Winter Mantel decorating ideas!
Do you struggle with taking down the festiveness of your holiday decor and feel things are a bit blah? Maybe you crave that fresh slate.
I have mixed emotions where this is concerned. Yes, I love a fresh slate, less clutter and order in our home. Every year, I do find it a bit sad to say goodbye to the twinkle lights, festive colors and garlands.
Today I'm sharing simple ways for creating a warm and inviting home after Christmas! You can still use some faux greens and twinkle lights to continue the glow.
This year I decided to not go cold turkey, but to give myself a gradual weaning.
Our family room is the perfect area for a little winter decor.
I'd like to give a big thanks to my blogging friend, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home. Her home has me swooning with all the seasons. Amber has quite the eye for design and weaving in new with antiques and vintage.
If you are visiting from over at Debra's cozy home…. welcome! I've been a follower of Debra's blog, Common Ground, since I started blogging! Her cozy French country cottage style won me over. I always leave inspired.
You can see a view of our Christmas mantel here. It's one of my favorites to date. We have high ceilings in our family room with a deep mantel, so I always feel like I can go big. This year I went big with greens and ribbon. You can see it in our Christmas home tour and Christmas Brunch Board.
I just could say goodbye to twinkle lights and evergreens. Guess what? I didn't! Just because the calendar tells us that it is January doesn't mean we have to lose the glow of the season.
I completely removed and packed away the Christmas decor, but I left out a few things…..pair of deer and greenery.
Greenery without berries and glitz is perfect for winter decor.
Create a similar look! (shop the look by photos below)
- crystal or glass candlesticks
- white or pewter candles
- mercury glass votive holders
- resin deer that don't scream Christmas
- wooden candlesticks
- large evergreen floral picks
- wire twinkle lights
- white votives
- similar toned obelisks and architectural elements
- white pillar candles
- real clippings of leyland cypress from the yard
Creating the look!
- place the deer
- place the candlesticks/holders with exception of votives
- place 1 large faux pick on either side of the deer – This gives a stiffer structure
- fill in with the real greens. I used leyland cypress.
- the faux greens are good for tucking the real greens into
- adjust as needed
- string 1 set of wired fairy lights around the art above and the greens
- fill in with all of the candles and votives
- stretch the look if needed with similar toned architecture pieces.
The faux and real greens work so well together that the faux appears real.
Everything on the mantel I already owned. These candlesticks are so pretty. I found them in Marshall's a couple of Christmases ago. They'll probably be history after this winter. They are not a bright shiny gold which I prefer after Christmas. They lend themselves to that rustic elegance that I gravitate towards.
If you want to recreate this look or feel, shop your home from decor that is neutral, white, soft gold, metallics, with evergreen touches. It's the perfect nod to winter.
I could not say goodbye to all the twinkle lights. We left some string lights wrapped around the front trees by the front walkway. I have several sets of these battery operated wire fairy lights. They are a year round staple. They are great for decor, buffets, dining tables and more! Mine are all battery operated which I find last a decent amount of time, but have now discovered ones that plug in! I'll be adding them for sure and saving my battery operated ones for tables. They don't scream Christmas lights.
I seriously want to sling these string lights everywhere. They are fun for the weekends. I have 3 strands in the family room alone!
String lights are still on the secretary. They feel romantic and magical at night. They blend right in during the day.
Nothing like a little winter glow.
I purchased these deer at Hobby Lobby a few years ago and love using them fall through winter. We live in the country surrounded by woods. It's a treat to see deer families in our yard and woods.
Decorate in a way that makes you happy! This is the perfect way for me to transition from Christmas, to winter and then to early spring.
I'd love for you to share any winter decorating ideas that you have!
Up next on the tour my sweet friend Cindy from County Road 407! Cindy's home is so inviting. If you haven't visited before….you need to! I adore her front door that opens up into her cozy family room.