Welcome to our One Room Spring Home Tour! I am excited to be joining together with four other awesome bloggers to show you how we have decorated one room in our homes for Spring. My original intent was to share our multi-purpose family room. But after a camera fail which resulted in some very dark photos, I decided to only share our mantel.
The one fun thing about having a large fireplace mantel is the ability to change out the decorations seasonally or just whenever inspiration hits. Here are some things I do when I am decorating the fireplace mantel:
- I like to find fun and frugal ways to decorate the space without spending much or spending none, at all. Most times, you can find me rounding up a bunch of items around the home to create the look. It’s kind of like anything goes. But I have found though, that while you could pretty much decorate a mantel with any kind of favorite things, it does take some thought of where the items should be placed.
- White, bright, and lighter colors are my favorites to contrast the darker tones of the fireplace.
- I start with a large statement piece to place in the middle. This time, I decided to start with a large DIY vintage decorative clock as my focal item (tutorial to come soon). Let’s just hope the numbers were placed in the correct order. Ah, those Roman numerals that we learned way back in high-school!! So glad the internet comes in handy:)
It has taken me a little while to figure out what I wanted to use as a main focal object. In the past, I rotated with mirrors, wreaths, chalkboards, large pieces of wall art or large family photos. While I would love to have a cool looking mirror sort of as a
permanent piece that could stay for a while, I decided to skip that option for now. One reason being that I still have not found the perfect piece to my liking. Another reason is that I have two mirrors on the walls adjacent to the mantle already. You can get a glimpse of one of the mirrors on the wall to the right.
And a third reason for me not yet settling on a cool mirror for the mantel is that hubby thinks a large old fashion mantle clock like this would look lovely. But those things cost an arm and a leg. One time we were out shopping and could not believe the price of a little clock that sits on the mantel. We figured that if a small one cost so much then a large one would be twice as much. Like they say, “ain’t nobody got money for that!”
So this DIY clock will suffice for now. After all, I already had the base for it and could not figure what to do with it. Then one day, it occurred that I should try my hand at making a big ‘ole’ clock. We truly love how it turned out! It was very easy to make and it adds a bit of a character and personality to the mantel.
- Once I find my focal item, I then add a bunch off items I have on hand to fill the space. Notice that I used items with varying heights and shapes. And that they all have a sort of rustic look to them (truly not intended).
On the far ends of the mantel, I added pedestal candle stands in two different heights. I have had those candle stands from Big Lots for a while now. They used to be black but I redid them in chippy white sometime last year.
Another re-purposed item on the mantel is this bunch of flowers here on the left. I purchased it from Hobby Lobby, earlier last year, for our baby’s nursery. I decided to bring it out since he is growing so big and may need a room redo. The white vase is from At Home stores – I purchased it a while ago, too. This time around, I did not do layering but that is always such an elegant option. Frames of different sizes are great for layering.
Now that you’ve seen the top of the fireplace mantel and how it’s frugally decorated for Spring, I also wanted to show you my simple decor at the bottom of the fireplace.
- When choosing items for the bottom of the fireplace, bigger items tend to be my friend. Depending on the season of the year, I will use items such as a good-sized plant (real or fake), large jars, a large piece of art, an old stack of books or magazines, a basket of fireplace wood, a basket with blankets, or just any kind of large enough item(s) to fill the spaces.
So on the left, sits a simple basket with magazines. I have about 2 to 3 more baskets with magazines. Confession – I am a magazine hoarder! I tend to keep the old ones around for inspiration. But it looks like the ones pictured here are some of my most recent ones. Oh, and I never really pay full price for subscription either. I usually find some free sign-up on line or free subscription with a store purchase of grocery or other items.
To the right bottom of the fireplace, I added a real plant that was recently gifted to us. Did you notice it is sitting on a stack of magazines? I told you I loved old magazines!! The plant was in the basket to the left along with some flowers and other stuff. The rustic can it is in now was a purchase I made earlier this year for a little under $5. I found it at Ross Stores. If you are interested, you can read about our Spring and Easter shelf display with this rustic can here.
And of course, I always love to show the mantel in full before closing off. The shot may not be the best because of the lighting but you can see how gigantic it looks!! Our one year old decided to use the gate as a tool to add some crayon marks. I started to scrub it off for the photo but then I thought, “kids live here”. Just saying!
I love decorating our fireplace mantel and I hope you enjoyed seeing how I decorate it frugally. When all else fail, family photos are always a great option to display on a mantel. You can find another of my Spring mantel here.
Don’t forget to stop by and check out the beautiful rooms in the tour today to see how these other ladies decorate their spaces. They would love to have you for a visit!
Madison – Corner52
Lora – Craftivity Designs
Shaina – Married to Restoration
Lauren – Lovely Decor
Do you do have a mantel that you love to decorate? Do you tend to go frugal? I would love to know of your ideas in the comments!