A Year of Mantels 2012

A Year of Mantel Decorating Ideas! {aka: Revealing my Inner-Mantel Freak}

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday! Last year at about this time, I looked back at my full year of fireplace mantel decorating ideas (for 2011), season by season. I thought I’d do it again for 2012.  I’ve been freakishly addicted to decorating my mantel for special holidays long before I started blogging about home decor.  But when I did start blogging, I was happy to discover that there are lots more ‘mantel freaks’ out there too! It’s fun and creative, and it helps in some small way to keep our home feeling festive even in the doldrums of our regular routine.

mantel decorating ideas

In 2012, my mantel changed at least 10 times from what I could count (yup, freakishly, I tell ya)!

Here were some of my faves…

Pink & Aqua Valentine’s Day Mantel

Here’s the full post on my 2012 Whimsical Valentine’s Day Mantel.

Mantel Decorating Idea Valentines Day


 “Singing in the Rain” Spring Mantel

You can read more about my “Singing in the Rain” Mantel here.

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas


Simple Easter Mantel

See the full post on my simplified Easter Mantel here.

Easter Mantel decorating ideas


 Beach Photo Summer Mantel

 For more details on my beach photo summer mantel, here’s the full post.

Summer Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas


My ‘Un-Fall’ Fall Mantel

 Check out more on my cool-toned Fall mantel here.

Fall mantel decorating ideas


Kid-Friendly Halloween Mantel

 Read more about my gore-free, kid-friendly Halloween mantel here!

Halloween Mantel Decorating Ideas


Simple Christmas Mantel (Branches & Bulbs)

See more pics of our simple Christmas mantel, created from branches and bulbs, here.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Do you decorate your mantel for the seasons too?  If you don’t, but it’s something you’d like to start doing, there are a tonne of mantel decorating ideas out there on home decor blogs and other decorating web sites.  Just Google it!

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas holidays, peeps!


I’m linking up with Beth

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P.S. You might also like…

A Year of DIY Decorating Projects: 2012

DIY Decorating Blog Year in Review 2012

A Year in DIY Wreaths {Door Decor}: 2012

A Year of Door Decor

A Year in Seasonal Mantels: 2011

Mantel pin it collage


  1. says

    Hi. I am thinking of fundraising for a local historical mansion/home. My idea was to have 10 mantles/hearths built to place against the walls in different rooms and have local talent decorate them for the holidays. Your site inspired me. Thanks. Heather