Hey there! One of the easiest ways to freshen up my home is by changing up the mantel each season. It’s my favorite thing about my home decor and since I’m a summer girl at heart, a beachy summer mantel is quite the treat!
I’m joining some of my best friends in the blog world this week as we share our Seasonal Simplicity Home Tours. It’s all about changing out our decor – simply! No fuss needed here. Thanks to Krista from The Happy Housie and April from House by Hoff for hosting this fun home tour. And if you’re stopping by from My Fabuless Life, then welcome, welcome! Come on in!!
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Now that all of the instructions are out of the way, I’d love to introduce you to my simple beachy living room and mantel!
This is the view you will see when you come into my front door. It’s the focal point of the house, so I want to make sure it’s all dressed up!
If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instagram Stories, then you’ll already know all about my DIY Beachy Frame that I put together this past week. I had no intentions of making it, but when I stuck that canvas on the wall without the frame, the whole wall just swallowed it up!
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I knew it needed the perfect, chunky wooden frame with lots of beachy distressing and texture. So, I set about making this frame with pieces of wood from my scrap pile.
It was so much fun to make and I shared the tutorial so you can learn how to make your own!
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I took that picture last year on our annual beach trip and just had to blow it up and display it this year. It took my breath away each day when I walked up to that spot and saw those colors peeking through on the horizon. The beach is my happy place and the colors of the ocean – turquoise, navy and mint – are the inspiration for this blog’s name!
Since the frame isn’t symmetrical, I decided to go completely symmetrical with the side pieces.
These olive buckets have been on the scene in stores and magazines for years now, but I’ve never bought any until this week. (Well, minus the galvanized bucket on the floor, which isn’t exactly the same, but a similar look.)
I stopped in Hobby Lobby to grab some floral stems and possibly some vases to go on either side of my framed picture. I saw these olive buckets filled with lamb’s ears, eucalyptus and lavender sitting in the front window. I just grabbed them up and bought them already arranged. Yay! It was such a time saver.
So, go ask your local Hobby Lobby flower arranger ladies to make one for you, too. 😉
They were just too pretty to pass up and I just knew they would be perfect adorning my beach picture.
I filled the smaller vases with shells from our many beach trips. Just kidding! They are vase filler shells from Target last year.
The mantel is super simple, yet it works! It doesn’t have to be elaborate to be pretty. You can just pick a proportionate centerpiece and two smaller items to flank it and you’re all set when it comes to decorating a mantel!
The wooden box on the table is a project I made this spring and I’m still smitten with it! The full tutorial for the wooden box is right here.
I added some fun pillows to the couch this year to bring in more turquoise. These patterned pillows were on Target clearance a year or so ago. I love them, but have never used them until now! Affiliate links are used for your convenience. See my full disclosure policy here.
I really didn’t add much else to the room for summer. The stack of books on my end table are some of my most recent favorites: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Grace Not Perfection and Present Over Perfect (my current fave)!
And one of my favorite reading corners. I didn’t change it at all, but you can find the DIY blanket ladder tutorial here.
Now on to the entry way! I’m just sharing these two spaces today and will share more summer decor in a couple of weeks.
This entry is utilizing so many of the items I bought from last year. I did make that “relax” sign and I just have to share the tutorial. It’s one of my favorite summer decor items ever – and so easy to make!
The sailboats are from Target and they have the navy striped one still available this year. Yay!!
I just adore this cute lemon wreath from Tar-jay! I now just need a similar one to go on my front door, because it’s been naked since Christmas. 😜😳
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Thank you for touring the living room and entry way of my home today. I’ve loved checking out all of these because homes this week. Look at all those pretty blues and greens!
Have fun hopping over to Erin Spain’s summer space! It’s gorgeous!!
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