After taking down all the Christmas decorations, my house was looking cold and barren. I thought about what I could do to cozy things up and decided to create a winter mantel. Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers was on the same wavelength. She organized a small group of bloggers to all share our winter mantels today. (This post contains affiliate links.)
If you’re coming here from Blesser House … welcome! I love Lauren’s beautiful home. And now, here’s my winter mantel and the details of my inspiration.
I know, I know. It’s not that frosty. I didn’t want it to look too much like Christmas. But my winter mantel does have cozy elements like candles and texture!
My Inspiration ~ Winter Blues
The inspiration for my winter mantel? This beautiful dark blue candle holder with a butterfly etching. I saw it in Cocoon, my favorite home decor store located in Geneva. The color reminds me of the color of the winter sky once the sun has just set.
My vintage aqua bottles are the perfect accompaniment to the dark blue candle holder.
While I was in Cocoon, I found a few more votive holders in my favorite shades of blue.
Cocoon is located in an old house divided into multiple stores. In fact, the majority of stores are in historic homes on Third Street.
A Bit of Nature
I was on a roll and continued my hunt in the store for coordinating items for my winter mantel. I wanted a nature poster and found the vintage-style bird poster for just a few dollars.
The wood and rope were added to create a hanging poster using my handy poster tutorial. A pair of grapevine wreaths with natural ribbon flank the birds and mimic the embossed wreath pattern on the ceiling tins behind the poster.
Winter Mantel Details
The grapevine wreaths are from the craft store; I made bows and hot-glued them onto the wreaths. The wreaths are hot-glued in one small spot onto the ceiling tins. They’ll pop right off without hurting the tins when I’m ready to take them down.
Below the bird poster is a beautiful birch bark flower holder, also found at Cocoon. Small glass vials are located inside and hold water if I ever want to use fresh flowers (which I’m sure I will).
My winter mantel includes two vintage mirrors. The mirrors help to bounce the light around on gray winter days.
My winter mantel features winter blues … with an anticipation of spring to come!
Visit my blogging friends to see how they’ve decorated their mantels for winter. Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers is up next with her beautiful mantel.