Minimalist Mantel for Summer and a Chore That Was Way Overdue

Well, can you believe June is already over? My head is still spinning with the all the activity and trouble this month has seemed to be full of. I'm ready for a new month, ready to strip away all the non-essentials for awhile. When I took down the Bunny Love Spring Mantel, I was quite ready to put together this Minimalist Mantel for Summer, and get a chore done that was way overdue too.
Minimalist Mantel for Summer
Last summer I did a Summer Blues themed mantel, with lots of aqua blue and white items. Then I added in a little patriotic decor to jazz it up for the Fourth of July. This year, I pulled out my favorite large painting and placed it in the center for the main focus.
Minimalist Mantel for Summer
I shopped the house to find the faux potted orchid, which happens to be the deep red and orange that can be found in the field of flowers in the painting. Of course, one of the yard sale insulators had to be on the mantel too.
Minimalist Mantel for Summer
On the other side of the painting sit two new-to-me items. The first, the large blue bottle, was a hand-me-down from my mom. She sent it home with my son after he spent a week with them in late May.  The ornate silver box was an estate sale find we came across when my mom spent the week with us in mid-May. I urged her to buy it for herself and she ended up buying it for me instead. Just like a mom, right?
Minimalist Mantel for Summer and Cleaning Soot from Tiles
So, after I got the mantel all set (even though there are only a few items, it still took time), I stepped back and took a few pictures. The cat insisted he be in one of them (top left). As I looked through the pictures, the one thing that my eyes were drawn to was the soot on the tiles above the fireplace box. Mind you, I've been decorating the mantel for a good 5+ years and it never occurred to me to wipe down those tiles. For some reason, this time I went to the kitchen, got out the all-purpose cleaner and some paper towels and went to town. I was seriously blown away by the difference it made. {And, I felt pretty silly that I've never done it before.}Nevertheless, I now have a fresh and clean hearth to start off the summer and a minimalist mantel to boot.
New to Me Aqua Pillow
Because the sofa butts right up to the fireplace, I always try to keep the decor colors in the same family. Lucky for me, my mom also passed down this pretty light aqua linen pillow to me recently. It brightened up the sofa a bit and makes a nice pairing with my existing pillows.
New to Me Aqua Pillow
Taz seems to feel pretty good about the new pillow too. Thanks a bunch for stopping by today! I'm curious...how do you decorate your mantel in the summertime? Do you go all out? Or are you ready for a minimalist change too?
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3 comments:

  1. Love the arrangement on the mantel and your fireplace looks all nice and sparkly! Pretty!

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  2. Looks great - doesn't it feel awesome to get things like that done? Yay. : - )

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  3. Your mantel looks so pretty. I love the colors and the fireplace looks amazing.

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