My Winter Mantel {2013}

Confession: I did my winter mantel three days before I took down and put away all the Christmas decor.  Once the stockings were emptied, I was so impatient… so I just cast them aside, along with my Santa canvas and the berry garland and got busy!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that a trip to Trader Joe’s jump-started the whole thing…I mean, who can resist a bouquet of seven creamy white roses with eucalyptus for only $4.99??

So without further ado, or too many changes from the Christmas mantel, here is what I am loving…

winter mantel mantle
I am keeping it seriously simple: whites, mercury glass and other metallics, antique books, and fresh flowers.

The urn with the little faux pine tree was on the Christmas mantel, but I loved the height, the combination, and the greenery, so she stuck around.  The little glittery bird’s nest was left over, too, but I popped her on top of 3 antique books.    The mercury glass candle stands were a Pottery Barn sale purchase two years ago.  Sheet music candle tutorial is available here.

You know I love my antique gold frame against the mirror, and this year, she’s joined by a thrift store frame, chalkpainted in Old White.    You probably recognize the shape of the vase — typical WalMart or florists glass vase with a twist.  The deer were a discount store sale purchase a few years back.  They have this awesome mixed metallic finish.

I love the scale of this mercury glass footed bowl I scored at Joss & Main right before Christmas.  Winning!!  This one will be used in many different ways, but for now she’s a beaut all on her own. 🙂

This is what you see as you walk into my family room from my kitchen/breakfast area.  The room is long and on the narrow side, so it’s hard to get a good frontal of the mantel and fireplace.  This is where having a DSLR camera with all those wonderful lenses and tools would be SO awesome.

See what I mean?

The brick is starting to niggle at me a little, especially when I see gorgeous painted brick walls and fireplaces all over blog land. 🙂  But the hubs would have a cow if I painted it right now… so we’ll just let sleeping dogs lie. 🙂

I guess I could’ve lit the fire for y’all so you’d feel all warm and welcome.  I do that soon and stage a proper photo shoot for y’all.  But it’ll have to be with my good ‘ole Lumix.  Now that I have my Silhouette, I guess a DSLR camera would make me a totally legit home decor/DIY blogger.


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  1. hehe I love this!! Regardless if it was only up for 3 days, it’s beautiful!! I love the silver so much!
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  2. I love the brick think it is beautiful as it is! But then don’t listen to me, my mantel is bare naked for the past two weeks.

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  3. Heidi…just love your “winter mantel”…you have so many beautiful items to display…it is such a perfect vignette!!…
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  4. I love your mix of whites and metallic and old books. What about white washing the brick, it’s like a compromise with the hubs, right?!?!
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  5. Your winter mantel is gorgeous! That mirror is stunning, where did you get it?

    • Hi Jeanine — the mirror is from Ballard’s. I’m lucky enough to have the Ballard’s Backroom outlet here and I picked this up 2 years ago for a steal. She’s queen of the mantel for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. What a pretty mantel. Especially love the smaller mirror frame! Stopping by from crafty scrappy happy link up party and so glad I did!

  7. Ooh I love those deer SO much. You gotta get a DSLR! Life changing, I tell ya!
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  8. This is so pretty. I tried to link up with Wow Us Wednesdays, but I am not Savvy enough 🙂 I found your post there though….so I am happy about that!!

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