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It’s official. Spring is here! Although I’ve been celebrating the new season for a few weeks now, I can say with a happy heart (despite what the weather might be doing outside), that spring has sprung.

Inspired by the new season, and a few shopping trips to HomeGoods, today I thought I’d share two spring mantel ideas to help you freshen up your home. Given that spring is all about clean spaces, fresh flowers and new life, I decided to use nature as my inspiration. In both mantels, I’ve opted for a minimal approach paired with fresh flowers, clean finishes and a rabbit (or two) for good measure.

Mantel #1: An ode to nature
As I went shopping for these mantel decorations, I had no particular theme or idea in mind, other than “nature.” When I shop at HomeGoods, I like to go in with an open mind because I never know what treasures I’ll find — the thrill of the hunt can be so much fun.

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The first thing I stumbled upon were these large galvanized metal lanterns. As soon as I saw them, I started thinking about a farmhouse style for this first mantel.

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On a previous trip to the store, I had my eye on these white ceramic utensil pots. While I didn’t need them in my kitchen, I thought they would be great for holding fresh flowers or a live plant on my mantel. Boy, was I right.

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I hit up my local grocery store and was so happy to find purple hyacinths. I tucked them into my new utensil pots. The color beautifully complemented the galvanized gray.

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On the opposite side of the mantel, I used a matching galvanized tray with copper accents that I already had on hand. A pair of hyacinths and an adorable marble bunny (which you might remember from my spring living room makeover) completed the look.

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An additional lantern at the base of the fireplace, along with fresh lavender in a few rustic wood urns brought it all together.

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What I love about this look is that it feels light and fresh. There’s a bit of color with the flowers and a touch of quirkiness with the bunny. Plus, this look could easily transition into summer by swapping out the hyacinths with succulents or cacti.

Mantel #2: A modern farmhouse
For my second mantel look, I decided to continue with the farmhouse theme. This time, however, I went more modern.

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I found these mirrored, iron framed houses and knew they would work perfectly. They are intended to be hung on a wall, but I placed them on my mantel. I was so excited by how they looked.

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To create a greenhouse effect, I tucked white hyacinths in them. The natural and graceful lines of the flowers contrast beautifully with the hard lines of the house frames. The mirrored backs of the houses also gave the appearance of more blooms.

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I struggled with what to use on the other side of the mantel, but then I remembered the fabulous bunny print I had hanging in my bathroom. (Yes, another HomeGoods find I purchased this past fall.) It was the perfect touch.

A black modern-style candle holder worked well next to the frame to tie in the black metal from the houses. It’s always nice to have your design items complement each other in some way so that nothing looks out of place.

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To help bring the entire look of the fireplace together, I used a modern teak stand that I owned and topped it with my utensil-holder-turned-planter, filled with more hyacinths.

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I don’t know about you, but I’d say these two mantels were a success. With inspiration from nature and a touch of farmhouse style, I have two beautiful looks for the season. I hope they have inspired you to springify your own spaces.

Michael Wurm Jr. is a paid blogger and founder of the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter


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