You know how the New Year rolls around and everyone picks a word to describe or represent or inspire what they want to focus on/improve on for the upcoming year?
I didn’t do that.
I’ve never done that.
For the record, I think it’s a great idea – it’s just that I’m too lazy/too much of an over-thinker to make that kind of commitment 😉
If I had picked a word – I think maybe my word would have been simplify.
I usually try to follow this rule in general, but this year especially I have been trying really hard to simplify the demands I put on myself, and my husband, and my house, and my life in general. Sometimes we can’t do it all. And sometimes even if we can, we just simply don’t want to in that moment. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. So why force it?
So it’s no surprise that as I switch things up around the house from season to season, I’ve been keeping it really simple. And straightforward. And leaving a lot of things right where they are and only changing out a thing or two to breathe in a little new life. I realize this doesn’t make for the most exciting blog posts as things don’t tend to look too different from winter to spring to summer – but frankly this is just where my life is at this stage of the game so that’s what I’m running with. 🙂
Plus I love that you really can swap out one or two accessories (with things you already have) and give a little corner of your room a brand new moment.
Our mantel has been rocking the same vintage frames and candle sconces since January. I still love them, I still enjoy looking at them, so there they will stay.
The overall look on our fireplace mantel this summer was inspired from an old license plate we found in a box while cleaning out the basement a while back. My dad said it belonged to his grandfather. I love the black color, the sprinkling of rust, and that it’s from Michigan – I miss Michigan all year, but especially in the summer, so it’s a fun nod to “home”.
For me, that license plate is the perfect focal point, so I didn’t want to have a bunch of other things to distract from it, but I did want a little added height and texture for the other side. I love using bottles, or any sort of glass vessel, around the house in the summer. Glass is perfect all year, and for any type of décor, but there’s something about glass bottles or hurricanes that hint at a beach house/summer vibe for me. I picked this one up during an afternoon antiquing recently – that metal band at the top is everything.
A couple fern sprays contribute a shot of green, and a few trusty old books give me another dose of the vintage vibe I’m always craving.
And that’s all it took to create casual, simple, laid-back summer style on our mantel this season.
How are you decorating for summer this year?