Winter Mantel {repost}


I am very happy to say that my sweet Daddy is making tremendous strides in recovering from his stroke.  The therapists said that in a few weeks, he will be able to perform some simple tasks on his own again.  They say within another 2-4 weeks he should be back to the point where he will be pretty self sufficient again.  We are blessed and know it could have been so much worse.  Thank you for all the emails and messages of support and prayers.

I hope its okay, but I am reposting my Winter Mantel from last year.  It’s when my blog was still called “Grits and Glamour”  (ahhhh, I miss that name sometimes.)  I also had a different dear head above my fireplace – this one a beautiful grapevine one named Wilbur.

Enjoy!  xxoo

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 I have a barren mantle that has been speaking to 
me all week….
“When you gonna dress me?”
“Hey you, quit ignoring me!”
“Don’t you feel guilty for abandoning me so? Don’t you love me anymore?

What?  Your home doesn’t talk to you, too?  :)

So, I got up this morning, dressed the boys, fixed breakfast, watched a movie and played Go Fish! at least one hundred times…..and as soon as my son and daughter-in-law arrived to take them home -
 I got started.


The Gathering.  The Mental Planning.  The Trials.  Oh no…and the Errors.  The Formation of a Design.

This is a quick glimpse of what my mantle looked like for Thanksgiving.  I didn’t go all out by any means, but because I had about 20 people coming over – and the fireplace is in my Dining Room – I had to at least make the effort.

This took me about 15 minutes to come up with, completed somewhere between the time I was making deviled eggs and the giblet gravy.

Also, remember I told you I had a new family member to introduce you to?

Well…..meet Wilbur.



He is handmade made in Maine, of 100% grapevine.


Mr. Grits just shook his head the day he was delivered and I took him out of the box.  It was love at first sight for me.  


Here is the BEFORE of my Fall Mantle:







Wilbur could not wait for me to decorate the mantle for Winter.  I think he is quite happy now.


The AFTER:


When I think of a Winter’s walk, my mind sees barren branches, textured brown leaves, neutral, earthen colors and then all of a sudden – bursts of color from bright green lichen and moss.  



That is the feeling I tried to create on our mantle.


Vintage, silver pieces mimic the glitter of 
frost and snow…


Warm candlelight on a cold Winter’s night…



A vintage, silver pitcher holds curly 
twigs and feathers.



A favorite leather chest….




Old books, an antique and tarnished silver tray 
and teapot, and twigs.


I didn’t spend a single dime on this project.  
I just gathered together items which represented Winter to me.




A family heirloom,  this silver compote dish is filled with a glowing white candle, and surrounded by bits of bright green moss.



Glass candlesticks and more white candles balance each end, adding even more warmth and glow.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing this simple transformation of my mantle.  Happy Winter, my friends.



I am joining the following Linky Parties:



Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

Met Monday

Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming

Sunday Showcase Party

Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chic

Before and After Monday

Mary at Boogieboard Cottage 

Masterpiece Monday

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tabletop Tuesday

Linda at Coastal Charm

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Kim at Savvy Southern Style

Wow Us Wednesday

Jill at French Cupboard

Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays 

Gina at The Chabby Chic Cottage

Transformation Thursday

Cindy at My Romantic Home

Show and Tell Friday

Courtney at French Country Cottage

Feathered Nest Friday

Heather and Vanessa at the picket fence

Inspiration Friday

Sherry at The Charm of Home

Home Sweet Home Friday

Jen at Tatertots and Jello

Weekend Wrap-Up Party



Do you have a Linky Party you think I should join?  Leave me a comment or email me, I’d love to join!



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with my permission.  just click on the Pin It With Barb

 icon below.}





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Comments

  1. I’m so happy to hear your dad is doing so well with his recovery!!
    Your mantels always look so pretty Barb!

  2. Wonderful news about your Dad, Barb. Remember Tyler Florences mantel in Mill Valley with all the copper books and candles? I posted some winter mantels on Pinterest for you. one with pretty snow flakes in frames, loved that idea! Can’t wait to see what you do with Mr. Buck this year, however I do love Wilbur too!!
    Happy Sunday,
    Kathysue

  3. That is indeed great news about your daddy Barb. Thanks for sharing. Wilbur is adorable isn’t he…
    Prayers still coming for your daddy’s continued recovery.
    Cheers, Gee

  4. Your displays are always so beautiful, they are definitely worth repeating. This is just gorgeous. I love the silver, twigs and leather, beautiful. Thanks also for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. Barb, I am so happy your dad is doing better. I am currently living with my father as he recovers from a stroke he had last August. I will keep you and your dad in my thoughts and prayers.

    I love Wilbur and your mantle is beautiful. xx, Sherry

  6. Hi Barb! I’m so glad to hear your Daddy is doing better and will be praying his recovery will go smoothly. I know this is hard. You must take care of yourself too.
    Now, I don’t care when you’ve done a post – I’m one of your biggest fans and love everything you do.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Barb, so sorry about your dad and his health! Praying that his recovery is quick, so glad to hear that he is doing better all ready!

  8. Glad to hear that your dad is progressing well!!…Loved your mantel then…and love it now!!…

  9. Now that mantel tells a story!! I’m a new follower of your blog and really am enjoying the gorgeous vignettes!

  10. Barb, So happy to hear that your Dad is getting stronger each day. Prayers for continued healing for your Dad, and strength for you and your family during this time.

    Loved seeing your winter mantel again! It looked beautiful, and I enjoyed another look!

    xo-Lisa

    (I am in the process of changing my blog name and will be back at blogging again soon. I hope I don’t miss my old Budget Design Girl name. BTW- I love your new Everyday Home name and aesthetic, but I also think your former name was cute and clever.)

  11. So happy to hear that your Dad is doing better. Strokes are vERY scary and unpredictable. Your mantle looks beautiful. I have a grapevine deer head VERY similiar that I use at Christmas. You can see it here: http://designsbypinky.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-christmas-mantle.html XO, Pinky

  12. So, so happy to hear that your dad is doing so well! Love seeing your mantle again. It’s gorgeous!

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