Today, we’re sharing our spring mantel which is filled with all sorts of garden inspiration from cute little pots to bird nests to chippy bunny statues.
If you’ve been following along with our spring decorating ideas this season you already know we’re totally obsessed with two things – nature and using items we already have on hand to add bits of spring all around the house.
As I’ve shared with you guys many times, this little island cottage doesn’t have a lot of storage for decorative seasonal items. This basically means we’re constantly looking for ways to reuse things we already have one hand to add a festive touch that will helps us celebrate the season without buying new decor.
Don’t get me wrong, we’ve picked up a few special items here and there like the brown and white salad plates we used on our spring inspired bunny tablescape and the cute little cabbages we used in the spring centerpiece for the dining room table.
For the most part though, we’re reusing the same seasonal pieces we’ve used the past few years but challenging ourselves to do it in a completely fresh way.
Here are a few things to consider when decorating your spring mantel with items you already own too…
If your mantel is already decorated, take everything off and start with a blank slate. Then, visually divide the mantel into thirds and start decorating with the focal point or center portion in mind first.
As you can see here, we used an old window we’ve had for years as our focal point, but you could just as easily use a piece of artwork, sign, chalkboard, wreath or a piece of architectural salvage.
Once you have your focal point in place, practice symmetry to keep it simple. Decorate the left third first, then move onto the right third of the spring mantel since your eye reads from left to right.
It’s completely up to you how full or light you decide to decorate your mantel for spring. There are times I’ve had a simple oil painting flanked by two topiaries on the mantel and other years I’ve used every inch to decorate for the season.
Use pieces with varied heights and textures to make your spring mantel interesting. We’ve used these chippy bunnies all over the house throughout the years.
In fact, they were recently on our spring front porch! They actually belong to my Mom, but they remind me of my sisters, so I borrow them from her each spring. Truthfully, they’re probably up for a bit of a makeover because they chip so easily now.
Finally, layer in greenery or bits of nature to your spring mantel. Over the years we’ve used everything from potted plants to faux flowers to bird nests and moss so feel free to use whatever speaks to you most.
If it were up to me, I would have fresh flowers in every room of the house but as an allergy sufferer, it’s just not realistic especially during the spring season. It doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with other festive touches though!
I hope these tips have helped to make pulling together the elements for a simple spring mantel seem a little less overwhelming.
It’s really all about embracing and then pulling together all the things that are inspiring you this season!
How are you guys decorating for Spring this year?
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.