July 09, 2021

Neutral Summer Mantle Decor

 If you remember my project from a couple posts back, here, you'll know that I recently updated our entire fireplace that is in our main living area. 

It's still so fresh and bright looking that I really didn't want to overwhelm it with lots of color or big items. Decorating the mantle is my favorite thing to do each season but, this time, it just felt better to switch out a few things and leave it looking fresh but beautiful. 

I ended up using this beautiful weathered wood mirror to center and anchor everything on the mantle. It was the exact perfect height for the space. 

We also ended up painting the metal screen in front of the fireplace from bronze to white. After redoing the entire space, the bronze just stuck out like crazy and the white just makes it so much softer with the perfect amount of added texture. I used one can of Rustoleum glossy white for that quick makeover. 

Most things were gathered from my 'staging items'. I keep a good collection of neutral items to mix with decor throughout the seasons. 

The vintage style corbel was a new find from TJ Maxx a few months ago and the other three items in the vignette (vase, marble candle holder and concrete faux plant) were all Dirt Cheap and Target Dollar Stop finds. 

I repurposed an old canvas by painting it white and then using mint  blues, gold and whites mixed with joint compound to give it texture. I an NOT an artist so I just played with it until I liked it. And, laughable moment, I ended up using the gold leafing from around the top of a bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice to press into the wet paint. It worked perfectly as gold leafing around the edges!!! 

The beautiful garland is from ShopCherrySprinkles on Etsy and was the perfect complimenting piece to the entire space. 

Years ago, I repurposed old banister pieces from my parents remodel of their house into some beautiful shelf sitter pieces. 
They were cut down, painted, glazed and attached to base pieces to create varying heights. They are some of my most favorite pieces to use throughout the house! 
I used a couple of them on the end of the mantle, paired with natural wood slices, vintage books and a cute sign from OakKnollCreations (Etsy). 

I'm pretty in love with how soft and pretty the whole set-up feels and will just enjoy the simplicity of that until fall comes around! 
Anyone else using a little less color this summer?! 

Source List: 
Corbel: TJ Maxx
White Vase: Dirt Cheap
Marble Candle Base: Dirt Cheap
Canvas: Repurposed and painted by me
Wood Beads: AHFloral
Mirror: Hobby Lobby
Wooden Sign: OakKnollCreations
Hoops, books and wood slice: Thrifted
Banister Decor Pieces: DIY by me
Garland: ShopCherrySprinkles
Fireplace Tile: Arctic Ledgestone (Lowes) 
Fireplace Screen: Dirt Cheap and painted by me