Monday, January 9, 2012

Not As "Fussy" Winter Mantel...

Still getting things back in order around here...

The first thing to get it's new "simple" winter look is that mantle...mantel?  However you spell it :)

You might remember it's "fussy" look from can re-visit that post HERE.

And this is what it looks like now.

Still using those big crusty hooks for this table runner turned garland...

...still loving them. :)

I bought 2 of these live potted trees early November...and guess what?!?  They are still alive.  And what's that?  Is that new growth I see?  Now that's a Christmas miracle for sure :)

I love decorating for Christmas but I also love scaling back in feels great to get back to the "tried and trues" and re-think things a bit...both in decorating and in life.

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Enjoy your week...

Chat soon,


  1. That mirror is a show stopper! And the tarnished dish hanging on it is the icing..I love the look!


    Mantel...mantle...matilll??? hahaha

  2. Very pretty mantel for winter (I am pea green here, trust me!) Love the snowflakes because just because Christmas comes and goes, the snow remains for a while :D

    Visiting from Coastal Charm's NIFTY THRIFTY linky party,
    Thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  3. So cute. Love the table runner, I mean snowflakes!

  4. I love the subtle transition you made. Beautiful!

  5. Every time I see a mantle post, it tortures me just a little (because I don't have one) - but yours tortures me a lot because I always love your style - rust and white is a perfect combination!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Knick of Time Tuesday, Laurel!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  6. very pretty, love the mirror and you back "wall" of book pages.

  7. Ok,I love your simple mantel but since I've been writing MANTEL so much I thought I'd look it up...
    The MANTLE is a part of a terrestrial planet or other rocky body... a MANTAL is a measure of the wealth of a farm...and a MANTEL is an ornamental facing around a fireplace... At least that's what Wikipedia wants us to believe... However it is spelled all different ways in the google search for the fireplace surround...
    Sorry Lauren, I'm a teacher :)

  8. Love the use of the hooks to hold the garland!!

  9. Just right! What are the rectangle pieces with book pages on them -- really like those!

  10. Love your winter mantle. I'm looking for inspiration to finish my mantle...your look is awesome. I would love for you to link up to my party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Hope to see you then.

  11. Love how inviting your mantle is for a winter look! Makes me want to come in for some tea. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Yes I too am slow putting 2011 to bed. My first visit to you special space here and its amazing. I know I am going to enjoy many visits. Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out and hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout twenty twelve with you. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  14. I do so like the rusty hooks as hangers-I picked one up last weekend at a yard sale. Hadn't thought of using it thatta way!


  15. Your mantel looks the large snowflakes.


  16. Wonderful fresh look for January! Love it!

  17. What a great winter mantel! I'm jealous, I don't have a mantel.


  18. looks great! Nothing is as fussy as Christmas.

  19. Love the big rusty hooks! I came over from At the Picket Fence and am now following you. I look forward to browsing some more, would love for you to visit me at My Inspiration Overload.

  20. Hello from another Minnesotan. I like what I see so glad I stopped by. I want to explore your blog more, but right now that call of duty to cook and feed the gang takes priorty, then basketball game, then up till all hours of the night reading BLOGS!

    I'll be back.....

    Bliss Ranch

  21. I adore your Winter mantel! You are so creative and I am always impressed!

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  22. It's amazing how beautiful trees are. I try to have small trees all throughout my house to give my rooms more life and energy. I also like how plants clean the air in my home.

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