Saturday, January 1, 2011

A January Mantel

Happy New Year! I hope that your year is off to a great start! If Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty are still languishing in your living room, it's time to pack 'em up and give your room a fresh start for the new year. I wanted to share a few photos of my January mantelscape--maybe they will inspire you to try something new this year!

On the left side of the mantel, I filled a pair of tall, glass vases with aqua and pearly white Christmas balls to add a little snowball-inspired shimmer. For the right side of the mantel, I was plumb out of tall, wide, glass vases, so I had to improvise a little. In the spirit of use-what-you-have decorating, I propped the balls on a tall bud vase, a few wine glasses of different heights, and a silver tumbler. I like the cascading effect--it reminds me of champagne bubbles. Large, framed numbers in fun fonts, a black barn star, a silver cookie tin, and a tiny framed silhouette of ice skaters complete the arrangement.

To help with my Christmas light withdrawal, I twined a string of white lights through the whole shebang. Here's how the mantel looks at night:

Happy New Year! I'd love to hear how you decorate for winter after the holidays!