We’ve been making a lot of progress on the house lately and, while things are really starting to take shape, there isn’t a single spot that is completely finished. Big changes have taken place almost everywhere but nothing has really been decorated or styled yet. We’re kind of in limbo between construction zone and almost there but we’re far from finished.
Even though I plan on taking it easy on the Christmas decorations this year I wanted to get at least one spot, albeit a teeny tiny one, looking a little more pulled together to bring in the season a bit. I figured the fireplace was a good spot to start.
A lot of surfaces in a house need to remain functional and serve a purpose but a mantel isn’t really one of them. It’s purely decorative and a spot where you can have a little fun. With all the work going on in the rest of the house, I thought it would be a good spot to pull together and reflect the season a bit.
Just painting the fireplace white made a huge different (remember when it looked like this!?) and the white stone creates a really nice and simple backdrop for accessories. I kept things pretty simple, just stacking some canvas paintings and a round mirror to create a some height and interest and then just brought in a few accessories to reflect the season a bit on our winter mantel.
I filled a glass vase with some kindling we use to build a fire to bring in some natural wood texture while also staying convenient during fire building. I guess this mantel does function a little bit after all ;)
I picked up this little wooden deer at the thrift store the other day for a whopping $1.99 and I love how he brings a little bit of that subtle holiday feeling without going full blown red and green Christmas.
Some red roses in a hammered copper bowl (another thrifting find) bring some color and texture to the generally neutral mantel-scape.
Nothing makes me happier lately than lighting a fire on these cold evenings we’ve been having so a stack of wood on the hearth remains really functional but still looks pretty. The natural wood elements make things feel warm and cozy.
Bring on the holidays! Because even if the rest of our house is still a jumbled mess of construction, at least our mantel is ready for Winter. Ahh, the little things.
Happy Monday people!