I couldn’t share this post without taking a moment to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the love, support, kindness and encouragement you’ve given me and my family during this most difficult time. I can definitely say last week was one of the hardest weeks of our lives. I know the healing process will take a bit of time. Grief is a strange thing…one minute we’re laughing at so many great memories and the next minute we’re crying because the loss feels so incredibly deep. Most people believe that time heals all wounds but I’m a firm believer that love heals more wounds than time could ever hope to heal. Time simply makes it easier to handle the pain. I’ll be spending time with my family again this week as well as sharing a few posts that were completed prior to the passing of my grandparents. Thank you in advance for keeping us in your prayers.
If you had a chance to read Monday’s post, you’ve already seen the Flower Market Sign you can easily make from scrap wood. It was actually the sign that became our jumping off point for not only decorating our simple spring mantel but for adding spring touches around the rest of the house too. We know a lot of people think that decorating mantels can be kind of tricky but we promise you guys, it doesn’t have to be.
Whenever we think about decorating the mantel for any season, we practice two simple steps, every single time…
- Visually divide the mantel into thirds and start decorating with the center portion or focal point in mind first.
- Practice symmetry to keep it simple.
…that’s it…the big secret.
Here’s a look at how you can put these two steps together to create a simple spring mantel…
Given our mantel is fairly large, I try to put a focal point in the middle that will stand out immediately. It’s usually a piece of artwork, sign, chalkboard, an old window, wreath or a piece of architectural salvage. In this case, it’s the Flower Market sign…
If you start with the center portion first, it will be easier to balance out the sides or the other two thirds of the mantel. Once you have that piece in place then move on the portion or the third on the left since your eye reads from left to right. We wanted to find a way to incorporate flowers and the ornamental kale we planted in ironstone containers this past Fall lasted a while so this Spring we decided to try Begonias for a little touch of pink.
We also wanted to incorporate something that looked weathered from the garden so I asked my mom if we could borrow these bunny statues. The statues are actually 3 bunnies on top of each other sort of totem pole style. They remind me of my sister’s every time I look at them. My mom has had them for years. Borrowing something like this if just for a short season or even a garden party is a good way to help stretch your budget. It also helps to cut down on the number of items you’re having to store throughout the year. If you have a garage, attic or basement with limited real estate or space you know exactly what we mean. Obviously, you need to be a good steward and take care of whatever you’re entrusted with but we borrow things from each other all of the time, especially seasonal items.
Another thing to keep in mind when you’re putting a mantel together is to vary heights of different pieces. It will help to keep it interesting. These vintage Haviland plates are part of a larger place setting I’ve had for a while now.
Finish the left third or portion of the mantel by finding a way to join it to the center portion. In this case, we decided to use a bird’s nest because it was another nod to Spring and it also provided a bit of texture too.
So now that you have the left third and the center portion in place, all you have to do is repeat those same elements on the right third of the mantel. Again, we let symmetry be our guide duplicating the Begonias in a similar ironstone pot.
We used the same statues of bunnies although this one is even more weathered than the first one,
and the same pattern of Haviland china.
Instead of repeating another bird’s nest, we chose a large moss ball in a similar shade of green as in the bird’s nest…
…consistent but not too matchy-matchy.
We’re always looking to snuggle up no matter what kind of weather we’re having in Florida which is another easy way to add color, pattern or texture to your mantel and fireplace area.
I hope these tips have helped to make pulling together the elements for a simple spring mantel seem a little less scary. You guys can totally do this!
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share how I added a bit of spring cheer to our front door with a basket I picked up at the thrift store. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.