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Well, since I got my Christmas stuff down a week ago the mantle (aka speaker shelf) has been sitting bare.  But that gave me a little time to figure out what I want to do with it. 

I knew I wanted it “wintery” and to me that means some cool blues and browns!  So here we go.  This is what I came up with!


So here is what we have going on here.  On the right, I have a blue grey glass vase I got on clearance from Target it the back.  Then I have a brown metallic bowl with a couple grapevine balls to add a little texture.  In the front is part of a tea set I bought when I was over in China.  Just love the blue floral pattern on it!  I knew when I saw it in a market in Hong Kong – I had to have it!!


On the left side, I have another of the Target vases and my black lantern.  I put my little clock in the front since it is the new year and that always makes me think about “time”!   I LOVE those vases!!  They are so pretty!


So here are a few more shots!




So there you go!  I like the light blue grey touches!  Now this has me thinking I might want some new throw pillows to match! 

So what do you think?  I hope you like it!  Have you updated your mantel?  If so – you should hop over to Beth’s and join her Mantel Party

Also linking this up to

Metamorphosis Monday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

16 frugal friends said ...

Beth said... @ January 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM

I like your light blue/gray touches too! So wintery and classic! Thanks for linking up.

Sarah, Three Boys said... @ January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Looks great, I love blue too. Good luck with the pillows!

Debi said... @ January 9, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Mantels are soooo hard for me to decorate, it's fun to see your decor!!!

Anonymous said... @ January 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog! We definitely had some fun with the "sled"! I'm loving your wintery mantle. What a great idea with the clock! I think I might have to steal it :)

Karena said... @ January 9, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Jess great finds and they all make the shelf look fabulous!!

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Anonymous said... @ January 10, 2011 at 4:56 AM

I lake it!!!
Kisses and regards.

Kristi said... @ January 10, 2011 at 6:50 AM

I like it! And I love the clock because it's New Year! I am no good at mantles but I am going to try to throw one together in time for the party :) Thanks for sharing!
@Creative Kristi

Karen said... @ January 10, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Perfect combination of colors and weighty pieces that give a wintery feel.

Lakeshore Cottage Living said... @ January 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Love the little pot and cup from China. I really adore blue china. Thank you for the encouragement on my blog! I am hoping to see a lot of progress this week at the house so I hope you stop back by.

Have a wonderful day!

Unknown said... @ January 10, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I like your wintery mantel! I love the textures and touches of gray/blue, and of course the clock! I guess I probably need to get a move-on and packup my own Christmas decorations soon... :)

Erin said... @ January 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Love the shelf and the color changes!

Unknown said... @ January 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM

It's always tough after Christmas and before Spring, isn't it? I've tried twigs, berries, birds, you name it. But I love the blue and brown! Perfect for this time of year - cool and warm both! Just lovely!

Kristen said... @ January 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Your vases are beautiful. How fun that you added the tea set from China!! Very pretty!

Laura Everyday Edits said... @ January 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

hi there- new follower from a post you wrote on thrifty decor chick! great mantel ideas. please visit me too.. laura

Unknown said... @ January 11, 2011 at 8:45 AM

It is very pretty. I like the blue touches as well.

Blondie's Journal said... @ January 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Beautiful, Jess! I love that tea set and the pretty vase. Your color scheme is perfect for winter!


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