4th Of July Mantel

Hey friends!  Last weekend I shared my mantel decorating process on Facebook, and almost completed our 4th of July mantel LIVE.  Almost.  If you could use a laugh, watch the video HERE.   Apparently my totally scientific mantel decor process is too much for Facebook Live, so I tweaked the mantel later and finally found a look I love.

Here’s where we started, our spring mantel with soft blues and greens.  I really loved this look, but it was time for a change.  And I’m currently obsessed with navy blue, so there’s that.




I have four mantel decorating “rules” that I follow, learned from my friend Edie from Life In Grace.    According to Edie, every stylish mantel should have something you love, something to lean, something alive, and something with sheen.

Keeping those rules in mind, as well as a few of my own, I shopped our house for red, white, and blue decor.



To add my own twist to Edie’s ideas, I make sure to vary the textures on our mantel, using wicker candle holders, old metal, and colorful books to keep things from looking like Uncle Sam threw up on our fireplace.  You know what I mean?

Here is the finished vignette.



P.S. I know that the flag is wrong, I painted the stars on the wrong side.  Oops.  My hand painted thrifted vase was perfect for a patriotic look and will play a starring role in the navy blue mantel I plan for July 5th.  ;)

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9 thoughts on “4th Of July Mantel

  1. Love your mantel. Actually, I believe that you did paint the stars on the correct corner for the flag. If it’s turned horizontally, the stars are in the upper left corner. Perfect. I just love hand painted flags. Great job. Thanks for sharing. Susie from The Chelsea Project
    Susie recently posted…5 Tips for Easy Patriotic DecorMy Profile

  2. I love it, I so wish I had a mantle I could have fun with like this. I would not have thought to add a #6 to the mix but it works so great up there with all the other colors. I think a home painted flag is so sweet, I want to do a few more.

    Most people don’t know the union should be displayed on the left when the flag is hung vertically against a wall. I didn’t until I looked them up after my husband mentioned it. There are about 20 rules, who knew. Ok, only 13, I just looked it up :)

    Happy Independence Day!
    Toni | Small Home Soul recently posted…July 4th Star Tray with a Homemade StencilMy Profile

  3. I love your 4th of July mantle! Those are great rules to employ when decorating a mantle..and yes to texture!!! I love your flag and your blue painted vase! It looks wonderful and festive :)

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