#MyCozySummerHome * mantel

day 3

What can I say except the mantel is one of the highlights of our smallish living room, along with the high ceiling and its beams.  That's Grandma's old dining room sideboard mirror holding court, overseeing our household's comings and goings.  I'm not sure how she'd feel if she got a glimpse of how I painted the old mahogany several layers of my favorite colors and then sanded it to death.

Click here for a great close-up shot of that mirror along with my version of a simplified mantle ... and a bunch of game-changing redo lessons I've learned along the way.

Anyway ... you'll always find prized blue green seaglass perched front and center.  A few old canning jars are filled with the rare glass that I've foraged from the shoreline over decades.  And then there's those three glass fishing floats I scooped up at Pier 1 last year, on sale of course.  I was looking to bring the bold color of our newly painted front door into the room and these babies did the trick.  

And the tall frosted vase from Marshalls.  Yes, on sale, too! 

Sooner or later all kinds of vintage books, collected shells, and bits and pieces of life find their way to the mantel's welcoming surface.  Come back in a few weeks and odds and ends just might be shifted, added, subtracted.  

Puttering is my therapy, ya' know?

What's holding court on your mantel, piano top, or table?