My Alpine Home

Friday, January 8, 2016

Touches of Winter on the Living Room Mantle

Hello my friends,
This morning we woke up to 4-6 inches of new fallen snow.  That added to what we already had makes me feel like a bear all nestled down in it's cave for a long winter's nap.

We have not had this much snow in years.  The winter lovers are in 7th heaven.  Me, I love the looks of it; and know how much we need it.  Still, I am counting the days until Spring.

Knowing that it's not going away anytime soon, I decided I would continue to embrace winter.
Once again, as I was putting away Christmas I decided to leave my banner on the living room mantle and just add a few
 glitzy snowflakes that I bought off of Instagram from Erica from
Golden Age Vintage.  There are only three, but enough to add a touch of winter.




I printed out a winter poem, 'Snow Signs' and placed it in my vintage typewriter.  A few books and a crown keep the
vignette simple.


The other side of the mantle got my blue gazing ball inside of the chicken wire cloche I made and a couple of vintage deer.



Thinking of the mounds of snow, ice,  and barren trees outside I added a few faux branches and some glass flower frogs.


I added another snowflake to my paper wreath sitting on a French stool below the mantle.  The wreath holder was made out of
 an old spindle.

Simple and sweet until the Valentines décor comes out.


I left the chenille spread over my plaid chair.  I thought it kept a serene feel for winter in the living room.
Ha, ha, notice anything out of place?  After I took this photo I noticed that I missed taking my believe sign down off of the wall.  Never fails, I always miss at least one Christmas item that I forgot to put away.

Won't be long before we have a few changes around the house.  I bought some white paint to start painting our tan trim.  It's going to be a big job.  Our entire home has tan trim and doors.  It was that way when we bought it.  I've never loved it, but the house looked bran new when we bought it so I decided to live with it. After 6 years I'm ready!

How about you, working on any new projects lately?


Warm Winter Wishes,
Jann

This post was featured at Shabbilicious Friday
Thank you Kerryanne!


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:




39 comments:

Stephanie said...

Your home is a place of beauty, my friend. I just love your mantel and each touch you have given it is simply perfect :)

Also, what stunning snow! How I love looking at the freshly fallen snow and you have captured its beauty wonderfully. Hugs to you, Jann!

Bernideen said...

I think you got more snow than Colorado. Your home looks very charming Jann!

Gayle said...

No FAIR! We got only a skiff from the last storm. Quit hoggin all the snow Jann! LOL

Gayle said...

No FAIR! We got only a skiff from the last storm. Quit hoggin all the snow Jann! LOL

Laura Lane said...

I am still waiting for winter. We might get some snow tonight.
Thanks so much for visiting me this week!
Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Art and Sand said...

I love your paper banner. I think I told you I was working on one with hearts. I just can't decide when to start decorating for Valentine's Day.

Cherie said...

I love the idea of the paper banner. Perhaps I will decorate for Vslentine's day this year. Snow is forecast here this coming week so it will be interesting to see how much we get. On top of the dangerous amounts of rain and appalling flooding I think a lot of people are dreading it

Kim said...

A gorgeous wintry wonderland you have there, Jann. Your mantle looks amazing!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
We still have not had our first inch of snow yet here in NEPA!! Maybe this week though as some snow is predicted and finally the temps. are more seasanable!
Your Winter decor looks lovely!! We just changed over the front of the house from Christmas to Winter. Will be posting about it soon!
Thanks so much for always taking the time to drop by and to let me know that you did by commenting!!

Hugs,
Deb

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

You've got some great ideas for keeping it decorated after removing the holiday decorations. Maybe you could leave the believe sign up a little more since it seems to want to stay!

Rita C. said...

Oh dear, I don't think I couldn't handle that much snow for more than a day or two, Jann. I'm so glad our winter has been as mild as it's been. I know exactly how you feel about those 'one offs' that seem to get left behind when all the decor is put away - drives me nuts! Your winter decor is cute, and I love that banner garland. Happy Saturday!

Lady of the Manor said...

We are finally getting some snow today but it's the polar temperatures I can do without! Your decor does look quite cozy. Happy weekend! Z

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

It looks so serene and peaceful in your living room, Jann! Just right for a snowy, winter day! Your vintage typewriter and books warm my heart. You are so right about finding traces of Christmas. This morning, I spotted a folk art Santa hanging in the middle of a grapevine wreath in the kitchen. It made me smile... just thinking of all the holiday memories! Stay cozy inside! ♡

Cheryl said...

