A bout of food poisoning delayed this post - 
last minute shopping and a meal out with the family...
and a couple of hours later I was vowing I'd never eat again

But I had this post lined up and promised, and so...
better late than never?
Or you could look at it as being 361 days early...

These are mantels I was particularly inspired by this year.
This one, well, I have to say I kind of fell in love with the pom poms....
An Oregon Cottage

This was playful and fun and well put-together
Adventures in Decorating
Pinecone heaven...
Fresh clean simple - Farmhouse Style
Creekline House
Beautifully wrapped gifts as decor... 
why not?  It looks amazing.
I love blackboard art/typography.  This is one of my favorites.
Holly Mathis Interiors
And I especially love this one with the boxwood wreath and antlers...
Nest of Posies
Craftberry Bush
Love this fun composition on a difficult asymmetrical fireplace
Bennett and Company

I also love faux taxidermy for the holidays... 
[see my wreaths here]
and I love this frosty, colorful version
Serendipity Refined

Faux taxidermy with greens and berries and plaid.. 
perfection with that black accent!
The Everyday Home

Rustic faux taxidermy - love this too
She Knows
Speaking of rustic, love this and the way
the stockings follow the garland off the mantel and down onto the antler...
Adore Your Place
Be still my heart... You can always count on Funky Junk Interiors
to come up with some rustic fun - love love love the salvaged windows with the 
candlelight coming through, the twig garland, and the big fat star..
Funky Junk
More salvaged beauty - large tin ceiling tile
shabby candlesticks - and those stockings!

Grand Design

Farmhouse Style is big right now, and these
next few photos are perfectly suited
simple, rustic - fun
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Farmhouse style uses timeworn, rustic surfaces
in a clean lined, simple format
Stone Gable
Salvaged windows and shutters, white stoneware platters with vinyl lettering
pinecones and berries - and stars!
Stone Gable
The Lily Pad Cottage
Shiplap wall and subtle decor...
Brunch at Saks

Lighted marquee letters spell out peace in simple farmhouse style
Finding Home Farms
This one is a little more urban farmhouse,
[a style I'm smitten with right now] -
farmhouse with a little sophistication thrown in...
Adore Your Place
This one has a lot going on - but I can't get over the red industrial/barn
light fixtures and that adorable moose head...
Classy Clutter

In a little more contemporary vein...
Centsational Girl

Pottery Barn
Love this yardstick star - [on my list for next year] 
not so much the cluttered mantel below...

The Country Chic Cottage
Fun and vintage - a forest of sisal trees...
Decor Girl

and finally, the clean, natural,
fresh look of Scandinavia
which has been so popular this year...
The Lily Pad Cottage
That's all folks!   
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Have a Happy New Year!

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