With Memorial Day just around the corner, I am thinking about summer decorating already! Total transparency—some years I switch up my decor for summer and some years I leave my spring things out until—ahem—fall. But this year I had a fun reason to put together a summer mantel! My good friend Amy from My Life from Home has organized a Decorate Your Mantel Series and today a bunch of us bloggers are sharing ideas for summer mantel decor!
As I was brainstorming ideas, I kept coming back to this oversized wood plank map art I made a few years ago. I’m not one to do a lot of red, white and blue decor, and that’s when it struck me that I could do a summer vacation spin. So, inspired by nostalgia of packing up the car and heading out on a cross-country adventure, I roamed around our house gathering up souvenirs and mementos that the hubs and I have collected on our vacations through the years. I arranged them on our mantel around my oversized map art to create a fun travel-inspired summer mantel.
I draped this simple patriotic fabric garland across the map to give it some extra summery flair.
On the other side of the mantel, I displayed a few different souvenirs from trips we’ve taken, like a postcard from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, hand-painted art we bought from a vendor on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a souvenir bat from the Louisville Slugger Factory and an “Aloha” sign we picked up on our honeymoon in Maui.
This is definitely one of the more casual mantels I’ve done over the years (you can find my most recent spring mantel here, last fall’s mantel here, and last summer’s mantel here), but I think it’s a fun change!
How are you decorating your mantel this summer?
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Decorate Your Mantel Series
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