If I had to confess, I think January is my least creative month to do any decorating. We’ve just closed out Christmas and when January rolls around, I’m so lazy and lethargic and can barely think about doing anything really creative around my house. It’s still looking a little bare from putting all the Christmas decorations away and I’m not at all ready for spring decorating either. That seems to be rushing things. It’s that in between month that can feel a little dreary.
I definitely didn’t get too creative for my Winter mantel this year, but it needed something up there after all the Christmas decor came down. This vignette feels like the season should feel. Spare, natural and no color is what we expect this time of year, so that’s what I did on the mantel.
Pinecones seem to be such a natural material to use during the Fall and Winter months, so I used my collection for adding some texture. With my rustic mantel and rock below, just adding more texture above works as an accent. A white lantern, natural branches that I’ve collected outdoors and those pinecones that I love create a Winter vignette.
White lantern against the white plank boards and I liked the mix of white painted pinecones and natural ones. I added a bit of glitter on these pinecones years ago and they make a fun little accent for lots of decorating this time of year. I keep them all in a big box in my garage and just drag them out as needed.
Those pretty lichen covered branches are ones that have caught my eye outdoors on more than one occasion. I’ve been known to be walking outside and spot a pretty branch, breaking it off and bringing it home or even one that’s on the ground has called my name before. I just love the natural mossy look of these branches, mixed with pinecones. A reminder that Spring is around the corner, really it is!
On the other side of the mantel, more pinecones in white and natural and this old iron urn that I found years ago at a yardsale for $5, is one that I just can’t get rid of. If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you’ve seen this piece used many times. I love piling it with pinecones or other interesting things and the shape of it just speaks to me. It’s heavy as can be! A white starfish is a fun little accent against all the brown.
More collected branches add a nice backdrop to this side as well. The tree slice is just another touch of rustic for this Wintery feel.
It’s not super exciting and definitely not colorful, but it was sort of my mood for January. Understated, little color and quiet, just like this month usually is. As February gets here and there is more promise of Spring in March here in the South, that gets me excited. Spring is my favorite time of year and I just can’t wait for it to arrive once again.
How about you? What do you do in January and February after Christmas to decorate your mantel for Winter? Are you feeling a little natural and neutral like I am or do you go all out?
Here’s to Spring, I can’t wait for more color and sunshine to arrive!