December Mantel
Creating this December Mantel was sheer joy for me since I love working with quiet tones of sepia and gray.  It all began a month ago when I found the vintage framed Madonna and Child at a newly discovered trove of hidden treasures, 'Nesting' in the quaint historic town of Concord, MA (more on that in the next blog).  I knew instantly that this framed beauty would take center stage on my French Gray Holiday Mantel.  Mother and Child artwork always speaks to me, but this one especially in its very simple wood frame and serene quality.  I adore the look of it leaning on a vintage framed mirror for depth.
Mercury and glass candle holders are adorned with crowns and bobeches and finished with my favorite twirled beeswax candles.  They are a vignette all by themselves! 
 The rest of the mantel came together nicely by perching a Cody Foster church and winter cottage on a stone candle holder for height and surrounding them with trees and sprinkling moss here and there for the much desired color.  Can you see the sap pots at the center of the mantel? These appear everywhere in my decor!  A few vintage birds nestled in the moss and I am happy with my holiday mantel.
Happy decorating!