Summer Mantel

It’s kind of ironic that I waited until back-to-school time to do my summer mantel, but that’s what happened.  We enjoyed my Patriotic Mantel most of June and all of July but a change was needed for August.
Turquoise Mantel3

I pulled out three fabric covered panels that I made several years ago out of the drapes that were hanging in our living room when Mr. SP bought our house.  It’s an old Williamsburg print and I’d buy it today if it were available.  To make this fabric look more like summer than fall, I decided to use blue on my mantel to pull out the blue in the fabric.
Turquoise Mantel1

The blue plate is unmarked and was a gift from a friend when her mom moved out of her home.  The pieces surrounding it are Fenton.
Blue for Mantel

The pot to the left is McCoy and was a gift from my mom.  The piece in the middle belonged to my grandmother.  She really liked this piece and I’m glad I inherited it.  The candlestick was a long ago gift from my dad to my mom.
Blue for Mantel2

The music stand to the left of the mantel has a coordinating vignette.
Turquoise Mantel2

The lantern was my grandfather’s, the insulators were my grandmother’s, and the pot is from my growing collection.
Lantern and blue insulators

Now I’m all set until it’s time to do a fall mantel.

Today is my first day back at school and our students return on August 14.  If you are doing something fun, think about me while I’m sitting through meeting after meeting.

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  1. Suzannes Pastimes says:

    Your summer mantel is lovely. I can see why you would buy that fabric again – it is timeless! Enjoy your final days of summer!

  2. Love the salt box!

  3. Paula, I think I’ve told you before how much I love those fabric panels! So very pretty–and just right as your mantel backdrop. Those blue pieces are lovely, too!

    I didn’t do much 4th of July decorating this year, and I just now took it down. August leaves me sort of cold in the decorating department (maybe because it’s so HOT outside!), but you’re doing great!

  4. Isn’t Fenton glass just beautiful? So much sparkle.

  5. the cape on the corner says:

    i always loves blues as accents, so these are great!

  6. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family says:

    Looks great! I still have my Spring mantel up but I am really looking forward to getting it ready for fall.

  7. Chubby Chieque says:

    Your fabric panels are adorable but your turquoise plate catches my eyes and a fave.

    Happy TTT,
    /CC from rainy Stockholm

  8. Grammy Goodwill says:

    Bless your heart – I really do feel for you and all the meetings you’ll have to attend.
    Those fabric panels are gorgeous. I like the blue accessories you added. You have a good eye for this sort of thing.

  9. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    The fabric panels are gorgeous and look great above your mantel! The touches of blue pieces, are the perfect compliments! Looking good! 🙂

    Enjoy your last few days of vacation!

  10. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    My mom went back this week too for meetings and getting her room set up. I love the mantel with those pretty pops of blue!

  11. I love how many items are gifts and precious hand me downs – Thanks for the comment at 16balls – great to meet you!

  12. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Paula, Your fabric panels make your mantle so summery and happy! What a pretty collection of blue! Thanks for the summer mantle tips and bringing them to TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  13. Courtney @ One Fine Wire says:

    So pretty!

  14. Daffodil Hill says:

    Pretty mantle. I love all that blue!

  15. What a cute fireplace!
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