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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas On Crooked Creek!

Dear Ones, Christmas On Crooked  Creek has presented us with a few challenges this year. But the one that had become a real dilemma for me was our hearth. On Crooked Creek came with a fireplace in the lower level family room. . .but no mantle. So~o~o. . .I attempt to decorate the hearth!

In keeping with a lodge theme and an eclectic mix of furnishings, "Mr. Ed" feels that this is his domain. An avid Trout Fly Fisherman and Deer Hunter, I try to incorporate many of his personal tastes in the decor of this room. With the rise of recent showings of deer sheds in home decor, I knew I had to use them On Crooked Creek this Christmas!

Beginning the Christmas decorating, I always start with the table. Once that is completed, the rest just falls into place. Usually. Most of the time.

Next comes the Christmas tree complete with all its trimmings.

Followed by the vignettes I create on the tabletops!

Add candle light for ambiance.

But. . .when I got to the hearth. . .I either ran out of creativity or inspiration. All I could come up with was this!

The hearth On Crooked Creek looked like I'd just turned the boxes over and dumped them out! NOT what I had envisioned at all!

 My dear blog friend, Pat @ Back Porch Musings, posted a lovely Christmas Table for Two showing a lantern and deer sheds! Click here to view Pat's lovely In The Lodge post and see for yourselves what an elegant design talent she has! Thank you Pat for all your inspiration!

So~o~o. . .being all inspired, I tweaked the hearth .

Now for some ambient lighting. . .

Our Christmas On Crooked Creek seems to be shaping up quite nicely this year. Thank you to all of my new found blog friends for all your help and inspiration through your posts!

As our son and daughter~in~law come down the stairs, this is the sight they will see first!
Ah~h~h. . .

                  Christmas On Crooked Creek

Until next time. . .


Melanie said...

I love it! I laughed when you said it looked like the boxes had been turned upside down. I think the hearth looks very nice and I love the antlers & greenery. Nice job.

bj said...

I am in LUV with your beautiful tree. It is so pretty.
Everything looks really nice.
Now, I am having a hard time using deer antlers..I know they are all the rage right now but they have been around my place for so many years and I never saw any prettiness much. Hubby is a hunter and always has antlers around. BUT, he brought in one the other night from a cousin that is HUGH so I have to do something with it to blog about. :))
Your hearth actually looks really pretty.
hugs, bj

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Hearth looks great. I remember the hunting lodge look when we lived in did a great job!

Anonymous said...

Christmas certainly has come very sweetly to Crooked creek~~ very pretty!

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Perfect in every way, it so warm, cozy and inviting. I love the chair back covers too. Your holiday decor suits the over all theme of the place.


Janean said...

pat, i adore the *natural* look for Christmas!!! it all looks wonderful!!!

big hugs.

Entertaining Women said...

Everything looks beautiful. For your fireplace, I could also invision a 'quilt rack,' maybe with barley twist posts, to set on the floor or on the hearth with the Christmas stockings hanging from it. Thank you for sharing your charming vignettes. Cherry Kay

Heather said...

Everything looks lovely!

Heather said...

Everything looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

It is all so pretty! I love those antlers!