Yesterday I shared with you some changes I’ve made to our living room just by shopping our home. If you saw that post, you caught a glimpse of my very lush plant lover’s winter mantle, which I’ll be showing you today. I know when you think of a winter mantle, the last thing you probably think of is loads of greenery and plant life. If you’re like me you picture whites, mixed metals, and maybe some raw wood in there for an earthy and cool feel, more like last year’s winter mantle. However, over the last couple of year’s my collection of indoor plants has grown. I’ve sprinkled them throughout the house, and in the summer many live on the porch. In the dead of winter though, the living room gets the most hours of natural daylight and it made sense to move them there when I noticed a few weren’t looking so good. After relocating them to the living room, I decided to place them all over the hearth, and love the lush look it created.
Along the hearth, I’ve brought in several of my potted plants, and moved my vintage brass deer to the center. They’ve got their own private jungle at the moment.Like my white fringe, these guys pretty much stay put right here. I just love them against the black brick.I’m actually really proud of myself with some of these plants. Do you see that cactus? I picked him up at a farmer’s market this summer and he’s grown quite a bit, and even has a new… growth?… in the back. Not sure what to call it without feeling like I need to wash my mouth out with soap. But see it there? Way to go, little guy!And this little plant I purchased at the farmer’s market as well. The vendor told me it was low maintenance and it was named the ponytail palm. Well, how cute is that name? Sign me up! I need one!Many of the other plants are Ikea specials. I love shopping their plants, and have found a few that are near death and on deep discount that I’ve revived. That’s such a rewarding experience for someone who used to kill all plants. In fact, that plant with the large leaves to the left of the hearth came from their discounted section and was very brown when I brought it home. A little trimming and water and some time in the summer air, and it was good as new!
On the mantlepiece, I brought in a couple of potted spider plants. I actually potted these this summer with offshoots from my hanging spider plant and they’ve done really well. Blue and white pots, and blue vintage books bring in the blue of my sofa.
The crystal star candleholders were purchased as Christmas decor, but I love them and think they suit a winter feel, so I moved them to my mantle for the season. (You can find similar vintage here.)
Here you can see the colors of the hearth and mantle unifying the rest of the space.I shared this view yesterday, but in case you missed it… not your typical winter living room with all of the greenery, but I really love how the plants breathe life into this space and keep it feeling alive and fresh.
I’ve done a little research on etsy and found some similar vintage items from my mantle for what I believe to be good prices. You can check them out below and click on the image. (These are affiliate links). Do you have plants in your home this winter? Where do you put them?