February 28, 2011

New Mantel Arrangement

I have been playing around with different arrangements on the mantel since I hung the refinished piano panel up.  I am trying to keep the whole thing creamy and light.  And by light, I mean color, not amount of stuff.  I like stuff – the more the better as long as it makes sense.  I don’t pile things up randomly just because I like the English layered look. It needs to make sense. 
I usually like symmetry in design, but sometimes I get crazy and do something off balance just for fun – not here though.  I kept the mantel balanced this time and just used things that I love. If it looks right and it makes me smile, I stop messing with it.  It will change soon, anyway!

These three candlesticks have served me well for the last 7 years.
A lot of sheet rock mud, white and aqua paint, and brown glaze
transformed their original bright gold into shabby delicious.

I kept the box of shells and antlers in the center
Love, love, love shells and antlers

This shell is made of wood with gold leaf

I like the little bit of color that my framed religious art adds to the mantel.

My wonderful white wooden horse from CSN has been here since Christmas.

Here is a little Spring time/Easter element.
The base of the cloche is a vintage metal piece
that was made in a foundry in Birmingham,  AL.
The color is beautiful – the rusty white has a bluish patina –
Be Still My Heart!!!

Old books sans the cover looks good in any design.

I like it.
Party List:


  1. I am visiting from MM, and I LOVE your mantle! It's absolutely lovely! Everything is perfect and I wouldn't change a thing... the shells in the middle are my favorite!

  2. I likey too! The piano panel wall art just pulls it all together in an amazing way!!

    bee blessed

  3. Love all the white shabby shades and all the textures, just gorgeous! What a great job you've done.

  4. That panel is just gorgeous, Rhonda! I love your wooden horse, too!

  5. Such a lovely collection! I need to find me a glass cloche like that too but I've had no luck. =(


  6. Rhonda,
    You have done it again...another beautiful mantel display...you know I LOVE all the shells...also really LOVE how the piano panel turned out!


  7. Rhonda- Your mantle is beautiful! Love it..love the shells and especially the cloche with eggs...sooo durned perfect! Nice job! hugs-Diana

  8. I LOVE it Rhonda! The piece from the piano looks gorgeous and I am just in love with that horse!! The cloche, the eggs, all SO pretty!

    It is perfect!

    Lou Cinda :)

  9. Hi Rhonda, I'm over from Linda's at Coastal Charm. I love love love your mantel. Chippy, beachy, vintage, perfect. A pleasure to be a follower.

    Lisa x

  10. Love your mantle display. All the textures and soft colors are gorgeous. ~~Sherry~~

  11. Rhonda, your piano piece is so beautiful... love the color of it so much, and also your candlesticks are gorgeous, they also have a beautiful color! Your mantel if fabulous! I wanted to thank you for your comment on my post yesterday, I guess sometimes we all have a little bit of a problem trying to keep everything in balance!
    hugs~~ Daphne

  12. I love everything about your collection!

  13. Overall, it looks stunning and gorgeous!

  14. Hi Rhonda, Beautiful mantel!! I love the seashells, candlesticks and the cloche filled with eggs. Everything is gorgeous.

  15. Hi Rhonda! I came over to visit you after reading about your blog at Linda's. I love your mantel. All of the shabby whites look lovely. I am your newest follower. I hope that you will stop and visit me too.

    Susan and Bentley

  16. O.K., all I can say is that looks fabulous! I have not had much time to work on things like this at my house so I will be content to look at what talented people like you have done for now. Thanks though for inspiring me. I will try something soon if time allows.

  17. Looks great! I'm loving the shell, coral, antlers and whatever else is in that arrangement! Be still my heart!

  18. It looks beautiful. That panel really turned out nice. You did a great job on it. I really love your coral pieces.

  19. Rhonda GORGEOUS mantel, I love everything the piano panel, the shells, the cloche w/ eggs, everything's just perfect!! Just became your newest follower, Martina

  20. HI Rhonda! Oh I love what you did it looks so good. I love the mix of cream, creamy white and then white...all chippy and beautiful. You do such a great job of decorating. Loved your blog and I am now a follower.

  21. Your mantel is gorgeous. Everything from the piano piece to the shells looks just wonderful.

  22. Looks amazing! Love all the detail on your mantel!

  23. your mantel display is beautiful...i think i need to make me some speckled eggs, so thanks for the inspiration! new follower here from the 'savvy' linky.


    stuff and nonsense

  24. Rhonda, I don't like it I LOVE it!! What a fabulous look. The box with the shells, coral and antlers is divine. The the painted distressed piece on the wall and the carousel horse is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this at WUW!

  25. Rhonda ~ your mantel looks like something out of a magazine, girl! Just beautiful!!! Your mix of textures, colors, and treasures is perfect. :)

    xoxo laurie

  26. I love your "new" mantelscape, Rhonda. Each of the individual components looks lovely - but together, they're fabulous!

    I would love to have you link this to my party. And, it would be great to have you join the fun for my "Funny Faux Pas Follies" party - starting this Friday. You can get the details by clicking the party button in my sidebar.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  27. Hi Rhonda...

    Well my friend, your mantel certainly does look delicious!!! I love it!!! You have such a great eye for design, my friend! Wow...your antique panel turned out frenchy fabulous...I'm doing some serious drooling over that gorgeous piece! It looks perfect up above your mantel and makes such a beautiful background for all the other pretties that you added to your mantel. I love the olden look of the wooden box full of shells and antlers...once again, FABULOUS!!! It looks like your mantel is ready for spring, Rhonda! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  28. Love it all!
    Yes, it is shabby delicious!
    Perfect description.
    The piano panel just makes it!

  29. this looks absolutely stunning! love, love the shells in the box. beautiful grouping,... this photo could easily be in a high end decorating magazine!


  30. Found you blog via savvy southern belle, i love what you have done with the mantle it looks fantastic

  31. Rhoda,

    I will repeat your last three words: I like it! I like it a lot! The piano panel paired with the horse reminds me of the antique carousels we have on our boardwalks, add the weathered box of shells and antlers and I feel like I am at my seashore!

    Your Friend,

  32. Ohhhhh, this is simply yummy loads of shabbiness! Love it all.

  33. Linda at Coastal Charm sent me!! I'm so glad I found you - this mantel is stunningly beautiful and I'd love to feature it on our coastal blog. I'm your newest follower :O)

    (Please email us if we can feature this: sallyleecandles@gmail(dot)com


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