Cottage or Coastal themed decorated mantel (1 mantel decorated 5 ways series)

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

So I saved the best for last  Smile  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. Smile

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

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. Smile

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

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.

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

I used my white bench on the hearth with a teal pillow and a candle and a starfish in a basket. 

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

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. 

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

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.

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

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:

Traditional all season mantel with a touch of glam

Traditional mantel

Modern styled all season decorated mantel

Modern mantel

Vintage or Eclectic decorated mantel

Vintage or Eclectic mantel

Classic Black and White family photos mantel 

Classic black and white or family photos mantel

Cottage or Coastal themed mantel

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 Smile)


  1. You have such a knack at styling mantels – I love them all but, I am drawn to the beachy one the most. This is probably because I live by the beach and my decor is beachy also… But, I have always liked your mantels even before this post… Have a great weekend….

  2. Christina,
    You DID save the best for last!! I loved the colors, things you used to decorate and the large shutters!! I’ve enjoyed each of them, but this one is by far my favorite! Thank you for your ideas and inspiration…..I love your creativity and that you use so many thrifted finds to decorate. I am so looking forward to your fall ideas…… I would love to see you do another mantel series and decorate it in different ways for one of the seasons. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks again for the great ideas this week!

  3. Super cute! I love all of your ideas. So fresh and clean.
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  4. Heather B. says:

    Great mini-series! I really enjoyed watching/reading your creativity. I really liked the black & white family photos mantel, but they are all beautiful.
    Looking forward to what you’ll do in the fall!

  5. This is my fav! Maybe because I’m at the beach? : ) Each day has been pretty, but this is the best one for sure!

  6. I love this nautical look. We live overlooking a lake, but not accessible, and I have been trying to give it a “lakehouse” feel. We have a very large fireplace with a mantle, brick etc. This gives me ideas, and I love the wall color. Do you know the brand and number for the wall color, or did I miss it?

  7. I think the costal mantel is my favorite! They were really all very beautiful though! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  8. Christina – today’s mantel is my favourite! I love the cottage coastal theme. I think its the calming colour scheme that I am drawn to – thanks for this series, you gave me some great ideas!
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  9. I love the coastal theme the best, Christina. So pretty and summery!
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  10. Very pretty! What a fun series. Love the coastal and also the modern one! (But they’re all beautiful.)
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  12. I love your wall color! Do you mind sharing the paint brand and name? Thanks!

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  16. angie bellah says:

    Would you please share the brand and color of the paint with me?

  17. Could you share your wall color? It’s stunning!

  18. Jennifer says:

    I just ADORE these!! Thank you so much for sharing these! I just moved into our first home and I love the coastal them, not touristy beachy, but COASTAL (which my hubby likes too!) so I’m thrilled to see your inexpensive ways to decorate! We don’t have a fireplace but we are going to create a accent wall that has a similar shelf that looks like a mantle so I love this!! Thanks again!!!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Oh and what color did you use on the wall! Perfect touch of yellow with still having the off white feel!! Nice!!!

  20. Love all your mantel decorating idea’s. You are so talented.

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    Love love this room. Please tell me the wall paint color. Looking for that perfect sandy yellow that won’t be glaring This looks great.


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