I always seem to have a difficult time decorating my mantle after Christmas. Decorating it for Christmas is so easy, with so many options to choose from. But when the greenery and stockings come down, I find it hard to come up with ideas that still say “winter,” but aren’t holiday-related.
However, when spring gets here, it gets a little easier. But you won’t find pastel eggs and bunnies on my spring mantle. They are cute, but just not for me. I tend to gravitate more toward nature-themed decor, preferring neutral colors.
I started with this large screen with a wooden frame piece that we found in an antique store in Chattanooga. I have no idea what it was used for, but I just love unique pieces like this! The old wood has a nice patina and the screen is perfect to hang something on. When I bought it, I thought I might use it in my office, but decided I would try it here for now and it was the perfect size. I hung two pictures of the creek on it. It needed something more, so I added the small green wreath in the center.
Next, I added some stacked books on either side. I placed an old lantern that my son Lucas got me for Christmas on one stack of books. (I have a thing for lanterns… I think I have them in every room of my house.) I added a metal “S” on the other side that was also a gift from Lucas a few years ago. Then I added some ferns (fake, since I DO NOT have a green thumb) and some little wooden birdhouses. I also added the three little bird figurines in front of the screen. I got these cuties at a thrift store a few years ago and painted them white. I just love their little wire legs!
On the hearth, I added a fern to my olive basket. This one is real, so hopefully I can keep it alive for a while. I added a lantern on top of a wood slice on the left side, and that’s it! So although it’s not bright and colorful, I do think it says spring with the greenery, birds and birdhouses.
What about you? Do you use pastels in your spring decor, or do you use more natural elements like me? Now, I’m going to get outside and enjoy these warmer Alabama temperatures!
Make it a great day!