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My Summer Mantel

Monday, July 2, 2012

I'll be honest - mantel styling is hard.  I see theme mantels and seasonal mantels all day long on the blogs.  My mantel?  Bore.to.the.ing.  Over the weekend I decided to try once again to come up with something that wouldn't drive me crazy the minute I walk in the door.

Since we mounted the tv over the fireplace, I want to keep the decor simple and clean.  I remembered a champagne bucket that Mom gave me years ago, tarnished and in the basement waiting to be discovered.  I cleared the dust and camel crickets out of it and gave it a good polishing.  My boxwood orb from J&S would be the perfect size I thought.



So far so good.  Ball fits.  Bucket adds much needed height.  Now for the other side.  Hmmm.


I reached for the ginger jar thinking it might be too big, too white, not enough contrast.  Was pleasantly surprised that it fit and even though it did not provide great contrast - it is summer and white is refreshing.  Could work for now.  I can address contrast later in the fall when I once again obsess over what to do with the mantel.  Now for some smaller items, maybe a pair of something, and another organic element.  I recalled the pair of mercury glass vases my mother in law gave me for Christmas, currently sitting on the shelf in the bedroom.  Maybe the blue and white jar, also from J&M filled with hydrangeas will be a good match for the other side.


Hmmm.  Not quite right.  Let's try switching the vases and the blue and white jar.  Bingo.  I think we have a winner.

OK one more thing.  Let's add my sweet painting to the mix for a modern element and to break up the silver and mercury.


Perfect!  I can live with this for a couple of months.  Who am I kidding?  This mantel will probably not change until the week before Christmas..or it might change 20 times, ha!




16 comments:

  1. Rene I'm so glad to see another blogger struggle with the 'tv over the mantel' decorating dilemma! It truly is a challenge, you've done a great job accessorizing without it being overwhelming. Once I covered up our tv for a party: http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2012/03/t-is-for-tv-coverup.html
    But most of the time I try to keep it simple: http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2012/01/m-is-for-mantel-3.html
    I'd love to find some more easy, simple, beautiful solutions, I'll send them your way if I come across anything.

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  2. It looks great! Good job! I love the touches of bluie and green against the white. So pretty!

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  3. The perfect mantle…..a few fresh flowers in the blue & white vase can totally change it up over the course of the summer (and fall…and winter!)

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  4. I agree - styling a mantel is not easy. I tend to leave mine the same all year except for Christmas. You did a great job with your new mantel.

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  5. Oh, Rene, it looks great. Really crisp, pretty and clean. I love the use of the green on there, too. So funny. I was toying with painting our living room a white color and now seeing this it is pushing me that way even more. Do you really like it?

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  6. Thanks ladies!

    Courtney, I love it! Actually before I decided on white, I tried a couple of grays and as much as I love gray, it was just too dark. The color is bm white dove which has some warmth. My second choice would have been bm decorator's white which is a little cleaner. Can't wait to see what you decide.

    René

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  7. Wait...so even the professionals struggle with the mantle? Good to know ;)

    It looks great Rene... I love a simple, pretty mantle!

    Have a good one...

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  8. You got it right, all right! Looks nice and fresh. Love the blue vase with the flowers! As I was looking at the photo of the entire fireplace, I thought it would look nice to have a couple of logs (birch would be pretty if you could find them) stacked in the grate to lighten up that dark space a bit.
    Claudia

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  9. My Little Bungalow, I totally agree about the logs. I am tempted to cut down a birch in our backyard that has outgrown its space. Hmmm.

    René

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  10. We have a TV over the mantle and I struggle with decorating around it. And there are some little speakers sitting on it that I have to camouflage, too. I LOVE how you've decorated yours!

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  11. Hey Rene, what a cool post! It's really great how you showed the progress and process of styling with the series of pictures. I'd love to see more of this kind of thing and to read your thought process as you design!
    Camille

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  12. It's lovely! You did a fabulous job! I love "shopping" from other rooms and my secret stashes of decor. So much fun! :-)

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  13. It looks lovely. I love a simple mantle and the pieces you added look perfect! Enjoy this heat and hope you have a great 4th.

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  14. Yup...the old "TV over the mantel" dilemma.....can drive a girl to drink every time. It used to be so easy to plop a nice piece of art there and be off drinking wine. Not so fast.....times have changed and now we have a nice little 4" space on each side to deal with. And Lord knows...it can be a challenge. Seems like you just showed that mantel who is the boss....BOOM!

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  15. It looks lovely and fresh. Great choices :)

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  16. Looks fantastic Rene! I am so glad you are happy with the painting. I love how balance the mantle looks.
    I just painted my living room white and it took some getting used to. Totally different for me when used to warm tones. Have a great 4th!

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