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My Winter Mantel

Create a Winter Mantel to bridge the seasons!  Christmas is put away, and Valentines Day is still weeks away…so what to do…let’s decorate for winter.

I think there is never a bad time for decorating. It helps me to look forward to the changing seasons and upcoming holidays.  It’s especially helpful during the loooooooooong winters/springs we have here. Basically our winters start in October/November and they don’t end until May…for reals. And it can be (I mean IS…who are we kidding here) very very tedious and depressing. So I decorate. It makes the house cheery and puts a smile on my face. 

Winter Mantel

This year, like in other years mantels, I ‘shopped’ around my home. I certainly have enough stuff that I don’t need to buy anything new…so I scoured my decorations, and went room to room looking for things that would work.  I knew I wanted white, and earthy… 

Winter Mantel

Winter Mantel
Winter Mantel
Winter Mantel
Winter Mantel 
Winter Mantel

Do you decorate all year round? 

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    January 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    very pretty. I love the purity of the white. Very serene.

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    January 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I just love your winter mantle. Its so elegant. Have a great week.


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    Kara @ June & Bear
    January 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    love it. i adore the snowballs.

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    Craftberry Bush
    January 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    perfect ! xo

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    January 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    It looks so pretty! Love it 🙂

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    January 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Love your Winter mantel. We do one as well. There is just something about decorating for each of the seasons that really speaks to me.

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    Leslie's Garden
    January 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I love it! It has such a nice earthy feel to it, but is elegant at the same time! I love the chippy window – what a find! You have a real talent!

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    North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard
    January 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Absolutely lovely Jo-Anna, you have such an enlightening flair for decor !

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    January 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Your mantel looks very nice. Yes, I do decorate all year round for the different seasons. Kathy

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    January 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    You’ve got more snow on your mantel then I have in my section of Ontario!! I miss the snow we usually have this time of year!

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    (un)Deniably Domestic
    January 11, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    Thank you for the inspiration! We just tucked Christmas away and the mantel is looking a bit forlorn. I just love your snowflakes. Did you make them? ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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    Alison @ Oopsey Daisy
    January 11, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    WOW! It’s like you read my mind. I keep meaning to search for ideas for a winter mantle. Yours couldn’t be any more beautiful! I’m so inspired–pinning now! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

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    CSI girl
    January 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Just beautiful! I would love for you to link this up to the CSI Project starting tonight at midnight. The challenge is winter crafts and decor, so this is perfect!!!

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    January 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    It’s gorgeous! I love the yarn balls!

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    January 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    It all looks so wintery and homey….are those words? Great job!!

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    January 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Beautiful!!!! I love the trees and the big snowflakes!

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    Martha's Barefoot Designs
    January 13, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Very elegant – clean, crisp and so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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    Crafty Mischief
    January 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Beautiful! I love the snowflakes! I found you through My Romantic Home. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Kim @ Too Much Time
    January 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    This is so pretty! It makes me feel all cozy:)I would love for you to come link up at my party going on now through Sunday night!

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    Full Circle Creations
    January 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Love the white trees and snowflakes!


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    January 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Love the earthy elements mixed with the whimsy trees and snowflakes. Also love those “snowballs”! Super.

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    January 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Oh my gosh, I just want to go in there and sit all day. Beautiful!

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    Blissful Blooms
    January 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! The yarn snow balls are such a great idea! I may have to steal that one!

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    Jen @ Creating with the J's
    January 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    pretty and perfect!

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    January 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Looks great…perfect for winter 🙂 Laurel

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    January 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    White, clean, simple with earthy elements is right up my alley. I really like your winter mantel!


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    Create With Me
    January 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Love your winter white mantel mixed with a bit of a rustic look. Found you through a Bowl Full of Lemons. Happy new follower! Best, My

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    Stephanie @ The Cozy Old Farmhouse
    January 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    I love your mantel! I’ve been looking for inspiration to update my Winter decor and the rustic simplicity of your mantel really appeals to me. I pinned it to my new “Winter” board and shared it over on my Facebook page: Thanks for the inspiration!

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    I really like the bookshelves in the pictures and would like to get something similar. Were they custom made? Do you know if I can order them online somewhere please?
    Thank you

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      November 19, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      Hi Mike! We aren’t the original owners of the house, but from what I can see they were built in at the same time as the fireplace, so I think they’re custom built.

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        November 19, 2015 at 12:57 PM

        Thanks for your prompt reply. I’ll google a bit here and there trying to find something similar and ready to be installed.
        Enjoy your day.

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    December 27, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    I just love your mantle! It looks like winter for sure. I don’t suppose you might have a link to for the trees or snowflakes? They are just gorgeous! Thanks and Happy New Year!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 28, 2020 at 3:25 PM

      Hi Shirley! I wish I could give you links for those, but I bought them at a local greenhouse years ago, so they would be long gone. Sorry! Happy New Year to you too!

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    February 1, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Is your bookshelf surrounding your fireplace a built-in or were they cabinets designed to be a built in? I have just about the same set-up but with brick, even the same mantel (mine is natural color but looking to paint it white).

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      February 2, 2021 at 10:20 AM

      Hi Sydney! They are a built-in that came with the house…I love them so much!

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