Summer Lakehouse Mantel

I'm a bit behind sharing some decor changes for summer here on the blog but life gets busy sometimes. Today I want to share our family room fireplace mantel decorated for early summer with a lakehouse vibe. 

One of the beauties of a base of neutral colours is being able to easily add pops of colour. For our family room I am adding blues in lake house inspired shades. 

The shiplap and board and batten that we added to the fireplace wall of our family room is still one of my favourite DIY's to date. It allowed me to add the faux beam mantle that is fun to decorate seasonally. 

I started by making a bunting with string and little canvas pieces from Michaels. The big galvanized sap pail is filled with birch limbs and cotton stems. Cotton is not natural to our beautiful Ontario outdoors but it is a nice filler until I find something else.

The mason jar filled with river rocks reminds me of our beautiful lakes and rivers. The glass vase is filled with sand and a votive. 

I painted the sign last year and the napkin ring Muskoka chairs (or Adirondack chairs to those of you south of the border) are some of my favourite things to use in summer. Scrabble letters spell out BEACH and LAKEHOUSE.

The mantel decor may change as summer approaches but I really like that I pulled this off using items already in my decor stash. After some unseasonable cool weather, and even snow flurries and hail last weekend, we are enjoying warmer and nicer weather heading into our long Victoria Day weekend, also known as our May 2/4 weekend (Two Four as in a case of 24 beer lol.) Thanks for visiting and I would love to know if you have been able to plant flowers yet. We can finally do it here in southern Ontario.


  1. Elizabeth - Your mantel looks adorable. You are definitely ready for Spring and Summer.

    Have a great weekend.


  2. Gorgeous mantle vignette...the arched mirror is a perfect backdrop for your lovely beachy accessories...Lovin' especially the wee Adirondack chairs and the clever use of scrabble tiles and pebbles in a jar.

  3. I love those little muskoka chairs. Enjoy the long weekend.


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