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How to Style a Simple Spring Mantel or Vignette

Hello friends!

This is an exciting week around here!

I finally got down to business and the house is fully spring-ified. I’m loving how cheery and fresh and colourful it feels. Did you get a chance to check out our spring living room tour yesterday? The new pillows I picked up kind of set the tone for the rest of our open concept living space. Cheerful and flowery with pops of colour!

I had so much fun this past weekend putting together our simple spring mantel and a simple spring vignette on our new dining room hutch. You don’t need a ton of accessories or to spend a pile of money to create a welcoming and cheery feel! So, today I want to share with you my basic recipe for simple spring styling.

Today I’m super excited to be hosting a fun group of my blogging friends who are also sharing their spring mantel or a spring vignette in their home! You can check out all the amazing ideas and inspiration at the bottom of this post!

And if you are new here and have hopped over from one of the other bloggers on this tour, then welcome! I am thrilled to have you! You can learn more about me and this blog here.

You may be able to tell already that I’m kind of a colour girl… I have tried to use more neutrals in my decor at various times, and I always return to colour. Again and again. And spring is one of my favourite times to use all kinds of beautiful pastel colour. Blues (always), pinks, and this year I’ve even added in some pops of lilac and purple.

To create a simple spring mantel and vignette, I followed some basic guidelines:

1) Start with a simple backdrop and crisp foundation

As much as I would love to NOT have a TV on our mantel, it definitely makes me focus on keeping everything else around it fairly simple. There just isn’t enough room to crowd it with all kinds of accessories. On our mantel, there isn’t a ton of extra room, so I generally stick to a few items of varying height. I grouped my tall glass vases with some magnolia branches (from Michaels), along with my classic farmhouse style candle sticks and a simple green mason jar full of flowers

On the dining room vignette, I started with a beautiful fretwork framed mirror, and went from there. The buffet, itself, is a new find (Costco!!), and I’m so excited about how it looks in our space. I used simple, large white vases on either side of the mirror as foundational, grounding pieces.

2) Add flowers or seasonal greenery

As beautiful as fresh spring flowers are, they don’t last forever,  so I like to invest in a few bunches of really good quality faux blooms each year. As my collection grows it allows me to add seasonal touches throughout the house. On the mantel, I’ve currently got fresh tulips, but I’ll add in some faux branches in between their life span the the purchase of any new ones. I also used faux magnolia branches because they’ll last me all season long!

On the dining room vignette, I stuffed an Ikea bucket with gorgeous fresh hyacinths and I have to admit that I will be saddened when they go! I’ve never yet found good quality and realistic hyacinth blooms in the faux flower aisles:)  I added fresh tulips on one side, and I’ll sub in some faux peonies when they are finished. I also found adorable little egg branches (not sure how else to describe them?) at my local dollarama and they are stuffed in the tall handled vase on the buffet. Simple, and full of colour and cheer!

3) Dot in decorative seasonal accessories

Don’t go overboard with over accessorizing, but a few pretty or unique items can add a hit of fun and whimsy to your vignette. On both the mantel and vignette I used an old newel post as I love the character and springy colour they bring.

A couple of small bunnies, on our dining room hutch, add a cute Easter feel to the display, and can easily be switched out for something more neutral after the Easter weekend has passed.

You can also consider adding a banner, bunting, or garland to give a seasonal feel. Last year I created the speckled egg garland that you see in the dining room vignette, and it adorned out mantel. It’s found a new home this year, and can easily be switched out or left plain for the remainder of the spring.

See?! Creating a beautiful and simple spring mantel or vignette is as easy as 1-2-3!

And, as I mentioned above, today some of my friends are sharing their beautiful and inspiring Spring mantel decor or a Spring vignette.

Hop over to see what gorgeous spring inspiration they have in store for you!

 

The Happy Housie / Craftberrry Bush / On Sutton Place / Kelly ElkoRooms FOR Rent

Zevy Joy / Willow Street Interiors / Summer Adams / A Burst of Beautiful

Sincerely, Marie DesignsRambling RenovatorsThe Turquoise HomePaint Me Pink

 Duke Manor FarmsNina Hendrick Design Co. / Town and Country LivingDeeply Southern Home

Amber Tysl / In My Own Style / Place of My Taste / Jamie Costiglio

Setting for Four / Shabbyfufu /  Decor Gold DesignsSincerely Sara D.

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19 Comments

  1. Your egg garland is so cute, Krista. I love all your simple touches of spring and thank you so much for hosting is lovely tour 🙂

  2. I always love the color palettes you choose, Krista! They’re always so cheerful and inviting! Thanks for hosting such a fun tour!

  3. Whoever said old dogs can’ t learn new tricks – every time I view a younger than myself, bloggers post, I learn so much about styling pretties and vignettes. I feel so fortunate once again to have discovered blogs a few years ago. Keeps me thinking, imagining every day what I can do to make our home nicer to live in. At 77 I feel so inspired by all of you. Thanks “kids”‘.
    It took me quite awhile to absorb all the incredible Spring touches in your home and how you
    made them. Now I need to go peruse all your fellow bloggers Spring makeovers. Think will be busy on here for awhile.
    After looking at all your photos I went digging in my stash to see what I could come up with to dress up our shutter shelf (a.k.a. mantel). Happy week and Spring

    1. Hi JaneEllen! It’s great to have a little stash of stuff to go into and use for seasonal changes! I am constantly inspired by other people’s ideas and decor and vignettes, so I learn as much from these group posts as my other readers do, I think!

  4. Thanks for all the great tips, Krista. I love that blue glass vase (or is it a candle holder you’re using a vase)? So pretty. I too have started collecting faux flowers to use throughout the seasons. I like when I can find realistic ones like yours. Thanks so much for organizing all these tours!

    1. Hi Jennifer! Those are really tall vases! Aren’t they great? I found the pair of them for a steal at HomeSense last year! Thanks so much for joining in on the hop!

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