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Simple Winter Mantel

I took each and every ornament 
off the living room tree the other day.
Close up of candles and dried garland on mantel

One by one I tucked them into pretty little boxes 
that help keep them safe while they are stored away until next Christmas season.

Which will start a lot sooner than you think over here.

And when the ornaments were tucked away
and the tree was unplugged
and moved...
I turned around to go over to take down that Christmas garland on the mantel.

And I stopped.

Dried peonies and eucalyptus garland

I saw the flickering light of the fire glowing 
and the eucalyptus dotted with lambs ear leaves
eucalyptus pods
and a couple of dried roses and peonies

mixed garland on mantel close up

and that old leftover Christmas garland
 said winter warmth to me.

And I thought...
why not?

Winter garland on mantel with flowers and eucalyptus

Sure that garland is a little on the crispy side at this point...
but, I decided I was okay with it.

Garland on mantel with flowers and gold mirror

Because dried eucalyptus is nearly just as pretty as fresh in my mind.

So, I grabbed a few more dried peonies and other greens
and tucked them here and there
and then added flickering LED candles.

Dried garland on mantel in living room with candles

And called it good.
About as simple as it comes when taking something left over from one season
and reusing it for another.

And since my previously planned post did not get wrapped and ready to go due to
our winter storm weather issues
and with so many questions about a closer look at this-
a repurposed
garland seems even more perfect for sharing for
winter decorating ideas.

Dried garland for winter

I am joining these great bloggers sharing a few ideas for
warming up your home for winter

and coming your way next week
 I will be sharing 
a closer peek at that new old mantel 
Vintage mantel with peonies and books

and another simple winter styling
as well as the easiest way to dry peonies like a pro.

Hope your Friday is off to a great start.

Led Candles- Balsam Hill

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  1. It couldn't look more perfect Courtney! Love the dried goodness of it all and will be waiting to see how you dry your peonies next week.

  2. Courtney, that's beautiful and doesn't look at all like Christmas so why not indeed.

  3. Simply lovely!! It sure helps to make an easier transition from the beautiful Christmas decorations to spring flowers. I love the warmth of the faux candles. I could have them everywhere and spend a fortune on batteries. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Courtney, everything you touch turns to beauty! Even when it is a "little crisp"! Stunning and so so romantic!

  5. Wow...that garland is magnificent!...What a beautiful way to celebrate winter!! Have a great weekend Courtney!

  6. Looks gorgeous Courtney, but you know me....I'm dying to see that vintage mantel score some more!
    Hugs from the beach, where it's raining as well,

  7. Just beautiful Courtney. I too left up my garland on the mantel... I just removed the few red Christmas balls I had in it and left the dried magnolias, deep red berries and pine cones. Perfectly winter to me :)

  8. It's absolutely gorgeous!! I could live with that year around for sure!

  9. You create the dreamiest vignettes, friend!

  10. Beautiful garland it is so pretty.

  11. SO lovely!! Looks beautiful, you always make the greatest mantle vignettes :)

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor