There is so much inspiration and so many ideas when we decorate for Christmas.
But then, when all of the decorations are put away – do crave simplicity for a little bit?
But I couldn’t just leave my mantel empty…
So, I was trying to come up with some mantel decorating ideas for the winter season.
But I wanted to keep it simple.
Usually, I have a plan – even if it changes, I start with an intention for how I am going to decorate my mantel.
But, it turns out – this time I didn’t need a plan.
Then I placed the stove board that has been covering the front of the fireplace.
And then I just began placing things there as we were undoing Christmas.
It turns out, I had used a lot more non-specific Christmas things than I had realized, so everything with a warm wood texture, was placed.
It can be that easy – just take a common element – like warm wood tones – and begin grouping them together.
Starting with a family photo, a mirror or a rustic piece of wood as a center point – simply build like things around them.
The items I used were spools and mashers and somehow to me the look kind of like a group of trees.
They really have nothing to do with winter, but somehow they work (at least in my mind).
So what do you have then you can use on a shelf or a mantel in repetition?
Candle holders and candlesticks?
Or maybe you have a bunch of types of items in one unifying color.
It doesn’t have to be complicated and stressful.
A simple switch of pillows and blankets and that was it.
And as I sat down as the only person in the world to watch Revenge and not Downtown Abbey – it was done.
I imagine I might want to put my mirror back up there soon since I do love the way it reflects light in the winter, but for now, this suits me just fine.
I love that it was simple, no stress – not even a mess – which is very unusual for me.
How about you – now that your shelves, mantels and tabletops are empty – what are putting in their place?
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