I am a tad late in putting together my summer mantel, but better late than never right? For this mantel, I did some serious house shopping. Since I’ve been collecting shells and coastal things from age three on, a beachy mantel was incredibly easy to pull off! (Funny story: Matt walked in the room and saw both couches and the floor overflowing with shells and coastal props that I gathered from around the house. He shook his head and said, “Maybe it’s time to be done with the coastal theme?” Gasp! Theme??? What an awful word! I don’t have a theme going on here! Hmmmm. Okay, well, maybe I do. What can I say? I grew up on the beach and I miss it. Beach equals home to me. I’m not parting with my shells anytime soon–even if we do live in the middle of the city. So there. Beach Themepark A to Z it will have to be.)
The only recent purchase I made for the mantel was my vintage printer’s tray. I am in LOVE with it!
Forever ago, I purchased a $10 Groupon for $25 worth of merchandise at a thrift store in Virginia (that is near my mom’s house). On our recent vacation, Groupon emailed me that my certificate was expiring that day. Lucky I was able to cash it in! I scored some AMAZING deals and this was one of them. It was so incredibly filthy. I cleaned it with TSP and sanded the exterior of the tray.
I wanted to give it a specimen box feel, so I added some letter and number stickers that I purchased at Michaels.
All of the shells, are ones I have collected over the years with the exception of the starfish. That one is fake. I think it looks very Pottery Barn’esque.
On top of my vintage scale, I placed my faux coral in a bowl and wrapped some rope around the base. My handmade “vintage” spools fill in the gaps and add interest.
This lantern was previously in my master bath. I placed more of my faux coral inside and added more spools.
The letters used to spell “ASHER” above his crib ;). Now they spell SEA and typically hang out in the boys’ room. I placed them on some bottle vases with a seagrass placemat behind. The table runner was something I made forever ago.
And my cute driftwood sailboat sits on top to complete the look.
And here is one more look for you of how it all plays nicely together!