Monday, August 17, 2015

~ A Late Summer Mantel ~

Some people paint.

Some people garden.

Some people sing.

Some people write poetry.

Some people (like us) re-style their mantels.


And we know this nesting is part of our art. As we add old books for "lift", layer textures and consider colors, we soon find we are in our zone. That place where creativity comes alive. We see beauty and try to capture a "feeling." 


Plaster statues remind me of rural France. Silver trays provide a touch of elegance. Old books give a cozy library feel. The white pitchers and mason jar stemware represent the simple joys of country living. 


Hydrangeas and hops vines from the garden fence give their nod to nature, 
which is still so alive this time of year.


I walk away with one last glance, satisfied. 

And ready to face the dinner dishes...

20 comments:

  1. My problem is that I try to do all of the things you listed and so I don't get it all done.

    Your mantel inspires me to freshen mine up for company later this week.

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    1. I know what you mean! We just have lots of ideas, right?! We try to squeeze a lot into the day - which is good as long as we don't get frustrated with ourselves when we don't finish everything.

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  2. Your mantel looks great, Julie. Loving all the different textures you used.
    Mary Alice

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  3. I love your mantle. Love your style and blog. Thanks for inspiring me each day!

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    1. Thank YOU for your kind words and encouragement!!

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  4. Just lovely!! I enjoy doing that too! It's a huge mess when I do cause I grab something from here and there and before I know it there's stuff everywhere.. But it is so rewarding when it looks just right. That's the creative edge that God put in each one of us. And we get to use it to make our homes look and feel cozy. Very nice Julie!

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    1. Yes, it is a blessing to have the time to do it! (Even if it's late at night or early morning :) It is energizing for other parts of life as well.

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  5. Well done! I love the bits from your garden. But I also see you as one of those "can do" types that paints,etc. Lots of talent showing on your blog!

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  6. Julie

    Love your mantel, everything about it I love, books, silver, hydrengeas. I just changed my mantel to.
    Debbygoesshabby.blogspot.com


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    1. Thank you! I will go take a peek at yours now! :)

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  7. Lovely mantle, it's so funny because I was just restyling mine. Thanx for the inspiration. Jo

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  8. Very pretty-I am painter and would love it if you would come over and restyle my mantle!

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  9. I love how you decorated your mantel. The vine mixed with the old books and candles make a pretty combination.

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  10. You have done a beautiful job with your mantel...love those mirrors.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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