Daily Archives: December 12, 2012

Kelly’s Irresistible and Vintage Holiday Mantel

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Today we’re happy to share photos from Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage. Take a look at her lovely holiday mantel decor, and read about her tips and ideas for holiday decorating.

How did you decorate on the mantel? 

“I tried keeping things light and simple this year.  Lots of white and silver mixed with a few rustic touches like the burlap on the twig wreath and wrapped around my snowy mason jar candles (which I scatter throughout my whole house).”

The typewriter and song lyrics are a great touch. What inspired this idea?

“I have two vintage typewriters and this one has has been sitting on the bottom shelf of my coffee table and when I started moving things around, the idea just came to me.  Don’t you love when that happens?!  It’s my favorite detail this year.”

Are these knitting molds for the stockings? They’re so unusual. What’s their history?

“They are antique stocking stretchers that I found at Brimfield this summer.  I may have done a little dance of joy when I found them!”


What are your special tips or tricks for decorating the mantel for the holiday?

“I’ve done it all over the years, from real garland to sugared fruits to an old crib bedspring on the mantel!  One common denominator has been symmetry.  It creates a timeless look (no matter how many Frostys or Santas you have gathered on the mantel)!”

How did you hit upon the color scheme for this area?

“I love a bit of bling! The mercury glass trees add that while giving a vintage feel.  The branches in the vases were in my Halloween mantel (strung with cobwebs) and my fall mantel but for Christmas, I simply gave them a spritz of white spray paint.  They remind me of birch trees.”


Take Kelly’s entire holiday house tour (and find out the history of this charming antique car) here!

Source: Photos courtesy Eclectically Vintage

Mystery Box Design Challenge: Boughs, Baubles and Rustic-Chic Holiday Moments

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This week, we’re taking a closer look at the five bloggers who are featured in our Mystery Box Challenge. We challenged five of our favorite entertaining bloggers to create holiday decor vignettes with ornaments from our Jewels for the Home collection in the second Mystery Box Design Challenge. You can vote for your favorite design here. Today, we’re featuring the designs created by Cyd Converse at The Sweetest Occasion.

What’s your favorite type of holiday party to throw?

“I love cookie and bubbly parties! Everyone brings their favorite holiday cookies to share and I put together a bubbly bar with tasty liqueur syrups and fruit (like cranberries and pomegranate seeds). Crank the holiday music, dim the lights and gather ’round the tree and you’ve got a really easy yet festive celebration with friends.”

  1. What’s your favorite holiday drink to serve (or drink)?

“In my little hometown nestled along Lake Ontario in upstate New York, there is nothing as classic as a Tom and Jerry during the holidays. To me they’re the best way to welcome the holidays! Served up in a vintage Tom and Jerry bowl, they’re so charming and nostalgic.”


What’s one effortless way to add holiday décor to a party?

“Twinkle lights and candles are so inexpensive and instantly add loads of ambiance to a space. I also love touches of pine, like a fresh pine garland wrapped around the banister or lining the center of the table. When in doubt, sparkle sparkle sparkle is the way to go!”


Vote for your favorite design on Pottery Barn’s Facebook page now!
Source: Photos courtesy The Sweetest Occasion