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Decorate My Home, Part 11: Fireplace Mantel





Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to decorate a mantel.

It’s such a big space.

However, it’s an easy thing to alter…..and why not change with seasons or moods?

So for now……

Our mantel is the home of Some new, some old, and something we found on the beach.

And for now, it works.

*Once again, a picture is coming for that little frame.

I found some really great and unique arrangements found here. (click on the arrow above the images to see more.) I really love the first fireplace with the dish on the wall….and the lemons. So fresh. And also I am lovin’ the unbalanced symmetry arrangements.

They aren’t symmetrical but there is still order to them. That’s what I was trying to accomplish with mine. I’m sure I’ll have it completely changed in another month or two.

And why not?

And if you’re looking for somewhere to start, grab something from another room that can be used as your focal point. A big mirror, a big picture, a large figure of some sort. A bowl. But the best place to start is in your garage or steal from another room. You never know what you’ll find. Haha!


But just have fun and try out a few ideas.
Nothing on that mantel is permanent.
So give it a try….

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. mantels vancouver says:

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  2. Claude Jones AKA. G-Pa-J says:

    My fireplace is in a corner and I have no Idea how to make it look good. I have a mantle, then above it I have a whole corner empty. Any Ideas?

  3. Julia from Vancouver says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I totally used the links and ideas that you gave and re-did my mantle and for the first time after 10 years of decorating and redecorating that stupid (now no longer stupid) mantle, I have found something that I looove!!!! THANKS!

  4. Ashley says:

    I absolutely love that plate. I had forgotten about your mantel and my love for the plate and found it so funny that I found this plate today at Marshalls for $3 and an hour after buying it, it hit me why it looked so familiar. Thanks for always providing inspiration!

  5. Ashley says:

    Hi Sara, I got it from a local craft store about a year ago. Sorry, I wish there was a link online somewhere to send you, but I don't have one. Sorry about that!


  6. Sara says:

    Hello from Portugal. Lovely blog…i read every day :D tell me something, please….Where did you buy the word " memory" ? I just loved to have one.

  7. Carina Blogarina says:

    What a beautiful mirror! I been looking for a mirror similar to that for six months now to have over my couch.. Also noticed the great picture wall a few post further down, looks great! And on the first try! Congrats!! :)

  8. More Than A Mom says:

    Do you have any recommendations for those of use who want a mantel look without a fireplace?

  9. famr_4evr says:

    so beautiful! I wish I had a mantle to try this on.

  10. Carol B says:

    wow that's the biggest 'one of those' shells I've seen! (can't remember its name…"Pansy?")
    we normally see them (rarely) about the size of a large coin.

  11. Jeff and Sarah says:

    Great post! Looks like I'm not the only one who gave you a Beautiful Blogger Award! You are popular!

    You can get the award here:


  12. Matt and Betsy says:

    i just spent the last hour drooling over your blog. i wish i had your creativity. i think we should be the best of friends.

  13. Kim @ Everything Etsy says:

    It's all so pretty, and I have to have a plate like yours! :) What a perfect color.


  14. Melanie says:

    I would love to have this problem. But right now, my computer is in front of the ugly tiled fireplace. I live in Arizona, in an apartment. Would someone please tell me why they have fireplaces in AZ in an apartment complex???

    I love the colors on your mantel, by the way. Fun and fresh!

  15. Frugal Home Design says:

    That looks great. I just built a mantle and I am trying to get it decorated. I think it is kind of tough. You nailed it.

  16. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    OHHH! I love that plate! your setup looks great!

  17. Kandy P says:

    you always have such classy taste in your decorations–simple yet fun. love following you!!

  18. Katie says:

    Crazy, I have that same plate with a very similar plate stand on top of my hutch. :)

  19. Adventures in Dressmaking says:

    I have been having some conflicts about decorating my mantel recently, too… thanks for your post!

  20. Sarah says:

    Love the look and I love that blue frame! Where did you find it?

  21. BigSis LilSis says:

    This is just what I needed to get motivated on our mantel! We moved into our place In August and I just keep staring at the blank space. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Joy says:

    very cute! i love it!
    and you're so right! we have two mantels and i have no clue how to decorate them! you gave me some good ideas!

  23. Midwestern gone Idahoan says:

    I nominated you for the "Beautiful Blog" Award.
    come to my blog to redeem!

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