Modern Farmhouse Summer Mantel Decorating Ideas

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A beautiful blue and green mantel that will last from spring all the way through summer. Give these simple modern farmhouse-style summer mantel decorating ideas a try on your fireplace mantel this season!

Simple spring or summer mantel decorating ideas.

I realized last year as I decorated my home for spring, that I typically leave my spring decor up throughout the summer months and don’t redecorate again until the fall.

We spend so much of our summer time outside and working on outdoor projects, that I’ve never felt a need to change up the decor inside for summer.


With that in mind, I decided to decorate my mantel this spring in such a way that it will look fabulous all summer long. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope these simple summer mantel decorating tips will help you put together a mantel you can enjoy for both seasons!


If you’re new to the blog, I’m sure you noticed I have a non-traditional, rounded corner fireplace.

I’ll be honest, it was quite an unsightly spot when we purchased the house a few years ago (in fact, the realtor said it was the reason a lot of potential buyers didn’t buy the place!) but with a nice coat of white paint and a DIY wood mantel, it has been transformed into a beautiful focal point in our family room. ๐Ÿ™‚


Decor on My Summer Mantel:

The blue, square mirror used to be pink (we spray painted it when we decorated my son’s nursery years ago) and was in my daughter’s room for quite a while.

She recently started sharing a room with my son so I snagged this mirror for the mantel. Shopping my home is one of my favorite ways to redecorate without spending money!

This clear glass vase came from my Goodwill trip this week and I made the wood tassel garland.


I got the small white pitcher, the vintage books and this smaller clear blue glass vase all at thrift stores too.

If you’re not sure how to find great home decor at thrift stores, click here to download my thrift store shopping cheat-sheet! You can print it, take it with you, and know exactly what you need, what to look at and what to buy!

I also have this post about what decor is best bought from thrift stores. ๐Ÿ™‚

I typically get my floral stems from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. I love these peach blossom stems because they’re tall and add visual interest!

Both of these pillows are thrift store finds and I got the faux fur rug at Hobby Lobby.

So, what do you think? This mantel took me less than an hour to set up, and it will be a beautiful focal point for the next six months – awesome right?! Trust me, you can do this too, I’d encourage you to just give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to see how your spring mantels and decor end up looking, so please share them with me! You can email me, comment on this post, or even tag me (or #joyfulderivatives) in your social media posts.

Next week starts the One Room Challenge project where we’ll be transforming our dining room in just six short weeks, so stay tuned I’ll be sharing all of our plans with you next Wednesday! Happy Easter!


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9 thoughts on “Modern Farmhouse Summer Mantel Decorating Ideas”

    • It was an estate sale find! I know – I wish I could find one somewhere to buy retail, but I’ve never been able to!

    • Katie, I’m not sure exactly what that plant holder is, as I got it at a an estate sale! I just thought it was a fun piece to add a little something extra to my plants. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  1. I have a rounded fireplace too! Very unique, that’s for sure. I would love to know how you created the custom mantle! Ours is built in brick and it would look amazing with a wood mantle like yours! I love how you painted and modernized yours!!

    • Lindsay, it was tricky, but here’s my best attempt at describing how we built it:
      1. Start with a large piece of cardboard or paper and trace the round shape of your hearth. Use this as a starting point for your template.
      2. Place it up where you want your mantel to be installed and adjust with scissors until it sits perfectly against the round of your fireplace.
      3. Using a large plywood sheet, use the paper template to cut the top and bottom pieces.
      4. Attach the top and bottom pieces together using supports and ends cut from a 1×6 or 1×8 depending on how tall you want it to be. (We also chose to install a second “top” piece that overhang for extra interest)
      5. Stain the entire thing.
      6. Install cross supports between two middle supports on the back side and then use those to attach to the drywall using anchor bolts.
      7. Install the front wood piece out of 1/4″ plywood and small nails and then stain it as well.
      Like I said, kind of tricky, but I think if you look up how to build a DIY floating mantel, it’s basically the same method just using a rounded template instead of straight boards and 1/4″ plywood on the front so it can round. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps!!


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