15 Minute Winter Whimsy Mantel


Happy Wednesday, Friends! Since today is my first post of the new year, I thought it would be fun to resume The 15 Minute Fix. Now that the Christmas decorations are stowed away for another year, I'm adding a few cozy accents for the winter months, starting with my mantel.  As I've shared before, it isn't my favorite season and when it comes to winter decor, I'm drawn to simple and soothing with just a touch of whimsy...


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It's the time of year when many of us are motivated to declutter and organize, but once the holidays are over and it's all put away, doesn't the house seem a bit bare? After storing the decorations from my holiday mantel, I started with a blank canvas. I placed vintage sheet music in the center and then stacked several books on top. I often use  vintage books in my decor. They add character and charm and there is just something comforting about them.


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Next, an ironstone platter from my thrifted collection and some mini pinecones were added. 


15 minute winter whimsy mantel


An assortment of LED candles for cozy lighting...


15 minute winter whimsy mantel


....and a vintage teacup of fragrant lavender to soothe the senses. 


15 minute winter whimsy mantel


Now for a little touch of whimsy. Truth be told, don't we all have days we wish we could hibernate during the winter? 


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Here's a wider view...


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This sweet polar bear was a gift from my mother, years ago. Isn't she adorable? I learned something new while writing this post. Unlike other bears, only pregnant polar bears hibernate ;) 


15 minute winter whimsy mantel



Anyone suddenly have the urge to nap? Stay warm! 

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23 comments:

  1. Very sweet! I love the little polar bear. I decided to start the year with a new mantle design too....I have had the same pictures of my kids and grandchildren on it for 20 years! It is still a work in progress.

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  2. I agree Cecilia, the house does seem bare after Christmas! I am working on changing that though. Your little polar bear from your mom is so sweet and adds just the right touch for the winter season, loving the scrabble tiles too :)

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  3. I threw some things on my mantle after the Christmas came down and I am not just quite happy with it. I've actually been thinking of doing something different. I have two deer heads mounted above my mantle and it makes it hard to put anything on the wall above the mantle. But I do need to revamp. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  4. I like your mantle especially the little white bear, I don't have a mantle and use top of an old dish safe to decorate like a mantle.
    I just put away all my bottle brush trees and added red and white transferware and a large basket up there.
    I like the music sheets your used and this would have looked on for my display also.
    It's always nice to see what your up to

    Happy New Year 2017

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  5. Love vintage books; posted all different ways to use them last January, because they're the perfect winter decor item! Love vintage music and white dishes too-this post was my comfort zone!

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  6. Oh my goodness that little bear is just adorable! Your mantel looks great. I'd like the idea of snuggling in if the silly weather would stay consistent. But the truth is that's why I like Texas...tired of the cold? Tomorrow it will be warm. Then in a day or so cold again. The perfect winter, really.
    I agree with you - the house feels too sterile after all the Christmas stuff is put away. I still want the twinkle lights!
    Stay warm! Hugs

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  7. Your mantel is simply lovely, my friend. I just love those vintage books :)

    I hope your New Year is off to a beautiful start. May 2017 be filled with lots of love, sweet joy, and many blessings.

    Hugs to you!

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  8. Love your winter mantel especially the little bear over the scrabble HIBERNATE.

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  9. Oh my gosh, Cecilia--I love your polar bear and his scrabble-y suggestion. So fun!

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  10. I love how nice you decorated your mantel for the winter! :)

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  11. What a lovely mantel vignette Cecilia. I love the addition of the sweet bear. Such fun!

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  12. Perfect...it's got that winter feel and who doesn't love polar bears! ;)

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  13. Fun mantel Cecilia. I really like it. My Christmas/winter mantel of snowmen and "snow-covered" trees is still up but hard to enjoy "snow-covered" trees when it is 80° out. Now with this cold weather coming in, the snow-trees will be welcome for a few more days.
    Happy days ... stay warm.
    Audrey Z.

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  14. Cute mantel vignette! Like all the little touches you've got that make it so homey.

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  15. So pretty! Love the wintery touches!

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  16. Hibernate is the word of the week for me because that is all I have wanted to do! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

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  17. Happy new year Cecilia ;-) and I just wanted to let you know your Winter mantel looks lovely. What a good idea to add a fragrant lavender filled teacup to the mix. Sensory perfection in my books

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  18. Love that you used the books and platter to create height. And that polar bear is so cute! Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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  19. So adorable! You had me at the little bear and his hibernate sign! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

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  20. I love this and I wish I could do things like this. I am terrible, but seeing what you are doing here I can find motivation. The end result came out beautiful, good work!

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  21. Yes, I *do* suddenly want to nap! I adore vintage home decor and have some very old books that are not displayed nearly as interestingly as they could be. Thank you for the ideas! #happynowlinkup

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  22. Love the bear and the hibernate sign! Simple and beautiful and perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle! Pinning to share.
    ~Laurie
    Myhusbandhastoomanyhobbies

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