Two Story Cottage

Winter Mantel + Seeking Your Opinion

Dear Friends,
When taking down the Christmas haul I was left with a sad, empty mantel.  I kept it that way for less than a day. The rest of the house might be crazy but I feel better with a complete mantel.

I took the “holiday” to “snowflake” in less than ten minutes.   Funny how I some things you spend a lot of time on and others are a snap.

I couldn’t give up my DIY angel wings just yet but I did flip them to the side for a different look.  They are also the backdrop for a few hanging snowflake ornaments.
My Target mercury glass candle holders aren’t tall enough for the mantel so I needed the look to have less height in this case which is why the angel wings went sideways.  For Christmas I had the candle holders up on blocks behind the greenery but now I don’t have any greenery to conceal those dirty little secrets.
The flowers came from Lacey’s room.  I took them out for Christmas because we had some other holiday stuff and “oops” there they are on the mantel.
The candles are originally from Target but I’ve had them for ages.  I love the woodgrain look.  I don’t love the fireplace bumper but safety over-rules.
I’m trying to figure out what to put on my raised hearth other than tired poinsettias.  It needs something for sure.   Tall lanterns?  Pedestals?  A basket?
I’m also thinking of putting something in the center under the mantel.   There is a lot of blank space there and I’m envisioning a plaque or something out-of-the-box like a rope garland.  I’m not someone who feels you have to fill space but I noticed at Christmas how much I liked it better with the extra bead garland that I added.
Thoughts or suggestions from the peanut gallery?
I’m linking up with Amanda from Serenity Now, Donna from Funky Junk Interiors and Beth from Home Stories A to Z.

Comments

  1. Love your stone fireplace, Erin! I say a basket with a cozy afghan for the hearth. And what about some books underneath those candleholders for height?
    I can’t stand a bare mantel either — just popped a vase with fresh flowers and empty frames up on mine until I can refine it for winter. :)
    Happy new Year!
    xo Heidi

  2. Love your stone fireplace, Erin! I say a basket with a cozy afghan for the hearth. And what about some books underneath those candleholders for height?
    I can’t stand a bare mantel either — just popped a vase with fresh flowers and empty frames up on mine until I can refine it for winter. :)
    Happy new Year!
    xo Heidi

  3. Thanks, Heidi! It is a beast of a fireplace that is for sure. I like all of your ideas! The books are good but the mantel isn’t very deep unfortunately. I can only do books when I have nothing behind them. I do LOVE decorating with books though! Happy New Year to you!

  4. Anonymous says:

    a basket of wood. i really like the white wood i have it on mine and i do not even have a wood fireplace.ang

  5. Hi Erin – I have been following your blog for awhile now, but don’t think I have ever commented. I just wanted to say that of all the blogs I follow you have one of my favorite fireplaces! I just love the stone!

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