My Winter Living Room & Mantel

Well here we are smack dab in the middle of winter.  I personally think we’re having a beautiful winter…a lot of snow, some sun, some cold days, some very cold days, some spring like days.  But it’s still winter, and our winters can be tough…verrrrrrrry long and at times verrrrrrrrry dreary.

So for me, it’s important to keep busy, and keep things pretty…you have to when our winter can last into late May.  And I don’t want to pretend that it’s not winter here either.  I want to embrace it.  All of it.  The snow, the ice, the cold, the skating, the tobogganing, the slush, the grey, the sunshine.
Winter in Canada.

Embrace it I am.  And that includes indoors.  It’s not spring outside, so it’s not spring inside.  I brought winter indoors.  Actually when you think about it, the colours of winter are beautiful:  the whites, silvers, blues, beiges.  Beautiful.

So come on in and embrace winter with me!

Starting with my winter mantel.
My mantel is very neutral and simple, which for me is just perfect.
It’s so similar to my mantels from last winter and the one before, but with a few minor changes…
Sometimes when you find something you like, there’s just no need to stress and try to come up with something new!

I gathered items from around my home that I already had, and put together my mantel to reflect the season.

Snowy white fir trees, snow dusted pine cones.

And candles.  Lots and lots of candles.  I think one of the most beautiful things in life are candles burning.  So soothing, so romantic, so pretty!

Did I mention that I love candles?!  I use these candle lanterns for all seasons.
On previous mantels I have filled them with cinnamon hearts, candy corns, silver ornaments.

This winter I filled them part way with epsom salts to mimic snow, then added a pillar candle.  Simple and gorgeous!

Here’s how things look all put together.

Soothing.   Ahhhhhhhh

I’ve been asked a few times about these baskets, so I thought I’d throw them in here and explain them a bit.  I bought them at Ikea to fill some open space on my fireplace book shelves.  I love these shelving units with all my heart!  And I don’t want to fill them up with a bunch of mis-matchy stuff…that’s just not my style.  These baskets add a nice element of texture, while at the same time provide some extra storage holding all of our DVD’s.
And because they’re neutral, they work for all seasons.

And have to keep cozy blankets on hand!
Our nights are chiiiiiillllly!  I store them in a box right near our couch.

One of my favourite pieces in our living room is our coffee table.  I’m sure you recognize this table from previous posts – I decorate it for Valentines Day, Easter, AutumnHalloween and Christmas.

This winter I filled it with tiny pine cones, glass rocks that remind me of ice, and my favourite books and seasonal magazines.

And more candles!  I love these tumblers from glass.ful.  The blues are perfect shades of winter!

Here’s a view of our living room all decorated for winter.  Blues, beiges, and a nice little pop of sunshine.
We enjoy this space and find it very soothing all year round, but it’s especially cozy in the winter.

So that’s our cozy winter living room!

I hope you enjoyed your visit here.


Have an inspired day!


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  • Reply Brittany January 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Your living room is adorable. I am also trying to stick with more seasonal decorations. I have a lot of bowls of pine cones and candles lying around. 🙂

  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner January 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Very pretty Jo-Anna! I really love all of it. Your couch looks really comfy too. Enjoy our last day or two of warmer temps before it gets chilly again for a few days. Hope you’re having a great weekend! =)

    ~ Catie

  • Reply Kathryn January 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Where is your couch from? I’ve been looking for a new one and yours is perfect!
    Love your cozy living room!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Hi Kathryn!
      We bought our couch at LazyBoy. We’ve had it for over 6 years now and it’s really held up well – we love it!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Melanie January 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Tell you what…I’ll let you embrace winter all you want. You can have my share. 🙂 Your decor is beautiful. I love shades of blue mixed in with browns and beiges. That’s what I’ve been doing in my living room, too.

  • Reply Alex @ northstory January 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I told my husband our next house HAS to have a fireplace. For this exact reason. I think Santa feels ripped off each Christmas. Looking amazing!

  • Reply Diane January 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I love your coffee table! Where could I get one?

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Thank you Diane!
      We bought our table at IKEA a couple of years ago, but they still have them. I think the style is called LIATORP.
      Happy Decorating!

