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Minimalist Looks for Your Summer Mantel

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Minimal is master in these looks for summer. Save the over-the-top decorating for the holiday season and dress down your fireplace – you’ll likely be spending more time in your outdoor spaces, anyway.

Americana

This never has to be minimal, but on a mantel it can be key to achieving the charming look you want.
A simple print and plaque, or even just USA made rustic decor can create that traditional appeal.

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Beach Vibes

For a more coastal cottage look, a cluster of shells and pretty rocks make the perfect mantel accent. Make it more personal by collecting the rocks on your next beach trip and displaying them with family photos.

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Clean and Simple

Non-hanging wall art like the prints shown below add decorative appeal without going overboard. Think pictures of water, trees or even just blue and green abstract art. Lean them against the wall or
chimney for an even more relaxed feel.

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Basics

If you don’t have a certain style in mind, you can never go wrong with the three classic decoratives:
candles, flowers and something on the wall (a print or mirror). Use summer flowers and a
summertime image to reflect the season.

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Spring Decorating: A Masterful Mantel

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Now that we’ve completely moved on to spring (thanks to the weather finally catching up to the calendar), we are all about decorating our homes in spring pastels, greenery and florals, Easter bunnies and songbirds. For many homes, the fireplace mantel is a focal point, or at least a gathering point for family and friends, so we have rounded up a few seasonal looks to make your home welcoming and spring-like. And if you don’t have a mantel, no worries! Many of these style techniques can be transferred to a bookshelf, a floating shelf or even a tabletop centerpiece.

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Incorporating just about every aspect of spring style, this decorative mantel stays true to the muted color palette of the room while still making a charming seasonal statement. We love the three bunnies (hear, see and speak no evil) and the SPRING banner.

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Color dictates this look, although you don’t need to paint your walls yellow (or whatever color you choose) to get the same cheerful effect. Yellow is used throughout this display: in flowers, a runner and books, and is complemented by a few gold accents to contrast the wood flower box and flower pot. Using a simple color scheme and incorporating varying textures and materials works almost 100% of the time. The chalkboard is a whimsical touch, too, although wall art would also work well here.

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This floating shelf is not a mantel, but we like the look of the hanging wicker baskets against rich greenery and white accents. A great display for a chimney that is not exposed, your home will reflect the natural qualities we admire during the springtime.

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The standout on this mantel is the combination of glass and distressed wood. Glass jugs and bottles of various sizes, shapes and colors can bring life to any space, especially when filled with tree limbs, greenery or flowers. The terrarium adds unique detail that brings the spring look to any room throughout the year.

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If you need a little symmetry on your mantel, placing two of the same flower arrangements or sculptures on either end will fill that requirement. This also helps bring a look together if it feels a little too chaotic, or not as refined as you would like it to be. The pink bulbs on this shelf also brighten up the look, especially against a gray or muted wall.

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The most simple way to decorate a mantel, of course, is using a strand of garland to give life and color to the room it is in. We like the added lettering on this mantel, which gives it a more full (and spring specific) look.

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Welcoming Home Accents for Your Mantel

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

A fireplace mantel should always be decorated with welcoming home accents, especially for the holidays, as friends and loved ones gather around the fireplace to share stories of Christmases past, hot cocoa and cookies, and what great things to expect for the new year. Here are some decor tips for making a mantel as warm as the fire underneath it.

Velvet Poinsettia Garland

Taper Holder Wall SconceGarland

The most simple decoration to lay across the mantel is garland. Whether it sits flat or drapes over the surface, is narrow or lush with greenery and ornaments, garland can make the space look full and festive. With a coordinating wreath nearby, the look is even more complementary.

Candles

If garland is the most simple decoration, candles come in a close second. Place varying heights  on either end of a mantel, tealights along the edge,  or find a decorative piece that holds seasonal tapers that add mood lighting to a family room or dining room. Flameless candles will keep the holidays worry-free and long-lasting.

Silent Night Mantle Scarf

Mantle Scarf

Mantle scarves drape elegantly over a mantel and catches the eye of every guest, drawing them into your most comfortable room in the house. Solid colors, opaque lace and those with seasonal designs all create an inviting look (and look great when complemented by garland and candles).

Seasonal Print

If you have the means to hang wall art above a mantel, it will bring a whole room together for the holidays. A framed print gives a finished look and could be used as a conversation starter at a holiday party.

Seasonal PrintCarolers In Sleigh Display

Sculptures and Lighting

String lights, like candles, add a twinkling, festive mood to a room – whether it’s filled with loved ones or just yourself sipping cocoa and reading a cozy book. Sculptures, figurines and holiday collectibles add a personal touch to the mantle, adding depth and character to other home accents and seasonal decor.

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