But once Christmas was packed away this year, I was really enjoying the de-cluttered look of my living area. Isn’t it funny how Christmas does that to us? I LOVE Christmas decorating, but I am always anxious to get things back to normal after New Years.
(This is the corner where my 9-foot ‘red and turquoise’ tree once stood. Ahhhh, peaceful once again.)———————–>
That said, I’m not one for a bare mantel.
So I decided to go ahead and decorate a winter mantel like I normally do, but to keep it neutral and airy.
Luckily, ice and snow are classic neutrals, lol.
I kept everything very white and translucent.
The effect kind of reminds me how our trees look after a late winter/early spring ice storm here. We dread those kind of storms – and the power outages they bring with them – but they are strangely beautiful all at the same time.
For the first time in a long time, my mantel is without a mirror as a backdrop. I switched it out for this simple white, rustic piece. I filled my glass urns with glass ‘rocks’ and then a layer of ‘snow’. I topped them each off with a cream pillar candle. I added a few silver birds, and a centerpiece vase filled with icy branches.
It looks really pretty at night because some of the icy branches can be lit with a battery pack.
So what do you decorate your mantel with after the holidays?
Do you go straight to Valentine’s Day, or skip the seasonal decor all together?
I’d love to hear from you! (Comments make my day – I’m a geek like that.)
Until next time,