Winter Mantel – Decorating For Winter

How to Decorate for Winter

Happy weekend friends!

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year to decorate… so taking it all down is a real bummer for me. Things can seem so ’empty’ and ‘blah’ once all of the glitter and lights are taken away… I think it’s a challenging time of year to decorate and I know I’m not alone. This year, however, I took a new approach to decorating after Christmas…

Decorating for winter.

How to Decorate for Winter - Winter mantel

How do you decorate for Winter? Well… you keep out the baby firs, the snowflakes, the icicles, heck – even the snowmen. Anything that can be separated from ‘Christmas’ and be in the category of ‘Winter’.

Winter Mantel - How to Decorate for Winter Mantel

I didn’t originally have these firs OR the snowflakes… but they were clearance Christmas items so I didn’t have to break the bank. Woo-hoo!

I also left out my mercury glass votives for a bit of sparkle!

Baby fir tree

 How to Decorate for Winter - Winter Living Room

To keep things from appearing ‘cold’ lean toward warm tones. My new Nate Berkus rug helps warm up the space along with my usual pillows.

Plaid is also perfect for this time of year!

 How to Decorate for Winter - Winter Living Room Mantel

If you are a neutral fan like myself – consider some cozy throws with texture as well as pillows to help create a cozy environment.

 How to Decorate for Winter - Winter Living Room

 How to Decorate for Winter - Winter Living Room

 How to Decorate for Winter - Winter Living Room

The farmhouse table got a new look, too!

Birch bark candles and dried hydrandeas on a farmhouse table

For the table I kept the wooden box and birch tea light holders I had there over Christmas – but I moved the hydrangeas I had on the Christmas tree in there, as well as flanked the candle holders on either side that were on my Christmas mantel. This look would work for fall, too – but for now it helps warm up the space and uses what I already have. I would love to have a runner here some day…

winter hydrangea centerpiece

That’s it for my winter decorating in here! I hope you don’t mind how often I show this area of my home… renovations are slow in other areas of the house (Budget life, ya’ll!) but things are coming along. 🙂

 How to Decorate for Winter - Winter Living Room Mantel


I also suggest decorating with skis and ice skates to tie your decor in with the season – I have some skis on my front porch, and some skates hanging from a ladder along my staircase!

How do you decorate after Christmas without getting the post-holiday blues in your own home?

Have an great Saturday!


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  1. Beautiful! I love the wooden snowflakes on your mantel! I am trying to do the same around my home. I’ve put away Christmas, but still want to have a nod to winter in my decor.

  2. What a gorgeous inviting space! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Where do you find the snowflakes and firs? Love the look!

  4. Very pretty home and winter decor! love those snowflakes!

  5. Oh how I love all the white. Just beautiful.

  6. I love what you’ve done to decorate your home for winter….Isn’t it great that we can keep out some things like snowflakes and greenery a little longer? My favorite is those snowflakes hanging from the window on the mantel….it really shows off both things!

  7. Hi Brandi! It’s my first visit here. Love the window and snowflakes and the birch candle holders are wonderful! I just started to follow you via Google+. I hope you will drop by!

  8. Love all the white! So pretty 🙂

  9. Love your pretty Winter livingroom. Are those mini trees real…………..they look it… cute, and love the window with
    the snowflakes, a winter wonderland room……………

    My first time to visit, enjoyed it, Hope you are having a Happy New Year,
    Blessings, Nellie

    • Hi Nellie!
      No, the trees are faux! They do look real, don’t they? I scored them for $15 each, their regular price was $62 (Crazy!) – which may explain why they look so authentic.
      Hope you are enjoying 2014!

  10. Your living room is very pretty, nice and cozy and warm. I am in the “blank slate” state in my house, having just put away all the Christmas stuff over the weekend. I’ll be using some of your ideas to warm up our house for winter. Thanks for the ideas!!!

    • Thank you so much, Jenny! Sometimes the blank slate is perfect for charging your creativity – other times (like after Christmas for me) it makes me feel a little sad… decorating for Winter has helped curb that feeling this year. 🙂 Good luck!

  11. Loving that once you take down the Christmas stuff you still have seasonal decor up. So pretty.

  12. Wow…such a perfect space! LOVE it! New to your blog….it’s gorgeous!

  13. Your mantel is just beautiful as is your home! Love the use of the old window with the wooden snowflakes. Would like to invite you to come by and share it at One More Time Events… Hope to see you there! Tammy

  14. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    That is the most beautiful room! I wish, oh how I wish I could try to copy it. I love every single thing about it. Furniture and floor and rug, gosh, I might dream about your room.

