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Simple Early Summer Mantel…Flowers Everywhere!

Create a beautiful early summer mantel with simple decor and loads of fresh flowers!

Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing our simple and beautiful summer mantel {or summer vignette} ideas with you! Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to check out all of the mantels and vignettes in the links at the bottom of this post!  xo

This time of year I so look forward to lilacs blooming…there is something SO immensely beautiful about these flowers.  The nostalgia, the soft and frothy look of the flowers, and the scent…oh my the scent.  One smell of a lilac and I’m taken right back to my grandparents Saskatchewan farm.  It’s the best kind of memory.

And you would think with my love of lilacs that I would have a yard full of lilac trees, but for some reason I don’t.  I have one little tree that I rescued from my sister, and when I moved it, it never fully recovered.  I do get one little bouquet (which I shared here on Instagram) every year which I’m so grateful for.  But after I cut the blooms and bring them inside I feel sad that my lilac season is over.  So this year I put a call out on my Facebook page and asked if any of my friends had a lilac tree that needed pruning, not expecting anyone to answer because it’s hard to part with such beautiful flowers!  But I was so happy when my friend Amy said I could come over and snip some lilacs from her tree!  I couldn’t believe my luck.  So tin snips in hand, I was over there in a flash and left with the most beautiful bouquet of white lilacs.  I am so happy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy these lilacs as much as possible…so where to put them?  At first I had them on display on my kitchen table…

White Lilac Bouquet

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  But then I decided to move them to my office to enjoy…

Pretty and Colourful Office Space

Pretty and Colourful Office Space

And I loved them in here, but they were too tucked away for my liking, so I decided to move them to a more central space in my home so we could fully enjoy them every day.  And what better place than my mantel!

Simple Early Summer Mantel

With lilacs on display, not much else is needed here…they’re all the decoration I need!  I did decide to put out my old windows again though, just because lilacs are so nostalgic and remind me of farmhouses.  The two together are perfection.

Simple Early Summer Mantel

And now that I have the lilacs in a central space in our home, we can smell them all over!  The best.

Simple Early Summer Mantel

The nicest thing about this time of year are all the flowers in bloom…as each new variety opens up, I can just switch out my flowers…next up will be peonies!

Simple Early Summer Mantel

More Summer Mantel Inspiration:

If you’re looking for more summer mantel or vignette inspiration, make sure to check out the posts from my blogger friends below!  Enjoy the inspiration…

The Happy Housie // Home Made Lovely // House by Hoff // The DIY Mommy

Zevy Joy // Town and Country Living // A Pretty Life // Rooms for Rent // So Much Better With Age

Finding Silver Pennies // Vinyet Etc. // This is Our Bliss // Rambling Renovators

Paint Me Pink // Just a Girl and Her Blog // Jamie Costiglio // Newly Woodwards

Have an inspired day!

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  1. OH! I can smell them from here! I absolutely love lilacs. Our finished about ten days ago… boo! I wish they lasted longer. The white ones are stunning. And your mantel is beautiful and perfectly “summer simple”. Thanks for being part of this series, Jo-Anna!

  2. I can not tell you how much I love this post!!!! These are the most dreamy lilacs I have ever seen, I am so tempted to drive to the nursery RIGHT NOW and plant my own white lilac! so stunning and your photography – you need to teach me! xo