Summer Mantel Decorating {2013}

Summer Mantel 2013

Hellllooooooo out there….

I’m back home from a fun vacation to Niagara Falls and ready to hop back in the saddle after a nice long extended break from the blog.  So far this year we’ve had a nice mild spring and summer but now that the heat has cranked up to near 100 outside I’m ready to head back inside to the air conditioning and the comfort of my laptop.
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What better way to ease back into regularly scheduled blog posts again than with a summer mantel post?  Let’s just pretend like I actually got around to finishing the painting job on my mantel that I talked about in my Spring mantel WWYD post.  Yeah… I’ve been a little busy.

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I’m SOOOOO happy to finally have hydrangeas blooming in my yard again after a few years of being bloom free. 

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This morning I went outside and gathered up a few big purple hydrangea blossoms along with the flowers from my hosta, rosemary and lavender and stuck them in a pitcher for a pretty mantel centerpiece.  One bloom made it’s way into my bottle collection.

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The big galvanized pots came from a vendor at Petals From the Past Antiques in the Garden this spring.  I wish that I could find some giant boxwood kissing balls to stick in the top of them, but so far I’m striking out.  Maybe I need to DIY some.

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The wooden sign is one that I made for myself using the wood salvaged from my Granny and Pop’s house.  The top piece is the threshold from their kitchen.  Love, love, love the fact that I have this treasured piece of my family’s history in my home.  Imagine all of the feet of my forefathers that have crossed that threshold.  Makes me get all sentimental just thinking about it.

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My friend Kent made me this CUTE burlap and chevron sign as a gift for letting her use my guest bedroom while she was in Birmingham for an embroidery conference a few weeks back. 

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I totally ADORE this sign so much that I cannot bring myself to put it outside and let it get rained on. So for now, it stays on the mantel front and center. If you’d like to order one for yourself, Kent has an etsy shop called Peachy Keen Designs where you can special order one.  Or visit her facebook page and tell her I sent you!

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The antique gas fireplace was scored at my local picker’s paradise store for just $35.00!!  I was totally expecting the guy to say $100+ when I asked him how much, but he came back with $35 and I didn’t even have to barter.  LOVE this piece of vintageness as a planter on my fireplace.  I had some ajuga chocolate chip waiting to be planted so I stuck it in there in the meantime until I get the nerve to brave the heat and plant it. The big metal finial that looks like a chess piece came from the new Oak Mountain Emporium.  I’ve got a whole posted lined up to write about that place and all the goodies I found, but it’s a the bottom of my to-do list right now.  Soon, though!

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What says summer around my house better than elephant ears?  I have always had success growing elephant ears, so I bundled up a few for today’s photo shoot and stuck them in my galvanized coal scuttle.  Love all their curly edges and fresh green color.

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So there ya go!  My Summertime mantel decor for 2013!  Now, I just have to figure out what to do with all the stuff that is sitting around my living room from the deconstruction of my Spring mantel. 

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Since some of my blog buddies were discussing the fact that we bloggers only show the pretty pictures and not the ugly ones in our houses, here is a great “Keeping it Real” photo just for you guys. I freely admit it– I don’t finish my painting projects, and I have piles of junk and unfinished business laying all around my house just like everyone else!  Feel free to point and laugh.

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  1. Thanks Carrie! She does have a shop! She’s temporarily on vacation til the end of June but I’m sure she would make one for you. 🙂

    • Carrie and anyone interested – send me a message on my Etsy shop and I’ll be happy to give you some info. Thanks!! And thanks for the shout out Beth!!

  2. Seriously – that fireplace planter lights my fire! If we had been shopping together, there may or may not have been some hair pulling to get to that first!

    The salvaged wood is perfectly imperfect – love the fact that it holds such a great memory! I’ll be hoping someone throws away an old wood threshold and fireplace!

  3. Beth – it is just gorgeous! Your flowers are beautiful and I absolutely LOVE the wood piece that is from your family!

  4. What a gorgeous mantel! It is so pretty and so calm and serene looking. Love!

  5. Mary Soulios says:

    I love, love your summer mantle. I have been following you for a while now, and always love seeing your new projects. I am also very appreciative of the comment at the end of your post, as I had recently been feeling rather negative, to be completely honest, as I am a new blogger and every blog I go to shows a museum style home and recently I, too, have been seeing the “keep it real” posts. Thanks for your honesty! Keep inspiring us!

  6. Jena @ Involving Color and Home says:

    Cute mantel Beth! Your hydrangeas make such pretty blooms! Ours are just opening up now and I’m just dying to get out there and trim some to bring in. Hopefully in the next couple days!

  7. Your keepin-it-real messy photo is more styled than most of my house! 🙂 LOVE that gorgeous mantle with the galvanized metal and the hydrangeas… beautiful!

  8. i know i said this on FB, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE your mantel, especially the pallet!!

  9. Hey Beth – it looks so pretty. Love the galvanized and salvaged wood. Our hydrangea are just about ready to bust open – I can’t wait! Take care, Laura

  10. Love the mantle. It’s so, so pretty. Prefect, imperfect, chippy and fabulous. I love, and I mean really, really love the part of the wood art that is the old threshold from your families home. THAT is freaking so awesome. I love that sort of thing!!!!

    And my house is perfectly picked up and clean 24/7. I don’t know WHAT you are talking about.

    Bwah hahahahahaha.

  11. Beautiful mantel! I love the look of the galvanized metal with the blues of the flowers and aged wood! Rustic with its own brand of elegance! So pretty! Diggin’ the blue on that sideboard and many of the items on it – so beachy and summery! Thank you for ray of sunshine on this cloudy day! Hugs, Leena

  12. I subscribe to the school of thought that hydrangeas make everything better. Mine are not blooming yet, nor are my peonies – my first year to have either of those.

  13. Oh the colours! It looks so beautiful. I’ve pinned this so I can go hunting for similar vintage containers. Love!

  14. It’s stunning, Beth! I’m featuring you on my facebook page today.

  15. So beautiful Beth! The little burlap sign is precious. Love the hydrangea blloms. And thanks for “keepin it real” girl!

  16. I love it Beth! Gorgeous! And now I definitely need to go out and plant some elephant ears in my yard-those are too awesome!

  17. oh how I love that flag! cute, cute cute! and I love the wooden plank too. heck it all looks great! 😉

  18. Love the hydrangeas! Mine are pink but I really like the blue. Love the galvanized buckets, too.

  19. Your summer mantel looks great with your beautiful flowers from your yard. I also love the old wood piece behind the pitcher of flowers.
    Mary Alice

  20. I am in love with every bit of this!!!! Great job!

    from Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too

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  22. Kat Dunk says:

    I love seeing the keeping it real shots as I am always looking for ways to make the mundane more enjoyable. I never have quite enough storage boxes so always unpack and then immediately repack the previous stuff as I change the theme once a month as part of my making cleaning more fun plan. It’s so much fun getting the ‘new’ things out that I can’t wait to get the ‘old’ things tucked away into their boxes.



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