Summer Styled Mantel

5.26.2011

I don't really do seasonal mantels, but now for blogging I change it up more than I used to. This mantel is just temporary for the summer mantel party at The Lettered Cottage. When I think of summer the first thing that probably comes to most people's minds is the beach. I just grabbed some things from around the house and this is what I came up with for a summer beachy look.


First thing I did was grab this picture and placed it in front of the mirror to give a layered look.

Next I placed my large sea fan slightly behind the picture.

I grabbed this little fellow from my hoarding stash and placed the dried seaweed on the stand.

On the other side I placed a lantern and my stand with the coral piece.

In the lantern I placed a battery operated candle with some twine netting and a starfish and shell. I placed some more loose seashells between the lantern and coral.

Added a starfish and shell to the coral.

I love this water color of the light house on St. Simons Island where I lived for three years when I was a young child. We go back and visit occasionally. Such a pretty place.










Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Joining the following parties:
The Lettered Cottage for summer mantels Home May'd party
My Romantic Home for show and tell
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest 
The Charm of Home for home sweet home
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday



47 comments:

  1. Kim I love the touch of summer using the shells and the fan coral!!! Kathysue

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  2. And it looks great!
    Have a fun and safe weekend.

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  3. Oh Kim,
    I love several things going on here with your mantel! Love the sea fan and the lantern! You really styled that lantern fantastic! Like the shells in the candlestick base too. So very pretty! I am on the hunt for a seafan this summer. Thanks for linking this up too.
    Sherry

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  4. Looks wonderful! I had planned to do a summer mantel (for the link parties of course) but I haven't got my act together on that! Great job with yours!

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  5. I love that big sea fan and all of your beachy touches! Summertime FUN! ♥

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  6. I love sea fans...I love what you did! :)

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  7. Having just returned from the ocean, I really enjoyed your mantle. I am new to sea fans. They are gorgeous!

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  8. Kim the summer touches you added to your mantel look wonderful and I LOVE that lantern!! Have a great weekend, Martina

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  9. The lantern is gorgeous!!.....

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  10. I'm happy to have stumbled over here! We're moving to the south in the summer and would need all the decorating ideas I can get. Your pictures are fabulous. I am looking forward to reading/seeing more from your site. Thanks!!

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  11. Mmmmmm Good - southern charm!

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  12. That looks very pretty and summery. :) Love the coral and shells on the candle holder.

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  13. Oh my goodness....that lantern is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the entire display, you always nail it to a T!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend! XOXO ~Liz

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  14. I love tha carved sea bird on the stand of course. the watercolor of the home lighthouse is perfectly wonderful Im doing watercolors this week at home while working on other things for a friends art too! Busy busy

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  15. Beautiful Kim ,you have given me some inspiration...I have nothing on my mantel but the same ole stuff cause I didn't know what to do...also havent' been able to comment lately hope this works..darn blogger

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  16. You did a great job pulling this together with things from around your house. I really love the watercolor. So pretty!

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  17. Kim that looks awesome! I have nothing beachy or summery for my mantel, and even if I did, it just would not work...thanks for the inspiration though.

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  18. The mantel looks amazing. So perfect for summer. Have a wonderful holiday weekend Kim!

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  19. Love your lantern Kim. I want one!!!! Now I am going to be obsessing for one. Thanks a lot. Just kidding. Sort of. Your mantel is fabulous. Even if it is only temporary.

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  20. Your mantel looks wonderful and I love the painting. Beautiful summer look. Hugs, Marty

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  21. Lovely, you inspired me to get my shells out and change my mantel.

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  22. Your mantel is very beachy and I love the sea fan.

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  23. I like the new touch! You always have things looking so pretty every time I visit.

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  24. Great summer mantel. Summer is a fun change. Mine is just temporary too though.

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  25. I'm kinda' liking the seasonal changes ...
    you have the touch my dear

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  26. Beautiful mantel! I love that sea fan! I have to find one of those! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  27. Love your summer mantle, Kim! I just adore that little watercolor!
    I've just noticed that I've lost all of my followers! I see you still have yours. If you were to come by my blog would you look to see if you can see them? Maybe they're just not showing up for me. I hate this stuff.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. Love this beautiful summer mantle! nice shells! Have a safe and happy weekend! Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Sanghamitra.
    RAINBOW-The Colours of India

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  29. I really like your summer decorations. I was also admiring your gorgeous mirror. May I ask where you bought it? Thank you.

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  30. Cathy, I bought it long time ago at a store that has gone out of business.

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  31. You are so good at styling. I need to start taking notes! Looks great.

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  32. Soo pretty but it makes me want to go to the beach!! Guess I'll have to settle for the lake.

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  33. You mantel looks great. I really love the lantern with the shells in it!

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  34. Beautiful! Lucky girl to have lived on St. Simons. Love that place!

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  35. I looked a a lot of these on The Lettered Cottage last night, and this is my FAVORITE!!! Love the seafan, the coral, the arrangement in the lantern...PERFECT! I also love how you made us hold out until the end to see the while thing in one photo....such drama!
    :)
    stacy

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  36. the look is awesome. watercolors prints are so intriguing to me. they're so tranquil. maybe is the muted colors and their flow. your collections of shells and is divine, but my fave of the whole mantelscape is the lantern. the texture of the twine...Perfect!

    have a blessed holiday weekend :)

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  37. Kim, you sure know how to pull a vignette together in a flash. That mantel would have taken me a week to figure out. It looks great, my favorite is the water color you layered next to the mirror. Its gorgeous, and you lived there! That is so special. Great mantle.......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  38. As always, Kim girl, this is so pretty. A killer mantel, for sure!

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  39. Lots of great ideas, Kim. Love the watercolor of St.Simons and the lantern. You've inspired me again to try to make a mantelscape with my mantel. Mine is one of those places I don't like in my house because it's very 80s. I don't want to bore you with that story. I just need a carpenter. lol
    Have a great weekend,
    Babs

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  40. I totally love everything little thing on your mantle! Fabulous!!

    Happy Memorial Day weekend :O)

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  41. I'm loving it Kim! The lantern is so gorgeous -would love to feature it on my blog! I'm curious about the dried coral. I found a few very similar looking ones, but they won't really dry and harden.
    Happy weekend and Memorial Day!

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  42. Gorgeous Kim! I especially loved the lantern and the watercolor. I never really switched up my mantels before blogging either and it is gals like you who have inspired me to try new things! :-)
    Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  43. Your mantel looks so great! I love it. I like it when folks layer artwork over mirrors. *nice*

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  44. it looks great! You take THE best photos!!

    xxjoan

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  45. Love your summer mantle Kim- the beachy theme is so pretty. Thanks for sharing at my party :)

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