  • Reply Ali January 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Gorgeous Jo-Anna! So calm and clean and beautiful. Well done. Happy winter 🙂

  • Reply angie January 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    love the light with the blue how super attractive

  • Reply Time With Thea January 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Love it! We share the same winter! So far it has been quite mild except for during teh Christmas vacation. What a wonderful idea to bring it inside! So enjoy your writing style, photographs and inspirations. ~Thea

  • Reply Bronwyn January 28, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Cozy and rustic – just like every Canadian home should be this time of year. I love the little pops of shimmer you added, too. A little candlelight goes a long way!

  • Reply Wendy January 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    So beautiful and unique

  • Reply Vanessa January 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    What a gorgeous living room you have! I love the touches of blue. It looks so cozy.

  • Reply Sue January 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Your living room is gorgeous.
    PS – I have the same frosted glass lamp in my living room shelving unit!

  • Reply Lulu January 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Hey, no sense in rushing the season especially when your mantle is a charming complement to the blazing fire.

  • Reply Heather January 29, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    You have a beautiful fireplace and you have accented it nicely. I was planning on having a nice fire tonight but now it’s going to get warm again where I am (also in suburbia Canada). Enjoy your pretty mantel!

  • Reply Becca January 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    A beautiful winter mantel (and great room), indeed! I love the winter details you added … your bookcase is styled wonderfully (big fan of IKEA, too)! And, your couch looks so inviting (fabulous tray on your table, too)! Glad to have spotted you over at My Uncommon Slice!

  • Reply Becca January 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    PS: I didn’t mean to say “tray” … oops! Fabulous table! 😉

  • Reply Joanne Vacalebre January 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I love distressed furniture, Difficult to find. Your end table is exactly what I am looking for. Where can I find furniture like this.

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Hi Joanne!
      Funny story – I found that table at a garage sale, and at the time they were using it as a table to hold their items for sale…they didn’t think anyone would want it, so they were more than happy to sell it to me! I LOVE this table!

  • Reply Lisa January 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Your mantle is oh so pretty!! Also I love the stone on your fireplace surround. We have been mulling over options for a fireplace redo and I can’t wait to show yours to my husband. I know we can get stone veneer and apply it right over the brick that we have – it would make such a difference. Thank you for sharing your lovely room – I am inspired!

  • Reply Felicia January 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I live in Texas. It’s 70 degrees outside right now, so I try try bring some winter into my home to remind my family what season it’s “supposed” to be!! Your is absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Reply Felicia January 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Sorry misprint, Your home is absolutely beautiful!!

  • Reply Suzanne January 30, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Your winter mantel is so warm and inviting. Love the chippy window and the candles – So pretty!
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Reply Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom January 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I love your room! It looks so serene. I wish I had a room that’s serene…but with 3 preschoolers, the closest I get is naptime! Stopping by through the Inspiration Gallery Linky!

  • Reply Jamie January 31, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    This is so beautiful. I’m in love with your blog. I’m a new follower 😉

  • Reply DeDe@DesignedDecor February 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Love! I love eveything about this rrom! The mantel is so pretty, what a focal point! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday –

  • Reply Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers February 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I just adore your winter mantel! So classy and pretty! Love all of the white elements.

  • Reply kristin February 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Just gorgeous, perfection, featuring tomorrow.

  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter February 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    What a beautiful room Jo-Anna! I love it! Where did you find the rug? It’s lovely! Angie xo

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  • Reply Ginger March 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Gorgeous!!!!! What kind of stone did you use for your fireplace??

  • Reply Debbie June 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    We are in the process of redoing our living room, including fireplace and have been *scouring* the web for inspirations. My daughter hit on yours today – and that is IT – just what we have been looking for. Can you identify for us the stone – what is it called and where can I get it. I assume it is a stone facade?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife June 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Hi Debbie! Our home builder made the fireplace (we’re actually the second set of home owners so I don’t know much about it). I’m not 100% sure what the stone is, but it appears to be a man-made moulded limestone of some sort. It’s not real stone, but it sure looks like it! I’m sure if you mentioned that to a builder/fireplace expert they would know exactly what direction to point you. Good luck!

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