My summer decorating has begun and like usual I have started with our mantel. I am in love with our simple summer mantel with lemons and I’m excited to share it with you.
It has breathed some new life into our family room, and I am now inspired to switch things up in the rest of our home too! Little by little and room by room.
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Today I am joining up with Krista from The Happy Housie and 9 other bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer series. Today each of us are sharing our summer mantels.
So, if you are in need of some summer decorating inspiration you have landed in the right spot. Just scroll down to the end of my post to find the other mantels! There is something for everyone.
Simple Summer Mantel with Lemons
This is the first time I am decorating our mantel for summer. We moved into this house last August and it was a crazy whirlwind to get things unpacked before I headed to my classroom and the kids started school.
So, this summer, I am taking a deep breath and enjoying every second of decorating our home for this new season.
I love how our rustic wood mantel pops against the painted white brick. We have yet to have a fire in here (it is a real working fireplace) but I have kept these birchwood logs here since last Fall. I like how they add some dimension to the black hole below the mantel.
Keeping Things Simple
If you have been around my blog for a while now you know I enjoy changing up my decor seasonally. Nothing too crazy…but when I get the itch to switch, I know it’s time.
I got the itch this past weekend.
Our spring mantel had a lot more going on and even though I loved it, it was time to simplify things a bit. Our mantel is a focal point in our room and one of the first things you see as you enter the family room.
To simplify things, I removed everything first and shopped my home for items I thought might work.
I have learned that layering items while decorating often gets me the look I am going for.
I started with the mirrors.
These lovely wood mirrors were my grandmother’s. She had incredible taste, classy and timeless style and I am honored to have a small piece of her living on in my home.
Symmetry Sweet Symmetry
After the mirrors, which created beautiful sentimental symmetry, I added two faux topiaries for even more symmetry. I usually go for more of an asymmetrical look on my mantel, but this look worked well. Sometimes it’s ok to “break the rules” and go with what makes you happy.
I have had these topiaries for years now and my mom reminded me about them. Well, she actually reminded me that they were in her basement. She (as well as my dad) is so kind to store a lot of my decor for me because I may or may not have a problem! ha!
I love the green they add to the rather neutral surroundings.
Breaking Things Up
Once I had the foundation, I knew it needed to be broken up and lemons were the first thing to come to my mind.
I have been all about them so far this summer.
I love how it looks and I love how it is layered!
Creating a Theme
I am a big fan of creating themes or talking points and mantels are great for this! You may have guessed this summer mantel theme?
And next Monday I will be sharing the rest of our summer home tour and you will be seeing a few more lemons plus a lot more greens and blues! When I stick to a color scheme/theme it usually helps the decor just flow through the spaces.
Leaving Some White Space
Finally, like I mentioned above I was going for more of a simple look with our summer mantel. The number one trick for keeping it simple and not cluttered is to leave some white space! Less is always more when it comes to decorating your mantel for any season.
I created white space by separating the mirrors and topiaries so some of the pretty white brick could show through. Not only does this appeal to the eye but it brightens up the space!
Simple Summer Mantel with Lemons
Are you feeling like keeping your decor simple this summer? Have you started decorating yet? I’m happy with how ours turned out and hopefully I was able to give you a little bit of inspiration and a few tips for your own space!
Thanks for hanging with me today! Now make sure to visit the 9 other gorgeous summer mantels linked below from my friends.