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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Transitioning the Great Room to Winter

Transitioning the Great Room to Winter was rather easy.

The decorations that were Christmas specific were taken down and stored away.

Yet, there were many things that remained as they had a winter look and feel.

Everything in the room are things that I already had in my stash

with the exception of two fur trimmed pillows

that were on clearance after Christmas.

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A Wreath Is Not Only for a Door. . . A Mantelscape

A wreath is not only for a door.

You have seen them hung on walls, on mirrors, on a bookcase

or a decorative element for a chair.

So many ways that you can decorate with a wreath.

I have used my preserved boxwood wreath in a container in the past.

Today, it is in a container.

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Easily Transitioning from Christmas to a Winter Mantel

When I created my Christmas Mantel, I kept in mind that I want to be able to easily transition

it to Winter by making a few adjustments.

By doing this, this certainly created less work and a great segue into Winter.

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A Wintery Christmas Mantel

In the years past, I used a green garland and trimmed it with ribbon, ornaments,

and all the pretties of Christmas.

This year, I went with a white flocked garland to create a Wintery Christmas Mantel.

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A “Wintery” Mantel

I have been waiting for a friend to arrive before I take down my decorations….

She is special….so worth the wait!

…..but I went ahead and “dismantled” the living room mantel yesterday.

I hope that a picture of the Christmas Mantel will be OK for my guests…

It is amazing that it takes me more than a day to create the Christmas Mantel…

…..and less than an hour to take it all down!

I wanted a “wintery” look…





I was able to purchase these pretty faux branches with icicles at an after Christmas 75% off sale…:)



I added resin trees, two candlesticks with pinecone ornaments, and my Pottery Barn deer…

…..the Pottery Barn deer were last year’s items…and then added an evergreen garland.




I added some berries for a pop of color…




I love these trees….especially when they were $7.00 !! 🙂


And here is another tree that I purchased at a cute shop while in Franklin, NC..

…..we were there taking our granddaughter to ride the Polar Express Train….

……….the entire store was on sale!



Hey Kim…save those topiary forms..I figured out how we can make those trees!!


So thank you all for your visit…as you can see…

…..I still have my Christmas decorations up..they go down this weekend…

And pardon the different fonts on the pics…I am experimenting with the fonts…

… Flickr (Aviary) is now offering the new fonts…FINALLY!



And all the while I was taking these pics….

… granddaughter was playing the with new puppy and his brother …

……….our “neighbor dogs”…my hubby takes them out during the day for our neighbors…

He is the “Pied Piper” of kids and dogs…Aren’t they cute?..All of them!!..Especially the human!




Have a wonderful day!!!

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