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How to Create a Summer Mantle Refresh-Elegant Mantle Decorating Ideas

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How to Create a Summer Mantle Refresh-Elegant Mantle Decorating Ideas

Hey Friends!

I’m so glad that you are here. I so appreciate you . Do you ever wonder “How do I decorate my mantle for summer?” or, “What do I put on my mantle to create a lovely farmhouse feel?” Well, you are in the right spot. Today, I am sharing how I created an elegant farmhouse mantle for late summer. Oh, what fun.

This is the “after” picture.

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Shopping my home

One lovely thing about French Country Farmhouse style is all of the vintage items, greenery and candles that is used for decor-it makes the house feel like home. When I want to change things up a bit around the house, I just walk around the house and “shop” each room and see what strikes my fancy, and that’s what I use as my inspiration and I create my design around it. When my granddaughter comes over, she loves doing this too. After she goes home, I walk around the house and see what she has “redesigned.”

I love decorating my mantle and changing it every now and again. I felt like it really needed an update for late summer. After shopping my house, this is what I came up with-vintage books, greenery and vintage brass candlesticks.

The “before” pic.

The “before” is fine. It’s simple. It’s elegant. But, it is definitely NOT spectacular. So, a refresh was definitely needed.

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I absolutely love how this turned out.

I love a huge mirror above a fireplace mantle, it makes a great starting point for great decor and it really grabs your eye as you walk into the room. This mirror would be a great choice, as would this mirror. I also like to hang a gorgeous wreath on the mirror. I hang my wreaths on my mirror with a clear command hook. I used this white one, so that you could see it for this post. I like to change out my wreaths for the seasons. This wreath is so pretty.

I used my vintage urns (this would be gorgeous with greenery or florals in it.) with some faux ferns in them on both ends of my mantle. Then I gathered 11 brass candlesticks of all different styles and sizes. I always use an odd number when designing with mutiple items. I love this brass candlestick, and this one, too. I put a brass sphere atop of some vintage books tied with some twine. Then I poked in some beautiful fig leaves and faux plum branches amoungst the candlesticks. The greenery really pulls it all together. I couldn’t find the plum branches that I used, but these branches would look great as well.

Home Tour of the Week

I am starting to feature a “home of the week” each Saturday. You are absolutely going to love the home that I chose for this week. It is an ocean inspired cottage on a Canadian isle. It is amazing. Wait until you see the butlers pantry.

Isn’t this amazing? I absolutely love the blue.

See this amazing home tour here.

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Hugs and blessings to you,


Barbara Chapman

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Love your mantel styling, Renae!! I'll be redoing mine this weekend for fall, actually... Love the candlesticks and yes, the kitchen you featured is amazing!!! Love the blue...

Happily featured your post this evening at Share Your Style #313 for you, Hugs, Barb :)

Renae Frey

Thursday 12th of August 2021

I can't wait to see your pics. Hugs to you.

Debra Oliver

Monday 9th of August 2021

This is so gorgeous, I love that magnolia wreath. Thanks so much for coming by the All About Home Link party and sharing all the beauty. I'm featuring this post this evening.

Renae Frey

Friday 13th of August 2021

Thank you so much for the feature. I really appreciate it. Blessings to you.

Mary Anne Russo

Monday 9th of August 2021

The mantle looks beautiful! Love the mirror and the orb! The wreath sure gives a nice touch!

Renae Frey

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind comments. Hugs to you.

Kimberly Snyder

Friday 6th of August 2021

I love both the before and after pictures of your mantel! Not having a mantel in the Florida house is one of the things I am sad about . I am trying to convince my husband we need to build a faux fireplace on the lanai but he isn't thrilled about the idea! Thanks for sharing your beautiful mantel!


Friday 6th of August 2021

Gorgeous work, Renae! I love the copper spheres and the wreath - they go so well together.

Renae Frey

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Thank you so much, Stacey. Hugs and blessings to you.