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How to Decorate a Hearth

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Everyone loves decorating their mantels and there are lots of great inspirational pictures out there to help you do it.  I love my new mantel so much but it’s still hard to decorate right now because there is a ginormous TV above it.  We are still planning to plank above this mantel and center the TV above it (we have to keep the TV for my husband, he is adamant!) but I want to build some type of door to go over it so it doesn’t look like we worship the TV, haha (that’s how my sister always puts it.)

Plus there is a giveaway at the end of this post!

how to decorate a mantel

But in the meantime, I can decorate my lovely new hearth!  I built the hearth after much debate and I’m so glad I did it.  Our room size can handle it and I love that I can sit and warm my buns by the fire in the winter.  Plus we added a quartz top which makes it sparkle and shine and look all fancy.  And bonus–I get to decorate it!  How to decorate a hearth though…that is a new challenge!

hearth decor

It’s not hard at all.  You need to think about composition and the size of your items.  I like to work in groups, but not necessarily symmetry here.  I don’t want the exact same things on either side of the hearth.  I got these amaze-balls new lanterns from Walmart (Better Homes and Gardens brand) in Large, Medium, and Small just to play around with what I like best together.  I have a thing for lanterns…they are so beautiful and versatile for decorating.  I can take these outside if I want some light out there or just have them inside for ambiance.  And using them with LED candles so I never have to worry about smoke or fire hazards!

bhg lanterns

I group two of these big lanterns on one side and put things inside them.  You can fill them with candles of course, but you can also put things like blossoms or shells or decorative balls inside.  At Christmas you can put Christmas ornaments inside.

bhg basket and lantern

On the other side of the hearth I have this nice hyacinth basket from Walmart (BHG brand again) that is also super versatile.  I could fill it with blankets or pillows, logs for wood burning (just for looks, this is a gas fireplace), or other kinds of greenery.  That way if someone needs a blanket, it’s right there to grab.

hearth decorating

I also love the last little tidbits of decor, like the books and plants to add extra color and depth to the design.

decorating a hearth

It’s super easy to refresh your house for any season or holiday by keeping some neutral staple decor items, such as the basket and lanterns but change up the things that go inside.  For spring you can do blossoms and flowers and light airy colors and fabrics.  For summer you can do seashells and sea glass and aqua colored items.   Fall would obviously be things like fall leaves, wood logs, thicker blankets, pumpkins.  And winter you can do pine boughs and pine cones, plaid wood blankets, Christmas ornaments, red velvet ribbons, Christmas lights, etc.  Easy peasy.

Get this look:

Lantern (Large)

Lantern (Medium)

Lantern (Small)

Hyacinth Basket

Cable kit blanket (seasonal online)

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  1. Carly Williams says:

    I would buy new sheets and decorative items for the house!

  2. I would buy plants for my yard.

  3. Julie Wood says:

    I would buy a new rug for my porch, with a new outside chair, a planting pot to spruce up my front porch for Spring!

  4. I would buy an outdoor sofa

  5. Christopher Mason says:

    hair products

  6. kelly tupick says:

    I would buy a new vacuum so that i don’t have to borrow one every time i want to clean house.

  7. Jean Bullard says:

    I need new towels for the whole house

  8. Alan Saxon says:

    I would buy groceries for my family.

  9. I’m looking for a nice duvet cover and some throw pillows!!!

  10. Susan D Genna says:

    I am in dire need for sheets for my bedroom. Mine are all pilled up. Sheets are so expensive!

  11. Anne Marie says:

    I would by a new patio set.

  12. shelly peterson says:

    I would buy a new comforter.

  13. Jessica To says:

    I really need to decorate our hearth but I would probably buy a comforter for my son’s new bed.

  14. natasha lamoreux says:

    I would buy some new plants or some lighting for our patio.

  15. Mary Cloud says:

    I’d buy a new shower curtain for my bathroom

  16. I would buy a patio set for my deck.

  17. Jennifer Marie says:

    I would buy decorative wall hangings and mirrors.

  18. Sonya Morris says:

    I would buy plants for my deck and front porch.

  19. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would buy new sheets.

  20. Emily Smith says:

    I would get some new towels and decor for my bathroom.

  21. I would buy a new dinnerware.

  22. Karen Smith says:

    I am definitely in need of a mantel update. I love the use of the lanterns so I would buy some lanterns.

  23. I would buy paint and home decor items

  24. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I would buy some summer clothes for my kids.

  25. Karen Nadeau says:

    I would buy some decorations for my yard.

  26. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    I would buy stuff for my living walls just redecorated living room

  27. kim kihega says:

    I would buy some flowers, vegetables and some gardening tools!

  28. I would like to know-what did you use for the cover of the fireplace that has some kind of reflective insert that mirrors the living room furniture and all- I have a large fireplace and would love something like this-as I’m an older lady -alone and I do not use the Fireplace any longer-but would like to make it pretty-thank you-

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      We have a new gas fireplace and the cover comes with the insert. Sorry I can’t recommend something.

  29. I would put it toward a new patio set!

  30. HS kraftmaking says:

    I would get new rugs and plants.

  31. Storage containers for all my seasonal decor 😉

  32. I would buy new bedding.

  33. Kathryn Dahn says:

    Your hearth is beautiful, I agree a sliding door or panel with art for the G tv. I need to redo the edging around my flower beds and clean out the awful cedar chips I put in there last year – what was I thinking????! What a mess! Thanks for the drawing.

  34. I would buy new curtains.

  35. I’d buy a curtain rod and groceries.

  36. Heather Dawn says:

    I would put it towards a new patio set!

  37. Love it, it looks beautiful!
    I would totally buy those lanterns!

  38. I would get some new curtains for the living and dining rooms.

  39. There are so many things I could buy with $100 at Walmart! I’d start with some flowers and herbs with a nice planter for the deck, and I’d treat myself to a fun new kitchen toy (a new baking pan?). Then I’d probably buy some of the usual things, like dog and cat food. Thanks!

  40. A new tablecloth and outdoor decor for our space.

  41. Courtnie Miller says:

    I’d use it towards groceries.

  42. i would get kitchen items

  43. I would get some new dinnerware!

  44. Janice Cooper says:

    I would get some summer decor for the yard

  45. I would buy outdoor toys.

  46. Susan Christy says:

    I would buy an outdoor rug or summer bedding.

  47. I would have to say outdoor decor and essentials

  48. Elizabeth J. says:

    Clothes for the kids and groceries!

  49. Tabathia B says:

    I would purchase my daughter some twin character sheet set for her bed

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