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    1. Thanks, Janet! Haha, I’ve been waiting for a month for the cedar… lol. I was in the nursery before Thanksgiving looking for it and they thought I was crazy.

  1. Norma Rolader says:

    Oh my how beautiful is your mantel and the peonies really set it off! Thank you for sharing with us

  2. Such a beautiful mantle, Lory! Love the serene elegance. Happy Hanukkah!

  3. I am in love with peonies, and remember huge bushes of them in all shades surrounding our home as a kid. Love your serene vibe!!

    1. Aw thanks so much Ashley! Yes, it was a delightful surprise. Do you have Whole Foods near you? If so, you should try them… 🙂

  4. Love this so much Lory! The cedar and peonies is indeed, romantic – and stunning! The perfect mix! And I’m loving your cute stockings too! Headed to check those out now:)

    Happy Holidays to you my friend!


  5. Oh Lory, peonies are my favorite and this is so elegant and romantic and just the perfect mantel garland! I’m so glad you were able to find them this time of year. I so wish I could! So fun to join you today, thanks for getting us together! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Summer! And it was my pleasure to help… 🙂 Yes, I’m so into pink peonies and I’m not surprised that you are too. I love your style and glad we got to ‘hop’ together !!

  6. Lory your mantel is stunning – you have such an incredible gift for creating the most romantic scenes, I wish I had your talent! That fresh greenery is so beautiful! I feel transported every time I visit your blog!

  7. Lory, I’m awestruck with the magic you have created with the cedar and peony mix-brilliant!! Such a soft romantic, elegant mantel that is just perfect for the holidays! So happy to be teaming up with you for this fun hop and thank you again for all your work!!

    Happy Holidays to you,

    Kim & Lacey

  8. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    Lori, the mantel is so elegant. I love fresh flowers and the camellias are gorgeous this year so I can bring fresh into my home at no expense!

  9. Heather Mill says:

    A beautiful mantle but so much style over substance! Where is your oasis to keep those lovely flowers alive? A wee indication of how you went about the design would have been helpful. Also, did you ever, in a serene moment, stop to think about the cost to the climate in flying all those flowers north so you could enjoy them?
    Merry Christmas to all you gas guzzling, climate criminals!

    1. I use flower tubes to keep loose flowers alive. I’ve added a link to the post in case that’s not obvious to everyone (much like adding water to the vase when you place flowers in a vase).

      The post explains pretty clearly how I went about it, as I mention placing the greenery emanating from the center clock and spilling over the edges and then tucking in the flowers and baubles. The placement is random. There is no formula.

      As for the imported flowers, more than 90% of flowers in the US are imported, not just peonies. And why pick on just the flowers? Do you know how many things are imported for the holidays? I’m guessing an enormous percentage of the things you see in every post on every blog have been imported. So while the sentiment of your comment is appreciated, you’re going to have a much bigger task on your hands that just picking on my peonies.