June 10, 2014

Summer Faux Mantle Decor

If you checked out my summery living room update yesterday, you may have noticed the bright decor on top of my faux mantle!!

I love having another mantle to decorate in the house and this one is gorgeously chunky which means lots of fun things can go on it!

The other awesome thing about this mantle is that it's from my parent's house. 
When they remodeled, they were getting rid of the original fireplace which meant the mantle was just going to get ripped out and thrown away.
I asked the builder if I could get it intact and he just pulled it right off for me!!

We secured it to studs in the wall and I love love love having it in our house! 

I love being surrounded by bright colors in the spring & summer months so there are lots of blues & yellows happening in this back living room. 

The star of the show is my "Life is Extraordinary" sign from last years spring mantle. 
It's still one of my favorite roadside finds. 

I added a cute paper pennant banner across it for some texture & color. 

For each side, I layered different frames & accessories for some color. 
I love layers on mantles and usually grab a bunch of things from my stash and just try them out until I find something I like. 
Since I usually make several new things each season, I usually have a nice-sized stash of things to play with :) 

On the left side, I added a painted yellow frame, a framed printable that I love and a Dollar Store painted frame that used to be a mirror. 
And of course I had to throw some milk glass and one of my birds into the mix! 

I love adding small sentimental items around the house so some seashells from our first family beach trip last year made it to the mantle. 
Perfect touch of summer :) 

On the right side, I added my gold striped mirror from fall, layered with the silhouette of little man that I did forever ago. 
A simple blue plate finished it all off. 

I love how summery this room makes me smile every time I walk into it! 
Are you brightening things up around the house for summer? 

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