My poor fireplace mantel.
It hasn’t been changed out since I did this version with the dried brown hydrangeas. During winter!
Can you tell I’m not huge on seasonal decorating? 🙂
I honestly would have just left it, but the metal containers were really dusty and it needed a good clean. Plus I wanted to summerize it before leaving for Maui. (this is a scheduled post… I’m still there)
So I gutted the mantel, washed everything, and brought a bunch of stuff upstairs.
Nothing worked. Nothing.
So… I did the only thing left to do.
I put it ALL back…
I just think the quirkiness and scale goes well with the rustic fireplace.
I really love this adding fresh flowers idea. When the blooms start to wilt, they can easily be replaced because there aren’t that many. And the dried hydrangeas will still help to hold the look together, even without them.
Dead AND alive. My kinda plants!
The blue hydrangeas were picked fresh… and I have NO idea how I get to have them so beautiful. I don’t take care of them. They just quietly perform year after year.
Did I mention I’m not a heavy (if at all) pruner?! That may be the key.
Don’t prune those hydrangeas!
And the pink flowers, I have no idea. They grow like a vine type weed and they are wrapped around my honeysuckle. I just let them do their thing too.
I think flowers are just happy if you leave them be. Or something.
Don’t these colours look wonderful against all that delicious galvanized metal?
Sometimes it pays to NOT change out your mantel… it would appear…
Read how I made the little trunk into a sidetable HERE.
A couple other mantel designs with hydrangeas…
What do you have on your ‘summer’ mantel?