July 21, 2010

Mantle Reveal

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The  seashell mirror that I just finished and hung above the fireplace made the mantle ask for a change of scene, too.  It wanted to be lightened up and I totally agree.

Off came the heavy accessories and up went some new pieces (some are actually old).  It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to use.  I shopped the basement and other rooms first, but there just wasn’t much that I wanted to use for the look I was going for.  I finally found something that I really like to replace the evergreen topiaries on each end of the fireplace.  I also wanted to change the HUGE candle that weighs a ton for something airier.  I decided to use a wooden box and some old books that I had to create the new centerpiece.


I still love everything about the before. 

After five years, it was time for a change.


I love this look too.


For the centerpiece, I used this wooden box and some old books that I already had.

I found a load of antlers at an antique mall this weekend for $1.00 each.


These kind of pale tattered books are very popular in design right now.


I think the antlers were perfect for a natural, relaxed look.


Finding bases for the new cloches were the most fun of all.

I got both of the old column bases from Resurrect Antiques.

It is one of my favorite local places to shop.

You can read a couple of posts about them here and here.


I used an old firehouse movie reel box as a lift for this one.

The old nails in the top of this base serves to balance the seashell.


I am pleased with the new look for the mantle.


I would love to lighten the walls, but this finish wasn’t cheap and it took a long time to do.

Plus,  I have so many mini makeovers going on, I wouldn’t attempt to start a big one.



This is a tiny preview of another makeover I am working on right now.



Anyone want to guess what I am making with this molding?


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  1. Wow, what great pieces and great combination!

  2. I am in love with your mantle vignette. The cloches, mirrors, shells...everything is perfect. Love the antlers and how amazing that you got them for $1.00 each!
    Hugs, Sherry

  3. Your mantel looks wonderful, so much brighter and soft looking. I like the antlers, they look great.


  4. Love the fresh look, Rhonda! The cloches look great in place of the topiaries and I love the tattered books. I just saw some of those recently and they were way too expensive. Your mirror looks wonderful and what a different look you've given to this area!

  5. Rhonda, what a gorgeous look, and I love the old books they are wonderful for decorating!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

  6. Rhonda, your mantel looks fabulous. You got those antlers for a dollar each. I am so jealous. I love the old pieces you put the cloches on. Very creative.

  7. Your mantel looks fresh and summery. You did a nice job, Rhonda. Can't wait to see what you do with the molding!


  8. Lovely! And I so love the antlers!

  9. Your fireplace is so pretty! I love what you used for cloche bases. So great. I'd love to find a piece of coral that size.

  10. Love your new mantel look. Don't keep us in suspense too long about your molding project!


  11. Sooo creative! The new look is much brighter and more of a focal point. I love the cloches and the old books. My eye is just always drawn to that look! Love it! Gail

  12. There's nothing better than when all your finds come together. Well done!
    Licks & Wags, Niki

  13. Your mantle looks so wonderful!! I really like the cloche. :)

  14. Wow, it looks great! I love the cloches...how unique!

  15. Rhonda,
    Love that "COASTAL" look you have going on here! I plan on stopping in that shop when I'm in town next month moving my daughter into her new condo...she LOVES that place:)


  16. I think it looks great, I love the way the antlers look. Did you make the mirror? Looks great.

  17. Rhonda,

    You did an amazing job creating that mirror. Your mantle looks beautiful. I love the conch and coral displayed under cloches. The bases really give it a vintage worn feel. Perfection!

    I just posted about where I collect my seashells, beach glass and driftwood.

    Your Friend,

  18. Just beautiful Rhonda! Like you...I loved the before mantel too...but I adore the fresh new look you've created! The mirror and other pieces are gorgeous!


  19. love the brick change too. love the beachy, found object look. I guess it'll be a long shelf or headboard treatment. :0)

  20. Very pretty. I am hosting a CSN Giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by.

  21. Girl, this is GORGEOUS!! Love the cloche's on those BASES!! The mirror is stunning, the old books, LOVE!!!

    I have no idea what you are doing with the molding....but I know I will LOVE IT!

    Lou Cinda :)


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