Goodness the last 2 weeks have been crazy busy. Spring arrived, and off we went… sports, activities, it doesn’t stop! I have a slew of projects that I want to share with you (and I will, no worries) from the living room makeover + more, but I haven’t had 2 seconds to pull it all together.
Anyway, when photographing the living room space last week, I couldn’t stop shooting different angles of the fireplace mantel.
For the ‘reveal’, I wanted the mantel to be fairly minimal + simple since it was more about the overall space and not just that one element. But as I started styling the 6″ deep vignette, I couldn’t stop myself from adding layers + pretty accessories + seasonal succulents.
Knowing myself (and how I can keep anything the same for 5 minutes), it will continually change with the coming seasons + holidays, but for now, it’s perfectly set for Spring…
This simple, but seasonally sensational mantel is filled with accessories + layers that I already owned. Nothing is new.
With every mantel creation, there has to be varying heights to create an interesting & engaging vignette. [more tips on mantel decorating here]
For this quick mantel styling, I anchored it with the rope wrapped vase I created which gives the overall composition beautiful texture. It’s of a medium size, so it’s a good size + weight item for the end.
To bring height + whimsy, I filled a yellow colored glass vase with one faux flower sprig – it’s similar to a forsythia branch, but slightly different. I adore this pretty, and very real looking, sprig! I’ve use it a lot on the mantel, but with the new black wall, it has really taken on a completely new + different look.
To balance out the tall elements, I added in a few lower items too. I wrapped three books with white copy paper (how easy?) and topped them with a small potted succulents (1 is real, 2 are fake – can you tell which is which? bet you can’t).
For the backdrop of the mantel, I used my go-to tall mirror (my thrift store find that went from wood to white after I painted it) which I leaned on the wall. Layered on top, I added in a new sign (I was wrong, one item on the mantel is new – don’t you love the quote?!) from World Market, as well as a framed fern (that I snagged from the foyer) –> tutorial on how to create framed fern art.
Love this… life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful
The overall simple, seasonal Spring mantel…
Take a step back to check out the new space. So different from the previous! Check out the entire revamped living room.
Here are some past Spring mantels…
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Happy Spring + Mantel Decorating!