My Winter Mantel

So we find ourselves mid season!
Christmas is put away, and Valentines Day is still weeks away…so what to do?
I think there is never a bad time for decorating!
It helps me to look forward to the changing seasons and upcoming holidays!
It’s especially helpful during the loooooooooong winters/springs we have here.
Basically our winters start in October/November and they don’t end until May…for reals.
And it can be (I mean IS…who are we kidding here) very very tedious and depressing.
So I decorate.
It makes the house cheery and puts a smile on my face.
This year, like last years mantel, I ‘shopped’ around my home.
I certainly have enough stuff that I don’t need to buy anything new…so I scoured my decorations, and went room to room looking for things that would work.  I knew I wanted white, and earthy…
Here’s what I came up with!

Do you decorate all year round?
Leave a link!  I’d love to see!

Here are my mantels from seasons past, if you are interested!
Last years Winter Mantel
Last years Valentines Mantel
Fall Mantel
Christmas Mantel
Easter Mantel
Late Summer Mantel
Spring/Early Summer Mantel
Halloween Mantel

Pretty Linking:
Blue Cricket Design, Oopsey Daisy, CSI Project, My Romantic Home, The Shabby Nest, Funky Junk Interiors, Stuff and Nonsense, A Bowl Full of Lemons

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  • Reply elaine January 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    very pretty. I love the purity of the white. Very serene.

  • Reply Vanessa January 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I just love your winter mantle. Its so elegant. Have a great week.


  • Reply Kara @ June & Bear January 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    love it. i adore the snowballs.

  • Reply Craftberry Bush January 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    perfect ! xo

  • Reply Tanya January 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    It looks so pretty! Love it 🙂

  • Reply Kristin January 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Love your Winter mantel. We do one as well. There is just something about decorating for each of the seasons that really speaks to me.

  • Reply Leslie's Garden January 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I love it! It has such a nice earthy feel to it, but is elegant at the same time! I love the chippy window – what a find! You have a real talent!

  • Reply North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard January 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Absolutely lovely Jo-Anna, you have such an enlightening flair for decor !

  • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Your mantel looks very nice. Yes, I do decorate all year round for the different seasons. Kathy

  • Reply Bronwyn January 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    You’ve got more snow on your mantel then I have in my section of Ontario!! I miss the snow we usually have this time of year!

  • Reply (un)Deniably Domestic January 11, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    Thank you for the inspiration! We just tucked Christmas away and the mantel is looking a bit forlorn. I just love your snowflakes. Did you make them? ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  • Reply Alison @ Oopsey Daisy January 11, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    WOW! It’s like you read my mind. I keep meaning to search for ideas for a winter mantle. Yours couldn’t be any more beautiful! I’m so inspired–pinning now! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

  • Reply CSI girl January 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Just beautiful! I would love for you to link this up to the CSI Project starting tonight at midnight. The challenge is winter crafts and decor, so this is perfect!!!

  • Reply Jenny January 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    It’s gorgeous! I love the yarn balls!

  • Reply Lookiewhatidid January 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    It all looks so wintery and homey….are those words? Great job!!

  • Reply Krystal January 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Beautiful!!!! I love the trees and the big snowflakes!

  • Reply Martha's Barefoot Designs January 13, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Very elegant – clean, crisp and so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Crafty Mischief January 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Beautiful! I love the snowflakes! I found you through My Romantic Home. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Kim @ Too Much Time January 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    This is so pretty! It makes me feel all cozy:)I would love for you to come link up at my party going on now through Sunday night!

  • Reply Full Circle Creations January 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Love the white trees and snowflakes!


  • Reply frugal-interior-design January 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Love the earthy elements mixed with the whimsy trees and snowflakes. Also love those “snowballs”! Super.

  • Reply Toodie January 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Oh my gosh, I just want to go in there and sit all day. Beautiful!

  • Reply Blissful Blooms January 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! The yarn snow balls are such a great idea! I may have to steal that one!

  • Reply Jen @ Creating with the J's January 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    pretty and perfect!

  • Reply Laurel@chippingwithcharm January 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Looks great…perfect for winter 🙂 Laurel

  • Reply mrshinesclass January 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    White, clean, simple with earthy elements is right up my alley. I really like your winter mantel!


  • Reply Create With Me January 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Love your winter white mantel mixed with a bit of a rustic look. Found you through a Bowl Full of Lemons. Happy new follower! Best, My

  • Reply Stephanie @ The Cozy Old Farmhouse January 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    I love your mantel! I’ve been looking for inspiration to update my Winter decor and the rustic simplicity of your mantel really appeals to me. I pinned it to my new “Winter” board and shared it over on my Facebook page: Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Reply Mike November 18, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    I really like the bookshelves in the pictures and would like to get something similar. Were they custom made? Do you know if I can order them online somewhere please?
    Thank you

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 19, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      Hi Mike! We aren’t the original owners of the house, but from what I can see they were built in at the same time as the fireplace, so I think they’re custom built.

      • Reply Mike November 19, 2015 at 12:57 PM

        Thanks for your prompt reply. I’ll google a bit here and there trying to find something similar and ready to be installed.
        Enjoy your day.

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