Decorating Fireplace Mantel For Summer

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.

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In the living room I like to keep the colors cool and the decorating calm and peaceful. This is a room Jason and I like to have our coffee in the morning and our glass of wine at night.

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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.

Decorating Fireplace Mantels for Summer - lehmanlane.netI filled a clear hurricane with some seashells we have collected over the years. I have some willow tree figures that remind me of the kids. The McCoy pots add some soft color.

Decorating Fireplace Mantels for Summer - lehmanlane.netThere 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.

Decorating Fireplace Mantels for Summer - lehmanlane.netThe scent just fills my whole living room.

Decorating Fireplace Mantels for Summer - lehmanlane.netI added a big potted fern to add interest to the firebox since with summer here we probably won’t be having any fires for a few months:).

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:).

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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.

Decorating Fireplace Mantels for Summer - lehmanlane.netI decorated with some of my American made Longaberger baskets and an Amish made choo choo train that is my boys.

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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.

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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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Patriotic or Beachy? I can never decide which way to decorate my fireplace mantel for summer so I decorated 2 of mine very differently. Stop by to see which you like better!

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