An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It began with a wooden star

This year I decided to change our fireplace mantel for Christmas. I knew I wanted it to be woodsy, with greens, browns and reds, and that I wanted it to feel welcoming.

So, I started with a small, red star and decided to make it the focal point in a giant frame.

But, with 10-ft ceilings I needed a big frame. What to do?

Amazingly, I found an ugly, ugly painting with a damaged frame in the clearance bin at Bed, Bath & Beyond (really, with a coupon it was practically free). Using wood filler and black paint, I fixed the corners of the frame and covered the ugly, ugly painting with burlap.

My Dad (a very talented carpenter) cut out a larger, wooden star out of plywood, which I painted brown.

I centered the stars (embellished with greenery and a burlap ribbon) within the frame, placed my topiaries from last year on each side, hung up our stockings...there...done.

Now, on to baking, shopping, wrapping...


Laura said...

That looks terrific!!!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...


Therese said...

How beautiful!

Tiziana said...

Non hai mai pensato di lavorare come arredatrice? Saresti davvero bravissima, hai molta fantasia e creatività.
Domanda: "E' per te la calza più piccola appesa al camino?" (eh! eh!)

GrandmaK said...

Very nicely done!!! Cathy