Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Mantel: A Favorite

This beautiful image graced the cover of Canadian House & Home in November 2006. The blue and green Christmas decor is inspired by the patterned fabric on the stuffed chairs. This is one of my all-time favorite images and I always thought it was a living room. It wasn't until this post that I realized this is the entrance hall of the home! (Design by homeowners Dale and James Egan, photography by Mark Bursty)

21 comments:

Reggie Darling said...

Very handsome indeed, and conforms to Reggie's cardinal rule when dressing a room for Christmas: take your cues from the room's decoration (its colors, style, etc.) rather than what is readily available in stores (red and green and gold). That is how we decorate at Darlington House. It is far more pleasing to see Christmas decorations that are contextual to their surroundings, as these are, than ones that are not.

Hello Lover... said...

So beautiful - I really love the way that blue looks against the dark wood and greenery

Karena said...

Michele, it is a gorgeous mantle and has so much warmth and elegance...

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

love the blue satin ribbon-nice departure from the typical green and red. Looks rich and elegant but not overdone!

Debby said...

This photo is so beautiful!! I can't decorate my mantel the way I would like because hubby has his flat screen wall mounted above the fireplace... however... I could do this!!! Thanks for the inspiration! xo

abode love said...

I really love the two glass jars flanking the fireplace- this is a truly LOVELY little image! Thanks for sharing... this is a good one!

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Enyonam said...

This is Absolutely exquisite, thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Enyonam

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Michele,
This is seriously the most beautiful mantle I have seen in a while. I love the paneled walls, which add warmth.
Have a nice day.
Teresa

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I need to buy alot more greens this year! A gorgeous mantel and love the blue. XO

Kathysue said...

Oooh! now that is what I call simple elegance. That pop of cobalt blue looks amazing

cymbaluk3 said...

I toured that home when It was on a charity Christmas tour. They have another fireplace with hand painted tiles. They even had a huge Christmas tree in the kitchen. The designer couldn't make it to decorate last minute so the home owner had to call her on friends to help. It looked wonderful! The best on the tour in my opinion.

pretty pink tulips said...

I never think of blue - but I love that it works with their existing decor and really exudes holiday. Great image!!!

pve design said...

I love greenery in a traditional or modern setting, it still smells and looks like Christmas.
That and lights!
pve

Staci Edwards said...

Lovely.

mydesignchic said...

Love that they used a color that coordinated with their room rather than using a traditional Christmas color...gorgeous!!

Cote de Texas said...

that fabric!!! i love it, what is it?????

Nancy said...

Absolutely stunning! So rich and welcoming at the same time.

The Zhush said...

Wow! All that paneling and a fireplace in the entrance hall! Of course now I am just dying to see this house in its entirety!

quintessence said...

Just LOVE it!! And can you imagine having an entrance hall like that?! I also love the entrance sitting area in Michael Smith's house that he features in his most recent book - it is such a gracious way to enter a home! Wish we could see how he decorates his!

Emom said...

WOW! I too am loving this...smiles.

Renee Finberg said...

this is elegant and cozy
at the same time.

quite a trick indeed.

xx

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