Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Mantel

 With a touch of the beach...

This is the picture that sits on our mantel year round.  
The name of the print is "Neap Tide", by Gerald Bienvenu, a well known artist on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where I grew up.  Mr. Bienvenu has painted numerous landscapes and beach scenes from the local area. Shortly after college, 
I worked with his wife who owned an interior design shop.  
I bought several of his prints. 

This year I decided to add a touch of 'beach' to the Christmas mantel to tie in with the print.  The print is matted in red/green/cream, even the boat is red/green, which made for an easy color scheme to work with.

I added some branches from outside to the vases.

 A few baby starfish.

Santa's delivering some starfish too.

I'm really enjoying the layered textures.

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  1. Hi, I have seen your post in Between naps in the porch link party.
    Love how you mix the Christmas decoration with the starfish that fits perfectly wiith the beautiful picture.
    Merry Christmas :)

  2. Really pretty! I love how you added the seashells to your garland to tie in with your beautiful print ... that always adds that unexpected touch. Your Santa is mighty handsome, too. *Becca*

  3. I love how you tied in the beach to your Christmas display. That's great that the colors in the picture worked so well for you too. I really like your Santa, holding the starfish! I had to do a second look to see if you bought him that way already holding the shells. Fantastic Mantle. Merry Christmas!

  4. Love the Christmas coastal look!

  5. So pretty...great job tying in the print, but making it feels so Christmay-y! :)

  6. Very nice! Looks so "homey". :)

  7. Hi Petie! Thanks for your nice comments on my Christmas stuff :) I am loving the clean, new look of your blog! I've been considering doing the same, but probably no big changes until after the year.
    Love your Santa on your mantel! I was trying to remember if I knew you were a NW girl?? Am I just now seeing this? ;) I hope you're enjoying your tree- it's a beauty!

  8. gorgeous mantel! love the print... i grew up on the beach and i so appreciate it even in the winter! xoxox

  9. All you need now is a Yankee Candle.....'Christmas On the Beach'! I have one to take to my daughter this week in Katy, Texas (which is CLOSE to the beach!) as we visit her new home! Loved the post!

  10. Just beautiful and very appropriate for a Mississippi girl. I love the natural greenery and pine cone look with the starfish.

  11. Beautfully decorated mantle! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. Hope to see you next week!

  12. What a great idea to tie in your print! I love all the textures and colors!