Winter mantel?? I never, ever thought about decorating a winter mantel until I started following blogs! I would change my mantel from time to time, but not really because of a season (except Christmas, of course). To be honest, I have a really hard time decorating my mantel. I have such a hang-up on balance. Things don’t have to be symmetrical for me – although, that would probably alleviate my balance issues – they just need to feel balanced.
I have a chunky, stone mantel that seems very big so I MUST fill it with at least a few big things (balance!). I usually have an old window sitting on it, which is great because it adds height, and everything that I add usually works with it.
I thought I’d challenge myself a little for my ‘winter mantel’ so I stashed the old window. Plus, I thought maybe you all might be a bit bored with it!
My thoughts were to use a lot of white, and I happened to find this painting at an antique store ($20 – not bad!). Once I got it home it seemed more dark than white to me. I was a little unsure of it at first, but the little girls loved it! They crack me up – they notice everything and are not afraid to share their opinions with me. Good or bad.
When I posted about my garden gate, the mantel looked like this…
I moved a couple things around, and now I’m much happier with – (can you guess??), yep – the balance. And I managed to put the valance back over the window blind on the right. That certainly looks better!
I know, hydrangeas aren’t wintery. At all. But I love them and they fit the space. These ones are a mix of real and fake, and the real ones are several years old. I wasn’t able to dry any of mine from last summer. I have no idea why, but every one that I brought in wilted instead of dried. I tried every hydrangea-drying tip that I knew and that I found online. Nothing worked.
I guess it wouldn’t have mattered because now I have a B-A-D kitty who finds her way to the mantel and buries herself in the crate!!! Needless to say, the flowers are not doing so well these days. I’ll be replacing them all with artificial. grrrrr.
I love the crystal beads on these little trees.
The white box is a jewelry box from GoodWill. It had the typical jewelry box wood look (what?) - I just added some chalk paint followed by a little stain and lots of sanding.
My first-ever winter mantel. What do you think??
Much love -