A Little Tweaking for a 'Winter' Mantle

Hello my friends,
Every year after Christmas I totally change my living room, family room, and basement mantles; only to turn around and redecorate them (except for the basement) for Valentines in just a few weeks.
This year I decided to save myself some work.
Besides, I wasn't tired of my plaid quite yet.  :)
 I got looking at my family room mantle, and I could tell with very little tweaking it could easily be ready for winter.
Here is the before:
(funny thing is, I never even shared it on my blog in Dec.  However, I did share it
 on fb and Instagram)

 I removed anything that had jingle bells and added a few snowflakes.

A large birch one took center stage.

This whimsical mouse was part of my Christmas gift from a club that I am a member of.  He has plaiditude and had to be added to the mantle!

I removed the little 'believe' pillow from the snowshoes and tucked  an extra plaid blanket into the wire basket.

The snowman was more of my club gift.  I traded him for the white deer, although it found a place in the living room for winter.

A few simple changes and I now have a winter mantle with a 'woodsy' feel.

and again the before:
(not the best photo, taken with my phone)
And baby, it's cold outside; so the fireplace has been on a lot lately.
Warm Winter Wishes,

This post was featured at Let's Talk Vintage.  Thanks Jillian!

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday
Talk of the Town
Let's Talk Vintage
Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday
Vintage Charm




J said...

I love your mantle, transitioned from Christmas to winter! I have a vintage sled like yours. Those are perfect for leaving out until early spring! Red plaid has always been a fave of mine, too.
Happy New Year, Jann!

Stange and ich said...

Your decorations are really amazing !!!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
best regards

Trisha said...

I love the plaid and the bunting is so cute! Happy New Year!


Pat said...

Love your transitioning from Christmas to Winter mantle, dear friend!!!
Baby it's c o l d outside is correct!!!
Not looking forward to bracing the c o l d for a meeting this afternoon!!!

Town and Country Gals said...

love the way your mantle went from Christmas to winter! The red plaid makes it cozy and the snowflakes are a perfect representation of winter. Everything else you added is the icing on the cake!

Salmagundi said...

Love it!! I'm always for some plaiditude year around. Sally

Bernideen said...

It looks darling Jan! Very cozy and inviting!

Tamara said...

its all very sweet! you always have such charming vignettes. Happy New Year!
Tamara <3

Julie said...

Love that big snowflake! Some of the red will fit right into Valentine's Day. Happy New Year!

Denise said...

WOW! I love Your new Winter mantle and the rag garland is perfect for it.It must have taken a huge amount of material.Did I miss a post that was on the rag garland alone,I wonder. I red window also helps with the perfection of it all. Great job- ox Denise

Christine said...

I have always giggled at the word "tweaked".
In your case it's creative and stylish. My "tweaking" is more like dusting the mantle.
You have great taste and lots of talent.

Jean Tuthill said...

Your mantel looks amazing. I love the plaids and all the red. It is so warm and inviting!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your mantel's winter decor. Your old snowshoes and sled are wonderful! I basically did the same thing with my decorations around the living/dining room - left them much the same as they were already of a wintery theme. It made for easy decorating until Valentine's Day rolls around. Have a great week Jann.

Cranberry Morning said...

Very nice winter mantel. Now I wish I hadn't taken our tree down today. I could have put the ornaments away and still had a tree with little white lights and had a winter theme. sigh. Aren't fireplaces wonderful! Have a cozy week.

Kris said...

I adore everything about it!!
xo Kris

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

It's beautiful Jann! A great way to still enjoy the seasonal parts of decorating. The snowflakes and snowman are the perfect pieces (better there than on the ground!)and I just love the old sleds! Great job!! Happy New Year!

Joy Junktion said...

Your mantle, both Christmas and Winter, is just beautiful. The colors are great and I'm really liking the plaid! You really have a fun selection of items, Jann! Many blessings for a peaceful and joy filled 2016. Cindy xo

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the snowflake!! I put all my snowflakes and other winter stuff away....as we are having a warm winter here in Ohio. We have only had a dusting of snow here.😕 Maybe we will get some later this month or in Febuary.

Tea in the Library said...

The snowflake tweaks are great with the plaid. We finally have some cold weather here,and I am tuning out the world and enjoying my Christmas decorations.

Creations By Cindy said...

Jann I am in love with your mantle...before and after! Just pinned it. I could so easily do something along these lines with my mantle. You are always such a wonderful inspiration. Happy New Year! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Very nice mantle redo, Jann! I love the big snowflake and your touches of plaid look great. To me, it has a cozy, cabin feel to it, which I love.
Happy New Year!

Cynthia said...

Love the changes. The mouse is very cute. The plaid works all winter


Unknown said...

It's awesome, makes me think of coming home after a walk in the snow! Very pretty plaid~

Cindy Lou said...

Omg!!!! I absolutely loooooove it!!! I am going to copy you if I can!!! Just perfect!!! I have all the components except for the ribbon garland!!! Excellent job!! This year I did something similar ! I used a tartan throw and draped it across the mantle and in the center I propped a large wood gate and hung mittens and flanked each side with rusty lanterns !! I used a pine cone garland I found at target too, great job! Love it!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh your red plaid is perfect to go right into valentines
It all looks so wintery, is that a word? LOL

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, you never cease to amaze me. Your fireplace are is so cute and cozy. xx Jo

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Oh, Jann!!

I am kicking myself now. When I don't blog, I unplug almost completely...and I almost missed this one. Fabulous! I know the exact board to pin it to as well! Beautiful, well done!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

How cute Jann! Looks like something at a mountain ski lodge! I just transitioned my plate rack area. :-)

Unknown said...

Just beautiful Jann - I LOVE that birch snowflake !!!
And all that plaid - just gorgeous !
It's been cold the last couple of days here in Montreal too - but that was after a Christmas of 65 degrees - unheard of ! I guess I can handle a little chill now lol

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Wow! Beautiful Jan! I just love your garland! Happy New Year!

Rose L said...

It gives a cozy cabin feeling. You always seem to be so savvy about decorating.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love your winter mantle with all of that plaid goodness on it!! That is the decorating style I am dreaming of for my next home! Storing up stuff for it now. I thought of you when I bought a vintage plaid throw that I am keeping and displaying in my dining room right now. I still have a little Christmas décor up that I am working on getting put away but most of my decorating was for winter to begin with.

Debra Howard said...

I love this mantel! Pinned it too!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your winterized mantel at Talk of the Town.

Fran. said...

Beautiful like you Missy Jann!!! I love how your snow shoes look like a heart!! I kinda love the red plaid. I have been keeping things simple around the funky farm house. Seems like I have been working on orders for along time!! It's a very good thing but my creative mind wants to create more things that are in my head!! LOL So glad you share your talent with us!!! XOXO Love Fran.

Diana said...

Great winter mantel, Jann--love your mouse and the addition of the birch snowflake. I'll be honest with you've, I've got all my bins out, but very little Christmas taken down yet. Not sure when it's going to happen either :) Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm this week.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Hi Jann! Thank you for linking up with Let's Talk Vintage last week! I'm giving you a feature today! Love that birch snowflake!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Loving this!!! Visiting from 'let's talk vintage' :)

Mrs.T said...

Oh, I love this! I'm late to the party, but so enjoyed seeing this winter mantel. Wish I had a mantel to decorate (complete with fireplace). Maybe someday. Thanks for the inspiration and have a wonderful weekend.