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Simple Rustic Winter Mantel with Bottle Brush Trees


Good morning, friends!

I’m super excited about today’s post because… well, honestly, because I’m just still super excited about finally having a real fireplace mantel to decorate!

It’s been a long time a’comin’. And I can promise; it’s going to see all the seasons and holidays this year!

And starting off fresh from the Christmas-clean up is this simple rustic winter mantel with bottle brush trees… because even though they are kind of Christmas’ I think they suit January just as much.

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Isn’t Taryn’s cozy, winter mantel beautiful?

She is hosting this fun little hop; you won’t want to miss any of the stunning winter mantel inspiration from these talented ladies…


If you are new here, then welcome!

My name is Krista and I’ve been writing this blog for the past {almost} four years! I love sharing decorating ideas, DIY and renovation projects, as well as free printables, crafts, and sewing projects. You can read more about me and this blog here; or take our full lakefront home tour here.

Only a few months after a big living room makeover; we made another change and added this beautiful fireplace and mantel to the space. The TV was {apparently} a non-negotiable item around here; so I had to work with it. But I think that creating the alcove for it has helped… I’d still like to hang the TV so that there is a little more room below it for my mantel decor. Because that’s the whole purpose for having a fireplace, right??


I made the little pompom and pinecone garland a few years back and it reappears in our decor every winter. I kept the rest of the mantel decor quite simple and I’m enjoying the calm feel of it after the colourful holiday season.








Nothing more cozy then a roaring fire {even if it is propane!} on a freezing winter night…



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A little more inspiration

As I mentioned, I’m part of a fun winter mantel hop today hosted by Taryn of Design, Dining, and Diapers. Next up on the hop is Kelly Elko!

You’ll love the inspiration she has in store for you!!


And don’t forget to visit the rest of the ladies on this hop for all kinds of beautiful winter inspiration!

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  1. So pretty and cozy, Krista! Love the trees and the garland is the perfect touch! Stay warm! xo

  2. Such a cozy place to settle in during the winter. I love the bottle brush trees with the touch of snow on them. I love your fireplace and mantel, sadly we just had to tear our wall out due to dry wood termites. Yuck! But I am enjoying different fireplaces for inspiration on what we will do with ours now. i love the tiles around yours. I would be honored if you would stop by and share this at the Celebrate Your Story link party! Here is the link if you have a sec: http://celebrateanddecorate.com/celebrate-story-60/

  3. Dagnabbit! I just put away the last of my bottle brush trees! But I know where they are! Thanks for the inspiration. I love your mantle and don’t blame you for being tickled with it!

    Have a great day.


  4. I was going to subscribe to receive your blog posts by email, but it doesn’t seem to be working.


    1. Hi Melissa! I checked my MadMimi list and you are now on it, so it must have worked! I will look into why it isn’t showing any kind of confirmation – thanks for alerting me to that! Thrilled to have you following along!

  5. I love that you kept the bottle brush trees up after Christmas and love your handmade garland – I can see why it comes out year after year! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Kelly – I love those little trees… and the garland. So great when you can make something you love for next to no expense!

  6. So cozy, Krista! That pom pom and pine cone garland is so sweet. I’m right there with you. Little trees for the win! 🙂 Winter decor is so tricky.

    1. Thank you Lauren! Isn’t it funny that winter decor feels tricky when it’s actually the time of year that we spend the most time indoors?? The time when we want it to be coziest?

    1. Thank you Jennifer! We are loving having a real fireplace {finally} this year – and it’s so fun to decorate the mantel! I think the bottle brush trees will stay out until spring blooms!

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