A Shabby Chic White Mantel

A Shabby Chic white mantel dressed in layers of frames creates a beautiful, peaceful look for a bedroom.

Hello!  I am beginning to think the title of my blog should be “My Life From….”  Home Depot, Target, basketball, horse, lol.  I feel like I haven't been really “home” much.  One of my hopes this year is to spend more time relaxing and enjoying our new home.  It has really been a whirlwind since we decided to move.  It all happened so fast and I feel like I'm still coming down from the high.  As soon as this kitchen reno is finished, I'm going to take a break and read a book!
One of my favorite places to do just that was our Farmhouse Master Bedroom we created in our last house. It was the perfect place to retreat from the world and take a break.  Let's be honest, we all need that place, right?  In this home, we are blessed to have this gigantic master suite which has a fireplace!  What a bonus!  There's something so calm about watching a fire while curled up in a cozy blanket.  It just screams relaxation!
With a fireplace comes a mantel and you know how I love my mantels.  This one was especially fun to decorate since I knew it would be probably be staying put for a while.  I may switch it out eventually when I grow tired of it, but I am going to leave the seasonal changes for the other mantels in our home.
I embraced all the dreamy whites with distressed frames and a shabby chic white mirror.  Layering them upon each other created a beautiful balance and a romantic look for our bedroom space.

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One little white bloom is all it needs to add just a touch of romantic charm. Can you see the chandelier peeking in the mirror? This beautiful Bouchette Traditional 6-Light Chandelier from Lark Manor is a new favorite piece we added to our space.  Lighting is like icing on the cake for a room.

Our Back to Basics team hosted by 2 Bees in a Pod and The Crowned Goat are joining up today to share all about our mantels and how we go about decorating them.  This can sometimes be overwhelming.  Here are the steps I always use when I'm starting a mantel project.

How to Decorate a Mantel in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Take it all off.  Always start with a clean slate.  It allows you to think through your plan without the clutter or distraction.
  2. Find a key piece.  A key piece anchors your display and makes it easier to decorate around. For my mantel above it was the mirror. It could be a piece of artwork, mirror, large vase, or old window.
  3. Chose a theme or color palette. Once you have your key piece, you can choose to coordinate a theme or a color palette. The Shabby Chic White Mantel is both; all white and frames.  I would stick with 1 or 2 accent colors and include something with texture and/ or shine.  Vases, plants, books, candlesticks, and art all work well for a mantel.
  4. Symmetrical or Asymmetrical? Do you want it to balance symmetrically?  If so match items of the same height on either side of your key piece.  I layered frames of similar sizes and kept the height the same on both sides of my mirror.  Asymmetrical mantels are also fun.  By putting your key piece to one side, you can vary the height of your other objects to achieve this look.

I adore decorating mantels and even did a post called, Mantels Around the Year.  You can check it out for tons of inspiration.

And for even more ideas, my friends have linked their mantel decorating ideas below!


To life feeling like home!

XO,

 

  1. […] this mantel, I used a variety of empty frames to stack and layer on my mantel.  This all white themed mantel (LINK) makes a statement with the sizes and designs of the frames.  The fact that they match in color […]

  2. […] You can see more of this updated space with our new armoire (LINK), a painted dresser (LINK),  our bedroom coffee station (LINK), and our shabby chic white mantel (LINK). […]

  3. […] love to retreat to in the evenings.  We have a large bedroom space, see the full reveal here (LINK) and we recently added a new armoire which you can see here (LINK).  Since we’ve moved in, […]

  4. […] To see how I styled my Shabby Chic White Mantel in our bedroom, you can visit this post. […]

  5. Emily says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this layered empty frames look. You pulled it off beautifully! And I agree with Vicki and Jenn – I know it’s wrong to be jealous, but having a fireplace in our bedroom would be a dream!

  6. Jemma says:

    Your fireplace is so pretty. I bet you’ve had plenty to use it recently. Nothing like coming home and see little puffs of smoke passing over your roof. I also love your other mantel post. The flowers from your garden are so beautiful, but I’ve always loved tea roses myself.

  7. BonBon says:

    Amy your mantel is perfection. I am a big fan of picture frames so this is so lovely to me. The all white is wonderful. Great job!

  8. I have been talking about how much I love the simplicity after all of the Christmas decor is put away and your mantel embraces that! I love all the white and how simple it is! Perfect for winter and after all the “stuff” around the holidays! So pretty!

  9. CoCo says:

    This mantel is gorgeous and perfectly layered, Amy. I’m so excited that you get to have a fireplace in your bedroom – that is so cool! I know you’re working hard to settle into your new place and I can’t wait to follow along on your progress. Hugs, CoCo

  10. Hey Amy – we know it’s so wrong to be jealous, but…a fireplace in the bedroom? And all of those gorgeous dreamy white frames? Truly a beautifully decorate mantel and wonderful design tips. we are loving your new home and can’t wait to see more of it in 2018!

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