Simple Winter Mantel

Good morning! Did you think I fell off the face of the earth? I really needed a break and I’m so glad that I was able to take nearly two weeks off. I love creating, decorating, cooking and sharing everything with y’all, but I was beginning to feel a bit burned out after the holiday rush. It was the perfect time for a short break.

All the Christmas decor has been tucked away {yay!}. I finally got some creative energy on Saturday to decorate the mantel with items I had on hand as well as two new things I picked up at Target. I really love how it came together…it’s simple and full of texture.

winter mantel decor

So pretty! I used the mirror, shutters and frames from my Christmas mantel for this wintery mantel.

I bought the blue bottle at a yard sale a few years ago. Isn’t it lovely?! I love old scrabble tiles, so I spelled out “Enjoy Life” on the mantle.

I stacked a bunch of books from our ridiculously large collection. We are what my dad lovingly coined…”book-mongers.”

Do you like the touch of emerald green? It’s the color of the year for 2013!

The little white and blue chalkboard pots came from Target. I love them. I need to come up with something cute to write on them. Hmmm…

I used a piece of salvaged trim as a bookend as well as a scrap piece of firewood from the Christmas mantel to add some texture.

I found the wood ampersand at TJ Maxx a few months back.

I LOVE the scent of rosemary and it adds a perfect touch of green and winter-ish-ness. Don’t you think?

Side angle view.

And that, folks, is my simple winter mantel. It was quite therapeutic for me to get creating again. Decorating with books and other items that you have on hand is a wonderful way to change up your interior decor!

Have you fluffed your house after taking down Christmas decor?

Have a happy Monday!!



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  1. Love this, Myra. My piano is currently empty because I needed the empty breathing space after all the Christmas stuff while I figure out what I want to do.
    I’m trying to decide what to do for winter. I can’t do a lot of stuff, because when we play sometimes lighter things move around. I’m thinking the book idea might be something I could incorporate. I love the blue bottle. I saw something like that at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks back, but I’m sure yours was much less expensive. ;)
    Johanna @ My Home Tableau´s last blog post ..Lessons learned from sippy cups

  2. Pretty, pretty, pretty!!

  3. Really beautiful, Myra!

  4. Love you old copy of Stepping Heavenward. I have a paper back. Just not the same. :) It’s all so pretty, Myra.
    Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)´s last blog post ..Frugal Fashionista: Can We Pull Off Tights and Leggings?

  5. it looks nice Myre..

  6. I love it! I’m just getting ready to start on my own! Thanks for some inspiration!
    Kasey@AllThingsMamma´s last blog post ..Organizing Meals In The New Year

  7. So sweet! My Target had 2 of those vases left (the aqua and a coral one…I actually touched the aqua one, then talked myself out of it – I do that a lot, saves my bank account, ha ha). I still need to finish my winter re-accessorizing. I think its the dusting and vacuuming that needs to be done first that is holding me back :) Have a great week!
    Lisa´s last blog post ..It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Winter!

    • Myra Hope says:

      HA! You sound like me. I put stuff in my cart and then talk myself out of 99% of it. ;) I hope you have a great week too!

  8. Gretta Sisson says:

    Love what you have done with the stuff you had on hand , you have done a great job well done Myre

  9. cute, just love the scrabble words!
    oh, and by the way, I was making a banner garland this weekend and googled to see which way to make the twine thread through the banners … with a simple google search, your website was within the top 5 that came up! yeah, I clicked right away, having already been familiar with your site … your “grow” banner came up. Lots of thanks for all you do and your creative giftings!

  10. Lovely!! The bits of turquoise really bring it together.
    Amanda Padgett´s last blog post ..Gear Review | ThinkTank Airport Navigator

  11. dawn murrietta says:

    Very nice and I like that you put the book bindings facing towards the back. I wouldn’t have thought of doing it that way. Thanks Myra!

  12. Very nice Myra!
    Tabitha´s last blog post ..On the Menu for January 7, 2013

  13. I really like this. It looks so collected and beautiful, like you just happened to have a gorgeous mantel. And I love that’s its a project you can get done in one day!
    Kristiann´s last blog post ..Resolution Challenge Week 1

  14. Love it, so pretty. I get so frustrated when I see a beautiful mantle–dont have a fireplace but I swear Im going to salvage a mantle anyway!
    Karen @ My Reclaimed Haven´s last blog post ..It’s A Very Burlap Christmas

  15. It’s posts like these that really make me yearn for a fireplace. You’ve done a brilliant job and your target finds are to die for ;-)
    Natalie @ Blossoming Visions´s last blog post ..My DIY pick of the week – 1/7/13

  16. I love that mirror.
    Seriously Sassy Mama´s last blog post ..It Was Not A Good Idea

  17. adorable!

  18. It looks amazing! I’m really smitten with that mirror.
    Rachel´s last blog post ..Lettuce Talk | Storing Lettuce in the Fridge

  19. Just pinned your beautiful mantel. Love it! I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week – would love to have you stop by and share!


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