Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small Mantel Decorating

Happy October!

Our library/family room has a small 
wood fireplace with a pretty mantel.
It makes the room so cozy to read or watch TV.

I have  painted this wood piece many times,
and  recently I gave it a tone on tone redo
and we are really enjoying it.

Above the mantel, I have a Tuscan Countryside painting and a header that fits perfectly to the size.

To the mantel top I added a garland with small tiny lights running through it
all across the entire length.

I love to decorate with vintage books for lifts and interest. They add so much charm.
Here I have two books from my mother's school days.

One of my favorites is a little wood box filled with nuts and acorns and small natural elements.

To one end, (I like things off center)
is a tall vase my son gave me filled with soft berries.
I also like to group treasures in odd numbers
for a pleasing look.

In front of the vase, but hard to see in this pic,
is a pair of black marble candlesticks,
a special gift from a dear friend.
One stands and the other is placed on it's side. 
Treasures don't always have to be standing to be interesting.

The tiny lights give such a soft nighttime glow.

Perfect to curl up and watch a good movie.

Do you enjoy to decorate a mantel or shelf?
Perhaps a sideboard or buffet?
The same design ideas can be used for all.
This mantel is approx. chest level and so easy to get a cozy display.
Higher mantels can be more formal but still fun to style.

For this design, I have used just what I have and the only fall decoration was the garland
and small fillers for the box.

In the firebox I have faux Luminerie candles on timers.
They look real and add so much to the room without adding the heat.
No warm fires here yet, it's still too hot!!

Well, now I think I'll grab a cup of tea and snuggle up with a good read!!

I'll share my living room mantel soon.

See you next time.
Have a great fall day.

Celestina Marie


Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Celeste. I really love this. The fall colors, natural elements and soft lights along with your mom's books are perfect together. We opted not to have a fireplace in this home but I do have a waist-high half-round table in the entrance hall that I could do something similar with. Wish you were here to help me group things together. I have many treasures but no idea how to mix and match them!

decorayadora said...

Hi Celestina ! I love the mantel ! The fall arrive your house ! Sorry i speak little English

Brandi said...

With the chill in the air, today is perfect curl-up-and-watch-a-movie weather. Love all the wonderful fall touches in your beautiful home!

Julie Marie said...

Your mantel is just beautiful Celeste!... I especially love the little box full of Natures bounty... and the little lights look so magical!... xoxo... Julie Marie

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I LOVE the books Celeste! And the soft lighting... and you know I love the natural elements too. Your home is so beautiful. Just like you :) Enjoy your day friend!

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe...I just love your mantle...I love it all matter of fact. I have so thought about repainting my fireplace mantle and have just never done it. Love all of your fall! Beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
wonderful decorated.... your fireplace and the mantel look so wonderful,you got all the colours of Autumn in cour decoration!
I will soon decorate my sideboard, but only with some small bits...
Happy october to you, and a happy fall day!
Love and hugs and blessings,

TexWisGirl said...

love the wooden box with nuts and acorns. very natural.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

It looks beautiful! I like each detail and the lights. I love the box filled with the nuts and acorns and how special is that with the books from your mother!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is so charming my friend, I love to decorate my mantle as well with twigs and other things from nature!!! Cozy up and enjoy!

Dorthe said...

Your mantlepiece looks so wonderful, I love you made the decorations different on each side of the mantle, and it is so beautiful with the nature elements of nuts and acorns. So dreamy with the lights on, my dear.
So very enjoyable these darker evenings coming now !
Hugs from Dorthe

Jan Hermann said...

Your home is so warm, cozy, inviting...and Beautiful! Your touch is everywhere...and you've magically transformed your home again! Hugs...

Cynthia said...

Celeste gorgeous mantle, I love acorns and nuts for fall.


Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic decoration, just love it! Hugs, Valerie

Mari said...

Celeste, I love how you decorated your small mantel....
I love soft light at night it's just so precious are your moms school books....

