Summer Mantels + More

By Kate Riley June 18, 2013

I was freshening up the house over the weekend, changing things for the season, swapping out accessories and such. I pulled out a few objects I had tucked away and layered them on the mantel, always touches of white and this time a few golden accents for sparkle.

A neighbor was cutting down a tree last year and I was that pesky person who walked over and asked if I could have a big bunch of branches for my fireplace. The birch logs have been there since, they fit so perfectly I can’t imagine moving them. Ever.

kates summer mantel

two sides of mantel

living room mantel

The accessory lineup: golden vase is Z Gallerie, mid century inspired geometric candlesticks I bought in Montreal last year, the hammered gold bowl is Target. The faux ear coral I bought at Pottery Barn two years ago, it usually sits on my dresser in the master but looks pretty and beachy on the mantel. The set of vases are also from Target (last year). The pillow is Pottery Barn, I think from two seasons ago.

I wrote about styling summer mantels over at BH&G this morning, and here are the other latest articles as well.

summer mantel style

colorful girls rooms

dining room rug rules

alfresco dining picks


What decorating changes have you made around the house this summer?




    • The mirror was a Lamps Plus find years ago Jen, I painted it white, but sadly it’s no longer available. :(

  1. The changes you made look fabulous! I love the soft colours in your decor.

  2. Great new look, Kate! My mantel is stuck in winter (ack, I am almost two seasons behind!), but your post is a great kick in the pants to get moving and onto summer styling. I plan on using large scale colorful art (per your BHG article) with lots of bright white (matte and glossy) layered objects and a few hints of bright orange. Not as sophisticated as your white and gold, but hopefully a little saucy for the summer season…

  3. beautiful! My mantel is currently waiting for the perfect piece so it just looks sad and empty until said piece is found! Thanks for the inspiration to keep looking! Yours is lovely!

  4. I have blue walls and white shelves, so I’ve been adding pops of red (small flags, red candle, vintage Coca-Cola signs) for a patriotic effect. I also have family photos that I switch out seasonally– time to put away the ones with tulips and get out the ones from canoeing and fishing! It’s nice to mix it up and not look at the same pictures all year!

  5. Wondering about the painting on the mantel? Could you tell me who the artist is?
    Thanks so much!

  6. It looks beautiful Kate. I like the simplicity of the white and gold…very fresh and elegant. Love the white textured throw on your chair!

  7. Kate, every time you show that mirror I fall in love with it even more! Can’t we contact Lamp Plus and put in a request to have it available again? You get alot of responses about this. Don’t they know who you are and how much influence you have,LOL You never cease to amaze me with your talent.

    • Hi Mary Anne, I’ve asked them! They were going to look into having their suppliers provide it again, but I haven’t heard back… I’ll send them a follow up email, it is a fab mirror!

  8. Love the birch logs. They can be hard to find. I need some for our fireplace and have not had much luck. I’ve even been thinking about the felt birch ‘play logs’ that can be found on Etsy instead!

  9. Your mantel looks absolutely fantastic! I am loving all of the gold. And we just moved into a new place so I have a whole lot of decorating to get started on this summer!
    xx lexi @ glitterinc

  10. Hi Kate,
    I love your house and style! I was wondering if you could give me any info about the rug in the picture. I really love it and am looking for something similar. Would you recommend it? Thanks!

  11. Wow! Your mantel is awesome. BTW, I’m also obsessed with white and gray colors. It highlights the furniture and other accessories in the house. The changes I’ve made this summer are the renovation of our kitchen and bathroom. ;-)

  12. Your site gives me more inspiration than any other out there!

    Quick question (and I think I may know the answer to this) what are your thoughts on tv’s over the fireplace. Tacky?

  13. I am looking for chairs about the proportions of those flanking your fireplace. Can I ask the company that made those please?

  14. It looks beautiful. I love the white and gold and I think any other metal color with white would work too. You can’t ever go wrong with white – white goes with everything. So cool, clean and fresh. Thanks for all your great examples.

  15. I love the birch logs in your fireplace. I have been looking for the same thing, but can’t find any birch logs in Arizona.

  16. Hello I would love if you would tell me what color is on your wall. YOu have inspired me to paint my living room

    • Hi Sigrid, all the paint colors in my home can be found by clicking on the sidebar button. :)

  17. Love the chandelier in dining room rug rules; the unusual drum shape shade is lovely. Do you know where this can be purchased?

  18. I love the color palette and the mirror, especially. What wonderful inspiration!

  19. Hi Kate,

    Do you know a good post about master bedroom dressers? I never know what to put on top of them…


  20. LAMPS PLUS HAS BROUGHT THE CASBAH MIRROR BACK! :) I found this inspirational picture several months ago and have been searching high and low for a similar mirror, but to no avail. I tried Lamps Plus one more time yesterday and shouted with excitement when I saw they had brought it back. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled my card out so fast for a payment! Can’t wait for it to arrive in a couple of weeks. :)

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