Occasionally, I go out of my way in the name of holiday decorating. And by out of the way, I mean spending a rare 10 free minutes to rework the mantel decor.
Until recently the mantel was sporting green grasses and our lime green jute-wrapped monogram. I loved it, but it was feeling a little unseasonal with the snow-covered rooftops we see out the window and the sub-zero temperatures.
Staying true to my goals for holiday decorating this year, including small moves, using what I have, and keeping it stress-free, I created a fresh mantel look without spending anything more than 10-minutes of my time.
My favorite way to re-style a space is to shop my home and mix things up. The easiest way to pull together a new look is to walk from room to room collecting up items in a similar color and then putting them all together in a new place.
For my mantel, I was inspired by this long narrow Ikea tray hanging out on the tetris bookshelf. With blustery weather outside those irregular little white blobs on a blue background reminded me of falling snow. Layered upright behind my modern minimal block houses created the perfect winter-y illusion. And the vase of glittered feathers my son helped me make for this cloche styling shoot are totally random, but awesome…so they stayed.
With my blue and white tray inspiration, I wandered the house looking for more blue and white. I grabbed up these blue milk tin vases, also found at Ikea. They were the perfect shade and a good scale for the mantel. In my party supply cabinet, I keep one small bunch of white branches. I plopped them in the taller vase to give the look more height.
I needed a third object to group with the pair of vases, because the rule of three rules my house. Channeling the beauty of the yarn wrapped pinecones on my staircase, I decided to wrap one more pinecone, but in white this time. I put it on display in one of my corked glass jars.
The finishing touch was the gilded animal menagerie. They are also totally random, but awesome, just like the glittered feathers. Last year the boys helped me paint these three Target dollar spot plastic animals. I added torn fabric ribbon bows to make them festive. This year when we pulled out all the Christmas ornaments, my youngest snatched these animals and played with them for a few hours before agreeing to put them on display.
I didn’t have to change out the art. My DIY canvas art creation is like a chameleon, fitting in with any decor and season. I think the starry shapes are perfect for the holiday season, even though the underlying canvas picture is a spring or summer scene.
My absolute favorite part about this 10 minute mantel makeover is it will last me far beyond the holidays! Those spare 10 minute breaks are rare, so I need to make them count. By keeping the mantel more winter-y than Christmas-y, I can keep it up right until spring!