Finally, everything is put away from Christmas. I know, it should have been done a week ago. My daughter came home from school today and said “Mom everything is so simple but I like it”.

She is right. I like when all the Christmas stuff is away. I don’t like putting away. But I like that it is simple.

I thought I would share with you how our family room has come together.

Starting with our mantle…

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I decided to keep the mirror for now. I think in the winter, the reflection of light is priceless. By the way, there is a fire in there. But I made it and it is lame.

I used natural elements, mixed with the silver for a contrast.

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I placed a glass cloche on a branch slice and filled it with a dollar store bird and some wintery elements.

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I left the evergreens in the silver containers from Christmas. Amazingly, they are still alive. My indoor thumb is not very green. I figured if they were willing to still be alive, I would embrace that.

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Next to the fireplace I used my textile bin, that was holding a Christmas tree, to hold firewood for my lame fire. I did keep it going all night and all by myself thank you very much.

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I placed pinecone and old doorknobs in a old galvanized baking pan.

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I will share more tomorrow.

I will be sharing this post at

The Stories of A2Z Mantel Party

The Quiet of Winter

the CSI Project

and some of the other links in my sidebar.

Have a great one!


January 12, 2011 — Laura Putnam