Winter Mantel Decor

I keep waiting for life to slow down, so I can actually get back to blogging, but crazy stuff keeps happening.  Like last week when a team from Better Homes and Gardens came to shoot my house for their special Christmas Ideas issue! It was especially crazy, because I got my wires crossed and was standing on my treadmill in my sweatpants, halfway thru my morning run, when I got the call from the stylist that they were 20 minutes away (insert wide eyed emoji face followed by a dozen poo emojis!!!) Whoops, I didn’t think they were coming til the next day! Cue me ridiculously panic stricken taking a 30 second shower and then running through the house like a mad woman making beds and hiding dirty dishes. I may have just thrown away water glasses from my nightstand I don’t even know, its all a blur.  I’ll probably find a basket of dirty laundry tucked away in my freezer or something weeks from now, who knows!

Anyways, the team from Des Moines was amazing (and made me realize how much I loved living there and need to go back for a visit) and the shoot was so fun. I’ll tell you all more later next Christmas when the issue comes out!

White Winter Mantel Decor

For now let me explain how glorious it feels to have my house de-Christmasfied! I was really tempted to drag my tree out to the middle of the lake and set it on fire I was SO sick of it, but I held myself back and shoved the whole thing in the garage in the Mr.’s parking spot like a mature responsible person, crossing my fingers it would just disappear at some point (it in fact did, because I’m married to a saint. Thank you Mr. for moving it into our crawlspace!).

White Winter Mantel Art

Speaking of saints, Haley from Little Bits of Everything made me a new sign for the mantel for the photo shoot (you guys are going to love it!) and on the flip side, she made this gorgeous sign with the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote.  Isn’t that sweet? She knew I was going to need a clean slate after all the crazy and what’s easier than just flipping over a piece of art?  It’s perfect for a simple winter mantel, which I was craving after so many months of red.

Laura Ingalls WIlder quote

I just piled on the cozy candles and called it good.

Winter Coffee Table Styling

I meant for this to be a whole winter tour since I have rearranged a few things (as always), but life has been full of curveballs this week, so I’ll have to post the rest next week!

Neutral Winter Decor

PS:  I just realized that I left my kitchen basil plant on the window sill (trying to eek out any February sun it can get) and our file folder of tax stuff the Mr. is working on up on the bookshelf too – ha!  So, just ignore those glorious winter accessories :)

Comments

  1. Bets says

    Oh my, that would have been me! Thank goodness they gave you a head’s up — even if it was only 20 minutes. What a beautiful home you have… can’t wait to see the rest. And, I didn’t even notice the plant and folder until you mentioned it! ; )

  2. N. Cates says

    Just wondering where you found the flat round basket. I’ve been looking for one for a while!
    P.S.–I love the quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder! I read all of her books when I was young. My daughter’s name is Laura.

  3. Ann says

    Love that you can take the tree down! Congrats on BH&G photo shoot. cannot wait for the issue to come out later this year.

  4. Pam says

    I know where that flat round basket is from, . . . her mom’s house!! And it hasn’t made its way back yet. Hint hint. . .

  5. says

    OMG I snorted my iced tea when i read this “I was really tempted to drag my tree out to the middle of the lake and set it on fire I was SO sick of it.” I love how honest you are and how you paint such a visual picture the way you write. Honestly my favorite Blog! Just wish that you posted more often, but I know you have a Life!!
    Thanks for all you do! I have a lake house too and just finally finished our bath remodel, which you were a huge inspiration for. Looking forward to seeing what all you are up to this year! Remember how blessed you are to live on a Lake. I know its easy to take for granted after a few years, especially in the WINTER. I have to keep looking at pics every now and then of our old backyard and former home to truly appreciate not having houses behind me and just a lot of ice cold but pretty water. Also thanks to you I found out Houston, TX has a H&M but i was disappointed when I drove 2 hours to it and it has no HOME SECTION. They said that they are only like that up north. SHOOT FIRE! But I had fun anyway. Thanks for sharing your home and blog with us! Always Love to read your posts and love the new puppy!

  6. says

    Oh Kelly! I don’ t know HOW in the world you lived with your tree up that long!! I’m always so ready to take mine down after Christmas and I know you felt the same. But wow! Better Homes and Gardens! How exciting! I’m going to buy 10 copies when it comes out! I may have to have you autograph one so I can convince my family I’m friends with a star. :) Seriously – congratulations! So happy for you! And your living room looks so warm and cozy! Love the candles. Love the blog. Love you! xo

    • says

      Oh you are so funny! I’ll autograph all your copies if you come organize my house, ugh I need your skills lady! Loved your fun Valentine’s mudroom!

  7. says

    This is so beautiful! I am in the process of redoing my living room and thinking I might throw some more candles on my mantel. Where are those candle sticks from?

  8. Michelle says

    We are remodeling our fireplace and yours is our inspiration! I’m having a terrible time finding a gray stone I love as much as yours- can you share what it is/where you got it?

    • says

      I bought it at a local tile store, maybe bring in a picture of mine and they can point you in the right direction? Sorry I don’t have the exact info.

  9. says

    OH MY GOSH!! I died reading this I can’t even imagine!!!! They totally had to of told you the wrong day?! How does that even happen!! I think I would of just thrown up when I got that phone call laid in the middle of the floor and cried!! Thank you so much for working with me and letting me be apart of your beautiful home!!! Your posts always give me a well needed laugh!!!! HURRAH for no more Christmas decor! well you know for a couple months at least;)

    -Haley

    • says

      Hahaha I may never decorate for Christmas again, except I know I will :) and yes I almost died/threw up! I can’t thank YOU enough, I can’t wait to see it come out!!

  10. kathy olson says

    Hi! I loved this post.
    I tried finding that Laura Ingalls quote on the website you mentioned, but can’t find it. Could you tell me how I would go about getting one like that?
    Thanks!

  11. Kelly says

    Hi Kelly! Do you mind sharing how to buy that sign? I wasn’t able to find it through the link you have posted. I love that quote! Thank you so much!

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