Cottage8: Our Winter Mantel

We’ve decided we’re decorating a bit lighter for the holidays this year. But I always love to play around with our mantel each season, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity. I grabbed a few things I had around the house, along with my branch clippers, and put together a really simple winter mantel…

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

We have a beautiful magnolia tree that Adam’s dad had planted for us when we first moved in. You can see it from our kitchen window, where we can watch it bloom.

Here I snipped both fresh and dried magnolia tree clippings for the mantel “garland”…

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

My friend Rosemary made the #8 wreath for us a couple years back. And you can check out our handmade holiday wrapping paper tutorial here

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

Antique books and bright citrus branches, deer sheds and silver cups, all nestled on top of a yard of burlap garland we used to wrap around our holiday tree a couple years ago… 

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel 

I guess you could say I’m a bit unconventional when it comes to holiday decorating. Much of my design inspiration comes from nature and its beauty. I love using organic, natural woodland type elements… 

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel The Old Painted Cottage - Winter MantelThe Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel 
And sometimes it’s all about the small details, such as these old handwritten papers someone thoughtfully placed in between the pages of these antique books, just the way I found them… 
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel  
I hope you enjoyed our winter mantel!

In my next post, I’ll share with you how I made our birch log stacked bookcase… 

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel
Stay warm and toasty friends!

Till next time, click and keep up with us on our favorite sites…
Get new posts delivered to your inbox for free!
Our Subscription Box is now working! It’s taken us numerous tries, but we’ve worked out all the kinks. Please subscribe to our blog using the box below…
Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

17 Responses to Cottage8: Our Winter Mantel

  1. The mantel is beautiful in it’s simplicity. I adore the magnolias- we have them here in Texas and the smell is just lovely :)

  2. Diane Mars says:

    Very pretty! I love our magnolia tree out my front window! Happy Holidays~

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    I just love your natural organic Christmas mantel. It is beautiful. Happy Holidays. Enjoy this next week.
    Kris :)

  4. Very pretty Jennifer! Merry Christmas :)

  5. Rachel says:

    It’s perfect, simple and gorgeous. I love using items from nature, beautiful, free and you don’t have store them in the attic.

  6. Victoria says:

    You are a true Gem! Simply Beautiful……btw…I need a mantel!

  7. Jannet says:

    I love it Jennifer!! I love to decorate my home with things I find in nature and I also love to decorate my home for winter and not just for christmas, since we have several dark and gray months here in Denmark.

  8. Donna says:

    I have an old childrens storybook and it’s chock full of bookmarks! I love thinking of how they marked the favorite stories to be read over and over!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: