I've noticed that one sentiment shared among all the blogger's is that after taking down the Christmas decorating the house feels naked and there is a desire to keep things simple and uncluttered. I feel the same way and my fireplace mantel is going to stay simple and scaled back for a while.
I've been using a pair of tall French pedestal urns on the mantel for a while but I needed a change.
I found these gold quatrefoil hurricane candle holders at Pier 1. I am particularly fond of that design so I was pleased when I saw them.
It's early morning a a mighty cold one at that(7 deg). I should have turned on the fireplace for the picture but it didn't occur to me soon enough.
I have moved the sofa back on an angle and put the recliners back in the corner. The windows have pleated shades that are very thermal and help keep the room warmer. They have the "top down-bottom up" option which helps for privacy for us. I can lower the shade from the top down half way and keep privacy and let light in. You can see the "blue hour" is occurring through the windows.
I'll have to take some pictures in the daylight. This arrangement has some pinkish/red floral branches that don't show up in this lighting and some off white roses and ranunculus in it. In keeping with the mood of these pictures I'll just show it this way for now!
Happy weekend everybody!