Pinspire Me: Mantel

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Ikea Lack shelf has been defeated! I purchased a floating shelf from Ikea’s famous Lack line for under $20 to use as a faux mantel over my fireplace. I am embarrassed to admit that this purchase was made over 9 months ago. That’s right, 9 whole months spent leaning on the wall or hiding behind the couch. My best friend, my little sister, a good friend and I all attempted to fasten it to the wall, a task seemingly simple according to all the youtube tutorials I studied. Alas, during my family’s visit for my little sisters graduation, my father figured out the golden ticket I was missing all along, metal wall anchors!

Now that the shelf is up I am determined to style it this weekend! I had completely given up on ever having to complete this task, but am so excited to devote my weekend to the little shelf. Below are some photos of a few of my favorite mantels compiled from my recent Pinterest searches. Hope you enjoy!

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I fell in love with the simple decor here. Although this is a Spring/Easter mantel, there are a few things I’d love to take from this example. The tulips add movement and color without being too overpowering, paired next to the busts allowing the eyes to move from left to right and really take in the entire shelf. I just have to mention that mirror as well! I love the geometric shape and that crisp white color, everything about it looks so elegant.

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Another simple and doable example here. The semi-gallery wall with the similar frames really caught my attention, all framing that vintage mirror. I really like how simple the shelf was kept as well, my first instinct is always to clutter clutter clutter. The three vases featured here really encourage me to keep it simple while I decorate this weekend.

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When simple meets chic. There are literally 5 things decorating that fireplace that each make a huge impact. Those two abstract watercolor paintings pair perfectly as the focal point on this shelf. Paired with two basic flower vases and the stylish metallic gold pig, everything about this seems perfect.

Through my research I have found a lot of great tips to style the mantel. My goals for the weekend are to find similar objects that, when paired together, make a big impact. Also, something that is easy to change out once the holidays roll around. I think I have my work cut out for me, but I am definitely excited to see what I come up with, I hope you are as well! Stay tuned for the reveal sometime next week.

Til then, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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