I may have told a slight fib when I said I’d taken down all our Christmas decor.

Yes, the tree and the glitter are gone. But I kept a few Christmas decorations out and repurposed them for use in my winter decor.

And I used the excuse of the after-Christmas clearance sales to buy a few items to round out the woodlands motif I’m going for as we wait out spring. (Did you see my dining room and foyer done up for winter?)

natural winter woodlands mantel by AttaGirlSays.com

With just $20 and a few things I plucked from the Christmas tree, I transformed our Christmas mantel into a winter wonderland.

twig deer head mount and owl in woodland winter mantel by AttaGirlSays.com

The twig deer head mount that I made stayed in the same spot, but now an owl has joined him. (The owl, like most of the items on the mantel, was a post-Christmas Pier 1 find.)

brown flocked bristle feather woodlands Christmas tree by AttaGirlSays.com

A ceramic snowy white squirrel and a brown flocked feather bristle tree anchor the other end of the mantel.

The tree is another Pier 1 deal – $12! I didn’t really like the plain wood tree trunk, though, so I encircled it with oversized cinnamon sticks from Hobby Lobby and tied them with jute twine. My son’s kindergarten pinch pot is nestled in some faux icy pine boughs that I’d used in my Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with a few natural ornaments from our Christmas tree.

Including this pretty bird in his nest.

cozy winter mantel and hearth fireplace decor by AttaGirlSays.com

The hearth is bare except for a few blankets and baskets, as the fire is usually blazing and it’s a nice place to sit and warm your bones and your tushie after a trip outside.

cozy winter keeping room with stone fireplace by AttaGirlSays.com

Since I haven’t ever shown you the entire keeping room before, just mainly the mantel, sporting all its different looks, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of the space where we spend most of our time. The room is open to the breakfast nook and kitchen, and it is truly the hub of our home.

I’ve been working on putting together a home tour on the blog because that’s what bloggers do. It’s not finished yet, but if you want to snoop around our place, be my guest. Just be careful not to step on any Legos.


  1. So pretty, Amy! You did a great job of creating the perfect cozy spot for the chilly, gray days of winter in the South. Looking at your pics gave me quite the urge to snuggle up in front of the fire – especially on a rainy day like today. I love the way you wrapped the trunk of the tree with cinnamon sticks – great idea!
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  2. Love the mantel Amy….and the room is so beautiful and cozy…I have got to get to that store…I can’t believe you bought all those great items for $20…Have a great weekend!!
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  3. Amy,

    You go girl! I love your mantel (and that deer head is amazing)! Can’t wait to see the whole house tour!

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