I love the excess surrounding the holidays but come January, I’m ready for simpler surroundings.
So while I revel in a clean slate (for awhile), I had fun going simple on my mantel.
I’m teaming up with four fabulous friends who are sharing their winter mantels. You can hop from blog to blog to see them all. If you’re coming from Krista of Happy Housie, welcome. If not, make sure you don’t miss her bottle brush tree mantel.
Every good decorating idea needs a start and I started with the idea of using my set of old red encyclopedias (found in my neighbors trash) and went from there.
post contains affiliate links
I added my thrift store brass elephant and thought it would be fun to use all of my animals so in came the squirrel nutcracker and brass quail.
Faux succulents came next – don’t they look cute peeking out of the books like a vertical garden.
Mine is a thrift store find but I love this replica of my vintage squirrel nutcracker.
Decorating Tip: don’t forget the hearth when decorating the mantel. I carried the red down with an old crate filled with more encyclopedias. A snake plant balances the succulents.
Another critter peeks out of an old dough bowl of pinecones on the coffee table.
Instead of bringing back the same stuff you had in the house before Christmas, let’s look at our stuff in a new light and get creative.
Head over to Lauren of Blesser House to see what she has up her winter mantel sleeve.
P.S. Don’t miss my winter mantel from last year HERE.