i should be mopping the floor: Simple Summer Mantel Decor

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Simple Summer Mantel Decor

I put together this simple summer mantel decor with some fun touches and neutral colors.
I'm really happy with how it came together.

Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
I feel like I'm kind of all over the place with the new home decor posts lately...a kitchen post here, dining room there...today, the formal living room. We're kind of attacking this place in small pieces. This particular room that I'm showing you today is not done, but it's *good enough*. For now, anyway. We're hosting my husband's grandmother's birthday party here at the end of the month...so right now a lot of rooms are getting a *good enough* fix. The goal is to just get them up to par and looking decent for the party. The fun part? I'll still have plenty to keep me busy long after the party is over. 

This simple summer mantel is now one of my favorite spots in the house. It's definitely the done-est part of this formal living room. Check out how I made that monogram below (you'll never guess what cool product I used for it!).

Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
I honestly hadn't planned on the old window being a part of this look. When I ordered my decal (they have TONS of designs for these here), I was going to just apply it to the wall in this spot. However, when it arrived, I realized it was the perfect size for my old window. This window comes in and out of action in our house a lot. I found it a few years ago at the Round Top Flea Market...its large "one-pane" design makes it so versatile. I pulled off the dollar store glittery reindeer that was on it from the holidays and added my monogram to it instead. I'm super happy I did this.

Let's chat about this monogram for a bit. A couple of weeks ago, I told my family that I was going to be working on a blog campaign for Fathead. My family of all-boys all had visions of sports stars plastered across our walls...this is the first campaign in a while that they've been kind of excited about. The Fathead tube came and they're all "is it Joe Flacco?"..."is it Jay Cutler?"..."is it Kobe?".

Why no, sweet boys. It's Martha. Martha Stewart. 

"What team does she play on?" 

My Martha-lovin' heart sank a bit.

She makes pretty stuff for the home, y'all. This is a decorative monogram. (Queue the stunned silence and cricket chirping.)

Don't worry, friends. This isn't the only Fathead I ordered. I'm showing two more in my son's room next week...and they're not monograms (womp, womp).


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse

This formal living always makes me feel a bit fancy. We always said we'd never buy a house with a formal living room. My parents have always had one...and it gets used on holidays only (which is why we weren't sure about one for us). But, this one came with this home we're so head over heels in love with, so we're actually becoming formal living room people. We actually put the piano in here...so the room gets used every day when my boys practice. 

The above photo was how this fireplace looked before all of its fluff got added. This is the faux fireplace that I actually had built for our fireplace-free home two houses ago. It was in our master bedroom at our last house. It kind of just landed in this room when we moved in and I kind of liked it.


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
The project started with finding the spot we wanted the window to go on the wall. I had this fear that we'd somehow drill into the window surround to make it mountable and we'd break it...so we totally secured this first, then took it down to apply the monogram.

Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
Once I knew we had a way to hang it, I applied the monogram I purchased through the Fathead site. The site was so easy to navigate...I headed to the Martha Stewart Wall Art collection, which is housed under the Art & Decor tab. After purchasing this, it arrived on my door within a few days and I was ready to apply it to my window.

I just followed the directions...trim the shape and lightly lay it on your area for application with some tape. Then peel the backing off and smooth it with the squeegee thing Fathead provides. 


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
Then just carefully pull back the transfer paper. Bada bing. Bada boom.
The Fathead looked super cute on my ol' windah.


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
I purchased this fun antique sugar mold last weekend at one of my favorite shops in Burnet, Texas. I love sugar molds and think they're so versatile. I added some silk hydrangea flowers that I grabbed from the dollar store. 


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
Simple and summery.


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
I really do like a balanced look...glad I grabbed the window for this one.
I think the monogram goes with it perfectly. 
This monogram comes in 19 different colors. WHA?!?
It's like Martha knows me or something. I *almost* bought an aqua one. 


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
 I like how adding the monogram to the glass gives it a bit of a shadow against the wall.


Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
Here's just a little look as to where we're at in this room. Lots of greys and aquas. I may need to repaint the mantel white to get it to blend a bit more...or maybe the piano? I still have a lot to do in here, but so far, I really like how it's coming along. I kind of like how empty it is, too. And doesn't our monogram look great over there? This is one of the first rooms anyone sees when they enter the house, so I love the focal point the entire mantel gives the space. Oh, and we scored those chairs at Ross on clearance! BOOM.

Simple Summer Mantel Decor with a touch of Farmhouse
What do you think? Would you decorate with a monogram like this?







21 comments:

  1. My new house has gray walls and I love it! I have had fun decorating with aqua too, with little pops of yellow. Love your living room.

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  2. Thanks for this great idea. I have a window that I can use this idea with. I think I may try my mirror too that is in a window frame. Oh. Thanks.

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  3. I love your post! I was looking at the same product and I love what you did with yours!

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  4. I love your monogram in the window. It is perfect. I think you built your fireplace and if you did would you please give the directions? I wanted a driveway,garage, porch and fireplace. I got half a porch. Thank you.

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    1. Ha...I totally understand! :) I actually had this built about 12 years ago...it wasn't a DIY. I hired a woodworker to create it for me and just gave him the dimensions I wanted. I just painted it (several times at this point!). Sorry about that. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. The monogram is perfect, what a great addition to the mantel decor. I love the flowers in the wooden holder, perfect spot for it. Saw your link at Sundays at Home, thanks for sharing with everyone.

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  6. I love the monogram and how it turned out in your old window! Everything looks great on the fireplace mantel. I would definitely use one.

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  7. So so pretty!!!! I love how it turned out!

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  8. This is so pretty! On a side note, I am glad to see that I am not the only one plagued with popcorn ceilings! :)

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  9. This really looks great! I'm sure the party will be great and everyone will love it :)

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  10. Gorgeous!!!! I love the simple ideas and the subtle colors. Beautiful!

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  11. I love the mantel! I am all about soothing and relaxing colors at home. Stopping by from LouLou Girls and hope you'll linkup with us too at Small Victories Sunday Linkup, open all week!

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  12. I love the mantel! I am all about soothing and relaxing colors at home. Stopping by from LouLou Girls and hope you'll linkup with us too at Small Victories Sunday Linkup, open all week!

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  13. Love your style! Great idea and it looks so easy.

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  14. I love the mantel, and the tutorial for the mongrammed window. So classy!

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  15. I love the idea you have shown for the mantel... but since I have a brick hearth I think it would look great in my foyer right when you walk in! thanks for sharing!

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  16. Lovely idea! Looks so gorgeous. :)

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  17. It really turned out lovely. Your living room looks lovely as well. It's hard to do it all at one time, unless you are super rich. Our house is a work in progress too. Always. I'd love for you to link up to Tips and Tricks link party. It's open right now. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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  18. That is so beautiful!!! I want do make this.

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  19. I LOVE that mantel - I hope I can find something as beautiful to use as a centerpiece when we move!

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