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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Winter Mantel

Creating new mantel-scapes has fast become a favorite hobby of mine (yes, I know how pitiful that sounds!). By changing up the decor of just the mantel to reflect the season, you can quickly and inexpensively transform the feel of an entire room.

Let's recap the 9-lives of my mantel so far this year:

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(ok, so that was only 3.)

When I packed up all the Christmas decorations last week, I was left with a blank mantel (except for all the glitter the DIY NOEL letters left behind!). The burlap vases from the Fall Mantel were moved to the Dining Room during Christmas, and I really like them there for now, so I decided to put together a new, Wintry Mantel!

I started with two of my Christmas projects that I wasn't ready to part with yet...the Advent Calendar Tree and Magnolia Wreath. The Advent Calendar was looking pretty sparse after her branches were raided every day in December, but I love how snowy and cold the stems look:

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And even though the Magnolia Wreath isn't as fresh, I love how it looks dry too:

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After shopping my house for more wintry items, here is my Winter Mantel!

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(Mr. Sugarplum likes to sit in this wingback chair and ask me to fetch his pipe. I just ignore him. And no, he doesn't really smoke a pipe.)

I simply changed out the gift wrap on the vase from Christmas red & white, to Christmas white & silver. And I kept the white birds clipped on the branches because they're cute.

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The brass candlestick is part of a set I recently inherited. Everyone in the family has given them a whirl, but I think they have a new home at the Sugarplum house! I have no idea of their origin, but the base is marble and they are heavy as a mother-eff. I think they are cool and quirky.

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The pinecones have made the rounds, starting with my Thanksgiving table, but they seem like Winter to me, so they get to stay another season. The figure on the hearth is an ancient relic from Egypt. Not really. I don't know what it represents, but it was in my grandparent's house my entire life and it reminds me of them.

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The reindeer was an after-Christmas score from JoAnn's when all the decor was 70% off. I really like the mono-chromatic look on the mantel, so he stayed.

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Thanks to my honey for making that kicking fire! Don't you just want to come over and smoke a pipe? Wait, that didn't come out right. Anyway. You can catch a glimpse of the Den through the double-sided fireplace...and also through the random opening to the right of it.


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And because I have some readers that like to peek around the rest of the room as well (you know who you are Megan!), here's the coffee table holding the other candlestick, some of my favorite design books, and a silver-footed platter.

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You'll see a bit more of the room tomorrow when I show you where some of the lamps ended up from Lamp-A-Looza! So what do you think...are you coming over? I may put you to work though....because I'm trying to decide whether or not to paint the brick around the fireplace, as well as, what color to paint the dinosaur armoire! Expert design advice welcome.

46 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful. I love the wintery white look.

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  2. I wish I had the brick that you now have, mine is an ugly brown!
    Love your mantel really looks great with the tree branches!
    Hope you are having a great start to the New Year!

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  3. I am loving the mantlepiece posts! Those wintry branches with the birds fit the season so well!
    Looks so nice!
    Rachie xo
    PS: I love your chair! The fabric is gorgeous!

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  4. It looks great! Now I'm kind of regretting put ALL of my Christmas decor up (as I am staring at a blank mantel. Yes, completely blank.) Uuugg now I have anxiety. haha.

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  5. Fetch his pipe...classic...

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  6. it looks awesome! so pretty!
    i also wanted to add that if you ever have to update your resume, you should totally add that your hobbies include mantlescaping. you will SO get that job.

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  7. Just perfect for the winter!! Absolutely lovely!


    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com

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  8. Perfect timing Cassie! I've been struggling with my mantle since taking down the Chrismtas decorations. Thanks for the inspirations!

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  9. Love it and perfect for Winter.

    I envy all of you with fireplaces and mantels. Ah... to dream ;)

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  10. First of all I don't think it's pitiful at all that mantel-scape-creating is one of your favorite hobbies, especially since you create such beautiful ones! I love the look of this. Those brass candleholders are great, and I think that all the pieces work together so well to create a subtle wintry but not Christmasy atmosphere. Beautiful!

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  11. I love seeing the collage of the mantel over the seasons. I never used to struggle with decorating my mantel, but I haven't really been able to figure out my mantel in this house. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Love it! That roaring fire just makes it picture-perfect! :) I need some mantle help too... still not loving the black mirrors I did. I do love your double mirrors though! Hm. I know we've already talked about this, but I vote no on painting the brick- it's a really pretty color and once you paint it, you can't go back!

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  13. Love the wreath over the mirrors!

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  14. Love it - I just put my mantel back the way it was before, but am itching to go get some stuff to make it white and wintery like yours! :) I love the wreaths over the two mirrors.... okay off to the store I go - LOL

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  15. Love the white branches - so wintery yet so fresh!

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  16. i can't believe you are on your 4th look already, you are so on top of things! isn't it so fun to shop around your own house?

