Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Quiet of Winter

Finally, everything is put away from Christmas.  I know, it should have been done a week ago.  My daughter came home from school today and said “Mom everything is so simple but I like it”. 

She is right.  I like when all the Christmas stuff is away.  I don’t like putting away.  But I like that it is simple.

I thought I would share with you how our family room has come together.

Starting with our mantle…

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I decided to keep the mirror for now.  I think in the winter, the reflection of light is priceless.  By the way, there is a fire in there.  But I made it and it is lame.

I used natural elements, mixed with the silver for a contrast.

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I placed a glass cloche on a branch slice and filled it with a dollar store bird and some wintery elements.

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I left the evergreens in the silver containers from Christmas.  Amazingly, they are still alive.  My indoor thumb is not very green.  I figured if they were willing to still be alive, I would embrace that.

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Next to the fireplace I used my textile bin, that was holding a Christmas tree, to hold firewood for my lame fire.  I did keep it going all night and all by myself thank you very much.

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I placed pinecone and old doorknobs in a old galvanized baking pan.

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I will share more tomorrow.

I will be sharing this post at

The Stories of A2Z Mantel Party

the CSI Project

and some of the other links in my sidebar.

Have a great one!



Laura Sennott said...

I agree with you. My home came home when I was done undecorating and said woah! the house is empty! I too like it that way for ummm about 30 minutes! :) Your home is beautiful, as always!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

this looks fab!

i love the asymmeterical mantel. love. love.

stunning home! just lovely.

Andrea said...

Beautiful mantel. Besides Christmas, I'm afraid my mantel remains the same year round.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Looks wonderful. I love the simplicity, so pretty.

Jennifer~My Vintage Bliss said...

Hi I am a new follower~ I found you on the link party and just wanted say that I absolutely love what you did with your mantel~ so pretty!

michelle said...

It looks really pretty Laura! I love the simple right after Christmas, things start to become too close after a while. Your natural elements are perfect and I love the pinecones and door knobs! Brilliant!

Your fire isn't lame my friend, as long as it burns you are doing just fine! :) Hubby "taught" me the other night about how to start a fire, he thinks I am dork! I just nod my head and let him talk! :)

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Sigh. It's all so gorgeous. Love the glass knobs mixed w/ the pinecones.

Green Door Girl said...

very pretty, I like the simplicity of it all :) Found you from the CSI link :)

Rene said...

I agree. The simplicity is nice. I love your style and your mix of textures!


Southern Fried Gal said...

Oh I love all the natural touches. I have got to get someone to cut me some wood disks - cute!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You sure do have a special touch with mantels...I have looked at all of yours and they are all OUTSTANDING!!!!


Meg said...

Oh, I love it. Can you come decorate my mantle! I can't get it right! ;) I love that ladder--where did you get it?

Kim said...

Just beautiful! I love the simplicity, especially the bird under the dome, I love decorating with birds (uh, fake ones). BTW, I'm a lame fireplace starter myself.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I love the natural elements and white color. Have a nice day.

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Very nice! I particularly like the greenery(still living!) in the teapots.

abeachcottage said...

The simplicity of your color combination looks absolutely divine. Love this very much.

vintage vine said...

Love the mantel, it is so fresh!

Robyn's Nest said...

I just found you via The Shabby Nest and I'm so glad I did. I love your mantlescape and your personality really shines through in your post. You sound like a "tell it like it is" kind of lady (just like me). I especially love the part about your "lame" fire. It made me feel like I was reading a note from an old friend.

~ Robyn