Garden Theme Spring Mantle

~I put up my spring mantle last week~

spring mantle

After a winter that was colder and drearier than usual, I’m ready to get outside in the garden, loosen up the hard ground and tuck the unruly roots of a young seedling into the soil.

This winter has reminded me that some seasons in life and in spirit are hard. But on cold, dark nights, when it seems like winter will last forever,  it helps to remember that the season, is just that…a season.

And one season inevitably loses it’s momentum and fades unceremoniously into the next.  And in this case dear friends, for some of us, the next season is spring.

Spring …the word makes my heart light. So I wanted to make certain that my spring mantle was especially spring-like this year! :)

On a warm 65* day a couple of weeks ago, I slipped on my garden clogs and walked around the garden dreaming of new plants. The next day, the temperature dropped 40 degrees! Fuzzy slippers replaced the clogs and I did the next best thing to being outside in the garden…I brought a bit of the garden inside.

Spring Mantle

You guys who’ve been hanging out with me awhile know how much I struggle with having a HUGE TV over the mantle…it’s a decorating dilemma I tell ya! (I’ve talked about that HERE with Balsam Hill)

So for spring here’s what I did to remove focus from the TV and onto the mantle…

The Husband made a couple of aged pallet planks for either side of the television. I wanted them for several reasons…

1-I wanted the color to lighten up the stone fireplace just a bit…

2-I wanted more height flanking the TV-taking the focus off the giant thing!

and 3- I wanted the color in the planks to repeat the color in the large lanterns sitting on the hearth…

spring mantle

Next, with the garden theme in mind, I brought my galvanized watering can inside and added some sprigs in soft green. Putting the watering can on a riser makes it a little more interesting (the DIY tutorial for the Rustic Pedestal is HERE)spring mantle

I also wanted to bring in some live plants–I love this happy little Ivy in my aged terra cotta flower pot… (How to age terra cotta HERE & Here)spring mantle

spring mantle

On the other side, I used the Grapevine Lighted Topiary that I made a few weeks ago (DIY Grapevine Topiary HERE), and put it on another one of the pedestals …spring mantle

And to add another live plant, I used this darling Lemon Cypress…DSC_6328

In the center of the mantle I filled my mantle box (that hides a speaker- DIY Box HERE) with pretty spring green and all-shades-of- purple berries…spring mantlespring mantle

After having a week that was rainy and frigid, yesterday the sun came out and poured through the windows warming our little corner of the globe.  I have a feeling that we’re not done with winter yet, but my spring mantle is an ever-so-lovely reminder that it won’t be long now…
spring mantle

If you’ve been going through a long hard winter, either physical and/or emotional, I pray that today God will say to you (in a way that only He can)…

~hold on sweet one, spring’s on the way…

Sending love my friends ~ xo

You might like to see Last Year’s Spring Mantle: HERE

 Mantle with White Lanterns

Mantle with Metallic Terra Cotta Pots

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style

& Sweet Lucy from Craftberry Bush


  1. teri says

    I love your mantle! I have a rock fire place also but no tv. But sometimes it can look so blah. So you have given me a huge idea on fixing mine up. I going to try and fix it similar to yours if thats ok. Ill post a pic as soon as I can.

  2. says

    I love the spring touches on your mantel, Robin! My hubby would love to have our tv above the mantel, but I’ve been fearful of how I would decorate around it. You did a wonderful job on yours! Adding the aged pallet planks to either side of the tv was a stroke of genius.

  3. says

    Love the mantle Robin, and your post. Yes! Spring is just around the corner. I feel it. Your last paragraph may have been just for me. It has been an emotional “winter” for me. Storms of life have set in but we do have His promise that “weeping only lasts for the night. JOY! comes in the morning!” Thanks for the little bit of spring and the big bit of encouragement this morning! Hugs, Felicia

  4. Diana says

    I’m with you Robin this has been a cold winter and I’m over it. Spring can’t arrive soon enough, but as soon as it is 90 I’ll be wishing for fall…..Smile. The mantle looks great can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  5. JoAnne says

    I’m of the opinion that television has been responsible for the dumbing of America and can do w/out BUT I’m married to a man who has at least one on 24/7 so as a compromise I’ve always hidden them in armoires, behind shutter doors and the like. Have you thought of asking your husband to make your cute new doors sliding? It would be easy to do and you can close the doors when the television is not in use. It might help you deal with that large black void. ;)

  6. Elaine Arent says

    Just beautiful.You have such an eye for decorating. Your home looks so inviting. I find so much inspiration following your posts.

  7. says

    I love the pallet idea! It really does draw your eye away from the TV and lets you notice your pretty spring touches. I planted some lily bulbs in my garden yesterday. It felt so good to be digging in my garden again!
    I’m looking forward to the “storms of winter” to pass on. I am so ready to welcome “Spring” back into my life!

    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~Anne Bradstreet

    Eileen xxoo

  8. says

    Ohhhhhhhh, how I love this look. And the heart at the end of your post (well, it’s all the way throughout) but I love your “Hold on sweet one. Spring’s on the way.”
    Beautiful promise, Robin.

  9. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mantel…It has been a hard long winter…:( but like you said Spring is coming…xoxo

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