Beach Inspired Summer Mantel

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Want to know a secret?  My mantel was bare from after Easter until last week.  I had good intentions of creating a spring mantel for May but time got away from me and it never happened.  Most southern girls associate summer with the beach and I’m one of them.  Since it’s beach season, my summer mantel is beach inspired.

I usually start my mantel decorations with crafting a seasonal wreath.  Instead of a wreath, I used two prints from Hatteras, NC artists that I won in a silent auction associated with the OBX Charity Classic Tennis Tournament that we’ve done a number of years that benefits hospice.

Beach Mantel

The music stand to the left of the mantel holds an arrangement of shells, sand dollars, and star fish in an Ironstone compote that was inherited from my grandmother.

Shells arranged in an Ironstone Compote

The photograph of an Outer Banks sunrise was also a silent auction winning from the Charity Classis tourney.  It was hanging in my mom’s beach house until she sold it over the winter.

Beach Mantel

Shells, star fish, and coral pieces fill a vase in the center of the mantel.  This was one of my dumpster finds a few years ago.  I really think it will look great with a mum arrangement this fall.

Shells, Starfish, and Coral in an arrangement

The two fish plates were purchased on Ebay many years ago.

Beach Mantel - Fish and Shells

My mom decorated the tops of the kitchen cabinets in her beach cottage with her oyster tin collection.  I borrowed a few tins from her along with an old oar and a vintage clam shovel.

Beach Mantel7

 

I love the graphics on the oyster tins.

Vintage Oyster Tins and Vintage Clam Shovel

 

The table to the right of the mantel carries on the beach theme with a shell and a vintage Bobbsey Twins book.

Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore

 

I made the blue pillows for the beach cottage and pulled them out for the summer even though they don’t match my chairs.

Beach Decorations

I’m actually enjoying a week at the beach now.  If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this pretty sunset from last night.

When I get home, it’s going to be time to focus on giving this room an update.  I have no definite plans but hope to make new curtains and update the paint color but for now I’m just enjoying my time at the beach.

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Comments

  1. Such a beautiful summer-time mantle! That blue fluted bowl just pops! We have the hardest time keeping up here with the seasons but we’d love to incorporate some seashells!

  2. Very sweet! Love the oyster cans too!

    Jeanine

  3. I love your mantel. It makes me want to be at the beach right now. Especially since we had some snow today. Not awesome. I hope your vacation is wonderful. I love all of those shells.

  4. Love it all Paula!! 🙂 The cans are so cool!!
    Nancy

  5. Namesake, you totally put in a beachy mood. I love what you did here. You also inspired me to go by my Mom’s house and look for my Bobbsey Twins books to reread over the summer.

    I would love it if you would share this fab post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  6. This may be my favorite mantel of yours yet! I love all the vintage touches. I can’t decide is the book or oyster cans are my favorite. Those pictures are also so beautiful too. Hope you had a great time at the beach!

  7. Love the mantel Paula…and those oyster tins are great!!!

  8. Love it Paula!!! I hope you had a great beach trip! Can’t wait to see what you do in the dining room! ~Christy

  9. Love those oyster tins and all of the beachy-lovliness! Thanks so much for sharing at the Fun in the Sun Linky Party! I featured you today! http://www.settingforfour.com/2014/06/fabulous-diy-home-ideas.html

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