It’s another busy week, and I figure you’re busy too and need a break to soothe the senses.
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Okay, let’s immerse ourselves in the beauty of the holiday season with 30 of my favorite classic and exquisite Christmas fireplace mantels.
@flowermagazine on Instagram gorgeous Holiday Decor – photo – @marycravenphotography
I thought it would be fun to begin with this beautiful dining room in non-traditional Christmas colors. I love these colors! It’s so festive, and if you wanted to put them up in October with a few little pumpkins, you could enjoy the decor for a few months.
White on-white Christmas decor with 300 marshmallows! I’ve long admired this one.
Veranda from 2010! Lisa Luby Ryan Design – photo – Erica Dines
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Okay, no mantel. It’s my bookcase when I decorated it in 2015 and then photographed it in the dark (with my old Canon that I no longer use.) I’m not kidding. It was DARK. The color is nothing like this, and it wasn’t easy to get it as close as I did without completely washing everything else out.
It’s closer to this.
photo: Laurey W Glenn – Southern Living – design Phoebe Howard
Okay. If you don’t know this Insta page, you must check it out. I insist. The owner is indeed a man. Greg Penn is the name. And, as you can see, above and below has elegant taste with a unique English flair. However, if you met him out and about, you would find him to be a rather burly, bushy bearded guy who looks like he’s on his way back to the cabin after a day of bushwhacking.
Well, it just shows you can’t judge an artist by the amount of facial hair he has.
The other thing is he purchased this huge 18-room antique home and is renovating it one room at a time, all by himself. Bless him. Fortunately, he’s still quite young.
Man has numerous other Christmas mantels to check out.
She’s frighteningly cool.
Green on green on green on green… Fantastic!
Michelle Adams’s antique white painted brick and stone fireplace mantel
This is for the minimalists out there. And people who aren’t too fond of green.
Maybe a Christmas-time wedding? Or, just a beautiful mantel with red roses. I suppose most people wanting this arrangement to last for a month or longer would use silk flowers. Sorry, I don’t know the source of the image. If you do, please let me know, and I’ll add it in.
@michaeldevine on Instagram. This is another gorgeous Insta page. Please check it out.
Above and below These Christmas mantels are from the beautiful page of interior designer Tessa Folley.
Her website says she’s booked until 2024, and when you see her Insta, you’ll know why. Everything she does is gorgeous and accessible. I noticed she has a pic of the new Beacon Hill Bookstore. So, I thought, maybe she lives in or near Boston.
Well, I had to search numerous pages for at least two minutes before finding out she lives in Cincinnati.
However, Tessa’s physical address is nowhere to be seen. In her case, it doesn’t matter. She has more business than she can handle. However, if you’re not as established and trying to grow your local business, you MUST have your name and complete business address on every page of your website, in the footer.
Why? This is so that when Google crawls your website, he’ll know where you LIVE. And, if you want to be one of the lucky ones in your area to show up on Google’s local map when people search for your type of business or service, your physical address must be there.
But, Laurel, I work from my home, and I have young children. I don’t want the ENTIRE world to know where I live.
- First of all, please don’t But, Laurel me. ;] Thank you.
- Second of all, the ENTIRE world already knows where you live.
That is if they really want to know. It is all available on the World Wide Web in hundreds of online directories. It’s all there. Your birthdate, phone number(s), email address(es) and physical address(es), and much more.
In any case, once someone knows WHERE you live, what are you imagining they will do to you? Please, think about it.
As I always say, “All stalkers are welcome, just bring enough food and water to share with the alley rats.”
I mean, unless you’re in the witness protection program or there’s a contract out on your life, there’s no excuse.
That is– if you want to effectively use your website to get more business coming your way. And even if someone wants to kill you badly enough, they’ll find you whether your address is listed on your website or not.
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Okay, we will now resume our regularly scheduled program and look at more beautiful Christmas mantels.
I love Jack Laver Brister’s moody, terribly English style of decorating. I love a lot of things as long they are done well.
Fresh cedar garland-photo: Erica George Dines via Southern Living
Where is your Christmas mantel this year, Laurel?
Who do you think I am? Carolyne Roehm or something? ;]
My Christmas mantel is this post. :]
Actually, Cale decorated it for me this year. It’s terribly cute, just like him!
I have the three-footer. Oh, it’s on sale right now! Only $59.40!
I think I’m going to leave it up until Valentine’s Day.
It says Reece and Paul, but it looks like one of them is a little camera-shy. Their style is sophisticated and on the masculine side, but there’s a healthy amount of yin to balance it out. Nicely done!
photo – Annie Schlecter Country Living-Nora Murphy My Connecticut Country Home
It looks like most of her feed is devoted to a charming shop.
Whoa! This English chap does FLOWERS! Quite splendid, and there are some very sumptuous Christmas mantels, too.
Christmas mantel Steve Cordony Rosedale Farm
What blog post having anything to do with a fireplace mantel and styling would be complete without at least one pic from Steve? Everything he touches turns to gold.
I adore Steve’s minimalist holiday design. You really don’t have to gild the lily. (sorry about the cliché. Once in a while, it’s okay.)
True, this one doesn’t shout out Christmas. However, with a room this lovely, all it needs is a few greens and some lights, and it’s holiday-ready. But, wowwy! If you love the colorful, tasteful maximalist new trad design (and a dude with a man-bun), you will adore Jared’s Insta feed. His work is gorgeous!
Okay, I hope you enjoyed this post about Christmas mantels. It’s only 11 days until Christmas.
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