another mantel to scape

Yes, you heard right.  There is another mantel in my life.  No, I’m not cheating on my first mantel.

art deco coastal mantel

I firmly believe you can never have too many mantels.  And you don’t need a fireplace to go with said mantel.  A really great mantel will add character and speak for itself.  Like this art deco one that I alluded to on Monday.  Check out the lines.  And the subtly distressed wood.  Love the imperfections.

art deco coastal mantel

As promised, beside the mantel sits my new favorite mid-century tweed swivel chair with brass tips.  And a box of driftwood for good measure.

mid-century tweed swivel chair

This vintage/coastal vignette is the new focal point of our beach house living room.  As our home should, it feels like the perfect mix of both Ryan and me.

vintage coastal living room/mantel vignette

This room is large in scale and was in dire need of further updating to get to this point.

Here’s the back story and before shot.

I’ll be honest, I had a mini-bridezilla moment a few months ago when I realized Ryan would be getting ready here for our wedding which means photographers would be set up in THIS ROOM!  It wasn’t ready!  This is what the furnished space originally looked like when we moved in 3 years ago…

living room before

It is like a time warp of someone’s grandmother’s house in 1992.  I began tearing down the thick vinyl wallpaper about 2 days in.  I couldn’t take it.  We did however embrace all of the wood trim.  I know most people would have walked in and painted everything white and called it a beach cottage.  We are going for a “rustic boathouse” look in this bungalow hence natural woods, brass, blues & greens.

D for drywall & dana

After removing the wallpaper, we painted (and discovered a hidden D!).  I believe the blue we chose is called January Frost by Valspar.

painting

And from there, we just moved those hideous couches back in their places and went to the beach for the next couple of years I suppose.  Slowly the side tables and things got changed out but the couches stuck around for far too long.  Ryan tried to convince me that they were vintage but they weren’t what I had in mind and we both agreed that they were very uncomfortable.  Last fall we found a comfy sectional for the space and then things really started to evolve around it.

coastal cottage living room

A lantern turned lamp with a modern shade got added to the mix.

vintage lantern turned lamp

Green shutters from Phantastic Phinds flank either side of the window.  There are lots of aqua touches throughout the room.  I will share the other half of the space in the near future.

art deco beach house mantel

I found this cage 2 summers ago and turned it into a coffee table with casters and a piece of glass.  It houses an anchor and other rotating coastal treasures.

vintage cage turned coffee table

Let’s get back to the mantel though.  The inaugural coastal mantelscape is a bit monochromatic.  I already have some plans to brighten it up for spring but let’s review…

vintage ship wheel

I found that large picture at a consignment shop a few years back.  It is actually a woodburning of a lighthouse scene.

lighthouse woodburning

The vintage bookends are new to us.  We seem to be collecting ship captains around here like our Gorton’s Fisherman painting that now hangs across the room.  And the old man Ryan needlepoint.  I love them all!

fisherman bookends

But doesn’t it look like this captain is wearing lipstick?  Hey, whatever floats your boat! Ha, get it? Boat.  Captain.  Ok…

ship captain bookend

That wraps up where we are with this space at the moment.  More to come I’m sure!  I am already looking for an updated lamp shade for the ship wheel sconce on the left that I purchased from another vendor at West End Garage.

art deco coastal mantel

What’s currently on your mantel?

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our merry winter mantel

Our mantel is redone for the season. I really love the symmetry and scale of it this time.  Let’s take a look in the living room shall we!
living room winter mantel

Don’t be distracted by the king’s chair!  Here is a close up of the mantel.

rocking horse mantel

I decided to skip pine roping this year in my decor.  I purchased a couple of plain jane spruces from the hardware store and dropped them in a pair of galvanized buckets.

galvanized planter spruce tree & vintage grain scoops

This way we can plant these along with our ball & burlap Christmas tree in the yard.  See the theme this year?

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Things evolved from there.  I have a growing collection of vintage grain scoops that I knew I wanted to work into the mantelscape this season.

vintage grain scoops

They seem to make the perfect candle holder and are interesting to look at even when they’re not lit up.

vintage holiday/winter mantel

And as for the focal point – that horse!  It is a piece of folk art history that may have been part of a child’s rocking horse or vintage advertising.  I don’t really know for sure.  This is that state I found him in.

folk horse

As soon as I saw him, I knew he was going on the mantel.  Plus he is a perfect match with the rocking horse ornament collection that we displayed on our tree this year.

folk horse

The chippy aqua door is a fun, non-traditional holiday backdrop.  I had a set of 3 of these doors.  The set had once been used for an outdoor cellar entryway.  I sold the other 2 and this is the remaining one.

chippy aqua blue door

And here’s what we’re normally seeing – the glow of the evening fire and mantelscape!  I love it.  I also love the fact that this scene is not specifically Christmas so I won’t feel the need to undo it on January 2nd.  It just might stay up for a few weeks beyond the holidays. IMG_8761

So what do you think the horse’s original use was?

folk horse

Linking to Ten June, Funky Junk Interiors

warm & cozy fall mantel

For as much as I’ve been talking about fall and planning fall events, I haven’t done much fall decorating around my own house which is very unlike me.  I managed to pull together my fall mantel last weekend though.  I love changing the mantels frequently.

You may remember my most recent, late summer mantelscape where I displayed my collection of vintage mixing bowls.

Well that is gone and a neutral color scheme is in.

Neutral is also very unlike me.  Normally I go for the bold colors.  Not this time.  I started out with this vintage picture.  It is a print that I acquired from my grandfather.  The shape and muted color scheme really interested me.  It looks to be a rainy day by the canal in Amsterdam.  So up the picture went with the windmill being the center of the mantel.

You probably noticed the branch candle holder right away.  I have been wanting to create something like this for a long time.  When I found it at a reasonable price at an antique shop recently, I crossed making my own right off the list.

Basically they took a large branch and used a drill press or drill bit to cut out space for candles.  Clever.  Of course I grabbed the coordinating branch candle holders as well.

I just love the warmth all of the candles add to the mantel.

Keeping with the mellow, natural color scheme, I placed some hardwood flooring frames on the left side of the mantel to mimic the framed art on the right.  I particularly like the blue stripe left on the one frame.  The frame is made from old basketball court hardwoods.  You can imagine that blue marking where the point guard stood or something similar.

Subtle pops of blue also show up in the picture.

So I added in a blue canning jar for good measure amongst my natural pumpkins.

I love how the colors of the nearly discarded art inspired an entire mantelscape.

The fireplace is just begging for a roaring fire.  We haven’t gotten that far yet this season though so the candles will have to do.

So what’s on your mantel?

Oh and if you need more inspiration for your fall decorating, come to our Harvest Party this weekend!  Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm

1814 Valley Forge Road Worcester, PA

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