Mantel Disaster Rectified

by Sherry

Hello everyone.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was Hubby’s birthday and I talked him into playing hooky. We went to the movies, dinner and then home for cake and presents.  If you see the movie Tourist  notice the hotel they stay at in Venice. This is the hotel we were married in and I have several pictures of us on the spectacular staircase that is in the movie. It was a treat for us to see the interior shots of the hotel.  You can see pictures of our wedding in Venice here.

Hubby and I went to Richmond Christmas Tour Of Homes today and boy was it cold!  I was hoping to get some pictures to show you but there were so many people it was impossible.  I can show you what I have been working on though.

After my Mantel Disaster was cleaned up I took a deep breath and started over on the mantel.  Since all but two pieces of my mercury glass was shattered I had to come up with an alternative.  I added a couple of Old Britain Castle plates to the mantel along with the two surviving pieces of mercury glass and a newly purchased tree for the center.



Our tree is a mishmash of hundreds of ornaments! I have a collection of Radko ornaments hanging beside Dollar Tree ones. There are ornaments my grandchildren made and some I have collected over many years.
My sweet friend Lynn at  A Vintage Nest  recently gave me a pair of antlers to add to my collection.  I put the antlers with some fresh greenery in a mercury glass bowl.  Luckily the bowl and candle holder behind it were not on the mantle when everything crashed to the ground.
I’ll be posting more decorations at my Share The Decor  party. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal December 12, 2010 - 1:56 am

Sherry, the second time around is a big success! It all looks so pretty and wintry. Love the bowl with the antlers.

[email protected] December 12, 2010 - 2:10 am

Looking terrific Sherry and Happy birthday to the hubby!

Kathy December 12, 2010 - 2:15 am

Oh my goodness -I just read about your mantel the first time around -you were so calm and handled just like we would all think you would handle -that is just a darn shame though. But your mantle today is beautiful and your coffee table looks lovely -sure was nice to see and hear about your weddinbg -how romantic I can't even imagine but it is such a nice story

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style December 12, 2010 - 2:35 am

Hi Sherry, your mantel looks spectacular and I love your ornaments. That stack of baskets looks so good. We saw the Tourist yesterday, too. What a beautiful hotel you got married in, you lucky girl!

Red Door Home December 12, 2010 - 3:05 am

Very pretty! Love the glittered snow flakes. They add such a festive and unexpected touch.

Shelia December 12, 2010 - 3:36 am

Hi Sherry! I'm so sorry about your mantel disaster!! Poor thing. I would have probably cried.
But…your second attempt turned out so beautiful! And I thought those Command hooks were good! Man!! You should write to the company with your story!
Your tree is so lovely and look at all of the ornies you have. I love trees like this. Mine is packed with everything I have too! 🙂
Be a sweetie,
shelia 😉

~ Regan December 12, 2010 - 3:41 am

Beautiful… I absolutely love it… Of course, those plates on your mantle caught my eye first! 😉 I ♥ Johnson Bros!!!

Jane December 12, 2010 - 4:00 am

Happy Birthday to your husband. Sounds like you spent a nice day together.
Your mantel looks gorgeous! I love the addition of the plates.

Andrea December 12, 2010 - 4:34 am

Everything looks so beautiful! I've been meaning to follow you for a while now =)

Susan December 12, 2010 - 4:38 am

Sherry, I love the red mixed in the with the silver. I love all the sparkle!! Your mantel is gorgeous!

vintagesusie & wings December 12, 2010 - 4:40 am

Your mantle is beautiful my friend!!! I TOO LOVE Johnson Brothers.
Here's to putting on our big girl panties, sweeping up the mess & gettin to it one more time. Your a rock star!!!

Rose H (UK) December 12, 2010 - 11:06 am

Sherry, your mantle looks truly beautiful – I love the tree in the centre. Your decorated tree is pretty spectacular too, :o) so many lovely memories. Though I know it's heartbreaking to have some of your beautiful things destroyed, the alternative has turned out jusr fine!

Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes December 12, 2010 - 11:18 am

I read your post and had to comment that 12/10 was my birthday too and my daughter took me to see 'The Tourist' – great minds think alike! Your mantel turned out lovely after all. Perhaps, it's all just meant to be. Have a wonderful day.

[email protected] December 12, 2010 - 12:52 pm

It looks great Sherry. I love those plates on the mantle. I also like the way that you have the antlers in a bowl. And, if it is any consolation, my mantle was re-done three times before I got it right, but luckily didn't have anything broken like you did. Will see you on the 15th and can't wait.

