Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summery Mantle

It's been a while since I switched up my mantle so I thought I needed to do it today. It's a quick way to make a big change. I do wish I could do something in place of the tv but that's the one thing that needs to stay. I wanted to add in some summery touches with shells and blues & whites. This is what I came up with: I placed white votives in some jars I had to make DIY candle holders. I put sugar in the bottom but I really think salt or sand would be preferable. But as with much of my decorating I like to use what I have. You may remember the silver vase from my DIY Mercury Glass post. Although it doesn't really look like mercury glass I still love it and use the heck out of it.






This shell print was printed from the Graphics Fairy. If you haven't been there you need to check it out. Karen has a wonderful array of graphics available for download. The tiny blue vase is a new purchase from our vacation. I couldn't resist it!








I love the apothecary jars I got for Christmas. They have hundreds of uses and I really enjoy changing them out every so often. The cute tag is some scrapbook card stock I trimmed up and added ribbon and buttons too. I am quite smitten with it! :)







Another close up of the faux mercury glass vase. You know, this vase is one I kept after I had flowers delivered one time. I loved the shape and knew I would reuse it. I am lucky enough to have it's bigger sister which I haven't painted yet. But you know I am tempted!







So, for very little money (I got the light blue vase for $20 with my vacation money) I once again transformed my mantle. I think we all have so much laying around our house that isn't always used (am I a the only one with a cabinet dedicated to candles, frames and other decor?) It's a project I really enjoy so I usually do it quite often. And you know we look at it constantly since the TV is right there!






Do you have an area in your home that gets lots of attention in the form of redecorating?




I am linking up to Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm,Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage, Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest, Transformations and Treasures at the Pink Postcard & Open House Party@ No Minimalist Here (and check out Sherri's beautiful beach house).


3 comments:

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

It looks lovely! I love all the bits of blue and white you used here, and the different textures. Very nice!
Thanks for the mention!
Karen

Sheila said...

Looks great. I would have never thought to use sugar in place of sand. Brilliant. Thanks for your nice comment about my house on beyond the portico and for perusing my blog. We only purchased our house late last fall so I haven't gotten too much done as of yet, but I am working on it every free moment that I get and as money allows. I hope you saw something you like on my blog and will come back from time to time for a visit. Cheers!

the cape on the corner said...

i love your whole fireplace space, and although you don't like the tv, it makes sense there. we've just added a fireplace in our basement, and we made it a whole built in look with the tv above it.

love the chunky mantle.