Monday, December 31, 2012

Favorite Things {January Mantel}

Every year, once all the Christmas decorations come down, I tend to scale back on my décor.  I think it's the overabundance of Christmas that just makes me want to streamline for the new year.




I kept my January mantel simple; using some of my favorite things.




This owl was a garden find at Target last spring.  All the books are vintage.




You can't really tell from the pictures but these little candles have glitter that makes them looks like they are covered in snow.  The brass bowl was from this estate sale.  Have you read about that crazy experience?




The felt snowflake is from West Elm and the card catalogue drawer I got for just $.75 at a tag sale in October!




Winter berries are a favorite of mine. I had this display in the kitchen in December. It's simply winter berries and some sticks I had found outside.  Do you put water in your winter berries?  I never have; instead I just let the berries naturally dry.




Do you remember a little over a year ago when the Northeast got hit by that terrible October snow storm?  Well, tons of birch branches (my absolute favorite tree) fell.  For months after I would make my husband pull over to the side of the road when we were out so I could forage for birch.  My friends, that is how you decorate on a budget.  The wooden box is from my all time favorite store in Amherst, Massachusetts. If you are ever in the area you must look up The Trading Post.



Yes, my fireplace insert is electric and that probably is a decorating don't; but it's freezing here so I do what I need to in order to stay nice and toasty.

 
 
 
Lastly, the ornate black mirror was yet another tag sale purchase, made by my husband several years ago.  I love all the white paneling that is now visible by simply changing the mirror.
 
 
 
 
I hope you all have a very happy New Year! We'll be celebrating yet another birthday tomorrow when my New Year's baby turns (gasp) nine! How did this happen?
 
 

 
 
 
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20 comments:

  1. Angela you mantel looks beautiful!! Happy New Year!

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  2. Looks very pretty! The owl is precious! You have great taste!
    Stacey

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  3. Angela, Wishing you health, happiness and living your dreams in the New Year!

    Jody

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  4. Hello and happy new year! Your mantle looks great. Love all your bargains.

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  5. Looks beautiful Angela! Happy New Year! Jen

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  6. It is all beautiful, but my favorite is the winter berries. I don't even know what they are. Are they an east coast cold weather thing?

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  7. Beautiful winter mantel....I love the pop of blue that the owl gives the vignette...Happy New Year!

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  8. I have put away all our Christmas decor too and I am loving the simpler version of our home. Lots of tweaking still to do. Your winter mantel is very pretty. I love the repetition of the wood boxes and the twigs/branches. Wishing you all the best in this New Year!

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  9. Just now sitting amid the stacks of Christmas boxes, wondering what to keep out for "winter." Since it's in the 70's today, and 50's tomorrow, Gulf Coast January can be beach or snow. Okay, not snow, but close.

    Very pretty. You inspire.

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  10. Gorgeous mantel!! I love everything you chose, very pretty:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  11. Your mantel looks great! Love the box of books. And the winterberries add a nice pop of red for the winter months.
    Mary Alice

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  12. These mantel displays are gorgeous! I will definitely be sharing the above displays with my mom. Here's to hoping that her place turns out just as beautifully. That mirror is perfect for my Bonifacio Global City condo where I rent now. :)

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  13. I'm the same way in January but I'm normally over it by March! Your mantel look very nice. Love the old books, the owl and the branches. All together it makes a very nice display.

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  14. Beautiful! Very January appropriate which I always find is hard to do coming off the holidays.

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  15. Happy New Year! Your mantel looks beautiful. I would love it if you would come by and share it.

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  16. I love the simplicity of your mantels. It looks fabulous.
    Ruth

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  17. Angela your mantle looks great! Thanx for joining THT!

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  18. Angela, I love EVERYTHING about this mantel! The mirror, wreath and boxes are so pretty! I just started a new blog hop and would love for you to come over and link up your post or any social media. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-2/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  19. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic new year!

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  20. Fun, fun, fun! I was looking for January mantel inspiration, found you and found you had been in my hometown stomping grounds...the Trading Post in So. Amherst! I live in Chicago now but was just there at Christmas. Next time your there swing up to So. East Str, hang a right at the church and go to my brothers greenhouse (.Andrews) from April to December. He has great plants and fun re-purposes decorations.

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