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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Beach Inspired Mantel

Summer is in full swing now....
and with that brings us thoughts of beaches and the ocean.
Living here at the beach really influences the way I do my decorating.        
This year I wavered between doing a 
full out patriotic decor or just skipping it 
going straight to my beach decor I love.

Vintage, Paint and more... burlap wreath, faux pallet board background, mod podge vases

The beach decor won out.
Last year I put up the patriotic mantel and got so tired of 
having it up for 
Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
That was 3 months of red, white and blue in an all beach blue, white and sand colored home.
Way too much for way too long.
So this year I am skipping it completely
and going to straight to the beach for my mantel.

Vintage, Paint and more... using boards as a faux backdrop, burlap wreath, using shims for wall art

If you follow me - you know that we placed this faux pallet board background
on the wall above the mantel in January.
I love it - it gives me the rustic, weathered backdrop that I wanted for my mantel vignettes.
For the summer I changed out the resident book page wreath
for this white burlap wreath I made a couple years ago.
I love the texture that it gives this whole vignette.

Vintage, Paint and more... using shims as wall art, seashell wall art, mod podge vases

Right below the wreath I placed a new piece of art
I just finished.
This is a shim art project I will be telling you about later this week.
I saw something similar to this at Ace hardware and this is my play on it.
On the mantel itself I placed 
a white ceramic shell lying on its side,
two blue candle holders I picked up at Target on clearance last fall
Actually, I had everything here already - 
I only had to make the art.

Vintage, Paint and more... making are from seashells and shims

This is a closer look at the beach art I did... I love it...
It looks so rustic and weathered like its 
been at the beach for awhile....

Vintage, Paint and more... burlap wreath, seashells and wood art, mod podge vases

I like the simplicity of this mantel
it gives us the "beachy" feel I am going for
along with plenty of texture.
It blends so well with the rest of the living room...

Vintage, Paint and more... seashells, burlap and wood to make a beach inspired decor

Have you put your summer decor out 
are you going with a patriotic theme right now?
Tell us about it in the comments below.
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Until next time - create something you love.....

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  1. That is so beautiful! I'll definitely be pinning this for inspiration! How perfect for summer!

  2. Love this mantel Carol! You are right, perfectly simple and tons of beachy texture. Love it!
    Corey @

  3. This looks gorgeous! I love beachy colors at this time of year:)

  4. Beautiful! I love the way you brought the beach inside.
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  5. Looks super and I love those colors.........I am going with the coastal look myself, but just in my
    living room, with the same is very soothing and restful and just such a beautiful shade
    of blue. Like your new shim artwork, looks awesome.
    Blessings, Nellie

  6. Lovely - the natural textures and the pops of turquoise.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity on The Inspiration Board at homework. I so appreciate it!
    You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  8. So pretty! I love anything decorated with sea shells. Stopping by from My Favorite Things Saturday party.

  9. Gorgeous - I love all of the elements, and the weathered back drop! Looks so relaxing and happy. I would love it if you would link up at our party (Merry Monday Linky at Happy House and Home). We'd love to share! Julia

  10. Hi Kathy, this is a nice rustic mantel. Really well done!

  11. I love your color looks so beachy. Thank you for sharing!

  12. This is just a beautiful mantel, Kathy! I'm staring at our red, white and blue display right now and am reconsidering! Stopping by from Thank Goodness It's Thursday at Ruffles and Rain Boots - thank you for linking up!

  13. Just gorgeous Cathy - love the wood planks and the turquoise accents - sheer perfection!

  14. I love your mantel! The wreath is gorgeous against the wood.

  15. Cathy, I love your beach mantle! Never feels right for me because there is no beach anywhere within our vicinity. I tire of my Americana by the end of July and it has to go. We celebrate Pioneer Day here on July 24th. After that it's outta here. lol! I usually decorate with watermelon and sunflowers for August. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Beautiful! What a great addition to your beach house!

  17. Your mantel is lovely - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  18. So very pretty! I love a beach theme! Thanks for linking with Home Sweet Home!

  19. This totally Screams SUMMER!!! I love the wreath, it is the perfect statement piece for you mantel! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange!

  20. Those dark pallet board esq projects. They get me every time! This is adorable. Stopping by from the Merry Monday linky party! Thanks for sharing! -Treana @

  21. It's so cute.
    Thanks for sharing up at "My Favorite Things- Linky Party"
    Have fun and don’t forget to join us each week!
    Be Creative Mommy