Winter Mantel

The snow is finally on the ground here in Michigan!  We don’t have a ton, probably about 6 inches, but I’m pretty sure we’ve already gotten more snow this season than we did all last winter.  I’m so happy we have snow!  It feels so much more like winter when the ground has a good covering of snow on it!

This is the first winter we’ve had our “mantel” up.  (I know it’s not really a mantel, but we don’t have a real one, so this will just have to do!!)  We don’t have a lot of places to decorate in our small house, so I love having this shelf to add a little personality to our home.

Neutral Winter Mantel

I’m trying to work on defining my personal style rather than just throwing random things together and hoping for a decent result.  This was the perfect project to get me started.  I really tried to focus on puling in different textures, shapes, and colors when I put this mantel together.  I played around with it for-ev-er, but I’m glad I took the time to work on it and really make it something that I can enjoy every time I walk through the room.

And the best part is that everything I used I already had lying around the house.

Neutral Winter Mantel    Neutral Winter Mantel

Here’s a little bonus shot of my new drop cloth table cloth I made over Christmas.  I love the pop of color it adds and it really was super easy to make!

Handmade table cloth made from drop cloth

I wanted a light, pastel color pallete for the mantel, but I added a few darker pieces to give it a little more interest.

Neutral Winter Mantel

Neutral Winter Mantel    Snowflakes

Neutral Winter Mantel

I picked up the mirror this summer at a garage sale.  I had intended on painting it, but still hadn’t gotten around to it.  I’m actually glad I didn’t paint it yet.  I think the gold adds a touch of warmth to the overall look.

Neutral Winter Mantel

Now to decide whether I’m going to do a Valentine’s Day mantel or just wait it out and do a spring mantel.  Oh, decisions, decisions!  ;)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’re staying warm wherever you are!


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  1. I love your mantel, I’m glad you didn’t paint the gold piece, it’s perfect as is :) Love the layout.

  2. Your mantel is absolute perfection – every single detail – love that you painted the candle holders different colors too!
    You’re stylin’ !!!
    XXX
    ( happy new year )

  3. Wow just beautiful! And your photography, just stunning! So glad to be a new follower!
    Jacque @ theDIYvillage

  4. So beautiful Allison. It all fits together perfect, love the key especially. Need to get me one of those!

  5. This is really cute – I love how it all came together! Visiting from Happy Hour!

  6. It’s beautiful! I still need to get my Christmas stuff packed away and refluff!

  7. such gorgeous mantel, all the colors coordinate so well. thanks for sharing.

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    space46.blogspot.com

  8. Really lovely, Allison. I love the keys and the little snowflakes. Such a sweet mantle.

  9. So pretty!! I’m a new follower ;)

  10. Allison, this is absolutely beautiful. I love the ‘mantel’ you put together, all of the elements work so well together. I feel like I’m also in the same boat of really trying to find my personal style, it can be so hard! Your pictures are perfect, I think this could be my favorite post of yours to date!

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous! I am a new follower and I featured you today in my Friday I’m In Love favorites!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-im-in-love-winter-edition.html

    XOXO

    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  12. What a pretty mantel! I love the look, and LOVE those keys!!!! They are beautiful! Love the flowers too, everything looks great together!

  13. Hi Allison, your mantle is so perfect!!!I am adding you to my blog list so I can follow:). Have a great weekend! Jen

  14. Pretty! Your photos are so striking!

  15. So very pretty and beautiful photography.

  16. I agree! I like the mirror as is too! Visiting from Weekend Wrapup

  17. Hi Allison, I linked up a few posts with Funky Junk Interiors. One of them being my Winter mantle. I spied yours and hopped over for a look see. Love it! Great job of mixing textures. I love old keys and the empty frames and candle holders are a fun idea. Happy to be a new follower.
    Hugs,
    Jann

  18. Very pretty mantel. I am curently working on my winter mantel and going to use some pine cones also. I just started a link party and would love for you to stop by. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-1/
    Happy New Year!
    DeDE

  19. Jennifer, I love your creative mantel, it’s gorgeous! I think it looks just beautiful. I enjoyed visiting your blog Maddiebella Home, and became a follower. I would love for you to visit and follow mine as well. I am new to the blogging world, and am enjoying the journey.

    Happy New Year!

    Betty (Maddiebella Home)

  20. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment. Your winter mantel is so pretty and serene. I am trying to figure out my winter mantel now and your’s has me inspired. Looking forward to your future posts.

  21. hi allison i love your mantel its beautiful i would love it if you could come and share it at my linky party at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2013/01/sunday-show-off-linky-party.html

    happy new year
    hugs aimee xxxx

  22. Love it – I’m on the lookout for winter decor today! New follower,
    -Revi

  23. I love the round mirror, the keys and the snowflakes.

  24. I love this! My house feels so bare without the Christmas decor, I’ve been looking for good ideas for the rest of winter.

    Visiting from TT&J. Stop by and visit sometime!

  25. Very nice! Clean looking and pretty!

  26. Simply gorgeous! LOVE the style!

  27. Absolutely beautiful! Pinning this!

  28. Allison, your mantel is perfect. I really like the different elements and textures you used to create a beautiful vignette.
    Happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

  29. This is lovely! I really liked the muted winter colors.

    - Jocelyn @ jocelynandjason.blogspot.com

  30. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. Ever since I took down Christmas decor, my mantle has been needing some attention! Love your keys!

  31. I love this! Such a nice combination of cool colors and interesting objects–I love the key, and I ADORE the snowflakes! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea! :-)

  32. I love the calm colors you used, and I absolutely adore the big key! So cool!

  33. For some reason, I am having trouble linking up to become a follower.

    I’ll keep trying.

    Betty P (Maddiebella Home)

  34. Those flowers – I am smitten with them. The entire mantel is so lovely.

  35. Wonderful! I love that huge key!
    Love for you to stop by and check out some of my project:
    http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com
    Also, I host and “oldies” link party on Tuesdays–a way to get come traffic out of our awesome, but old projects we posted long ago.
    Hope to see you there–and excited to be following you via rss.
    Nancy

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