Cozy Winter Mantel

Can you believe it is December already? Where has the year gone? This has been a busy week for me! I shared my home tour and now I am back to show you my cozy winter mantel for the Home for the Holidays Home Tour.

I love my neutral decor and during the holidays it is no different. When we originally moved into our home, there was a gas fireplace. But, it wasn’t working properly. Long story short, we ended up having to make a decision to purchase a brand new one or replace it with a large window. We chose the large window and I couldn’t be happier. Now you ask, how do I ever decorate a mantel for the holidays without a fireplace? The answer…create a faux one.

So beautiful! This cozy winter mantel from combines neutral decor with textural elements. This mantel can be left all season long! #mantel #farmhousestyle


I originally wanted my husband to build me a fireplace frame/mantel similar to this one. But, as luck would have it, I found it on Craigslist for so much less than the materials would cost. So, with that savings we added the shiplap to the wall for texture. I love how it turned out. Our walls are all painted in Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog. It is an amazing neutral color with a sandy color during the day and then in the evening it changes to a warm foggy gray.

Cozy winter mantel vignette from #farmhousestyle #cottagestyle


Amazing rack right? These white antlers from Target give a rustic yet feminine feel. I love how they were incorporated into a vintage frame on this cozy winter mantel via #mantel #farmhousestyle


I discovered these white antlers while browsing one day. I was not sure what I was going to do with them, but I knew I had to have them. I had some vintage wooden frames lying around the basement, so I thought I would paint them up to frame the antlers. What do you think?

Lovely pair of white antlers paired with vintage frames, mercury glass and holiday greenery via #cottagestyle #christmas


If you follow me at all, you know I love mercury glass during the holidays. It is a simple way to dress your decor up and make it shine! I also love incorporating vintage books into my vignettes. The patina and character they have ties in so well with the glam of the mercury glass.

cozy winter mantel with white antlers from #antlers


cozy winter mantel with vintage books and christmas greens via #christmasmantel #cottagestyle

Simple evergreens and branches give a natural festive touch to the mantel.

cozy winter mantel from #wintermantel


cozy winter mantel with stockings hung on a wooden ladder made from pallets via #stockingladder #cottagestyle

My DIY pallet ladder works well for hanging stockings on. Which reminds me, I still need to share the tutorial!

cozy winter mantel with wooden whitewashed terriarium and mercury glass via #mantel #farmhousestyle

This wooden terrarium is one of my favorite home decor pieces. I love its whitewashed driftwood look.

cozy winter mantel with wooden terrarium, mercury glass ornaments and cedar greens via #wintermantel #farmhousestyle


cozy winter mantel featuring mercury glass ornaments and faux fur throw via #mercuryglass


cozy winter mantel pinecones in a sisal basket and cedar greens via #pinecones


So beautiful! This cozy winter mantel from combines neutral decor with textural elements. This mantel can be left all season long! #mantel #farmhousestyle


I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this cozy winter mantel. Interested in seeing my fall mantel? Need inspiration for next summer?


Now, I would like to bring your attention to this wonderful blog tour I am part of this week. All the details are below!

Happy Holidays!

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Welcome to the 2nd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour hosted by Sondra Lyn at Home. Wow, do we ever have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you!

Join us each day for inspiration from nearly 30 of the today’s finest blogs!

Home for the Holidays 2015 - Sondra Lyn at Home


You’ll see everything from gorgeous decor to yummy holiday recipes… and everything in between! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

Monday – Holiday Decor


Just a Girl and Her Blog | Lilacs & Longhorns | What Meegan Makes

Windgate Lane | Worthing Court

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Duke Manor Farm | Graceful Order | Rhubarb and Honey

Snappy Gourmet | The Happier Homemaker | Two Thirty-Five Designs

Wednesday – Mantles and Tablescapes


Dandelion Patina | {Home-ology} modern vintage | Organize and Decorate Everything

Sondra Lyn at Home | StoneGable | The Everyday Home

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


An Extraordinary Day | Cottage at the Crossroads | Making it in the Mountains

Our Southern Home | 2 Bees in a Pod | Two Purple Couches

Friday – Gifts and Wrapping


Addison Meadows Lane | DIY180 | Domestically Speaking

My Creative Days | Southern State of Mind | unOriginal Mom

Be sure to check back every day this week to enjoy all the goodies we’ll be sharing with you! Each day’s links will be posted that day and will go live at 7am EST/6am CST, so don’t miss a single day!

Cause we all know…

there’s no place like…

Home for the Holidays!

Monday – Holiday Decor

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Wednesday – Holiday Mantels and Tablescapes

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


Friday – Holiday Gifts and Wrapping

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  1. Michelle, I adore your mantel. I love all of the mercury glass and especially the ladder with the stockings. Hope you’re enjoying your Christmas decorating – thanks for sharing. It’s nice to share “Mantel Day” on the tour with you. 🙂 xxoo, Barb

  2. I love every single element you used to create your mantel! Seriously! Every single one – the framed antlers, the mercury glass, the boughs of greenery… it all looks so incredibly lovely together! You really have a way with creating gorgeous vignettes, Michelle!
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