How to decorate for Christmas when you don’t have a mantel

Christmas Decorations in Red, Silver and Gold


glass candle sticks and silver and red decorations on a mantel for Christmas
Hello visitor, be Welcome. If you came over from the Nesters Holiday Party we may not have met yet. I am Songbird (but since we are all friends here you can call me Marianne) and I am so glad that you came over to share a cuppa in my Christmas house.

Now what is that about a mantel and Christmas? Well if there is ever a time in the year that I want, I desire, no I crave for a real mantel above a beautiful fireplace it is at Christmas time. Ah the visions of real fires, beautiful full garlands and hanging stockings and the vignettes on top of that mantel. I want it so bad.

But we have central heating. No fireplace in our house. No mantel either.

But did you know a radiator could give you a place to decorate too? No? Well look here a silver, white and red corner on top of my radiator.

Christmas mantel in white, red and silver

I basically gathered a lot of my glassware and filled it with snow and red bulbs. Add some lights, candles, mirrors and a berrie/mirrory garland and you’ve got a beautiful shelf (above a built in radiator).

glass containers with snow and red Christmas ornaments

You can never go wrong with apothecary jars. You can fill them with anything and they always look good (and do you see how that garland cleverly disguises the radiator knob, that thing really stretches my decorators muscles because it always sticks out like a sore thumb).

red, silver and white Christmas mantel display

Here is another view of this corner of my room. Really how easy is this, just put some lights in a big vase, add a few red balls  and big effect for little work.

Well and if you don’t have a mantel you can use an old cupboard.

So look what I did with my new old white cupboard. I added some real pezzaz (is that how you write that, my spelling control doesn’t know it) to my living room with this silver and gold vignette.

cupboard decorated with silver candle sticks and gold ornaments for Christmas

I searched the house for every silver candle stick that I had (silver colored I mean, I don’t have real silver, it just looks that way). I was surprised myself how many there were lurking in cupboards. Then I took some gold Christmas balls of the tree and just put it all together.

mercury silver candle sticks and gold decorations

My worn out little cupboard really has oomph now. She loves being the drama queen of my living room.

mercury silver Christmas display

And I love the way the candles shine through the mercury glass.

Oh you have to hurry?! I understand you  have so many visits to make. But you can’t leave without smelling the roses. It wouldn’t be Christmas without fresh flowers.

red roses in a wreath bouquet

Don’t you just love the combination of baby-breath and roses? This is in fact quite a funny arrangement.

exposed stems bouquet with red roses in a wreath

See, I put a wreath on top of a vase. The roses can drink, the baby-breath will dry, but that dries so nicely, I don’t mind.

I wanted to show you so much more. Like my crafty decorations in my kitchen or my newest garden decorations. But I know that you have a lot of visits to make, so I thought I’d better make it short and sweet. Please come back soon and I’ll show you the rest of my house (you can subscribe if you don’t want to miss anything).

Oh and I have a Christmas tree too. You didn’t think we could do without one of those, now did you.

Christmas tree with ornaments in red and gold

Thank you for your visit! It was so nice to have you over. I hope to see you again soon. But in any case, let me just wish you a happy Christmas time with lots of love and laughter.

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  1. Miss Mustard Seed says

    Everything looks so gorgeous. I love how you decorated that precious white side table that you shared on my blog a few weeks ago. It's always disappointing when you want to hang your stockings and you don't have a mantle. These are some great options.

  2. Something White says

    Mensen toch, jullie zijn allemaal erg creatief in het bedenken van kerst-deco! Vergeleken bij al die mooie spulletjes en plaatjes die ik hier zie, is het bij ons echt wel superkaal :)
    Maar ja, dit jaar doe ik weinig aan versieringen, want door omstandigheden zijn we met Kerst ook nog niet eens thuis. Ik verheug me er alweer op om volgend jaar dan weer eens helemaal uit mijn dak te gaan 😀
    Fijne dagen voor jullie en alvast een mooie Kerst toegewenst.
    groetjes, Marjolijn

  3. lia says

    Schitterend al die zilveren kaarsenstandaards bij elkaar. Ik heb er ook een aantal bij elkaar staan in de kamer.
    En je boom ziet er ook al zo mooi uit.
    Geniet van alles wat je gemaakt hebt.

    groetjes Lia

  4. jeanette says

    goud en rood zijn toch ook echt de kleuren die bij kersdt horen, ik krijg er gelijk een kerstgevoel van. super leuk gedaan allemaal! ik wens je ook vast hele fijne dagen en een supergoed 2010.

    over je vraag van de 4 luik onder water…Ik heb windows live writer gedouwnload dat is een heel fijn programma net als blogger maar je kan met dit programma veel sneller je foto`s op je blog krijgen en er zitten leuke dingen op zoal reflectie, dat onder water zeg maar. als je windows live dowload dan krijg je automatisch live writer je moet dit voor gebruik alleen even confrigeren.

    groetjes, jeanette

  5. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Your home is just beautiful! May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

    Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

  6. Desires of the Heart says

    Marianne, Love the gold and silver cupboard arrangement. You're right, use what you have to the full. Thanks for visiting me and have a wonderful Christmas!! Linda

  7. Abbie says

    I LOVE the silver and gold table! And I do have mantel and am completely intimidated by trying to decorate it – maybe you could come help!

  8. Jennifer Juniper says

    The silver and red is lovely, and I don't even miss the mantle! You have quite an eye for grouping…I might need a lesson someday :)

  9. Jennifer says

    We bought a house this year that had no fireplace and no mantel either so I had to get creative and used my counter that separated the kitchen from the living room.

    I love the red and white – you did a beautiful job!

  10. Hattie says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :-) As a big fan of the color red, I have to say that I love your mantel! So pretty and classy.

  11. Heather says

    You are so creative! I love everything that you did, you gave some great tips and I loved your ideas!! It all is beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  12. Cha Cha says

    Thanks for visiting my home tour, and you kind comment. Love your home. Milk glass collecting is a guilty pleasure I have. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  13. Julie From Inmates says

    I love all the red gorgeousness on your radiator and all the silvery gold stuff too. It is all so pretty and festive. Thanks for stopping by From Inmates To Playdates.



  14. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    I love all of your ideas! The mix of materials is fabulous! I especially love the cupboard and the shimmery display on top of it!


  15. Beautiful pear tree lane says

    What a beautiful job you have done with your decorating, beautiful simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  16. beautyinallthings says

    Your home looks so cozy. I love it! I am stopping in from Nester's place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog

  17. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents says

    Oh how dreamy! You just can't beat silver mercury glass and candles and oversized ornaments! I love it all!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents