Simple Winter Mantel

Lately, it seems as though I have been decorating my mantel in a more simplistic fashion

and for the most part, shopping the house keeping in mind that less is more.

I have had these topiaries for many years and they tend to move around the house often.

Today they have found their way to the Great Room mantel along with a new addition.

So today, I present my Simple Winter Mantel.

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The new addition? . . . A sweet white pitcher that was a birthday gift from a friend.

I love the wheat design on the pitcher.  The pitcher was filled with 

white Stock flowers from . . . you guessed it . . . Trader Joe’s.

I kept the stems tall as I wanted it to fill  up as much space against the 

bread boards as possible.

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For quite a while now, the bread boards and the tall candlesticks have pretty much

been a staple/constant on the mantel.

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The topiaries in the blue and white containers were moved from the French buffet

in the foyer, to the mantel.

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Because the topiaries were taken from the foyer to the mantel,

this is causing a domino effect thus the  need to re-style the French buffet.

The game of “domino” is so much fun!

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Our temperatures here are climbing and the snow is melting.

It will be warm enough to drag out the hose and wash the cars

to remove all the “snow dirt” and salt from the roads.

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I want to thank you all again for all of the well wishes for my mom.

She is recovering well and hopefully by the time this post is published she will be home

recuperating and going to physical therapy. She is in good spirits and charming all of

the medical personnel who are taking care of her.

My mom had eye surgery several years ago and the eye clinic

loved her so much that they put her smiling face on their website!

She has that gift of making people smile!

Have a most beautiful day!!!

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  1. The winter mantel looks great and even makes me think of spring. Yes, your mom does have the ability to make people smile because she is always smiling. She had such a great outlook on life!
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  2. I like this look. It just looks comfortable and welcoming.

  3. Love the vase and the two topiaries. The blue is a nice addition of color and the vase is beautiful. So glad your mom is doing well. She is obviously a person that is truly happy inside and out!
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  4. Your mantel is beautiful Shirley! Hope you are thawing out from the recent snow and that your mama is doing alright!
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  5. Your mantel looks lovely. Can you share where you got those topiaries? They look so real. Glad to hear about your Mom!
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  6. Your winter mantel is beautiful. Love all of your bread boards. Glad to hear your mom is doing well.

  7. Shirley, your mantel is just beautiful! I want those blue and white topiaries! They look perfect on your mantel. I have the domino effect going on at my house too. I think it is from being stuck inside so much. We purchased a new living room sofa, chair, and artwork which kind of got things going. I hope that you have a Happy Tuesday, sweet friend!!!
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  8. Bobbi Duncan says

    Your mantle looks lovely! Knowing how to arrange all the elements turns a vignette from simple to simply beautiful–something you do so well. So glad to hear your mom continues to improve and so cute that the eye clinic has her on their website–love it! It’s easy to see from whom you got your sweet personality, Shirley. Hugs!

  9. Your mantle is so pretty. Love your white pitcher with the stocks, and the topiaries are perfect and beautiful.

    So glad to hear your mom is doing well. Happy day to you!
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  10. Beautiful.. I am so ready for spring. If you would like some fresh snow I can ship you some from Minnesota??
    The school I work at is closed today. Roads are yucky. But it is pretty to look at.

    Thank you for the day brightener.

  11. Hi Shirley, your simple mantel is so lovely and I love the term you’ve coined: The Domino Effect. Sounds like a spy movie! Ha. Have a good week. Hugs, Pat
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  12. It all looks wonderful! So happy Mom is doing well. xoxo

  13. Your styling is always elegant and warm, and this is no exception!
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  14. Simple elegance! I love white flowers in the winter. Your blue and white containers look real nice against the gate! So glad your mom is doing well.

  15. I don’t think I knew that your Mom was banged up and is now in need of PT! I truly wish her the very best in her healing efforts. My goodness! Give your Mom a hug for me!!! Oh…and please come do something to our mantel!
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  16. Norma Rolader says

    Shirley beautiful love all the items you have chosen

  17. Linda Ramsey says

    So pretty and simple, love all the pieces.

  18. Your dear Mom sure has the gift of making others smile. I smile every time you post her picture. Love the mantle and I bet those stock smell heavenly! Joe did real well and is in ICU. The vent is out and they will get him UP early (EARLY) this morning. OMG!!! I am SOOOO much better now. Now we can get him on the road to recovery. XO
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  19. Your mantel is perfect. I must have missed the post where you talked about your mom. Hope she makes a full and quick recovery! 😉

  20. Shirley, the mantel looks so fresh with a hint of spring! I am so glad your mom is recovering so well! Her smile is contagious!
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  21. Your mantel is beautiful! I have always loved the screen with it’s rubbed, chippy blue goodness. The cutting boards and topiaries are the perfect addition. I love that little wreath hanging there. 🙂
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  22. So beautiful! Fills the rooms with such a class without getting all the attention, love it!

  23. Shirley,
    I just love, love this mantelscape. When I saw the preview on your INSTAGRAM, I had to stop, pause, admire and comment.
    Hope you are well, my friend.

  24. I hope you never stop blogging. I look forward to each and every one of them. My hopes are that you will publish a decorating book using your home as a guide. Love everything you do!

  25. I love your color palette and decor! So warm and inviting, and not grey!

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