I don't very often do two posts in one day, but I was inspired to change it up thanks to the party going on over at the Lettered Cottage!
My mantel doesn't go through too many transformations. I typically only do something different when the holiday season starts to roll around in the fall. But what the heck? Things could use some freshening up around here!
Some of my most favorite creations are when I use things that I already have from around the house.
I kept it very simple- the painting my dad did for us is the focal point. I found the picture in a magazine and had him go from that. When he was done with it, it reminded me so much of one of our favorite parks. I adore it!
The flowers are from our garden. These are snowballs- the same ones I've used before. "Snowballs" and "summer" don't seem to go together, but they are part of the hydrangea family, and I love how full and airy they are. I gathered up all of the white and cream candles I could find around the house.
I also have lots of seashells, but I picked out just a few to add in. A turquoise glass float also made it into the mix. I like how it ties into some of the sky in the painting.
The silver piece that I used to hold the flowers in, is a vintage Buenilum ice bucket. It has a monogrammed T on the front. (you can see it better in the first photo) Old ice buckets make great vases! They're not as expensive or as hard to find as trophies, but often offer a hint of the same shape and shiny-ness. I love them!
I added a couple mercury glass votives in as well for some more sparkle.
I love the simplicity of it. Romantic, light, airy, and the hint of summer!
If you'd like to see the transformation of our corner fireplace and how we added the wall to it, you can find it here.
I hope this gives you some summer mantel ideas to use what you have for a simple and fun new space!