Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Mantle

Well, Summer is here and my mantle was in need of a make-over that was worthy of hot, summer days.  I decided on a beach theme using lots of shells, sand, and other natural elements. 
Here's what my fireplace looked like before I started:
Everything I used to decorate were things that I already had.  Most of the shells I used I have had since I was a child.  Most of them came from family trips to Florida.  I'm so glad I have all of these beautiful shells - who knew I would be using them years later to decorate!

Here's what the mantle looks like now:
I purchased the apothecary jars from TJ Maxx and Marshall's a few years ago.  I'm glad I have them - I keep them up on my mantle most of the year.  I just switch out the fillers for the different seasons.
Two of the jars are filled at the bottom with sand and shells on top.
The third jar is filled with dried sea bark I purchased from Pottery Barn a few years ago.  I think it is actually dried cactus.  I recently saw it for sale at Michael's.
I bought both of the star fish on the island of Capri in Italy.  Every time I look at them it reminds me of our great vacation!
I printed out the sea horse and shell print for free from Vintage Printables.  I first found out about Vintage Printables from Rene of Cottage and Vine and now I can't stop printing out things!

I have two frames hanging near my fireplace.  I switched out the photos I had in the frames for more shell prints.

Not bad for free prints!
I added beach grass to a vase filled with sand to set in front of the fireplace.

To complete the Summer look, I added a hurricane filled with sand and shells to my coffee table.
Thanks for reading!  I hope you are inspired to bring a little bit of Summer inside your home.
I'm linking up to these great parties:  Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow, Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life, Show and Tell Day  @ Blue Cricket Design, Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple, Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage, Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous, Mantle Vignette @ The Stories of A to Z.


LindyLouMac said...

The shells and other seaside mementoes are a great summer theme for your mantlepiece.

PreeOccupied said...

I love your shell collection. I collect shells too and toss them around with plants and pebbles. They just liven up things around.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I've got seashells on my mantle too~ It just sighs...summer is here.
Come join the friday's favorites linky party~

robyn anne said...

that is very impressive! i have a jar i do the same with... but you really pull it all together! i wish i had more creative mind!
love the prints in the frames to bring it together :)

Kendall Jones said...

This is so fabulous! I love it!

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Everything looks great and those prints...WOW! Love the seashells and still have mine from years past too. So glad we kept them.

Have a great weekend!


Rene @ cottage and vine said...

BTW thanks for the plug :)

Anne said...

I like this alot. We have some shells we just brought back from the beach with us that I am trying to find a way to display. I may have to use some of these ideas :)

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I am inspired! Everything looks so classy. My mantle needs a touch of summer. I get lazy and leave the same items up there most of the year. The only time I really change it is for Christmas. Now I need to find something summer-y!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This looks awesome - I have shells in my apothecary jars, but I think I'm going to now go back and add sad. I love that detail!

sydney @ memorable minutes said...

i did this on my dresser in my bedroom with shells and seaglass from trip cause i wanted that beachy feel. don't you love it?!

lisaroyhandbags said...

looks great! I have a similar hurricane vase with a big candle and shells and I love the beachy look. I bought a starfish in Capri when I was there too! That dried sea bark is really interesting!

lorenabr said...

It looks great a fab idea :) love the prints and the look of the fire place is amazing.

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Rustique Gal said...

Alissa, Your mantle is charming. I love how you combined it all and included the rest of the room in the makeover. The hurricane on the coffee table-the frames with new pictures. This is a great way to change out a room for little money--I love it! Sherry

britni @ Antika Moda said...

Very pretty! Feels like summer :)

Lisa said...

Oh I just LOVE the beachy theme! How light and fresh. You can almost feel the ocean breeze. You've done a fantastic job.

Jen said...

Love the summer Christmas decorating without all the stress and craziness.
It looks awesome!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Looks so summery and fresh! And I also love that you collected them over the years on makes it even more special and perfect!

Burtons Blessings said...

I just wanted to say hello! I found you through remodelaholic and love your blog! I too am an Interior Designer for a Commercial Architect firm!

Kimberly said...

Loving this! I have a huge crush on apothecary jars right now, so every time I see one, I just drool. Thanks for sharing!


paperbutterfly said...

I am so glad I found you! I have been looking for ideas for my mantle and a seaside-inspired tea. Love your blog. I am your newest fan.
I would love to invite you to stop by for tea.
Blessings, Pam

nannykim said...

This came out so beautiful!! I love what you have done. Thanks for the tip on the vintage prints! Also I have been to Capri and we loved it there! We took a hike to the top where some cool ruins were and on the way had a instantaneous picknic lunch of cheese , olives, and bread (those were the days before I realized I couldn't have gluten!! I kept wondering why I was so sick!! ha!)

spindlecottage/nannykim--click here for the cottage! said...

Oops--for got to give you my spindle cottage link. I will with this comment!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This looks great! It all came together really well! Nice job!

I also have a mantle in my post!

We also loved Capri!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh everything couldn't be more perfect. I love all your gorgeous containers with the shells and all of your other fabulous accessories. You really do have a knack for creating the best vignettes. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Beautiful. I love that bark...need to find some of that!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Alissa, what a wonderful way to welcome Summer! I love all the sand and shells, oh and cactus! ;) I really like the speckled tall vase on the hearth too, beautiful!

Life in Rehab said...

Very nicely done, and I adore your fireplace.

Robin said...

You have done such a nice job on your summer mantle. Such a lovely beachy and refreshing feel it give the room.

Michele said...

You did a wonderful job. It all looks great and gives a cooling effect.

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Love the seashell prints. I went on that site you mentioned but couldn't find it. Do you remember what category it is under?

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

It looks great. I love decorating with shells! Thanks for linking up.

Jemsmom said...

That looks so clean and elegant! Thanks for sharing!

themangoarchives said...

Where did you buy the beach grass?


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