The mantel is always the focal point of any room with a fireplace. I've always loved changing mine up a bit from time to time, so I was thrilled to participate in Project Design: How to Style Your Mantle For Spring Two Ways. 

This is our family room.  It's where we spend most of our time, and we've enjoyed this gorgeous painting by Reagan Geschardt so much. I appreciate many design styles, but for my own house, I tend to keep things simple and symmetrical.  This painting is fantastic on its own and doesn't need embellishment, so I just added two bamboo shaped large vases with hydrangea and greenery from the grocery store.  With the beautiful colors Reagan used in the painting, I didn't have to do much to create a mantel perfect for spring.

Since I needed to show two ways to style a mantel, my daughter painted this maidenhair fern for me, and I love the loose way she used watercolor to create the leaves.  I wanted to do something unsymmetrical, and was excited to have the opportunity to use my new emperors set.  Every year toward the middle of February, I start to long for green.  With the arrival of spring, all of the green is such a welcome sight.  I asked my daughter to do something with lots and lots of this refreshing color, and she couldn't have chosen to paint anything I'd like more.  The ferns in the fireplace are in this wicker storage trunk from Target. I purchased it a few years ago and took the top and the bottom off.  After placing a plastic bin inside, it's perfect for displaying plants inside the fireplace during the warmer months.

Coincidentally, One Kings Lane just began a sale called Mantel Makeover.  If you're needing items for your mantel, it's a great place to start your search.

A big, huge thank you to Project Design for allowing me to participate.  This was lots of fun!  Don't miss seeing all of the spring mantel inspiration created by the talented group below!



Karen said...

I love blue and white porcelain, so these mantels all hold appeal to me. What a beautiful collection of ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

Darlene Gemmell said...

WOW, your daughter's painting is so beautiful! You must be proud to display her work :)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I love your home. Your daughter is so talented. Lovely display with blue and white.

Reviving Charm said...

Absolutely stunning! Simple and fresh, but so elegant. And your daughter is definitely a talented painter. I will be checking out the rest of the team's makeovers. So far I am liking what I see! What a fun post.

Amber B Design said...

Wow, both options are stunning! I love your daughter's painting. She is so talented!! I also love the symmetry and color from the first option. What a fun week. Great job!!

Cindy Hattersley said...

I love symmetry as well I have to confess! I love the big splashy painting with the commanding blue & white vases on either side in your room...simply gorgeous! Your daughter's painting is just lovely too! Decisions...decisions! Thank you so much for joining us!

Alison @ The Gracious Posse said...

Your daughter's watercolor is just beautiful, Jennifer! Another talented lady in the family!

Clara Burro said...

I love the composition of blue and white procelain with some green plants. Hence I am in love with the painting.

Vel Criste said...

Gorgeous both ways Jennifer!!!!!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love them both!


Beautiful....both versions! Seriously!

designchic said...

What a talented daughter - it looks amazing! Happy Tuesday!

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