my winter-inspired mantel

on sunday we, for the first time in what felt like an eternity, witnessed the sun peek out from the clouds for one glorious afternoon.

so naturally, i picked up my camera & documented our mantel because around these parts, when you blog for living & it's been dark for weeks, you celebrate & take advantage of the natural light.

can i get an amen?

moving on...

about this mantel.. i've got a big ol' crush on it. 

i basically scrounged around my house for a good hour or so gathering tidbits here & there. 

from left to right:
- the metal buckets (one of two of my purchases for this project) with the mini pines inside came from target for $3 bucks each in the one dollar spot at the front aka my perfect version of retail heaven. those buckets with the woven handles are so good i could have purchased all of them & not felt even one second of guilt for you people but sharing is caring so...

- the clipboards were thrifted months ago from the thrift shop. you know my deep love for clipboards.

- the farmhouse flashcard & metal frog stand were purchased at a local antique shop. i love purchasing little goods like that for displays within our home.

- the antique blue ball mason jars were purchased forever ago at a yard sale. i can't even begin to tell you about that yard sale where i found a huge box of blue mason jars for only ten dollars... it still gives me chills. 

- the books are from our random collection of books. decorating tip: when you find a book with a good cover, keep it. you never know when you'll need it for your "winter-inspired mantel."

- the scale was purchased at an estate sale for pennies. bless.

- i love collecting those white milk glass vases from thrift stores & planting (fake... shhh!) succulents inside. i purchase my fake succulents at hobby lobby, fyi!

i had some christmas money burning a hole in my pocket so i purchased that gorgeous boxwood wreath from target. it's wreath perfection. this is the one right here. 

thanks for coming over & basking in my well-lit mantel decor with me! 

what are some of your favorite winter-inspired decor ideas?


marie said...

Very nice mantle! Love all the layers of beautiful things!!

Natalie @ Being Mrs. Olson said...

I.LOVE.THIS! It's totally right and so not over the top. I might have to spring for some fake succulents. I can't manage to keep any greens alive in our house. I do still have one tillandsia air plant breathing, though! Totally love the combination of books, greens, glass...perfection! Great job!

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

very pretty!!

all things I love...

Michelle Icenhour said...

Thank you! I told my husband I wasn't taking the pretty Christmas decor down until I found something prettier to replace it with. Well you have just inspired me!! thanks :)

Leah said...

I have been eyeing that exact wreath for months now, thinking it is the perfect thing for my front door in the spring and summer. I just have yet to *gulp* save up the money for it.

Elise said...

I love this mantlescape you have going on, Natalie! You also inspired me to snatch up those succulents from Hobby Lobby. Using a coupon, they turned out to be more cost efficient than buying real ones, especially by the time I kill them! Question, how did you "plant" them? Floral foam, maybe???

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