It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Southern Accents

If you’re like us, you’ve thrown out the last of the turkey, ditched the fall colors, and it’s time to move on. Although we can’t believe it, it’s that time again already: time for Christmas decorations! It seems like some people love this yearly tradition of hauling the holiday paraphernalia out of the attic and filling the house with that fresh pine smell — and some people dread it for eleven months. We’re the former, but, no matter which side of the fence you’re on, we hope these pictures provide you with a little holiday inspiration. And, after it’s all said and done, there’s nothing better than snuggling up by newly decorated mantle (complete with fire) with a steaming cup of cocoa and admiring your handy work. Happy Monday, and, I guess since the radio stations are pumping the Christmas music already, it’s safe to say it: Happy Holidays!

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  1. Lovely! This is just what I needed. I’m about to tackle my mantle as I type this!

  2. Such beautiful inspiration – only wish I had a mantle!

  3. There’s just nothing like a roaring wood fire crackling to make me feel warm and snuggly. Thsoe fires are enoooormous! Aren’t they gorgeous!


  4. I just did a post today on Christmas trees, and I SOOOO enjoyed your posted on holiday fireplaces! It definitely put me into the spirit… Watch out, family, I’m ready to decorate now! Let’s deck the halls!

  5. I always love how my mom decorates her fireplace mantel…soon enough, the stockings will be out!

  6. these so make me want to get a christmas tree :)

  7. Oh, I’m definitely feeling the spirit now. Thank you!


  8. Gorgeous! I think I’ll start getting out my holiday decor now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. all of these put my mantel to shame :(

  10. LOVE these images – definitely getting me in the mood! Reminds me of how much I miss Southern Accents – they always had the best Christmas issues, as you’ve now reinforced!

  11. We did the hauling out of decorations over at our place. Halls are decked.
    :-) Lynn

  12. How utterly amazing
    Those mantels are stunning :)

    Love, hugs & kisses

  13. Oooh, what a fantastic collection of Christmas mantels! Hmmmm, now I’m rethinking my rather sadly decorated mantel… thanks for the inspiration :-)


  14. Thanks for coming by to wish me well in my upcoming vintage marketplace. Your christmas decor inspirations are great! Christie

  15. Awww, i love, love these! I can even hear the Christmas carols as i view these:-). Beautiful Christmas inspiration! XX

  16. I just love a good fireplace mantel design for Christmas–beautiful use of color and materials and great inspiration!

  17. So, so beautiful! Love the white and greens with metallics, just gorgeous! XX!

  18. These photos are inspiring. I needed that! I love that none of them are shy about really loading on the greenery and glitz. Forget simplicity and skimpy-ness. It’s the season of excess.

    Thanks for stopping my my site and commenting.

  19. I have to say I am INSPIRED! I went out today and purchased my ribbon and accoutraments to make my mantle and door and tree all that it can be…my mind is swirling with sugar plums:) Happy Holidays to you too!

  20. Gorgeous photos! xoxo

  21. Must. Finish. Decorating.

    Must. Finish. Decorating.

    I love these mantels!! I’ve never done much to my mantel because my Christmas tree is *justthisclose* to it. Now brainstorming …

  22. Love all the mantle inspiration! I have one mantle done and one to go. And, I’m one of the “formers” too! I look forward to it every year – and honestly feel like I was just taking it down.

    Happy Holidays!!

  23. Wonderful inspirational photos. I love the warm feeling of the paneled rooms. So cozy. Thanks so much for commenting and following on my blog.

  24. Inspiring images! I’m ready to for the hot coco and the roaring fire…my mantle doesn’t quite look like that, but hopefully by Sunday it will be a little more decked out! So fun to see your comments on my blog today. Thanks for stopping by!

  25. i think i fall into the same category as you re christmas decor.

    you have a very pretty blog. light and organized makes it so easy to read.


  26. Somehow it does not feel the same when the temperature hovers around 104 degrees!
    But each year the tree goes up, the pretties come out and on the twelfth day of Christmas it all comes down and goes away until the following year…..I am sure it was only last week I put it all away…Oh well…!

  27. I love the one with lots of stockings…

    plus the last image…

    Gotta get on with my holiday decorating too:)

  28. The last one is my very favorite! I love it so much. I cannot wait for Christmas and everything that comes with it–the decorations, and especially the songs!!!


    Best wishes,


  29. These garlands are just beautiful…the inspiration I need…xv

  30. Oh, this got me really inspired!

    Lovely, lovely post! Thanks for doing it.

    Oh, I just want to let you know that I am posting today about a very famous brazilian interior designer. You gotta to know him. :-)


    Luciane at

  31. So many inspiring mantles. I love the natural elements mixed with silver & mercury glass.


  32. I said Happy Holidays for the first time last night! It felt right :) Love all these cozy mantles!

  33. Great inspiration! I have been meaning to decorate my mantel for days now and haven’t quite gotten around to it. Thanks for the motivation to get it done! :)

  34. Oh dear, now I just want to go home and curl up in front of a fireplace!

  35. oh wow, just so, so gorgeous.. really makes me want to be by a fireplace right now! p.s. I really adore your blog

  36. Leave it to Miss Mary to take it to over the top fabulousness!!

  37. Very inspiring !! I see I need a MUCH bigger house with lots of mantels hahaha , because I can’t choose which one I like best- I like ALL of them… mm maybe have to look at Santa very nicely this year

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