.Mantels are such a great focal point in our homes to decorate for all seasons and today I have a simple sea glass summer mantel. I love decorating my mantel, changing the look, the colors, and the style. Are you a mantel addict?
I feel like I just dropped in from OZ or I’ve been on a whirlwind trip. Actually, I have been on a whirlwind trip, in a manner of speaking. I was in Atlanta for 11 days, the first week visiting family and then the last 4 days was all about Haven Conference, which I will share in upcoming posts. I created this sea glass summer mantel right before I left for Haven. For now, I’m so happy to take a breath and share something pretty for you.
I was not the only one creating a pretty summer mantel. I was joined on the July Pinterest Challenge by some blogger PICs ~ that’s partners in crime, but I promise no items were taken in the making of these summer mantels. What we are “stealing” is a beautiful summer mantel as our inspiration. Cindy of County Road 407 has once again picked a great home decor idea as our Pinterest Challenge.
If we can imitate a Pinterest idea, then so can you. If fact, I hope that you will imitate this simple sea glass summer mantle. You’ve heard “imitation is the highest form of flattery” so please imitate away.
Simple Sea Glass Summer Mantle
The first thing I have to share is our inspiration sea glass summer mantle from Samantha of Little Bits of Home. Samantha and I share a love of sea glass ~ or at least glass that evokes the summery, ethereal vibe of sea glass.
Former teacher that I am, I had to look up exactly what sea glass is. Technically, sea glass is made from bottles, jars and glass that have been discarded, fall into the ocean, and are tumbled over and over to form colorful gems with a smooth, frosty finish.
We all don’t have access to real sea glass, but fortunately, we can either make or purchase items that have the look of sea glass. I have done just that with plain glass and I’ll show you how it’s done in an upcoming post.
I have been fortunate to also find vases that have the frosty, soft green/blue hue of sea glass. And here’s where I started going nuts when Cindy shared this month’s Pinterest Challenge ~ I already had a sea glass summer mantel.
My Pre~Pinterest~Inspired Summer Mantel
Right after the 4th of July, I took down all the red, white and blue decorations. I added a second set of tall candlesticks to our chunky gold~trimmed candlesticks. Then I brought out all my sea glass looking vases and added them to our mantle. I love the light summery feel that these vases evoke. I bought all the vases a few years ago at Home Goods and At Home.
I love this set of 3 vases in different shapes. They have spent time on the mantel and our coffee table.
The taller candlesticks, which I bought right after we moved in our home at a resale shop for $50, have short white candles. Then I added 2 gorgeous deep aqua (or turquoise) candles from Target to the spindle candlesticks that I bought last fall at Ballard & Blakely, one of my favorite local stores. Yes, that candle is slightly crooked; it just won’t sit straight.
I balanced the other side of the mantel with this soft blue vase that is one of my favorites. It looks like powdered sugar has been dusted on it.
After a couple of weeks, I added my stack of stenciled hardback books. Here’s how I made them.
I love that the books are in keeping with the color scheme, but give a horizontal line to the otherwise vertical elements in the arrangement.
TIP: a mix of vertical and horizontal in any arrangement creates interest.
And here is exactly how our mantel looked the day before I left for Atlanta and Haven. There is symmetry in the tall candlesticks, but the different number of sea glass vases, the different shapes, and the variation in color provide the contrast that creates energy and interest. The books add a sense of whimsy.
Adding Color to My Summer Mantel
As I mentioned, when this month’s Pinterest Challenge was announced, I almost fell out of my office stool. Although Samantha used white vases and she has a mirror over her mantel and we have a large painting, the looks are so alike. All that was missing? Flowers. I asked Sweet Shark to stop at the grocery store and pick up yellow flowers and he did a pretty good job.
He said that they called the flowers pom~poms, but they really are mums. I could have, should have, done a better job of arranging them. Sweet Shark was putting my luggage in the car and telling me it was time to go to the airport!
Here’s the final, rush~out~the~door simple sea glass summer mantel.
Confession: I didn’t even take the time to put water in the vases for the photos!! I asked Sweet Shark to put the flowers in a regular vase with water. Hopefully, they wouldn’t die while I was in Atlanta. Sweet man that he is, he followed directions and the flowers were still alive when I returned home.
If you don’t have any colored glass jars, you may like to try tinting your clear glass jars or vases. Here’s the tutorial I shared.
Thank you so much for letting me share this awesome Pinterest~Inspired simple sea glass summer mantle.