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  17. I know I can't always count on you for a good chuckle! Love, love, love the mantle...but then again, I love ALL of the mantles you've done. And, I was just thankful it was Megan's name and not mine (regarding wanting to peek around) ROFL Painting the brick...I'm sorta with Michelle on this one. Once it's done, there's no going back without a huge mess!! Have you thought about painting the mantle?

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  18. Yes! I'm on my way over! (c; LOVE the pictures of your living room. But I would have expected nothing less from Mrs. Sugarplum. I really love that ikat pillow with the super fun colors!

    http://loveallthingsbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  19. Okay, you know I'm addicted to those darn branches and am cursing the fact that my rinky dink Joann's didn't get them!!!

    Anywho, the mantle part cuatro is just lovely! :)

    Have a happy day!

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  20. Love the two mirrors with the wreath, fabulous idea! Wish I had a mantle to decorate:(

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  21. Looks great Cassie! I just finished our winter mantel last night and I think it's my fav our of all of them. :) Yay for mantels! Can't wait to see the lamps in their places...I need a palooza too.

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  22. It looks amazing!! I love to change out the mantel for each season -- I'm actually doing that now, almost finished! That goes for the door wreath too! {Although my door still has the fall wreath up -- oops!!}

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  23. So glad Megan was thrown under the bus and not me! haha. LOVE that pillow on the chair. Mantle looks great. I like the dried look of the magnolia wreath. I keep picturing your hubs in a smokers jacket and ascot summoning for the pipe. Hilarious.

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  24. It looks beautiful. You definitely have a talent with mantle decorations and arrangements, and I call it a talent, because I definitely do not have it.

    x

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  25. Seriously!! Lookin good over there girlfriend. Just LOVE that wreath.

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  26. Ah- I'm outed! :) I do looove to see the living room!! It's nice to see how you keep changing up the mantle- the white birds in the branches are my fave. I'm laughing so hard at your "ancient relic" ha! Does Mr. Sugarplum wear a silk robe while smoking that pipe?? :) I can just see you in your bunny ears . . .

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  27. your winter mantel looks great! love those mirrors..

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  28. Oh wow, what great ideas! Inspires me to change our place up a bit... it needs it desperately!

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  29. It's amazing how great the withered wreath looks! I love the double sided fireplace, I would put a robe on (Megan) and smoke a pipe if you would let me hang out in that chair by the fire, hehehe :)

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  30. I love the magnolia leaf wreath dried even better. Great work, love seeing your mantle transformations!

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  31. I love you use the pieces and incorporate season ones...very clever :)

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  32. I sorta love when plants are in a state of decay...I think there is something oddly beautiful about that, so the wreath really speaks to me.

    And it's nice to have you back officially. Hope you had a kick-ass vacation full of fireplaces, pipes and other things that I am sure you can't mention in public.

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  33. What a fun post! Love the changes throughout the seasons : ) The dried wreath looks really good in it's new home!!

    Still laughing at the Mr. Sugarplum asking for his pipe comment LOL

    Paula

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  34. I love your winter mantle with the white birds and wreath. They totally work! Thanks for the sneak peak in your room I probably belong to that "group"..haha. Have a question - who makes the fun carpet and that fab coffee table?

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  35. I love how this looks... very clean and fresh... perfect!

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  36. Wintery and BEAUTIFUL! I totally agree, the mantle is the first place that I spruce up to compliment any holiday or special occasion. In fact, I'm just about to post my wintery mantle on my blog....come check it out :)
    www.mythirdtruelove.blogspot.com
    (maybe wait like 10 minutes...ha ha). Happy New Year! ~Ali

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  37. It's gorgeous!!!
    Come help me :(
    I'm having the hardest time with my mantel after taking Christmas down...The tv doesn't help either.

    Have a wonderful rest of your day!
    XO
    Kristin

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  38. It looks great! I love your interesting mix of items and using gift wrap is genius!
    You actually have really nice brick on your fireplace so I would vote no on painting it. There are a lot of ugly fireplaces out there but yours definitely isn't one of them! :)

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  39. Can you come help me, too? I'm struggling with what to do with mine now that all the Christmas decor is coming down. Your mantle looks beautiful, Cassie! I love your magnolia wreath hanging over both of your mirrors. We have the same fireplace and are trying to decide if and what color to paint ours. We're leaning toward something in a neutral metallic look. It'll be fun to see what you decide.

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  40. Great mantle... love the white branches and the wreath. I'm not really an expert, but I think you should totally paint the brick! I always love painted brick fireplaces.

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  41. I love the simplicity of the mantel and you're right- the wreath looks great like that!! The branches are so cool, too!

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  42. So lovely! The magnolia wreath does look amazing dry. You did have a great day with your readers. Keep the design posts coming...I can relate to your style.

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  43. It looks beautiful! I'm having a Winter Mantel Party going on and would be honored if you linked up!

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  44. I popped over from Metamorphis Monday ,love the wing back chair

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  45. Very pretty winter mantle and it's nice that you showed the seasonal changes. I've just become your latest follower. Nice to meet you.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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