Early Summer Piano Mantel

Flowers and Summer Reads on the Piano Mantel

Vintage Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine

I have always wanted a mantel. I just love them, love decorating them, love enjoying them. And every season when all the other bloggers start decorating their mantels with seasonal goodies, I am sad that I don’t have one.

But guess what I finally figured out? Many of the bloggers who put up mantel posts don’t have mantels either!! They are decorating shelves, pianos, cabinets, whatever they have on hand! Isn’t that brilliant? Why didn’t I think of that? All those years of wistful wishing and I could have been playing along all the time!

Well, no time like the present! I have a piano in my front room, and what better place to decorate for a mantel-like experience, no? So, without further ado, I bring you, for the first time, my piano, decorated like a mantel, for early summer. Ta da!

Living Room with Piano Decorated Like Mantel

I love how it makes the room look. There’s still a ton of stuff I want to do here, but even just compared to the last time I shared my living room, isn’t it so much better? I also moved some of the books out so I could have a spot for my pitcher & creamer collection.

Early Summer Piano Decorated as Mantel

I’ve never decorated a mantel before, so I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about it. I’ve always loved it when people put old vintage doors and windows on things like this, so I decided to start there, then add things in that say “summer” to me. Of course, I didn’t have an old vintage door, so I built one! Here’s how you can build a faux vintage door, too. It’s easy!

Of course summer always says flowers. I picked this bouquet out of the yard, and it has foxgloves, catmint and Lady’s Mantle. (Lady’s Mantle for my mantel, har har.)

Summer Reads

Closeup of Foxglove Blossoms


I love foxgloves.

Close-Up of Lady's Mantel Blooms

Then for fun I added a garland of pinwheels made from old comics. I love pinwheels and all the soft colors from the newsprint.

Comic Page Pinwheel Garland

Bouquet of Foxgloves, Catmint and Lady's Mantle on Summer Mantel

Comic Page Pinwheel Peeking from Behind Catmint

And you can’t have summer without some good reads, right? Jane Austen is always a good choice, I think. Hee hee. Of course, my fantasy of curling up by the open window with a great book on a summer afternoon is probably not going to come to fruition. But that’s okay. I can steal my reading time at night after the kids are asleep.

Lastly, I added the vintage sewing machine. Of course, I love to sew and hope to do more sewing this summer, but also I just really have a soft spot for vintage sewing machines. So far I only have two, and it’s probably best if I don’t have more. They take up a lot of space. But they’re so beautiful! I love the scrollwork on this one.

Decorative Detail on Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine

What about you? Do you have a mantel? Do you decorate for the seasons? What does summer say to you?


~Angela :-)

P.S. Linking up to Home Stories A to Z’s Summer Mantel Party, the Summer Fun Mantel Link Party at The Lettered Cottage, Inspired by Charm’s “Just Because” Link Party and the Best Projects of June Party at Beneath My Heart.

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  1. A Manio! I just wanted to let you know I love what you did here. It took me a second to realize that I WASN’T looking at a fireplace. And the bouquet is fabulous. Seriously. Brilliant.

  2. You did a great job! And why not the piano? I love old Singer sewing machines too. I have two old Featherweights. One is black and one is white.

  3. Looks fabulous! Love your “pantel” or “manio” =)

  4. I love how this turned out. I think the addition of the door in the back is genius. The colors, all of it is perfect.

  5. Angela,
    Your Manio/Pantel is beautiful! Being a fellow gardener I love that you incorporated fresh flowers into the design. Your foxgloves are lovely. I adore the pinwheel garland you created and will be creating one for our summer birthday parties! Jane Austin is a favorite read. We have four mantels in the Fairfield House. I decorate for each season. Living on the NJ shore, summer means one thing…OCEAN!
    Have a wonderful week!

  6. The “pantel” looks wonderful and I do love the foxgloves! Do pretty.

  7. Your “pantel” looks lovely! You have a great collection of items on display and that bouquet is absolutely beautiful!

  8. I love you piano mantel. It is perfect, fresh and summery. Beautiful!

  9. No mantel here either. I decorate the top of my radiator cover as if it where a mantel.
    Love that chippy old door! And that green frame is pretty awesome too.
    And funny lady’s mantle is called exactly that too over here in Holland.
    Lovely mantel display!

  10. Angela!!!! This is so absolutely gorgeous. You have layered so many beautiful touches to create a wonderful look. That comic strip pinwheel bunting is such a fun touch. 🙂

  11. Marilyn says:

    I don’t have a mantel either, so use a picture rail or two to decorate. Though they aren’t very wide, it’s still fun. Yours looks great. Enjoy!

  12. Bjorn Button says:

    I love the renovations and home improvements to the piano. My wife teaches piano and has multiple pianos around the house. they lack and style or decor so we got a lot of ideas for your post. Thanks

  13. I love your piano mantel! The vintage sewing machine and fresh flowers are awesome. I use my piano as a mantel too 🙂


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