Very beautiful!! Love the way you arrange things, they always look so good!
I have the same problem of forgetting to put all the Christmas things away. There's always something, lol. Happy New Year!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Love your snowy decor! That vintage typewriter with your poetry really caught my eye. I'd love to read that poem! I too am a poet. Here's a link to one of my blog posts with snow photos and verse:
http://fromthestarcatcher.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-view-from-here.html

Rose L said...

Nice! And so glad it is not Valentines day decor yet!! I am not ready for that tho many are doing it already!!

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Wow, that's a lot of snow. It is so pretty and serene. Here in Georgia we just don't get a lot of snow and some years none at all. Love your switch up to winter decor. As I was putting away my vintage ornaments one was missing from the box and I was thinking that we didn't break one but it turned up still on the tree. Have a great week. sb

Susie said...

Jann, we are suppose to get some snow tomorrow...hope not much...cause since winter's been a bit late getting here..I don't even want to deal with it. LOL. Stay warm and safe. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your winter mantel is so cozy. How nice to have that on the inside considering what you have on the outside. Can you send some of it my way? Up here in the northeast, we are supposed to be buried in snow by now! I have plans to strip wallpaper and paint our small linen closet area and also to paint the front hall floor. Haven't started any of it yet though! :-)

Katie Mansfield said...

So cute. I love your banner.

Consider It All Joy said...

Winter is a Wonderful thing to embrace. For us, in Phoenix, it leaves far too quickly! Personally, I'd leave the Believe sign up (I love it). May you hug winter like an old friend and enjoy! Blessings, Cindy xo

NanaDiana said...

well, you have embraced winter beautifully, Jann! I love it all-even though I am not a winter fan at all. Hope you have a wonderful upcoming week. xo Diana

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your winter mantel...so pretty!! I'm still taking wallpaper borders off the walls in our living room and dining room....then I have to finish up the painting in those rooms.
hugs,
Cindy

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Hi Jann, thanks for dropping in. You have a beautifully decorated home, can't wait to see more. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

chateau chic said...

Your mantel looks so fun with all your vintage goodness!! Love the banner too.
I would love to have some of your snow...it's so cozy in the winter. Of course, maybe I feel that way because we don't seem to get much.
Mary Alice

20 North Ora said...

Painting trim is such a job!! Good luck! Your home always looks so cozy and warm.

Have a great week.

Judy

Christine Vandormolen said...

soooooo super gorgeous!!! Love it Jann! Gorgeous spaces, and I am digging that snow...LOL

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Everything is so beautiful in your home, so jealous! Love the look of the snow too. We are too mild on this side of the pond to have anything like this. I miss it so much! xx

Pat Cantwell said...

Jann,
Absolutely gorgeous "snow"scenes, dear friend!!!
L O V E the vintage typewriter on the mantle!!!
I had to chuckle,. . .I, too always find "that one last thing"
of Christmas decor after all the storage tubs are packed away!!!
The Snowflake on your paper wreath is stunning for Winter!!!
Send that snow to me here on the Prairie. . .we're without!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Isn't that snow just beautiful? I finally got my snow too, just yesterday. I am quite happy now! :)

handmade by amalia said...

Such pretty decorations, Jann. I wish we had some snow around here.
Analia
xo

Rebecca said...

I have the exact same typewriter. It way my grandmother's.

Hula La said...

Beautiful post. I love the old typewriter. I use mine frequently to write old looking messages for journals. Aloha from frosty New York State, where we are finally getting some snow! YAY!

Pat @ bringingfrenchcountryhome said...

Hey Jann! I knew our Colorado snow would head your way eventually. I'm so over it and am ready for spring...only 67 days til the first day of spring. Yea! I love the chenille draped over the chair. Why didn't I think of that? Stay warm!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I think it looks perfect Jann. The snow looks so pretty, but I'm not sure I'd cope with it either. It's a humid and hot summers day here... maybe I can send some of our heat your way to hurry spring up for you.
Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring your mantel at tomorrow's party.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, congrats on the feature at Shabbilicious Friday! I love this room. It is so me. Have a great snowy weekend. xx Jo

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

So much snow seems surreal to me, we barely have e few snowflakes every year. The vignette is absolutely lovely!

A Joyful Cottage said...

We've had a lot of snow this winter. I like it, for it keeps everything pretty. . .much better than brown and bare. Your winter mantel is charming, and I love the paper wreath on the french stool. Have a great week, Jann. xo

Judy Gaaskjolen said...

I love the paper wreath on the french stool! Did you make it? Would you post instructions on how to make one?