Winter Mantel Spruce-Up…

I must admit…since the holidays I have had a hard time getting motivated or finding inspiration to do anything. I guess it’s the after-glow of the party that I didn’t want to end. The other night I was watching television and my fireplace mantel kept grabbing my attention. It was so sad looking – because it had been in this state since Christmas was put away:

Fireplace Mantle - before the spice upThe mantel normally looks something like this:

ImageAnd at Christmas it looked like this – all pretty and sparkling:

Traditional Christmas mantle decor using Mercury glass, green and red. I also used vintage silver trays as a backdrop.

The mantlel looked so barren that I couldn’t decide what should go on it.

I was sure I wanted to do something new and seasonal with the mantel but didn’t really know where to begin. During TV commercials I would get up and collect a couple of things that I love until I had a good collection. I wanted elements of green, vintage metal and wood.

I started putting items into place until I was satisfied with the overall look.

The tarnished loving cup is a favorite of mine and I especially like the moss ball on top. The sticks were collected over time from our yard.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.The vintage spool is from an old cotton mill in Georgia that closed many years ago.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.I think the green bottles look great. This piece of wood I saved from the stump of our Christmas tree.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.More loving cups and moss…

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.This aluminum tray was purchased from an antique store during our vacation in St. Augustine.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.We purchased this wooden piece a few years ago. It is from a porch of a Savannah, Georgia home. I love the age and color.

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Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.I’m not gonna lie – this piece was hard to hang as it is about 17 feet up the mantle. Once we finally got it in place, we love it.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.I think the new decor looks great!

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.It will stay like this for awhile – until a new season rolls through – or inspiration strikes again.

Winter Mantle Spruce-Up...elements of wood, earth, greenery and metal.Have you spruced up your mantel lately?