Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Home Tour, Part 1 (Christmas Mantel)

Is anyone still out there?

 My goodness,
I've been missing from my blog for far too long. 
It was a very busy fall...
birthdays, school related activities,
surgery, vacation to Universal Orlando...
you get the idea. 

Are you enjoying all the wonderful Christmas decor
everyone is posting? 
 I'm having a great time taking in all the home tours!

 I've actually been decorated since early November. 
 I know, I know, that was probably way too early,
but with going on vacation, 
I didn't want to return home & have to hurry to decorate, 
so I did it all before we left. 
Not that I haven't tweaked things here & there since we got back!


 I'm beginning the tour in the living room, with the mantel.

The idea for this mantel started back in September.
Carol @ Art & Sand posted a photo of the most
adorbale pixies ever.
I fell in love with them & immediately ordered a set.
Once they arrived,
the red & gray Christmas color scheme was born!

Throughout Fall, I began collecting items
that I thought would work with my new pixie friends.

I made the Christmas trees.  
I bought some poster board,  rolled it into a cone shape,
then wrapped it with a variegated gray yarn.
A perfect accent.   

Aren't the pixies cute?
Their names are Sidsel & Silvester.  

I love the wool ball garland that I found on Etsy.  

When the cashier at Target handed me the plaid bag below,
I knew I had to use it for my Christmas decorating.  
What are the odds it would be red & gray plaid?

Are you all decorated for the big day?
I'll be back to share more of my decor.

Thanks for stopping by!


Welcome! I'm Gina. Like the header says, this blog is all about home, food and life..


  1. Gina, your mantel is adorable! The pixies are so perfect and I love the colors and patterns you've used.

  2. I love your mantel!! Of course the white pitchers are favs of mine and I love the grey and red combo! That plaid bag is the perfect item by the fireplace....knocked it out of the park on this one Gina. and I think I see a wee bit of red and grey on the corner of your Christmas tree! can't wait to see the rest.

  3. Always fun to visit you, Gina, whenever you pop up in my feed. Glad to hear that you are well and enjoying the season! Perfect mantle. Love the colors!!

  4. We weren't ;) but we gather just for your Christmas Home Tour ahahahah

    Lovely as usual. But just throw anything because your home is so full of light and magic that everything blends and shine. Happy. Be Happy. And thank you for sharing your Happy with us.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  5. I have been gone way too long as well. Not sure my stuff was exciting though, hah. But we did sell our home and moved 2 weeks ago. Since the offer it has been non-stop. Oh I had surgery a couple weeks before the move on my right hand.
    I have loved those Mailegs for some time. I got a mouse this summer. But after seeing all of Carol's I went to Ebay. I was the high bidder and actually only bidder for one. I don't understand how I got it for only $27 when another one went for $130. Could it be that mine is four feet tall. Heck, I will take it. He can have his own bedroom in our new home.
    Your mantel looks great.

  6. Your mantel looks so festive, Gina! Love the red and gray combination.
    Mary Alice

  7. The pixies are adorable, Gina, and certainly set the stage for your pretty mantle decor. I love the yarn wrapped trees and that bag from Target is so perfect!

  8. Hi Gina, such a pretty and fun mantel. The pixies are so cute! Love the colors together. It's amazing how some colors really pop when you put them together. Happy Holidays.

  9. I love red white and grey...What a great color combination! The pixies are adorable and I love your mantle


  10. You always have the cutest and most cheerful mantel-scapes, Gina! Those pixies are adorable.

  11. So cute Gina! Everything compliments each other both with texture and color. Love the cone tree you made! The garland is too cute- makes me smile!

  12. So beautiful! I adore the mix of colours and the different items you chose to decorate with, especially the wonderful garland! xx

  13. Looks great! Love the color choices.
    The answer to your question is ...Umm no.
    Hopefully this weekend.

    M : )

  14. Love, love, love it all! Those pixies are so cute. After seeing them over at Carol's and now here with you now I wants some too :-)


  15. Gina,
    Your S&S elves are adorable!!!
    LOVE your yarn Christmas Trees!!!
    I'm off to Target in the morning in search of a red plaid bag!!!

  16. I absolutely adore the precious little pixies! Too cute! And the trees are so pretty, great idea! Really like the gray and red color scheme! Started backwards on your 3 part tour, enjoyed it all! :) ~Rhonda

  17. Oh, Gina- cute cute cute! Love your modern and fun-loving take on holiday decor this year.
    Everything looks festive and adorable!

  18. Your Christmas decor is stunning throughout your home. I love the decor in your kitchen best….love the red and white color combo! So many of my favorite bloggers have been using lots of white this year and I love it. Su (Butterfly Bungalow) and Kris (Junk Chic Cottage) have both used white and their homes look pretty like yours!


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