I am so excited to bring you this mini-series this week! I have been wanting to do this for a while and I am glad that I could finally put it together. For the next 5 days I plan to share with you some mantel decorating tips in a series entitled, “1 mantel decorated 5 ways in 5 days.”
I LOVE decorating my mantel seasonally. I did it before I blogged, I do it a little more intense now, and I will continue do it even if I stop blogging one day. It is just me. I love adding touches of seasonally décor throughout my home – my table, coffee table, towels in the kitchen/bath, wreaths, and on the mantel.
BUT, that might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that is completely fine! I have had several people comment on my seasonally decorated mantel posts with comments such as they don’t have time to change their mantel décor all the time or don’t want to change it all the time. Or maybe they want some tips on HOW to decorate a mantel. So I thought I could show 5 different ways you could decorate an all-season mantel and give you some tips on decorating a mantel as well. Before I show you my fall mantel in a few weeks
So today’s mantel is a simple but pretty mantel that could completely work all year in your home. I will call this style traditional with a touch of glam.
I am showing the hearth decorated too but that is completely optional. I use the bench since I haven’t found a nice big chair to put by that window/corner so it add some coziness with a pillow and throw tossed on it. But I definitely think some baskets on one side of the hearth (that can be used for storage of toys, books, magazines, or wood if you burn wood in your fireplace) and maybe some tall candlesticks or a houseplant on the other side can look very nice.
For the décor on the mantel I stuck with some basic accessories – much of which I have found at yard sales/thrift stores.
I centered a nice white oval mirror over the mantel. A very traditional/yet pretty way to accessorize a mantel. Look at thrift stores/yard sales for mirrors – this one was $8 from a bargain sale/consignment sale and I spray painted it white.
I added some personal touches on the left with the letter J for our family name and a wedding photo and a mercury glass owl. I love owls and love mercury glass so this is one way I can decorate with accessories that are not only pretty but meaningful/personal to ME. I echoed the glamorous look of the mercury glass on the opposite side with some candlesticks – another mantel decorating basic. Since the candlesticks are the same height, I put one on top of a stack of books that also help add some texture. And then added a small pot of faux greenery for some color and more texture.
So there is a simple, pretty mantel that I know I would enjoy in my home! What about you?
- bench – $2 from yard sale
- throw – $2 from thrift store
- pillow – Kohl’s
- lantern – Kirkland’s
- baskets – Michael’s
- J – yard sale
- frame – thrift store
- mercury glass owl – Kohl’s clearance
- mirror – $8 bargain sale
- mercury glass candlesticks – $1 yard sale, BHG candlestick from Walmart
- plant – $1 thrift store
Come back tomorrow to see another mantel decorating idea. And if you have a particular style (country, rustic, modern, eclectic, etc.) that you would like me to try to address leave that suggestion in the comments.