Holiday Mantels.... and Why I Must be Out of my Mind

So, it's the busiest time of the year for everyone, right? Shopping, working, parties, getting together with family, etc., etc. And as a decorator, it's my busiest time because everyone wants their project done before Christmas. So what do I do? I volunteer to do my fifth grader's yearbook. The whole thing, all by myself. What was I thinking? I know I'll be glad in the long run, and I do love graphic design, but I'm spending half my life scanning photos these days, which is why I haven't been around as much as I'd like. So, for those who might be wondering, I haven't abandoned blogland - I'll be back just as soon as I can, and hope you'll bear with me in the meantime.

Isn't it amazing the way holiday decorating can absolutely transform a house?  I'll admit that it's a lot of work, and sometimes I am tempted to do just the mantel (and the tree of course).  I always start with the mantel, thinking that it is all I will do, but then it looks so beautiful that I get inspired to decorate the rest of the house.  Here are some mantels that are inspiring me this year:


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