The season of festive decorating starts in the fall. I put out gourds, mums, and and other harvest-y decorations. Next up are the holidays with all of the bright and sparkly decor…
Then comes January.
I am usually left scratching my head; at a loss for how to decorate for January. I’m usually very ready to put away the holiday decor, but but it seems too early to do anything for Valentine’s Day.
For some reason, the post-holiday mantel came a little easier this year. Maybe it’s the new paint, maybe it’s the new accessories, maybe it’s both! This mantel is very different than anything I’ve ever done before. I’m in love with the elephant , isn’t she hilarious? She looks like she’s leading a tchotchke parade across the mantel!
I wanted to decorate the mantel as inexpensively as possible, so let me break it down for you:
Not bad, eh? I was going to paint the elephant, but when I put her up there, I just loved her so much just the way she was. I don’t know how long she’ll stay that way, but for now I love it.
I’ve been adding updated pictures to my Home Tour Tab.
Check it out, lots of changes around here!
To see the mantel before it was painted, click here.
Have a good one! 🙂
Elegant and simple… I love it. And that elephant is so cute!! Thanks for leaving such a nice note. I’m following you back on RSS. Have a great week! ~Melanie
Ashley Green says
I am a new subscriber and new to the blog world! I really enjoy your posts and find a neat similarity in style to my own. I can absolutely relate to the post-Christmas decorating blues; thanks for sharing an exciting option to keep January exciting!
April Hoff says
Thank you for subscribing, Ashley! Do you have a blog? If so, I’d love to check it out! 🙂
Antonella I-G says
Your mantel is beautiful. There is some fun colour to it, especially your elephant 🙂
Just found your blog today from Sarah’s before and after.
Jen Migonis says
I love your mantle and I adore that elephant! 🙂
I LOVE how simple and pretty this is!
Jenna LaFevor says
LOVE the pink elephant and milk glas pieces!! What great finds! Thanks for the inspiration!!
Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says
OH my goodness, I love that elephant!! Adorable!
Lily Atlantic says
I have that same elephant! Just a little tidbit for you, it was featured on an episode of Mad Men when Peter’s father passed away….I’m a huge fan of the show and when I saw it, I about died!
Allie Carrillo says
Not bad? Are you kidding me? What you did was gorgeous! Not only is it inexpensive, it’s very lovely as well! That elephant gave a different character to your mantle. It added a pop of color to the normal greens and metallic that you have! I was about to change my mantle displays too (for valentine’s day). Here, you showed us a year-round mantle display that I think will work anywhere. Thanks! 🙂