Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Mantel For Summertime

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After seeing some beautiful mantel change ups for the upcoming summer, I decided I had to get in on the fun.
(You know how I love to move stuff around and “shop” from around my house)
I decided to move my gorgeous blue green Goodwill wine bottles from their home on my bench and let them be my focal point on the mantel itself.
I could have stopped with the bottles for pure simplicity, but I am a layering kind of girl so of course I had to layer.
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Wait a minute…I have to go back a step.
I want to make sure you notice my great old shutter.  It was black and in my attic until last night when the power went out and I got motivated to move things around.  Yep, I painted by candle light.
I hung some twine on it and then pinned up some French book pages I had bought.  I have no idea what they say but I know one says a word that looks like romance…hmmm.  I just hope they are all nice.
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I love little details like that little vintage key hanging from that book page.
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This is my brother and me.  He’s one of my heroes.
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My sweet husband and his twin brother sit beside a pair of hubby’s little baby shoes.  I figured they stayed untied most of the time anyway so I decided to keep them that way.  I love them and all of there little scuff marks.
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I love this new summer look. 
So fresh, so airy.
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Do you change your mantel up for the seasons?
I used to not be able to, but now that I use a lot of white, I am able to be so much more versatile and I love it.
Partying over at:
The Lettered Cottage for a Summer Get Together

The Lettered Cottage


Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Amy! The shutter is such a wonderful focal piece, the bottles, branches, and book pages, are all really amazing up there! Love it! Have fun this weekend with all the kids, brings back great memories! xoxo Debra

Restoration House said...

Lovely mantel Amy! Loving all the personal bits and layers, so sweet. I can't believe you painted that shutter by candlelight, haha it's something I would do too! lol.

Laurel said...

Your mantle looks all the special touches! I'm a "layering" kind of girl too :)
Have fun at the Prom!!! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

NanaDiana said...

Hi Amy- Painting by candlelight?! Seriously! You are just too cute! I love your mantle and happy that you found a place to use your wine jugs from all that wine you drank (;>) Your mantle looks great Ames! Gotta go-using the hubby's laptop! xxoo Diana

Red Gate Farm said...

Hi Amy! Love the new summery look for your mantel. I'd love to have one to change for seasons but we just have a freestanding stove... I do have a couple of areas I like to change out instead... like my buffet, coffee table and a couple of spots in my kitchen... maybe I'll do a post for all of us "mantel less" folks!

Have a great time with the prom prep!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Your mantel is Wonderful, Love the Baby Shoes & photos & the Shutter hanging at the top.... Have a wonderful & Full of fun weekend~

Lou said...

Amy - love what you did with the shutter. Your whole mantel area is simple and tasteful yet creative. So cool you incorporate the meaningful things like your baby pictures......and still have the baby shoes from your husband. Love those. I see Herley didn't make it this time around.
Connie (akalou)

michelle said...

This is beautiful Amy! I love the baby photos, how sweet to have them. :)
I hope that you have fun this weekend, what a special time to share with your daughter. :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Amy! Oh, I am SO glad that you are safe and sound, sweetie! I was thinking about you last night while those storms were howling down your way. You are quite the trooper, aren't you? Painting by candlelight? lol! I love your new summertime mantel. The treasures with the sweet memories make it all the more special. ♥ Hugs!

xoxo laurie

The Cranky Queen said...

Love the shutter...and the baby shoes...I have "a thing" about vintage baby shoes...go figure?!?
Visit me to enter the Mother's Day Giveaway at The Cranky Queen. Please pray for the families in Alabama effected by the devastating storms, Tiff

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

The mantel looks lovely. Prom season is always an exciting time in teenagers lives.

Southern Shop Girls said...

Hi Amy,

Love the new mantle. It's so much fun and gorgeous! Blue bottles from Goodwill? What a find! I'm green with envy.

Hope the girls have fun at the soiree - I just love that word! Enjoy watching them get ready and hearing all of the giggles. =)


Southern Shop Girls said...

Hi Amy,

Love the mantle makeover. It looks so light and airy - perfect for summer. Great idea for a shutter too. Must try that one sometime.

The glass jars or jugs or whatever were Goodwill finds? Wow! You hit pay dirt that day, didn't you? I'm green with envy!

Oh a Spring Soiree! I just love the word soiree! Hope that they have a fabulous time! Enjoy watching them get ready and hearing their giggles! Such a fun time.


A Rosy Note said...

Oh, that looks nice Amy! Very fresh. I love the book pages on the shutter. I did that with a window I have in my dining room...I used just boring pages though, nothing nice and French. By the way, I LOVE the cow painting in your previous post. What an awesome find!

Hope you have a great weekend :)

hugs ♥ tricia

MELANIE said...

How beautiful....I have those bottles (they're empty Sangria Im a shutter lover too...this is such a cool mantle design!

Great job!

Lucky 7 Design

Robin said...

I enjoyed everything about your new mantel. The bottles and books together is so pretty.

About Vintage French Hen said...

Hi Amy, love this! Everything looks so cute and Frenchy! Marcia

Sheryl and Denny said...

Love the shutter amy and all the old touches. I too like to shop from my own home and move things around. Love the twig branches in the bottles. I love the painting of the bull as well, hubby wants me to scout out flea markets in search for him a black bull painting.. Enjoy your prom activites......Sheryl

Becky C said...

Hey my friend! Guess what! My internet is now working :) I've been trying to send you an email this morning, but it wasn't working.
I love your freshly spruced-up mantel :) It all looks beautifully decorated. The little details are perfect. Love the old photos. And the baby shoes are precious. Hope the kids have a great time tonight!

stefanie said...

oh, I love it!

Cheryl said...

Hi Amy,
I just love your idea of using the shutter as the base for a summer mantle design. You have done a terrific job of choosing the items to display on it and arranging them. Just perfect! This is going right in to my Inspiration file.
Thanks for sharing,

A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful vignette you created Amy!
Love the shutter as a backdrop...and all the details are just perfect!

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Amy, I love, love your mantel. Love all of your layers and the history. I'm getting ready to redo mine for spring. Your mantel inspires me to use my daughters' baby shoes somewhere. How fun that your husband is a twin and your brother is your hero.
Have fun at the prom! Such fun times!
~ Julie

Southern Fried Gal said...

Hi Amy! I love your mantel. You have such a knack for meaningful design. I giggled about the "nice" comment on the book pages. Love every touch!

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

What a great idea!

Stephanie said...

Love your summer mantel - the shutter is great!

Debbie said...

I think it looks marvelous, and I noticed that shutter right away before you mentioned it.

I hope the Prom was wonderful! This was your son's last one, I guess. This is just a bittersweet time. It's so special. I remember it well.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Soo pretty~ love the shutter and how you have displayed it and love all your little treasures you have added in! Have fun with the prom!! Thanks for sharing at FNF :) said...

It's just lovely and I really like how you used the shutter. Happy Show & Tell Friday :O)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love the baby shoes...awesome idea!!!


Susan @ Busy Home Adventures said...

I love the shutter with the pages and keys! This could be a page out of a Pottery Barn catalog! Well done!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

gorgeous SO jealous of your gorgeous shutter!!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I absolutely love the bottles with the branches..! Gorgeous!