One of the things I love about our nest is the fireplace. Granted, we've never used it for an actual fire but I love decorating it for the different seasons. What's awesome is that the Man can have his wall-of-entertainment-and-electronics and I have my wall of girlish-seasonal-goodness. I think the two work together well, I can decorate until my hearts content and we can still pile up on the couch and see the television comfortably. Plus with the odd shape of our living room, I can't imagine configuring the furniture any other way (the Man will vouch that I've tried.)
For November, I used a grapevine wreath from a yard sale, a few fabric leaves and pumpkins, and a sweet harvest angel that the Man's Aunt gave us. I added in my Willow tree couple, and the floral pumpkin made by the Man's Mom and the Sister perched on a plant stand just barely out of the cat's reach.
For January, I was kind of lost. I didn't quite want to jump into a Valentine's explosion of hearts and sweetness and love...
so I went with an icy, sparkly, shimmery style. I took away most of the color and added in a lot of silvery touches. The wreath is one I found at a yard sale for $5 and initially used it for the front door. The Man vetoed it this year because it is pretty spiky and almost "took his eye out." Thankfully our new wreath for the door is much more Man-friendly.
Last year, for much of January and February I inundated the mantle with anything heart-shaped, red, or pink I could find-- with my penchant for pink, it was a LOT! This year I tried to simplify while still keeping in tune with a lovey-dovey feeling. I've noticed there are some elements on my mantle that I love so much, I want to keep them up year-round (like my cream Smith & Hawken pillar stands, clear glass vases, and the often present wood rose tree.)