It seems like a lot of people like to let the spaces in their home breathe a little after all of the Christmas decoration overload comes down.  I think that I fall right in with that crowd.  My Christmas mantel and hearth was loaded with stuff over the holidays, so I was more than ready for a serene look to carry me through winter.

Maybe you saw this sneak peek that I posted on Instagram last week.  BTW – I’d love for you to follow along with me there, if you don’t already.  Just click HERE.

Winter Fireplace And Mantel

The wood and metal piece, that I hung above the fireplace last year, has turned out to be a great purchase for me.  It works well as a really good backdrop for just about anything.  I get asked about this piece a lot.  I got it at Kirklands – click HERE for the link to it. 

Winter Fireplace Mantel And Hearth

This time of year the woods around my house are filled with evergreen pines, bare branches and pretty pinecones, so that’s what I took my inspiration from.  Instead of a wreath, I tied together two sprays of faux pine branches and three ginormous pinecones with jute twine.  The black and white piece of ribbon gives it a nice little pop.

Winter Fireplace Mantel And Hearth

An oblong planter from my stash, is filled with candles and more bits of faux greenery.  

I kept the shutters in place that I used for Christmas and added two urns that I purchased at the Pottery Barn Outlet last summer.  I’ve been itching to use them!  They’re filled with white branches from my Christmas foyer and sticks that I cut from some trees around my yard.

Winter Fireplace Mantel And Hearth

Down on the hearth, I placed two chunky white candlesticks that I purchased on the same trip to the PB Oulet.  Oh, dear I love that place.  The candles have a little jute twine wrapped around them and I added a small twig wreath around each one for added texture.

Winter Mantel And Fireplace

On the other side of the hearth, I filled a basket with more faux greenery and ginormous pinecones.  And a wire basket filled with skeins of yarn adds a bit of coziness.

Winter Mantel And Fireplace

In spite of the breathing room that I left on the mantel and hearth, the whole area feels cozy to me by the time that throws and pillows are thrown into the mix.

Winter Mantel And Fireplace

How about you – do you like to let your house breathe a little after the holidays?

Winter Mantel And Fireplace

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