Our mantel is redone for the season. I really love the symmetry and scale of it this time. Let’s take a look in the living room shall we!
Don’t be distracted by the king’s chair! Here is a close up of the mantel.
I decided to skip pine roping this year in my decor. I purchased a couple of plain jane spruces from the hardware store and dropped them in a pair of galvanized buckets.
This way we can plant these along with our ball & burlap Christmas tree in the yard. See the theme this year?
Things evolved from there. I have a growing collection of vintage grain scoops that I knew I wanted to work into the mantelscape this season.
They seem to make the perfect candle holder and are interesting to look at even when they’re not lit up.
And as for the focal point – that horse! It is a piece of folk art history that may have been part of a child’s rocking horse or vintage advertising. I don’t really know for sure. This is that state I found him in.
As soon as I saw him, I knew he was going on the mantel. Plus he is a perfect match with the rocking horse ornament collection that we displayed on our tree this year.
The chippy aqua door is a fun, non-traditional holiday backdrop. I had a set of 3 of these doors. The set had once been used for an outdoor cellar entryway. I sold the other 2 and this is the remaining one.
And here’s what we’re normally seeing – the glow of the evening fire and mantelscape! I love it. I also love the fact that this scene is not specifically Christmas so I won’t feel the need to undo it on January 2nd. It just might stay up for a few weeks beyond the holidays.
So what do you think the horse’s original use was?
Linking to Ten June, Funky Junk Interiors
11 thoughts on “our merry winter mantel”
Love this – that horse and old door are amazing!
I love that this is simple yet interesting. You don’t need all that gilt and sparkle so many commercial places are shelling out!
Thanks for visiting Heather.
I love that your mantel is simple yet Christmasy. You don’t need all the gilt and sparkle so many commercial places are shelling out!
Coming to Cape May This weekend … Can’t wait to visit your booth!!! Your mantel looks great,,, Deb
Nice! Have fun and make sure you can find me in my new bigger space on the other side of where I used to be. I just spruced it up yesterday in time for your arrival! I hope the weather is nice for you.
i think that horse was proably one side of one of those rocking horse “seats” – where the little kid gets in and sits to rock – but what i really LOVE are your grain scoops! The whole mantel is lovely and I think it’s great that it’s not super Christmassy – perfect!
Thanks Breida. That is what I thought about the horse too. I love the growing scoop collection! Thanks for visiting.
Wanting to finish a retro style space right now, but i’m still trying to find a really bright red table however I I really don’t think
ikea has those!