I like to change up my fireplace mantels seasonally or sometimes weekly ;). This helps make the room fresh and new every time I walk in. When decorating my fireplace mantel in my living and family rooms for the summer I decided to take two totally different approaches because we use these rooms totally differently.
I kept the mantel pretty simple this year by adding one of my favorite seaside prints front and center. Adding something big to the mantel helps ground the space and draw your eye right to the fireplace.
There is a birds nest under the cloche. I always like to bring the outside in with some fresh flowers or branches from my garden. I bought in some southern magnolia greens and buds from a big magnolia I have facing my kitchen window. I love the spicy citrusy smell of the magnolia flowers.
Our family room is usually a little but crazy:). This is the room we watch movies in and the kids play in. We have this great bold red painted trim on the walls so I decided to go all out Americana for the summer:).
I had a lot of fun decorating this mantel in red, white and blue. Using the red painted mantel as a back drop I hung a Warren Kimble barn print in the center. The Americana birdhouse circle plaque was hand painted by my mother-in-law.
I added some blue touches with old blue croquet ball, a blue flower pot, and a vintage cobalt blue sailboat pitcher that was my Nana’s. I think it’s important to have decorations that mean something to me. I put fresh hosta and astilbe buds in the pitcher to bring in some white.
Lastly I made a gold star garland that really pops. Click here to learn how to make a star garland.
Tip: When I’m decorating I like to take a picture of the mantel or the room after I think it looks just right. This helps me to remember what I did the year before:) and avoids the deer in the headlights look I give some of my decorations after emerging from their storage bins. “Where did i put this? :/”. I don’t always put things exactly where they were the year before but this helps give a good starting point to decorating.
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