White Winter Mantel

White Winter Mantel

I am excited to share my winter mantel with you today.  I have had this mantel pretty much done since 3 days after Christmas – I think all my “I am itching to get the Christmas décor down early” mood was just that I was itching to decorate my mantel (or something!) again! Smile

White Winter Mantel

In past years when I have done a specific winter-themed mantel, I have LOVED leaving some Christmas lights out (white lights on white wires).  After taking down the Christmas stuff and all the pretty lights, the living room always seems so dark.  So it is fun to leave some lights up to illuminate the (faux) snow.

White Winter Mantel

So let’s talk through everything you see…

  • Vase and sticks – Michael’s clearance
  • White feather tree – Michael’s clearance several years ago.

feather tree

You saw my mercury glass owl on my Christmas mantel (Ross or Marshall’s find?) and I was excited when I found the baby brother at Kohl’s on after-Christmas clearance for like $3.

mercury glass owl

On this side of the mantel, I hung some of my Target clearance snowflake ornaments that were on my tree this year from the hooks I keep in my ceiling.  I originally put the hooks up to hang these red lanterns on last years Christmas mantel.  They are white so they blend in with the ceiling and I use clear fishing line to hang things from them so that disappears too.

  • clear glass tree – $1 yard sale find
  • mercury glass candlestick – $1 yard sale find
  • mercury glass tree – $1 yard sale find
  • white wire lantern – $1 yard sale find

—are we sensing a theme here??  I am ready for yard sale season again! Smile

yard sale mercury glass

And of course you saw how I made my white feather wreath in this post.

Winter White Feather Wreath

I LOVE this wreath!  Can’t wait to find a space for it in my house after I change out this mantel.

White Winter Mantel

Oh and the hearth.  I enjoyed decorating the hearth for fall and Christmas so much that I kept some of the same things for winter.  The white yard sale stool stayed along with my DIY sweater pillow and DIY placemat pillow to create this cozy little corner.

DIY pillows

And I kept my little sled on this side with some lanterns and a basket.

White Winter Mantel

Loving the all white theme.

White Winter Mantel

And those curtains… still love them!  This picture shows you how I can now pretty much decorate my mantel pretty much any way I want and it will look great with the curtains.  If I still had my red curtains it would just not be the same.  My goal is to make the permanent things in this room very neutral.  And then bring in some fun color in accessories and in things I can change out with seasons if I wish.

White Winter Mantel

So there’s my winter mantel!  All silver and white and lots of yard sale and clearance finds.

White Winter Mantel

Do you decorate your mantel for winter or do touches of Valentine décor right after Christmas?  I think I will go all out for Valentine’s this year since I got this one done so early.  I enjoy coming up with new things and shopping my house to redecorate my mantel.


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  1. kathy w says

    I looooove your mantel! You did such a great job and it looks so well with your curtains. I really enjoy your blog, you really have talent. Your taste is so good.

  2. says

    Very nice! I’m enjoying adding some wintery decor to my house for the first time ever I think! I always wish I had a mantle to decorate, so I asked David to hang me a long shelf on the living room wall that I can decorate like a mantle. I love that white stool, and the firewood, and the candles, and the lights, and…well, you get the point. It looks so cozy!
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  3. says

    It is really PRETTY! I have admired other mantles that also keep a string of mini-lights on them year around. They add such sparkle and a glow at night. I tend to keep only one light on in my front room (where my fireplace is) and that is only because I’m working on the laptop. If I’m just sitting in the front room watching t.v. I keep only a small lamp with a 4 watt bulb in it on for a little “mood lighting.” This year for the first time I experimented using a short (15 light) string of all white LED lights. They were a coldish color that I did not like much when lit but very very bright! So I pulled out my Crayola water color set, mixed up some brown and yellow and orange and painted the lights, making sure I didn’t get any water down into the light bulb workings (so the paint mixture was thickish). It worked! When the lights are on there is now a warm glow to them rather than the bluish-white LED color. And I cannot believe the SCORES you’ve made shopping yard sales. I am pretty darn sure I would not see any $1 mercury glass anythings at a yard sale around here! I love your mantle and hearth decorations. I’m only wondering how it feels to keep the “winter white” going when it’s turning 70 degrees where you live. Wow! Yesterday we had windchills of 25 below zero here in SE Wisconsin. I’m jealous :) Good hint about white lights with a white cord. I will have to look for one of those for my mantle, it will be easier to tuck it in along the back of the mantle (I have about 1/4″ gap between the mantle and the wall since my fireplace was a years-later installation, not built-in when the house was built) and the white cord will blend in with the color of the wall better than the green cord I have right now. As always, I greatly enjoy your blog.
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