I've been talking about it a lot lately, so finally here's our mantel after it got a recent makeover. Since summer is coming soon, it just seems like everything should be a little more colorful these days, right?
Bloom where you're planted seems appropriate for summer, and the faded blue-gray paint seemed like it would be a good background for summer flowers even if they have to be faux.
When I bought the toolbox, I just brought it home and stuck it up on top of a recently delivered TV cabinet, and there it stayed...way too long...looking very forlorn!
After Easter, I was stuck with indecision wondering what to do with the mantel for summer. The room was an ocean of neutral begging for some color and pattern.
Based on the gray-blue of the toolbox, I added blue hydrangeas to it and vintage blue shams to the neutral love seat.
In fact, I was seriously planning to skip summer and decorate for autumn right after Easter passed until I saw Common Ground's breezy mantel and knew just what I was going to do... Copykat it!
I don't have any white wooden lanterns so I used two large brown candle holders and added some woodland-type pieces to complement all the brown.
I still need to buy some burlap ribbon so I can hang the boxwood wreath...but maybe the mantle doesn't need it after all?
I want to thank Debra, who writes the blog Common Ground, for the inspiration...and for letting me borrow her blog photos.
If I hadn't had Debra's idea to copy, I would probably be putting scarecrows and pumpkins up on our mantel right now.
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