So I saved the best for last Ok, not really but out of all the mantels this is probably my favorite and it is the one currently displayed in my home until I decorate my fall mantel in a few weeks.
For one reason because I am still hanging on to those last days of summer and dreaming of the beach, and two because I am moving to a more coastal/cottage theme in my house – light colors, beach accents, white furniture. My husband even told me the the other day that he would like our bedroom to have a coastal feel to it like some furniture/rooms we saw recently– and I am happy to oblige his décor taste in this case.
Many people decorated their house in a coastal theme year round especially if they live near the water so I can see this year round in homes. Maybe add some pops of red for Christmas.
Again, I just pulled things from around the house – blue vintage ball jars I have collected over time and display in different areas and shells and starfish that have been collected on different summer vacation trips.
I used my white bench on the hearth with a teal pillow and a candle and a starfish in a basket.
And some of you have seen this basket in the background in some of my frugal finds posts and asked about it. I picked it up with a gift card at TJMaxx and I love it! It is HUGE and I have used it for baby shower gifts at church and then I use it at home to throw extra pillows and blankets in to keep them nicely contained. It came painted like that, but I am sure that you could paint any basket you wanted in the same manner by taping off the bottom and painting it white.
I love that this mantel is very white and light looking but also has the pops of color of the light blues/teals and yellow.
Ok now for the source list:
- Framed sand dollar – DIY project – tutorial here
- large white pitcher – gift from a friend from IKEA
- yellow flowers – Michael’s
- shells/starfish – bought or found on beach vacations
- blue Ball jars – yard sales
- large shutter piece – Value Village find this summer for $4
- mirrored window – yard sale
- boat – Goodwill
- lantern – Kirkland’s clearance
- large basket – TJMaxx
- pillows and blanket – thrift stores and yard sales
- white bench – estate sale
- snall basket – Goodwill
- candle holder – yard sale
- teal pillow – Kohl’s
- silver lantern – IKEA
I hope have enjoyed this series as much as I have! I know this isn’t always the normal topic around here but several people had requested some decorating tips and advice on decorating mantels and specifically decorating a non-seasonal mantel/space.
I hope it has helped you get some ideas on how to decorate your mantel, maybe helped you determine what style of decorating you like, and given you some inspiration. I know I show a mantel decorated but you can use these same tips and styles to decorate shelves, top of entertainment centers, top of a piano, picture ledges, any flat space like that.
If you missed any of the 5 mantels this week here they are again:
What is your favorite style or favorite mantel?? Would love to hear in the comments!
I have been working on several projects this week – spray painting, painting, and crafting so look for those in the next 2 weeks! Plus fall crafts, recipes, and decorating is right around the corner – yay! Have a great weekend (and pick up something at a yard sale you can use to decorate you house )