Miss Char December 12, 2010 - 11:55 am

Your redo came out great Sherry, I love the look of the plates with the greens and your glittered snowflakes. Your tree is just like mine….filled with memories. Thanks so much for sharing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) December 12, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Your mantel looks fabulous. I think you regrouped beautifully. Love the tree also, the best kind are the ones full of all kinds of ornaments. Look forward to your party. Hugs, Marty

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia December 12, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Oh it looks so pretty Sherry!!!

Richard Cottrell December 12, 2010 - 4:07 pm

Love your Christmas tree, reminds me of our tree at home where my mother saved everything and always put it on the tree. I have a new Blog. I would appreciate if you would drop by and see it. Thanks, Richard.

she dreams big! December 12, 2010 - 4:46 pm

This mantel vignette is just as pretty as the first! I would have cried if all of my mercury glass broke! Your home looks just lovely! Here's wishing no more disasters at your house!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions December 12, 2010 - 6:09 pm

Good save, Sherry! Love the sparkle to your mantel. I'm sorry you lost some mercury glass pieces, but the ones you saved look wonderful. I like the idea of using the plates as well.

[email protected] Decorating December 12, 2010 - 6:16 pm

It looks great to me!! Everything looks nice. I need to get some antlers from my father in law. All the ones my husband has are still connected to be mounted on a board. Love it!

Traci December 12, 2010 - 6:22 pm

Sherry, your mantel is just pure perfection and what a nice recovery from your mantel disaster…your pieces always looked beautiful grouped together. What a lovely place for a wedding. Thanks for bringing us along!

ThriftyAnnabella December 12, 2010 - 10:49 pm

Very pretty – so sorry to hear about your mantel disaster.

June December 12, 2010 - 11:29 pm

Sherry, I still feel so bad about all your mercury glass:( But the mantel looks like it never even happened. It is beautiful! Oh I love your tree!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio December 13, 2010 - 1:47 am

your mantel is beautiful the second time around….love the red transferware…

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria December 13, 2010 - 3:00 am

Beautiful my Dear friend as I knew it would be…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk December 13, 2010 - 6:38 am

It is SO beautiful, Sherri — just marvelous!

Tricia - A Rosy Note December 13, 2010 - 6:46 am

That is too bad about your first mantle, but it looks very pretty now too…that transferware is so gorgeous. I noticed those baskets next to your fireplace right away and I love, love, love them 🙂

Heather December 13, 2010 - 1:24 pm

Your mantle is beautiful, I can't belive the disaster you had!!! Have a wonderful and very merry christmas!!!
Heather H

Vanessa December 13, 2010 - 3:14 pm

Hi Sherry! I still feel just awful when I think about your mantel disaster but you really redeemed it! I probably would have just stuck a candle up there and called it a day! 🙂 But, you made it look gorgeous and richly elegant and I love the pop of red in the plates. Perfect!

Katie of Modern Oasis December 14, 2010 - 12:52 am

Your mantle & tree are beautiful!

victorian parlor II December 14, 2010 - 12:52 am

Your mantel is gorgeous! It took me a few times before I got mine just right too!



Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents December 14, 2010 - 6:46 am

Hi, Sherry! The mantel looks beautiful! I love the Old Britain Castle plates you added! Just dreamy!! Looking forward to coming to your party, but it may be later Wed., as that is my bday!

Happy Holidays!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Amy Kinser December 14, 2010 - 5:11 pm

Your decorations are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Lindy December 15, 2010 - 8:27 pm

Sherry, I love your entry. It looks like it would feel so good just walking in your door. Very soft and warm. Your Christmas decor is wonderful — love the bucket and the mantel, too!

Shel December 16, 2010 - 3:24 pm

This is all so very exquisite!
Shel x

Marianne December 20, 2010 - 7:31 am

I really like your decorating style, a little of this and a little of that all tastefully displayed.
Thank you for sharing at Holly Bloggy.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman December 23, 2010 - 3:38 am

Beautiful decor! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

Kim @ Starshine Chic December 23, 2010 - 3:52 am

Sorry to hear about your mantel disaster. But you rectified it beautifully. I really love the hanging snowflakes.

Michelle December 23, 2010 - 1:30 pm

My goodness – what a lovely header collage of photos! I feel like I just discovered your blog – but I then realized I was already a follower! Your decorations and mantel are gorgeous. I too love antiques. I hope you'll stop by my blog for a visit and maybe you'll consider following me back!

~New England Style~


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