Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Jeanne d'Arc Living Inspired Mantle~French Laundry Style


Round 1 of Christmas decorating was doing up my mantle.  I love Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine and their books, but my taste runs a bit more fancy.  What's a girl to do?  Well, I am a firm believer that if you love different things, somehow you will make them work together.  I combined my new mercury glass candle pedestal and votive holders from Pottery Barn with my antique mercury glass vases and candlestick.  I added a JDL madonna with antique crown and some repro silver candlesticks that I had previously dolled up with new crystal bobeches (which had to be dolled up some more with antique crystal chandelier drops).  I had a new silverplate mint julep cup that I got at a thrift store which seemed a bit shiny, so I added a pretty torn muslin ribbon, vintage paper, and button as well as a sprig of greenery.  Pottery Barn had some magnificent sheet music candles which were sold out (as well as very expensive), so I used a deckle edge scissors and cut my own vintage sheet music and tied it on to the Hobby Lobby candle (half price-a bargain at $4.50) with more twine and another sprig of greenery.  What do you think?  I'm pleased , so I guess that's all that really matters, but I would like your input because you guys are an amazing bunch of decorating mavens. 

So anyway, pop on over to Kathleen at Faded Charm and get a major yummy yummy fix of the White Wednesday participants' blog posts.  I can't wait.


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27 comments:

  1. So beautiful and elegant!!

    Do Come and Enter my giveaway from Fifi Flowers!
    xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  2. ~*~*BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE it!!~*~* HUGS,Rachel :)

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  3. It's just gorgeous, love the layered mirrors, all the greenery and the mercury glass!!
    xo,
    Debra

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  4. I love it, Judy. It's just beautiful!
    xo~Tracie

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  5. Fantastic!!!! Those mirrors are gorgeous. You must have a nice deep mantel to get them layered so nicely. I love my mercury glass as well ~ I can never get enough of it. Well done.

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  6. What a great mantel-all the details and the layering of the mirror-I'd be looking at that all day!

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  7. Ohhh la la! The mirrors and drippy crystals are a perfect combo! I am a huge fan of vintage sheet music! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  8. The mantel is wonderful! I always tell costumers if you love it, buy it, you will make it work some how! I love mixing all kinds of styles, devoid of color though! Lol!
    Theresa
    aka:TOT

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  9. Girl you had me at mercury glass! It is exquisite and I think you've outdone yourself this time. Love the little pop of red in the midst of all the silver. I'm also impressed with the word "deckle". Gotta go google that one now!
    Debbie

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  10. So pretty! I love the vintage music sheet idea and I may have to give that a try!

    Hugs,
    Jacalyn

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  11. It's just gorgeous! I love the way you used mostly neutrals with just a hint of red/green. Those stunning mirrors make the perfect backdrop too. And didn't Pottery Barn do an amazing job with holiday this year? I was just so overwhelmed, I wanted everything so I left with nothing lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Your mantel display is beautiful! You know how much I love old frames and those are special ones! Christie

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  13. Your Christmas mantle looks so beautiful, Judy! It really does look like it's out of a Jeanne d'Arc mag!
    I love, love, love your grain sack Christmas stockings in your etsy shop!!! Wish I had money to buy more decorations, it's time to start shopping for the loved ones though. :)

    Happy WW!
    Jo :)

    p.s. You didn't sound scroogy to me at all... I hate taking down all of the Christmas decorations, too! It's a lot of work!! ;-)

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  14. This is GORGEOUS...love your fancy interpretation.

    ~jermaine

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  15. I love it! I have such a hard time with our mantle. Our walls are high, so the mantel is a bit high as well, so everything either looks too short or it's so tall you don't really see it. However, I like how you mixed things together for a rustic electic type look though fancier and more "normal" for lack of a better word right now for a more modern feel.

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  16. Oh Judy this is just lovely! I am a new follower and can't wait to see more!!

    Thank you for the visit today!

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  17. It's pure Scandinavian cool perfection! I love it. xoxo Lynn

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  18. Truly some stunning decorations. A very pretty home.

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  19. Judy, This is drop dead gorgeous!! I love the layering of those beautiful mirrors. I think it is much better than anything in the magazine.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  20. Your mantle is gorgeous. I like things a bit on the fancy side as well. The mirrors are marvelous. I'm a new follower and will be back again soon.
    Mimi

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  21. Hello Judy,
    Your mantel is just breathtaking, and I love your thrifty ideas to 'edit' what you've got. Thanks so much for stopping by my humble new blog via WW. It's great to find others with similar style.
    - Susan

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  22. Love this mantle! It is quite beautiful. You've done a terrific job, I am going to have to check these books out! Love the use of the mirrors, mercury glass and your creative touches.!
    Thanks for paying me a visit, I didn't know until this morning that there was a problem with my post - I just fixed it,
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  23. So pretty! I love that magazine as well. Such beauty!

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  24. You certainly captured the mood of that magazine! Just beautiful!

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  25. the last thing i need are more candle holders, but two weeks ago i *oooohed and awwwed* over PB's mercury candle holders -- those large enough to put candy or sparkly things in the dish part? now that i see your display...i'm thinking "santa" may need to put a couple under the tree. mmmmm?
    your mantle is PERFECT.

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  26. Magnificent... the Mirrors and Religious Statuary are just beautiful. That Magazine is so inspiring, I really enjoy the simplicity and beauty of Nordic French styling... though I seriously doubt I'd be successful at having that much restraint and being able to banish color and patterns from my Bohemian Nest! *wink*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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