. I went more neutral this year, but I'm kind of missing the red. Well there's always next year. I adore the trees in the silver pots, so pretty! I love the pinecone star too!

  5. What a gorgeous room! I love everything you have done. The teapot trees, the giant key, the rustic ladder–fabulous!

  6. Red is the perfect color for Christmas. The whole room is lovely. I adore the red reindeer.

  7. I don't know what to comment on because I love it all! I'm glad you painted the reindeer red, that really makes the mantle.

  8. First of all, what a room, wow! 2nd, I love all the elements you've used on your mantle! The greenery in the silver is fantastic and hoop on the mirror, love that! Great job!

  9. Yours is one of my favs from the mantel party. It's so pretty!!! The greenery in silver is wonderful!
    I linked to your post on my blog – firstadream.blogspot.com/

  10. Love it! Great job:) I love the silver and pewter with the pine…and the pops of red. Everything flows so nicely and it is so Christmas-y!

  11. I love your pewter pots! Hope you don't mind if I show them on my blog…we're moving this week, so everything holiday is still packed away. Since I can't post about decorations in my own home this year, I highlighted a few I found in others!