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Sunday, July 17, 2011

summer mantel









I wanted to keep the mantel light, clean and crisp for summer.





It just wouldn't say "summer" without coral and shells!






My favorite pair of antique mercury glass candlesticks with an antique English sterling and crystal matchstrike,  a small Chinese earthenware ginger jar, and a fossil shell.  The white Texas-clay pot holds an orchid just starting to re-bloom.










I love that the orchid's first bloom is looking at itself in the mirror!





Fan coral with pair of antique Chinese double-happiness vases and another small Chinese earthenware ginger jar.  Since moving into the farmhouse I've been having a renewed love affair with all my antique blue and white porcelains  (I had them stashed away for several years in Dallas.)  I think blue and white is such a classic design element.
   Antique American herbariums flank the fireplace.




And though not on the mantel;) I love the sunlight hitting the forestwod in the antique iron urn that sits beside the fireplace.


Hope you're having a wonderful summer!




60 comments:

Grace Happens said...

hi joan! your summer mantel is gorgeous. it feels so bright and cheerful. hope your summer is just the same!

xo,

grace

My life in the hills said...

If you ever have your photos and story of the renovation published in a book -I would be the first to buy it... Your photos give me so much inspiration... The colour and texture combinations you use are glorious! Tania

An Urban Cottage said...

Very nice. I've had really good luck with my orchids to rebloom at my office. Do you have a place you put them when they're not in bloom? I kind of recall you had some plants in your pantry.

Blue Muse said...

Joan, you have such a wonderful eye and amazing treasures. The mantle sings summer with it's crisp blue and white, the bounty of the sea and the driftwood grey of the moss and pot - the orchid (I can't ever keep on alive!) is a nice surprise and that mirror is crazy beautiful.
What is forestwood? It looks like driftwood! It's gorgeous and amazing in the urn, not to mention gilded in sunlight. Dreamy.
xo isa

Red Door Home said...

So pretty - and definitely summer! I just returned from the beach and loved seeing how you incorporated the drfitwood and coral into your dieplays.

for the love of a house said...

Grace- Thank you; summer is going well- especially at this very moment as I am sipping a gin and tonic- my favorite "summer" cocktail;)

Tania- Thank you so much!! I am most honored.

Steve- Yes, they go in the pantry (has a window;)!

Isa- Thank you! "Forestwood" is literally that!! Wood we picked in the forest on our many trips to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming!! Looking at the urn makes me happy thinking of our many road-trips!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

So fresh and open. Very nice.


Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Tamra said...

I'm sorry was there something on the mantle? I couldn't get my eyes off that gorgeous old mirror with the stunning crackled patina!!!

Love it!

Designs By Pinky said...

HI Joni, I love your summer mantle! I just did the exact same thing but in my dining room, foyer and living room. I took out some pieces and used shells etc. for a summer look! I also collect blue and white porcelains and LOVE them with the shells, coral etc. I will be posting my "summerizing" tomorrow if you's like to stop by.....I hope you will! XO, Pinky

Kathysue said...

Love the coral and the sea fan!! It all looks so pretty with the blue and white porcelain!!! So lovely,Kathysue

sécia said...

Great choices! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Connie @ Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

All very, very pretty!

Jessica Singletary said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love your style!

Lee said...

Just gorgeous!
I just raided my Mom's attic and found some coral from her Aunt. Looking forward to changing out my mantle with summer things.
Thanks for the inspiration!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

summer sweetness. thank you, joan. love the orchid looking at itself in the mirror...
-xok.

Lizabeth said...

I love the combination! You have such a talent for mixing natural earthy elements with elegant refined ones! I love that about you! Always a pleasure to see what you've been up to!

Barbara said...

Glad you unpacked the "blue and white"! I love the look as well, but my collection has none of the pedegree your collection enjoys! I'd love to see what other treasures you have "packed up"!
Enjoy that g&t!
Barbara@TheTreasuredHome.com

Des said...

Absolutely stunning!!! Love the urn filled with forestwood....so pretty!
~Des

Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse said...

Oh, Joan! It is simply wonderful! I love the orchid and I am especially in love with your blue and white Chinese vases...being a blue and white gal myself. Tootles, Kathryn

Susan said...

Would you post about your orchids and how you Take cake of them to last so long?I look forward to this post.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Breathtaking, crisp, clean and such an upscale summer look! This is my kind of mantle! Very very sophicated.
I am bookmaking this one!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Yvonne

Barbara@HausDesign said...

LOVE the wood in the urn - I am a huge fan of them but hadn't thought of putting wood in them like that for summer (or winter for that matter!)...beautiful! Love the sea accents too - beautiful job!

http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

Susan T said...

So very beautiful. An eclectic and stunning mix. I wish I has half your talent.

