Saturday, February 16, 2013

Parlor Mantle {Late Winter 2013}


Halloween. Fall. Christmas. Mardi Gras. The seasonal decorations are down, and there is a lull until the next holiday. So, the parlor mantle is a simple, late winter display of my vintage trophy collection and vintage apothecary bottles.


The entire mantle is perfect for a late winter’s display.

The lower mantle features two large trophy cups topped with preserved green boxwood orbs. The orbs are uber expensive but fits the theme so well. Each trophy cup sits atop a stack of vintage, leather-bound books. Apothecary bottles are filled with curiosities (magnifying glass & vintage calligraphy brush), fresh lavender branches, mini NOLA banners, and typography ceramic balls. A couple smaller preserved green orbs are placed throughout the vignette.

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The upper mantle features my two large dried arrangements made by me many years ago (click: The Acorn at Wisteria Hill). I still love the way they look today. A collection of trophy cups store more springs of lavender and another boxwood ball. Boxwood orbs are also scattered along the mantle.

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I think the use of my collection of trophy cups and apothecary jars along with sprigs of lavender from Aux Belles Choses and preserved boxwood balls make a fantastic mantle display for late winter.

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What do you think? Have you redecorated your mantle lately?

See my Parlor Mantle transformations:

Summer Mantle

Halloween Mantle

Fall Mantle

Christmas Mantle

Mardi Gras Mantle

Do you have a seasonal favorite?

Linking to:

Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Cowgirl Up @ Farmhouse Porch

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here

Oh-by the way, I fixed my NoReply problem and can now get your response.

Parlor Mantle {late winter}, y’all!


  1. That double mantle is beautiful, Ron. Those orbs ARE gorgeous- worth the investment. Did you happen to try the fix to the NoReply thing? Here is the addy for it again. It did work for one of my friends.

    Hope your tests went okay? xo Diana

    1. Thanks, Diana. I just changed my settings. Try it. I hope it works now.
      My tests went fine though I did not receive results. I will see the doctor on Tuesday for my next procedures. xo

  2. What about St. Patrick's day lol?
    The Topiary's are green anyway!

  3. What a gorgeous mantle, Ron. I love the vintage trophies and apothecary jars.

  4. Very classy, Ron! I absolutely love that double mantle. You never cease to amaze me with your decor. Have a great day! P.S. Praying that your test results come back fine. <3

  5. Very classy, Ron! You never cease to amaze me with your decor. I love that double mantle. Have a great day! P.S. I hope your test results come back fine. <3

  6. Luvly Ron. The preserved orbs are wonderful and they look great int he vintage trophies.
    Double mantel = double the display area for beautiful things.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Cheers, Gee

  7. Replies
    1. Barbara, you can spell it either way: fireplace mantel or fireplace mantle. The dictionary lists both spellings and defines a mantle as “a shelf that projects from a wall above a fireplace; and the finish around a fireplace”.

  8. Mantel is misspelled.

  9. Ron, the mantel looks great! I love the mix of the apothecary jars and the trophies. The boxwoods are the perfect accent! Love it!

  10. Ron,

    Beautiful as usual!!!!!!

    How do you store and clean your dried arrangements? I love them but worry about keeping them clean and storing as they are fragle.

    How do you maintain silks?

  11. I so look forward to seeing your Blog each morning. Just a bright way to start the day. You have a wonderful sense of style. Wishing you well with the results of your stress test.

  12. Your mantle is gorgeous, so nice when the lines are so nice to start with. Your collection of trophies and a dried pretties...perfect!

  13. I LOVE your trophy collection Ron! Your mantel always looks beautiful!

  14. Love the trophy cups, Ron. Kim of Savvy Southern Style has nothing on you. LOL. xo, Amanda

  15. I would have to say that this is a beautiful mantel. I hope you share it at link parties. I really like the collections of trophy cups and jars. And your arrangements are TDF (to die for). I am enjoying your blog.

  16. Thought you might like to know that mantel is spelled wrong.

  17. Ron, Your mantle is beautiful! You have a wonderful collection of apothecary jars and trophies. I hope you are feeling better!
    xx, Sherry

  18. Wow, the bottles, greenry and all the trophies, what a great collection and display. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty


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