Happy fall to you my sweet friend~

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Yes, to decorating our mantel and credenza/sideboard. Love seasonal changes. I too prefer off center, it adds a touch of softness and approachability to the room. Your Autumn display looks beautiful. I especially enjoy the look of that little box filled with Fall touches. Personally I find acorns adorable and also use them in displays. Vintage books always look gorgeous as lifts.
Wishing you a fun filled day!

Sola Scriptura said...

Your mantel arrangement is absolutely beautiful! I love old books and really like how you use them to add height and character to the display.
I hope you're enjoying your cup of tea and book.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely charming, my dear! The pumkpins tucked in are just too cute and I LOVE the old books. I have many old books spread throughout my home - they add a cozy feel :)

Happy October to you! Hugs and blessings

deb said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! You are so talented, love your decorating.
Have a great day!

Tina said...

all fall detail. your home look wonderful

Okio B Designs said...

Your mantel looks perfect! I swear in my next life, I'm buying a house with a mantel. =)


miss b said...

Your mantel looks so warm and attractive and creates a lovely ambiance when lit in the evening. The little box filled with natural items is a lovely touch too. I tend to group things in threes. I think I once read about odd numbers somewhere and it does seem to work!

Createology said...

I was just thinking of you and how beatufiul all of your decorating always is. This mantel is exactly what I love...simple, gorgeous and using what you have. The little lights make it magical. Creative Autumn Bliss Dear...

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the lighted garland, Celeste! It adds a lovely glow to your mantel in the evening. It is also still a bit too warm here for any fire in the fireplace, but that's okay. Right now the Fall colors and décor are warming enough. Tomorrow will be our warmest day in recent weeks - 80 and humid. Then it drops drastically and will really be feeling like Fall!

Alessandra said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I like very much the fall decors you made. The lighted garland is so fairy, i love the atmosphere around it.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

it is sweetly inviting and makes the room so cozy...well done!

Kathy said...

I adore the care you take to make your home so cozy and fresh for each season.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, I just love what you've done with your beautiful mantel! The garland with the lights is so pretty! It takes a knack to decorate a mantel and this is just lovely - you have the knack, my friend! :) The picture and everything around looks just perfect.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ti said...

Wow, your decoration looks great

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful! A reminder I need to get my decorating done soon. Kathleen wanted to help but she has been so busy with school and activities. :-)
Have a lovely day.


1CardCreator said...

Your mantel and header are stunning! Mine is not decorates as beautifully as yours, this really looks exquisite. ~Diane

Donna said...

Your mantel is so pretty, Celestina! I love how you added a few of your mom's vintage books. I am so far behind on my fall decorating. Next thing you know it will be time to get the Christmas decorations out!!

chateau chic said...

Your mantel looks so festive, Celestina Marie. Love the mix of the colors of the season with some of your special treasures.
Mary Alice

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Celeste!

I love decorated mantles! Yours looks so fabulous! It's the one thing I miss, my mantle. There's no mantle on our fireplace here so I resort to my buffet for seasonal and holiday decorating. It has it's limits but I'll take it! The soft lighting is so lovely at night. Every detail you've included on your mantle is perfect Celeste. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful touch of fall!

Love & blessings, Edie

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So pretty and so cozy!

NanaDiana said...

I missed this before! Your mantle is just gorgeous. I like all the natural elements you have used...and the vase your son gave you adds that touch of "memory" to the whole thing.

You ALWAYS do a lovely job, Celeste. xo Diana

Jillayne said...

I always love your mantel decorating posts and this one is outstanding - beautiful. You have such a knack for decorating and finding just the perfect thing for the perfect spot. Your home must be a wonderful, cozy place to be Celestina!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celeste, I had to pin that beautiful box filled with Fall. Your mantel looks gorgeous. laurie

Red Rose Alley said...

Your mantel looks very festive with the pumpkins and the acorns, and how special those books are from your mother's school days. You have all the colors displayed on your mantel of this glorious season. So pretty.


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Celestina Marie
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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..