Symbolic New Year's Mantel Vignette

Just wanted to pop in on New Year's Eve and share the mantel vignette that I created today in our dining room. 
I included several symbolic elements in this design, representing the hopes for my family and myself in the year ahead.

There is a stack of bibles in the center and old hymnals on either side, representing building our lives on the Word of God and praising him every day.

The clocks represent embracing every minute of our lives matter what the time brings. 

And the binoculars and opera glasses represent looking to what lies ahead...not staying focused on the hurt of the past.
The beautiful antique teacup reminds us to enjoy this present moment...after all, it is the only one we have.
I included a few things just for fun...the jingling bells to ring in the new year, and the little silver hat (my kids love that part).
I hope that you all have a very safe and happy New Year!
Here is to a fantastic 2014 ahead...
(the chalkboard in the playroom got a makeover again ;)

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Till next time...
~Alice W.


  1. Happy New Year Alice! I just adore the thought and purpose you put into this mantel, with such a beautiful vision for 2014. I've been popping in quickly over the past week or so to see all your holiday decor and have been AMAZED. You have such a knack for making your house a 'home' for your family - full of love, personalization and vintage flair. I will definitely be coming back to take it all in, time and time again. Hazel and Owen's room make me want to completely 'do over' my children's rooms! I just adore your attention to details. :)

    1. Thank you Susan! That means so much to me :)

  2. Susan is spot on. Such a lovely vignette. The elements you used to express your vision are perfect. I've always admired the composition in your vignettes and room designs. That gorgeous frame completes it! Love it.

  3. Alice,
    You have such a gift for styling. Everything you put together has so much interest and charm. The strand of white poms layered over the silver tinsel is a great idea! I love the idea of a New Year's mantle and having each item remind you of some goals you have for you and your family. Most of all, I appreciate that God's word is the center of everything else.
    Bonne Année to you and your family.


  4. Love your inspiration mantel Alice... I always leave here feeling peaceful and calm... Happy New Year to you, xoxo Julie Marie

  5. Such a beautiful display, Alice! You have such a beautiful blog. I really love all the projects you share. So happy to have connected with you! Wishing you and your family a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happy New Year!!

  6. Alice, You bring such beautiful moments to my life. I adore your style. I am so happy you are finding time to share with all of us again! CeCe

  7. So beautiful, I just love it Alice! Your mantle looks awesome! The looking glasses are a great idea to look into the new year and the 2014 banner is fab! I shared mine too yesterday on my blog and I'd say we have a lot in common like the clocks, old books, bottle brush trees and garlands and the white mantle in general :) Sending you and your sweet family very happy new wishes from Germany! Carola xoxo~
    P.S. The December cup is so pretty!!!

  8. Love Love Love everything about this! Precious!

  9. Happy New Year and all its newness in your path.
    A beautiful 2014
    Love all the inspiring beauty of wonderment here. Your home celebrates soulfully.

    Blessings to you and that beautiful family.


  10. i love
    every single bit
    of glitz and sparkle on your mantel

    the time pieces are perfect
    and the stack of bible and hymnals
    a perfect reminder of who holds our time
    in His hands

    i would love for you to share this
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!


  11. Wishing you & your sweet family a blessed and very Happy New Year!! Your vignette, dear Alice, is spectacular...I just love it:) xo

  12. love all the beautiful and meaningful elements you've used. Have a very Blessed New Year!

  13. What an amazing blog you have. I just found you from Jennifer Rizzo. Newest follower ;)
    Jamie @

  14. Love what you did here with your mantel for New much that I will feature it at my party on Monday. Please feel free to grab my starfish featured button for your blog and thank you for sharing at NTT.


  15. Hi Alice, your mantel is gorgeous! I love all of the wonderful symbolism. Great advice for us all! I hopped over from Coastal Charm. Happy to be a new follower! I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's about sharing the things that make us happy. I'd love if you shared a post this week!

  16. just wanted
    to let you know
    that your mantel is featured this week
    on Fridays Unfolded!



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