Summer mantel stylings over here usually include flowers.
And vintage books.
It is kind of my thing- and my favorite look.
And would you believe that it is the 11th of August… and I have not styled and photographed a summer mantel yet? Seriously.
In between renovations, behind the scenes photography work for my book and other things I have been working on… I have not done much more than plop a zinc bucket full of blooms on the mantel and called it good.
So today for Friday Favorites- I am sharing 5 of my favorite mantel ideas… and maybe this will inspire me to tackle one for this year to share with you as well.
#1. Simple Elegant & Fresh
This mantel was so much fun to work on. It was a special project for one of my favorite magazines and it was all about French style and fresh goodness for the mantel. I chose coral peonies and cafe au lait dahlias and an armful of eucalyptus.
Tip: Creating a fresh flower garland is a fun way to get a different look.
I love garlands- and they aren’t just for the holidays. Try one for spring or summer with fresh eucalyptus or other greens and add in your favorite flowers for a soft touch.
#2. Simple style
Because simple charm is one of my favorite looks- this simple mantel was styled for a party and with just a few elements – it came together in just a few minutes.
Tip: Keep it simple with just a few clear glass bottles and let the overall mantel speak.
You don’t need a ton of flowers, ton of books or ton of anything else to decorate a mantel.
Keep it simple for a quiet look.
#3. Soap & Larkspur
Because, I love reusing those little soap bottles with pretty labels- and love Larkspur.
This mantel was another 5 minute mantel- they are kind of my favorites.
Tip: Laying flowers on the mantel is a perfect way to get a different look.
Flowers like larkspur dry well- and are a perfect choice for laying on the mantel to enjoy as they dry.
#4. Books & Blooms
One of my absolute favorites- this mantel out in the cottage was speaking my language.
The camellia blooms are from our tree and the books- well, collecting old books is an obsession.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to use one flower and repeat, repeat, repeat in various heights
Different size bottles filled with the same flowers is a perfect way to get a charming look.
#5. Blushing Beauty
See, I told you about books, bottles and blooms as my go to mantel decor…and it is true. And I could probably keep this list going on how many mantels I have styled with those same elements.
This mantel with those apricot and barely blushing blooms mingling with vintage aqua bottles is another of my favorites.
Tip: Mix in a bit of gold for a touch of bold.
The simple gleam of the gold lamp behind the flowers adds an interesting element and pulls the look together.
So there are 5 favorites for summer or anytime of year – using mostly the same elements in each one.
What are your favorite mantel styling elements?
Would love to know!
A busy few weeks coming up that involve holiday…
oh yes, I may be starting to sing Christmas carols already.
Before I have even decorated a summer mantel for the year.
Seasonally confused for sure.
Happy Friday everyone.