Summer Mantel: How to Style

Styling a summer mantel needn’t be difficult. Simply arrange a few of your favorite things in a pleasing manner using a variety of heights.

Styling a summer mantel with favorite vases and plants


Today I’m happy to be joining other bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Series organized by Krista at The Happy Housie! We’re focusing on summer mantels and you’re sure to find inspiration from everyone’s creativity.


The inspiration for my mantel started with a pair of rosemary topiaries that hubby gave to me on Mother’s Day.ย  I re-potted them in birch bark-type containers to match the summer white vases. I used green and white in my summer colors tour, and the mantel continues the theme.

Rosemary Topiary and Simple Vases on Summer Mantel


I placed a topiary at either end of the mantel – similar to book ends but instead of framing books, they frame some of my favorite vases.

Rosemary Topiary on Country Style Summer Mantel


I placed the white vases first, then added a couple pale green ones.

Rosemary Topiary on Country Style Summer Mantel


The summer mantel still looked a little bare so I added a couple faux white flowers, twigs, and spheres.

Green and White Vases for an Organic Summer Mantel


A little shabby chic picture gets placed at the back to fill an empty spot.

Shabby Chic White Picture Frame


I like to stagger heights when grouping things together.

Vignette of Green and White Vases on Summer Mantel


When necessary, I prop items on wood slices or vintage books for height variance, and I group things in odd numbers for visual interest.

Vignette of Green and White Vases on Summer Mantel


My mantel is in my sitting room, which can sometimes be dark because there’s just one window in the room. So I swapped out the old window frame for one of my many vintage mirrors. The mirror reflects the light that comes through the window on the opposite wall. And now my summer mantel is complete.

Create a Simple Summer Mantel with a Vintage Mirror, Plants, and Vases


For more summer mantel inspiration, visit my blogging friends below!


Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series


Seasonal Simplicity Summer Mantel

The Happy Housie // Home Made Lovely // House by Hoff // The DIY Mommy


Seasonal Simplicity Summer Mantel

Zevy Joy // Town and Country Living // A Pretty Life // Rooms for Rent // So Much Better With Age


Seasonal Simplicity Summer Mantel

Finding Silver Pennies // Vinyet Etc. // This is Our Bliss // Rambling Renovators


Seasonal Simplicity Summer Mantel

Paint Me Pink // Just a Girl and Her Blog // Jamie Costiglio // Newly Woodwards


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  1. Simply beautiful Jennifer!….I so love the pops of the celery green….so refreshing for that perfect summer look. Have a great day!

  2. SO pretty Jennifer! I love the soft, summery mix of white and green. Beautiful decor and great tips! So glad you could be part of this series!

  3. This is so fresh and pretty! Love the light colors and those topiaries are almost too pretty to believe they are real. And I’ll bet they smell awesome!

  4. Cool, happy and cheerful. Very pretty!

  5. Marty Oravetz says:

    Love the pop of green, so refreshing. Great tour series. I would love to join in on your next series.

  6. Adore the mantle. Where did you find the topiary? Love the pots.


    • Hi Cindy! Our local garden center sells houseplants and topiary. They also sell a variety of very inexpensive pots – like the birch bark ones I picked up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It’s so fresh and beautiful! Love this look! Thanks so much for sharing, Jennifer!

    ~Abby =)

  8. Love all of that texture and those fresh colours together! But I’ve discovered that mirror envy is a real thing, WOW gorgeous!

    • Ha ha, Laurie! If you have mirror envy, you should come visit my storage shed. It has a bunch of vintage mirrors that I’ve replaced with other wall art. I go “shop” my mirrors in the shed when I need one of them.

  9. Oh, Jennifer… you make everything look so effortless and beautiful! I adore your mantel!

  10. Just the right amount of green bits to make it all come to life. So pretty, fun and casual.

  11. This is so pretty, Jennifer! I love the greys and greens together.
    Hugs, Jamie

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