The weather here in North Carolina this winter has been crazy.
Just last week it was 20 degrees and now the past several days we’ve had spring-like temperatures and today it was 73.
The daffodils in my neighbor’s yard bloomed already because they are so confused.
Since we don’t get a really long winter I don’t do a lot of “winter” decorating.
Our fireplace has been looking a bit sad since all the Christmas decorations were taken down.
I decided to style our fireplace with simple pieces to transition from winter right into spring.
Our Farmhouse Fireplace
The fireplace is one of my favorite features of our home.
I’m in love with the stacked stone and that chunky wood mantel.
But I’ve struggled with a focal piece since we’ve lived here.
We’ve tried many things over the years… a large family photo… a mirror…a chalkboard…but nothing seemed right.
I pulled the mirror back out and used it again this past Christmas with our countdown calendar but on its own, the mirror isn’t the right size.
The chalkboard is awesome but again a bit too small.
Let’s get a closer look at the mantel shall we?
Ahhh that’s better now we can see everything I added to it!
New Mantel Focal Piece
I found this great old window at an antique store recently and knew it was the perfect size for our fireplace.
Want to know something…this is the first “used” item I’ve bought and added to our home.
Seriously though I love looking around but never seem to buy anything.
A green wreath hung with ribbon added some life to the window.
And don’t you just love that black & white ticking ribbon?
How to Style a Mantel
If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen this side of our mantel posted last week.
We had the sign & candle holders and just added that whitewashed tobacco basket.
I think it adds some more visual weight to this side of the mantel now.
I picked up some faux lavender at Hobby Lobby to put in the white farmhouse style jug.
The mantel is simple but easily transitions from winter to spring.
How to Style a Fireplace Hearth
I’ve had the larger black lantern for years and just found a matching smaller one at TJ Maxx.
One looked a little lost but with two it looks so much better!
This wood box filled with pillows has been on our fireplace hearth for years as well.
Just love that #5 pillow.
Why…well because we are a party of 5 around here.
Yup the Christiano 5.
Family of 5.
Someone was making it difficult when I was trying to photograph the fireplace.
Marley kept walking in front of each shot…then she decided to just lay down and get cozy by the fire.
Can’t blame her though I feel like taking a nap sometimes too…especially next to the fire.
And here is the fireplace at night…so cozy right!
I’m thinking this decor is neutral enough I can keep it this way until next Christmas…or maybe at least until the fall.
What do you think?
Our other fireplace decorating ideas:
- Simple Summer Fireplace Mantle
- Simple Fall Decorating Ideas
- Spooky Ideas To Decorate Your Home For Halloween
- Anne’s Christmas Family Room Decor Ideas
- AnnMarie’s Christmas Home Tour
- How to Create the Perfect Cozy Winter Home
Thursday 16th of December 2021
I absolutely loved the simple use of things like pillows and other assorted comfy additions in front of a fireplace. Just the idea of having this kind of living room already sits well with me since we're trying to tuck in for the winter season as much as possible. Once I have a fireplace installed by a professional fireplace contractor, I'll make sure I use your tips on how to decorate it.