Cottage Chic Summer Mantel

Happy Monday! This is an exciting week! I’m headed to the Haven conference in Atlanta in a few days which is going to be so fun! In the meantime, I’m thrilled to show you my Summer mantel today. It has a cottage chic vibe with a touch of beach glamour. We’re not beach dwellers, but I like to dream about the sea sometimes.

LOVE it!

I used two printer drawers and a shutter for the background. I love how they work together even though they are different. Maybe quirky is a good word to describe them.

I added a mercury glass candlestick on each side to give a bit of symmetry. But I still kept things interesting with varied candle heights. Did you notice?

I recently found a huge bag of white and brown balls at TJMaxx. They looked Summery, so I picked them up. The added texture and dimension that they add is just fabulous!

Back before Valentine’s Day, I got a set of three little white vases from Target’s dollar spot. I just turned them around so you can’t see the I-heart-U. :) The woven flower is from our honeymoon stop in Charleston, South Carolina.

I love my “Promise” Willow Tree figure. It just makes me super happy…especially since my sweet husband gave it to me a few years ago. I used three Privet House salad plates to add some extra color and punch.  Plates are such a fun, versatile accessory!

The Life is Good sign is another Target dollar spot find. Isn’t it so cute?!  As I began to put the finishing touches on the mantel, I decided that the printer drawers needed something in them. I called my Mom who used to have a basket of sea shells in one of her bathrooms. Sure enough she still had them and I love, love, love how they look in the drawers.


Just a couple more beauty shots for y’all! :)

Have you done any Summer decorating? I know a lot of people don’t decorate seasonally and that’s a-okay! I need a change every few months, so this works for me! :)

I’m linking up to Today’s Creative Blog, Women Living Well, Tip Me Tuesday, I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party and The Lettered Cottage and Beth’s Mantel Party!



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  1. Very unique! Good job. I don’t change my mantle anymore but I change seasons with changing vignettes.
    Terri´s last blog post ..Surf’s up for Father’s Day

  2. Love it, Myra!!I have one big shutter on mine right now, but I adore how you accessorized all the way across! :)
    Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)´s last blog post ..Frugal Fashionista: Go For It! White on White…

  3. The mantel looks beautiful! I have yet to find some fabulous printer trays. Just adore them.
    Maya @ Completely Coastal´s last blog post ..Map Decoupage Ideas for Canvas, Dressers, Letters, Trays, Lampshades and more

    • Thanks, Maya! :) I’ve found mine at yard sales. Most people don’t really understand their potential!

  4. Lovely…just perfect! And…thankfully no snakes involved in this post!
    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real´s last blog post ..A Kitchen Mantel…Sort Of

  5. Love how this turned out! My favorite part is that it is “different”. Not your typical mantel display and it’s AMAZING! Great work girl!
    Mandy Rose´s last blog post ..{Our Adoption} The Beginning

  6. Such a pretty arrangement … I think the addition of the shells in the printer cabinets is the perfect finishing touch. And, I love that you just turned those cute little vases around, great re-use!! I’m thrilled to be featured with you at Layla’s and am so looking forward to Haven I can hardly stand it. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog´s last blog post cute {i think} new bag

  7. this is beautiful! i love the shells in the typesetting boxes! sweet sweet sweet ♥ thank you for sharing…

  8. This mantle is really cool. I’d love for you to link up at my party at Thanks for the inspiration!
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Is this TEA sweet?

  9. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    That was really impressive and pretty as well. You got a good taste when it comes in house decorating and you did it very well. I am most impress when I saw the shells arranged very well and it looks amazing. Love it!
    Danyelle Franciosa´s last blog post doors brisbane site

  10. Eeally fun! I love decorating with eclectic and seasonal pieces, but haven’t done much since becoming a mother of three (FOUR YEARS AGO!) This was just the post to get me excited about jumping back into the DIY fun!

  11. Oh, I just love your mantels!! I have been pinning them since the holidays when I saw your mantel featured on Home Stories A to Z. I adore the printer drawers — I was just gifted one so I’m hoping to use it creatively soon. Meanwhile, I love your summer mantel, yet another lovely one! You totally inspire me, thank you for being you! :-)

    Angela @ Cottage Magpie´s last blog post ..It’s a… Pantel? Manio? My Early Summer Piano Mantel

  12. I love the idea of putting paper or fabric in an old window frame. I have an old window in the garage that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. I might have to try this!

  13. gidget in CA says:

    new here, love your mantle ideas and the trip to the beach…


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