    • Thank you, so – so much Sheryl. I always look forward to your sweet comments. 🙂 It’s exciting how you have been able to see this room develop along the way. I hope you’ll follow along as we finish up the rest of this farmhouse – there are many rooms to go. 😉
      Have a wonderful day!

  15. Oh I love it, so pretty and the dining area is beautiful too. I love the all white, stunning. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Nice home, beautifully decorated! 😉

  17. Gorgeous! I love pinned your room for my living room board because it’s so serene and classy! The winter touches are perfect!

  18. This is my first time visiting. Love your winter decor and those wooden snowflakes are so beautiful!!

  19. Brandi, I just love your winter mantel! Simple and beautiful. I’m so inspired – especially by the dining table centerpiece. Amazing! Have a great week! Cheryl

  20. What stunning winter decor. I’d love feature you over at the Do Tell Tuesday party that’s live right now. Just follow the link in my name. LOVE It!

  21. Absolutely gorgeous!! I am in love with your style! Found you linked up at French Country Cottage, looking forward to following along!


  22. love your mantle! always looking for inspiring ways to decorate mine! xoox

  23. Well done, Brandi – we think exactly alike about decorating for winter.

    You have a lovely home, and I look forward to reading back posts too, as I just found you through Feathered Nest Fridays.

  24. Love, love the winter decor in the room…especially love the way you hung the snowflakes…you have given me a great idea for mine!
    The room is beautiful!

    • Thank you SO very much, Shirley! 🙂 The second I saw those snowflakes I new they would be great hanging in some way from the mantle!

  25. LOVE your winter mantel! So simple and pretty!

  26. LOVE your mantle and the birch tea light holders are wonderful! Beautiful home! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

    • Thank you so much Cindy! I made the tea light holders with my father and just love them!
      Have a wonderful Sunday!

  27. Your mantel and living room is just so simple and gorgeous. Love all the details and textures! Following you on bloglovin’.

    Have a great weekend!
    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  28. Your winter mantel is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. Love having you at the party.
    Have a great day!

  29. I am your newest “Canadian” follower! and I love your winter living room. Going to see if I can find some more pictures of your dining table. Where did you purchase it,,,,I love it too!

    • Hi Dawna!
      I love meeting fellow Canadian bloggers! I see from your other comment that you found out we made the table. 🙂 It’s really fairly easy and inexpensive to do! Hope to speak with your more. 🙂

  30. Absolutely beautiful!

  31. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful winter décor at my party…I LOVE IT! You will be featured at my party on Monday.


  32. Brandi! It’s Gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button. Here is the link to this week’s party. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  33. Hi Brandi, I love your Winter décor! The snowflakes look amazing! Hopped over from Coastal Charm. Now a new follower. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It’s about sharing the things that make you happy. I’d love if you shared some time!

  34. Love it, Brandi! I’m featuring you this morning at Work It Wednesday!!

    Now, I just need to get my act together and take down my Christmas stuff. It’s getting a little ridiculous. #hangsheadinshame

    • Hey Laura!
      Thank you so much!!!
      Haha don’t worry too much about your decorations yet… I remember when we lived in Ontario there was a family who left their dried-up-turned-orange wreath on their door all summer… I almost ripped it off their door myself! LOL!

  35. Brandi, your winter decor looks beautiful! What a great transition away from Christmas decor. I love that you are using the little trees–I miss all the greenery after Christmas things are put away.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Grace at Home. I’m featuring you this week!

  36. You got it! Love it!

  37. Simple yet elegant. Your winter decorating is just beautiful.

  38. Hi – I am in love with your living room chairs!!! I originally pinned this because I loved the mantle, but the chairs keep drawing me back to your blog to try to find a source. Where did you buy them? Gorgeous! I also really enjoyed seeing your kitchen makeover, good job!!

    • Hi there,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment! My chairs are from a store called Wicker Emporium. 🙂
      Have a great evening!

  39. I just found your blog on Pinterest and I adore your home!! Can you please share the paint color in the living room?? Thanks so much!!

  40. Brandi, I can see this same décor for spring, substituting snowflakes for my flowered doilies stiffened in starch and hung by ribbon or twine. Thank you for sharing!


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