Each year it is a joy to share our Christmas decorating with new and old friends who stop by this blog. The colors are much the same this year in the living room, lots of white and silver, with accents of Mercury glass, and a little touch of black. The tree is filled with a few overprice ornaments like the Mackenzie Childs stars and a few Radkos, but much more you will find the very inexpensive ornaments like the snowflakes and the black and silver ornaments that I painted to go with the stars. Snowflakes and baby's breath bring more white and light to the beautiful green of the noble fir tree. This year's tree is topped with a pretty Mercury glass star which goes so nicely with the other silvered ornaments.
The living room mantel is dressed in the same white and silver as the tree. The large Mercury glass tree is displayed here with the addition of a silver ex voto. What a pretty mix with the simple and delightful bleached bottle brush trees along the greens that have faux snow, and some more baby's breath.
I wrote a tutorial on bleaching the bottle brush trees HERE if you would like to try it yourself.
This lovely ex voto is a replica of older ones, and has a mild patina and features a combination of aged gold and silver. It's a wonderful complement to the other silver and Mercury glass pieces as well as the Madonna and Child art above the mantel.
The Madonna and Child art print is shown in the perfectly imperfect frame that was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. You can see what it looked like before and after HERE and the step by step to creating the look. One thing that changed since then is that I added a metallic silver gray glaze to the strip between the caved areas.
At the other end of the mantel is the sweet Mercury Glass crown. If I can find a way to work it into a holiday, it is displayed! This year it found the perfect spot on the mantel again. It sits on top of a crystal candle holder and next to another silvered tree with a star on top of it. More bleached bottle brush trees with faux snow, and baby's breath completes this side of the mantel.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing this holiday with me.
~ See Y'All Soon ~