easing into an effortless summer mantel

I’m not ready to go full throttle into summer decor but I wanted to tweak my mantel since I have not touched it since spring | easter.
Summer mantel 1
I didn’t want it too elaborate or specific to any theme or time of year.
I want something effortless that can adapt with minor details through the upcoming months.
Summer mantel 2
I  removed everything from on top of the mantel and I mean every.little.thing and gave it a good cleaning.
Then, with a clean slate I started to add and layer elements.
Summer mantel 3
I knew I wanted to use my antique 1879, green book volumes as my base.
Then I planted a cast iron planter with some variegated plants and ivy, the ivy I had left from this spring arrangement.
Summer mantel 4
I added a large conch shell and sea fan to evoke a summertime feel.
These items can be easily & quickly swapped out with other stuff to totally change the feel.
Summer mantel 5
I have been cleaning, organizing and getting a bunch of stuff off my to do list which feels fantastic!
I’ll be sharing some things here real soon.
Summer mantel 6
The kids get out of school next week and it will really be summertime around here.
I can’t believe my baby boy, aka Master Masterpiece, is graduating from middle school.
Somebody please slow. it. down.
Summer mantel 7
Happy summer time!
sharing @:
swing into spring @ diy by design
wonderful wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wow @ savvy southern style
wake-up wednesday @ god’s growing garden
vintage charm party @ charm bracelet diva
home&garden thursday @ a delightsome life
syc @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
share your style @ little farmstead
home sweet home @ the charm of home
the inspiration gallery@ craftberry bush
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
shabbilicious @ shabby art boutique
sweet & simple @ rooted in thyme
pinworthy projects @ my suburban kitchen
5 star frou frou @ a tray of bliss
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive
share it one more time @ lilacs & longhorns
sundays at home @ love of home
creative corner @ curly crafty mom
amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of your home
show&share @ coastal charm
the scoop @ stonegable
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house
motivation monday @ making our life better
celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations
mmm @ keeping it simple crafts

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5 Comments

  1. Your mantel looks great, love the coral behind, this was a perfect post to share on the #OMHGFF this week,thank you!! Pinned!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Karren

  2. MaryJo, I love the vintage books! They’re becoming hard to find where I live. Thanks for sharing this at Five Star Frou-Frou. Pinned! Love, Mimi xxx

  3. thanks mimi. yes- vintage books have become popular around here too so they are either hard to find or expensive when you do find them. i got these on etsy. probably more expensive than i would normally pay for onsie, twosies but as a series of 10 with this fabulous patina i had to go for it. haven’t not regretted it for a minute. thanks for stopping by! xo- mj

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