When a Spring Mantel is Just What You Needed



Sometimes, when you are in a decorating rut, it can be hard to get out.  And sometimes the perfect solution is to just just jump in on a Friday night and bring out several of your favorite vintage treasures and pull together a spring mantel.




I think some of my past mantel decorating ideas, have been pretty, but let’s call it as it is.  Sometimes they were just too much.   For the last year or so, I have found that I really enjoy keeping things a little bit simpler.  Truth be told, my house was always wrecked when I decorated a mantel because I pretty much pulled out everything I had in the house.  It is so much more enjoyable to have something done simply and without such a mess.




My “formula” is pretty simple.  I start with one center item to build around.  In this case, it is a vintage window, but I have used chalkboards, old barn doors and larger scale artwork.  Then I group items together on each side.




For this mantel, I kept the color palette pretty simple – white, blue, green, wood and a pop of galvanized (which balances with the blue).  I balanced it out by putting wood items on both sides.  The wood pieces on the right are a vintage spool and a large vintage masher.  The ones on the left are vintage exercise pins.  I have had the vintage paintings for years and they have been moved all around the house over the years.




And of course, I keep one of my favorite candles on the mantel as well.




The good news is that the mantel was just the start.  I kept going and pulled together the rest of the family room and I will share the rest with you next week.

Thanks so much for reading.


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5 thoughts on “When a Spring Mantel is Just What You Needed”


  1. I’m all about simple when it comes to decorating our home. To me less is more. I used that philosophy when I decorated for Christmas this year. when it came time to take the decorations down, the task was so much earlier compared to past times.
    I love everything about your mantel especially all the vintage items. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the room next week.

  2. Well I never thought your mantels were in any way too much. In fact I’ve pinned several and used them as templates for my own. I admit to tearing up a whole house just decorating the mantel. that’s probably why I try to them not too holiday specific..so I can leave them up a long time.