The inspiration for our family room Christmas mantel this year was... of all things... a tablerunner.
H mounted my tablerunner on a strip of 1 x 2 and hung it over the mantel. Then, I created a winter scene in front of it
I made piles and piles of snow on the mantel so the snow on the tablerunner would blend seamlessly into the mantel snow.
I tucked Christmas tree's into my mantel snow that were similar to the ones on the tablerunner.
I have a snow globe on this end of the mantel that has a child building a snowman in it.....the globe also plays music and "snows" when you turn it upside down.
I decorated the other end of the mantel with similar items....
Tree's, snowmen, and a small white fox.....
I made my ornament wreaths many years ago and have used them in every room of the house over the years.
I diplayed more ornaments in crystal bowls on the side tables under the wreaths and also made a centerpiece on the coffee table using my favorite treasured ornaments.
I'm almost finished decorating the family room for Christmas. Usually I'm done with this room by now but it seems like I'm moving a little slower this year!
Here is a view of the fireplace reflecting on the mirror that's on the wall across from it. I love to use mirrors to reflect light all around the room, don't you?