Living Room Mantel Shelf ~ A Canadiana Christmas Stop One

Welcome to stop one of our woodland Canadiana Christmas 2010!  
Our suburban small town home in Ontario, Canada, has lots of natural elements all year round and a country rustic style of decorating. This season I am trying to focus on a woodland Canadiana Christmas decorating theme. 
I love the vintage wavy glass of these zinc lanterns and keep them on our mantel year round. Pinecones, strands of bead berries, and faux and real pine add some natural elements. I think the red and black buffalo plaid ribbon adds the perfect touch of Canadiana (a la ROOTS) to our Christmas mantel. I would love to find some birch twigs to add to the pinecones.
We are planning to paint our living room a darker colour in the New Year, and I am still considering painting this mantel shelf a distressed black, but all of our trim is white.
Our tree in this room last year was decorated for a Cowboy Christmas. I reused many of the decorations this year, but added more Canadiana elements with animals like bears, loons and moose to remind us of our true Canadian wilderness. The rusty sleigh bells to recall winter sleigh rides with my father-in-law's Percheron team. The buffalo check to symbolize the warmth and coziness that blankets and handknits bring to our long Canadian winters. Little cabins, canoes and fishing creels help us to remember our time spent in the outdoors. The cows and barn stars, for our family's love of farming and barns. The full reveal of this Canadiana inspired tree in the living room is coming soon, but here is a sneak peek collage:

We have been working on our wall trim but might not get our family room fireplace mantel completed before Christmas. In the meantime, we are enjoying our mantel shelf in the living room.
Oh, I'm really loving this ribbon and the little cabinet doors propped on the mantel. I played with Picasa but the doors are an off white and our walls are a very soft buttery yellow, not pink!
I found these new cabinet doors for $1 each at a local recycling place and painted them off white with a glaze and distressing. And a true Canadian decorating or painting project is not complete without a Tim Horton's coffee or hot chocolate ;)


  1. Love the whole Canadiana theme as I am a Canuck too! You've done a wonderful job and it all looks so CANADIAN EH? LOL


  2. I LOVE those lanterns...so pretty...I sure love Christmas time too :D

  3. love it! Great idea with the cabinet doors, I'm putting that on my to do list..;j

  4. Very pretty. Love the natural elements.

  5. Gorgeous! Have a great week!

  6. Very pretty! Love the oval mirror. Soooo elegant!


  7. Have truly adored my visit here through all your beautiful posts. Your home and tree are amazing. Can't wait for the full reveal.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. SO pretty! I cant believe how much decorating you have done already! You are on top of it.

  9. I really like how you were able to use so many items from last year with a new theme! Great job in "recycling"! The mirror with something hanging in front is a great idea. And the black and white photo is fantabulous! LOVE it!


  10. Your mantel is perfect for Christmas! Loving those lanterns and I just adore the checked ribbon!

  11. Beautiful! I have my stuff out but can't get into it for some reason. I better get the move on soon, I have stuff all over the place!LOL Loved your mantel and its just the inspiration I need! Thanks

  12. I remember your Christmas decor from last year...your additions are a wonderful idea. You do a beautiful job either way. Hugs, Kim

  13. Great job! LOVE me some pinecones, and the tartan plaid ribbon is yummy!

  14. Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth. Your mantel looks beautiful and festive too. I still love traditional colors as well.

  15. I love it Elizabeth. Beautiful mantel. Wonderful theme and colors!

  16. As always, Elizabeth, everything looks great. I love your mantel all decorated for Christmas and I love what you did with your doors, for $1 each? Great find!


  17. I love your very different-from-everyone-else style!
    I DO have a set of real vintage Pennsylvanian sleigh bells that came off my hubby's grandfather's sleigh.
    It's a cool heirloom!
    Tim Horton's? Is that like a Starbuck's?
    I drink Ghirardelli hot cocoa mocha, myself with whipped cream when I'm decorating in the winter :)
    I hope you are staying warm!!

  18. This makes my little Scottish heart go pitter patter!

    m ^..^

  19. Your mantel looks soooo PRETTY...love the style!!!


    I’m hosting an Christmas Open House on 12/9…would love to have you come by and join in on the fun!

  20. Morning Elizabeth- your mantel is gorgeous....

    the references to your heritage...your father-in-law & sleigh rides is just delightful!

    i can't wait to see the tree- i do love me a moose decoataion!!!!

    & your $1 doors are the icing on your christmas cake- LOVE them up there!!!

    so nice to come visit you with a cup of tea from snowy england this morning....

    melissa x

  21. I love it! I'm definitely into the Canadiana around here too! I'll have to look for some of that ribbon, it's perfect!

  22. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment. My grandson is everything to me. Wanted to let you know I love your mantel. Rustic, yet so elegant. I love the ribbon. Thanks again and blessings, Debbie

  23. I love this Canadiana theme and just might have to borrow it next year! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheryl Claudine (via Layla's linky party)

  24. Hi Elizabeth ... I absolutely LOVE what you've done with both your mantle and your tree! The mantle is stunning with your Canadiana elements and that gorgeous mirror. And the addition of those small doors!!!!!

  25. I too am drawn to decorating with natural elements for the holidays. Bring the outdoors in! Very well done, so inviting. :)


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