Monday, February 03, 2014

Winter Mantel

Most of you are probably decorating for Valentine's Day, but here I decided to change out the mantel to reflect all the winter scenery that can be seen outside our windows.

Our family room mantel is not something I normally change out often.  In fact, it never really gets changed out at all, except for the addition of some Christmas decorations during the holiday season.  I take more of an "if an ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of approach when it comes to the mantel.

Being cooped up because of all the snow has had me looking for cheap, easy ways to change things up.

Here's a "before" look - with the antique mirror, metal reindeer, clock and duck decoy on the mantel.

And here's a closer look during the holidays.


Here it is now - ready for winter.

I switched out the antique mirror for a winter scene.  The reindeer moved down to the hearth and an old metal bucket that belonged to my grandfather moved up onto the mantel.  I filled it with birch logs and some faux evergreen and some LED branches as well.

This smaller print allows a little more of the slate tiles to show on the fireplace.

This print is entitled "Waiting for Spring" and was painted by a friend of ours, Ed Roach.  You can check out some of his other work @ Ed Roach Watercolours.  We have several prints of Ed's in our home, and even one of his early originals.  

We are truly "Waiting for Spring" around here.  These small changes around our home are just the ticket to help us get through the rest of what Old Man Winter has to throw at us!
And it was FREE!!
Hope you are staying warm and making small changes in your home!


  1. I love the print,"Waiting For Spring". And, I guess after Groundhog Day it looks like that will be a long wait.

    It appears to be a long wait for rain in our area. It was in the forecast, but the drizzle we got just made my windows dirty.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Winter has been especially long this year and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight! These small no-cost projects are what is getting me through some long days at home!

  2. It's a beautiful print, Cheryl. The whole arrangement looks really nice an just right for this time of year. I like the slate around the fireplace; oh, to have a fireplace!


  3. I can totally relate Cheryl! This has been a winter to remember.

    I couldn't help but notice your ceiling. It really adds quite a bit of warmth to the space.

    I'm just like you when it comes to certain things...ain't broken, ain't gettin fixed :)

  4. Your mantel is beautiful and I like the winter decorations.
    Looked really pretty with the mirror and big deer so I see why you don't have to change it very often.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. Your mantel looks wonderful, and I love that painting with Adirondacks. Your friend is very talented.


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