Essay Writing said...

Thank you for this excellent & thoughtful post, so full of ideas that I have printed it out so I can read again..

Robynne's Nest said...

Just lovely! Robx

Kelly in Holland said...

I absolutely love your home, photos and every blog post! You wonderfully capture what I miss most about classic American architecture - stately and crisp, yet cozy and inviting.

All my best from afar, xo

Miss Char said...

Love this summer look, great inspiration for my sad looking mantel. I need to get off the computer and try and pull something together to make mine look a little more summery. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Julie said...

Lovely summer mantle! I too hope you publish your renovations in a book one day. :)

Boxwood Terrace said...

Beautiful, Joan! So light and fresh. I hope you're having a great summer too.

Deborah

A Sense of Design said...

Joan, I love the mercury glass and I have a thing for blue and white pottery not to mention orchids but everytime I read your blog I feel like throwing everything out and starting again... you have such a wonderful innate style! Your style looks effortless whilst mine just looks contrived! Thanks for sharing. Gina

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Joan I love the crisp clean look of your summer mantel! Love those candlesticks! Martina

Lauren said...

So gorgeous!

Cindy said...

Joan, Dan, and Ella: Again, I learn from your posts...the antique mercury glass candlesticks along with wood that you have picked up on trips; I love how you put such objects together and it all looks beautiful. This is how you make a house a home! Cindy

pretty pink tulips said...

Joan,
I'm so happy you stopped by PPT. I have been all over your blog and am smitten!

Born and raised in Dallas, I am now in Westchester Cty and funny enough heading to NH this weekend to drop off one son at camp.

Your home is magnificent, warm and reminds me of your design idol, Bunny Williams.

i'll be a regular reader now!!
xo Elizabeth

designchic said...

Your mantel looks gorgeous...love the references to the sea!! Happy Monday ~

Love of the Sea said...

Just beautiful. Simple and elegant at the same time. Love the style.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Joan! Your summer mantel is fabulous. I love the coastal touches.
xo,
Sherry

KarenB said...

I absolutely love the wood gathered in the urn! It's all beautiful, though.

kayce hughes said...

I also love you english match holder. My mother used to have loads of them in an antique store she owned.

quintessence said...

LOVE your light and eclectic mantel still life. What a wonderful assemblage of seemingly disparate elements that together create a unified vision of summer!!

Anonymous said...

You really need a facebook page so we can follow your posts!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Joan,
It's looks so airy! I just got back from vacation with lots of shells to add to the collection, now I need to get busy! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Oh, and I love your finials on the hearth, I have a huge collection and it's so fun to see yours.

tokyojinja.com said...

I can't wait to see more of your blue & white!

Etta said...

Lovely summer mantel :-) did you received my e-mail?
A big kiss
ETTa (Italy)

Steph. :) said...

That is beautiful! I feel like a stalker because I finally read your ENTIRE blog from start to finish over the last few days. I love your taste and amazing attention to detail. Come by and say hi sometime!! Oh and I love Ella (I am a total dog lover)! Have a great day, Steph in SoCal.

for the love of a house said...

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Jennings and Gates said...

What a gorgeous mantle. Summery and fresh and elegant! So nice to visit on this hot day.

Kathy said...

Lovely...the sea fan coral works so well....k

The Devoted Classicist said...

I like to transform the firebox, too, for the summer. For permanent grates/coals/logs, I often cover the opening with a fireboard, a practice continued from my grandmother's day.

vicki archer said...

Love your mantle Joan....it is so pretty and gentle, just the right feel....xv

hello lovely child said...

all the organic goodness, and your composition combine to create BRILLIANCE. thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous corner of your home.

michele

Desiree said...

Your mantel is so beautiful. I just adore your blog so much. Super inspiring!

Desiree

Simone said...

With all the chaos going on with the remodeling, I don't see how you find the time to create such beautiful vignettes. Congratulations on keeping your sanity --AND being able to share with all of us in blogland. I love your posts!

Dear Lillie said...

Your summer mantel is just beautiful, Joan!

classic • casual • home said...

Really lovely mix of texures...so nice how you keep things fresh.

Morning T said...

Of course a woman with a keen eye for interior design like you is also capable of getting an orchid to bloom again~ ha! It's magazine worthy my friend, thanks for sharing.
Happy weekend to you.
xo~
Tricia

kaypea said...

hi Joan, love your mantle! I hope you are enjoying your summer! - Karen

the gardener's cottage said...

how did i miss this? i LOVE your mantle and whole house for that matter. but i love seeing you change it up for the seasons. beautiful joan, just beautiful.

xo
janet

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

Beautiful! I love it!

Nancy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the antique urn full of driftwood...I think you said forest lumber...anyway...love it!

Nancy

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