Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Summer Mantel

My mantel is one of my most challenging areas to decorate, yet I love changing it up with the seasons in spite of it. I wonder if that's why my basement looks like a warehouse of home decor? Shhh...please don't tell my husband I just admitted that out loud. ;D

Bring in the summer!

This print was cheap a steal from The Christmas Tree Shop last year. It was just the shade of blue I was looking for.

Small clay pots from Hobby Lobby filled with moss balls from Walmart.

The white pitchers were purchased from Amazon (also last year). I filled them with some greenery from Target & yellow pansies from Michaels.

I added my favorite Shabby Chic candleholders that I've had for years. Metal candleholders from Michaels were bought for my Spring Mantel.

This bicycle is from Kohls. I loved it from the moment I saw it, but it was a little pricey for my taste. I waited until it went on sale and then I had a coupon. See? No real guilt in buying it, right? (Surprise! Hubby seems to like this bicycle too...go figure.)

I'm linking this to:

Sherry's Open House Party #9 at No Minimalist Here
Layla's Summer Mantel Party at The Lettered Cottage
Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

I hope you enjoyed your visit today! Hope to see you again soon.

Oh yeah! Don't forget, I'll be picking a winner of My Cottage Giveaway this Sunday, May 29th. If you would like to enter, click here.


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  1. That is so neat how you arranged everything and the bike just goes so well with the picture!


  2. That is so cute Gina. Love the picture, and that little bicycle is so cute.

  3. How sweet Gina...just love your mantle! Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!

  4. Gina, I think it looks great, yep it's summer with that cute little bike. I wish I had a basement to stuff full! We don't have them here in Florida, I keep looking for the basement door!


  5. Very nice Gina....loving that little bike!!! hugs...cleo

  6. ONE THING I've never had and always wanted was a mantel! It looks like so much fun to decorate...and you've done a great job here. I'm sure I would constantly change up the display to match the seasons! lol

    come on over and visit with me....we'll do lunch!

    I'm your newest follower, btw!

    ciao bella


  7. Hi Gina,
    Love, love, love it! Your summer mantle looks great. Love the print and look how cute the little bike is! Two thumbs up my dear friend.

    Much love,

  8. Gina - Mantels are really hard - I really don't know why . . . having said that, I think you did a really good job. I like those candle sticks and the bike especially!
    Blessings, L

  9. Soooo that print and the ironstone.


  10. Love this!! Blues and whites... so country chic!! You are an amazing decorator!!

  11. I love all of it! Blue and white is my new favorites, great job decorating.

  12. Gina, your mantel is so cute. I love the bicycle print, the little bike, and the flowers. Everything looks great!

  13. That print is precious , Don't you love the Christmas tree shops ? I wish I had one near me , I only see them when I travel . You mantel looks great !

  14. What a lovely job you did pulling all of those together. Fresh and summery! I don't have a mantel so I'll just have to enjoy yours. :)

  15. Hi Gina, I love the print and the cute little bicycle. I keep reading about all the deals everyone finds at the Christmas tree shop and I wish we had one close by. Thanks for joining my party and have a great Memorial Day.

  16. I love your blue picture with the bike! You did a great job of your summertime mantel. :)

  17. Love your mantle and I REALLY love that little bike! I need one:)!


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