Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies

This simple summer mantel with peonies is the easiest thing you’ll do for summer decorating.
Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies - So Much Better With Age

Simple is always better especially in the summer when we spend most of our time outdoors. An easy way to decorate for summer is with flowers.

I’m teaming up with some amazing bloggers to share with you our Easy DIY Mantel Decor (or Summer Vignettes) hosted by my friend Krista of The Happy Housie. Be sure to check out all the inspiration at the end of this post!

(The large French laundry basket above is from my friend Maria of Dreamy Whites)

Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/rustic mirror, gold sconces - So Much Better With Age

Sometimes I tend to overdo it. For something to really catch your eye, I feel like it has to be a LOT but I’ve been leaning towards a lot of simplicity lately.

My house is overcrowded with all the projects I’ve done for my book. I love my projects but I don’t need 70 extra things in my house. So there is a lot of extra stuff in my house and the more I look at it, the more I want to become a minimalist.

Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/limestone mantel - So Much Better With Age

Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/beaded chandelier - So Much Better With Age

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I’ve loved peonies for as long as I can remember. I know they are a favorite flower for many people now but I loved them for as long as I can remember as my grandma used to grow them in her garden.

I added one pink and one white peony to one milk jar with water for a total of 5 and that’s it!

You can find a link to the milk jars here. I bought mine at Michael’s.

Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/pink and white flowers in milk jars - So Much Better With Age

Flowers are also the easiest things to photograph. If you want to play around with taking photos, start with some flowers!Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/pink peony - So Much Better With Age
Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/French vintage mantel - So Much Better With Age

I’m congratulating myself on keeping it simple. There’s nothing wrong with going all out but keeping things simple like peonies in milk jars is a refreshingly easy to decorate for summer.

Now be sure to visit my friends with their mantel decor or simple vignettes.

Make sure to pin it for later!

Simple Summer Mantel with Peonies/French market basket - So Much Better With Age

Click in Case You Missed:

Pink and Green Summer Kitchen

French Basket Centrepiece


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


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  1. Nothing like fresh flowers to scream summer! Gorgeous, Jamie. The pops of pink against your stunning wooden mirror are so beautiful! So glad you could be part of this series, friend!

  2. Keeping things simple is a real challenge for me, it’s seriously so hard! So, this simple mantel appeals to me way beyond the gorgeous peonies. But, I fell hard for these stunning flowers when I found them in our new home’s garden, it was love at first smell. xo

  3. Well hello, gorgeous!! I can just move in? Your home is so beautiful and full of character, Jamie! Your summer mantel couldn’t be more perfect 🙂 xoxo -Norma

  4. Hi Jamie!
    Your summer mantel couldn’t be more perfect! Peonies are one of my very favorites! I love the simplicity of this – simple yet packs a punch! It’s beautiful! I would love for you to share this at Homestyle Gathering link party via Serving Up Southern.
    >>> Kim

  5. Flowers always add the “extra” to give character to a room!!!
    Thanks for sharing and teaching us how to improve our

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