Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter Mantel

Now that all of the Christmas decorations are put away, I finally got my act together
to create my winter mantel.

The challenge is always the same for decorating my mantel. 
Spend as little money as possible and make it look beautiful.

So you might notice I re-use a lot of the things around my house, especially pitchers. 

My goal for this winter mantel was to use a variety of textures in whites, creams and browns to give a warm wintry feeling to the mantel.

First, you might notice my wreath, which was made out of old sweaters.  
If you missed the tutorial, click here.

I added a creamy colored candle on a white stand and surrounded it with little pine cones.

And since I live in frigid Upstate NY, where there are no flowers in bloom, I decided I'd make my own. I got this idea from this month's issue of Country Living.  It's quite simple. Just make pom-poms from yarn and hot glue them to sticks.    Place them in vintage bottles.

A basket of antique fabric balls adds more texture.

 My monogrammed plate, which if you've followed my blog, you know all about how much this means to me, since I shattered my first one!  If you missed it, click here and here.

My newest purchase (which I'll share about in a couple of days). . . a milk glass bowl, which I filled with pine cones. 

Ta-da!  My winter mantel for 2011.  Hope you like it!

Linking up with:

WhisperWood Cottage


All Things Heart and Home


  1. SO beautiful!
    I love how it all came together!
    And that wreath is to DIE for CA-UTE! :)

    You're such a talented lady :)

  2. Soooo many wonderful ideas....LOVE your wreath...very cute:)


  3. Love your fabric balls, I just made some too! Funny how we all start to think a like. And your wreath is now in my favorites as a 'to-do'. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Love your colors. Very creative to make your own flowers! They really add a nice touch! Linda

  5. Do I like it??? I LOVE it! This is so fabulous! Love the colors, composition, and the wreath. I want one.

  6. Stephenie,

    Stunning as usual! Love your pom-pom flowers. They compliment the wreath you made perfectly.

    Your Friend,

  7. It's beautiful! So simple and serene yet interesting. I love the wreath.

  8. So calming! I love your pompom flowers...such a sweet idea.

  9. Okay, I love EVERYTHING!! That milk glass bowl with the dark pinecones? GORGEOUS! The wreath is BRILLIANT too! LOVE!

  10. You are so talented!!! So beautiful!!! I am your newest follower. Saw you on CSI project!
    Bonnie :)

  11. Wow!! Your wreath was made out of old sweaters? I am definitely going to go look at that tutorial! Your mantel looks so effortless and chic. Just gorgeous!

    I have the hardest time with our mantel. I think part of it is that we don't have very many decorative accessories if you will. I might make that my winter goal. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  12. I love your winter mantel!! It looks so gorgeous.I love the pom-poms, and fabric balls.They look great.


  13. Yum-o. I want to head back over here and make this amazing sweater wreath. Love. Warm. Snuggly, Wintery. Love.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and helping to make my SITS day AMAZING!!!!

  14. I don't just like it, I LOVE it!! Makes me wish I had a mantel. I'd decorate just like yours! :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!

  15. Just found your blog today, and had to tell you that I LOVE what you did for a winter mantle. I'm feeling the winter blues (and even more so since our Christmas decor had to disappear last week :)), and needed a little inspiration and something that celebrates winter's cool beauty. I love the cozy but cool color tones--very well done!

  16. I love love love this wreath! You have some really great things on this blog. charles and hudson have a lot of good diy home projects on their site too if you need a new project to start on! I'm excited to see what you'll make next.


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