Friday, May 30, 2014

Eclectic Bohemian Summer Mantel

Summer is well on its way and with it I have been sprucing my decor. 

I find my style evolving all of the time, and while I still love rustic, farmhouse decorating, I am moving more towards full on eclectic with subtle touches of bohemia. I have brought this style into my dining room recently to bring a fresh look for summer.
When I shared my last mantel post, I thought that would be the final one from this location, since I had big plans to move it up to my bedroom.

Well, it sat in an awkward spot in my dining room for a few months (because I got impatient to get it moved, but it just ended up causing a lot of annoyance), and I finally decided to put it back and accept it where it was. I do enjoy decorating it often and don't think it would have worked as well in my bedroom, so it's all good.
Unfortunately, the natural light in my dining room is pretty poor, and it was a cloudy day when I shot most of these, so I apologize for the quality. Hope you can still get the "gist" of it despite the grainy, shadowy photographs.
While scanning Pinterest one night, I happened upon these adorable plates (the original blog link has been deleted unfortunately). I was inspired to make my own with some old plates that I had down in my basement. They already had a black pattern around the edge, so they were perfect for this project. I used a Sharpie marker to hand draw some fun designs on them. 
It was so much fun, I could become addicted to doing this with basic white china that I find at thrift stores and garage sales.
I filled a few old aqua tinted bottles with feathers purchased at A.C. Moore. The one in my town is going out of business so everything was 40% off. I will definitely be going back for more before they shut down for good.
My husband found these old wood pieces by the side of the road. I am not sure what their original purpose was (maybe shutters of some kind), but they have such great character. 
The pennant banner was made by my mom for Owen's room, but I have been tweaking things in there a bit, so in the meantime, I added it here. Love the colors. (If you are interested in purchasing a banner from her you can check out her Etsy shop, AlteredEcoDesigns. She takes custom orders too!)
The pink bergere chair was purchased at a charity sale for only $15. Sometimes I think that I want to recover it in a more neutral fabric, but then I go back and forth and can't decide. It would look adorable someday in Hazel's room and pink is her favorite color so it's a tough call for now.
I really wanted to make a "faux fire" inside the mantel but I wanted it to have a "beachy," summery feel, so I got creative with that. I stacked up some old crates and filled them with Christmas lights. Then I used lots of large clam shells to cover the lights. I finished it off by wrapping a light, gauzy fabric around it. 

My kids love it (and want to "roast" marshmallows in it everyday. So I let them have one and eat it sitting nearby :).

It makes it very cozy and gives a bit of romance to the room in the evening. I am a sucker for lights. I could put them in every room of my house and not get sick of them I think.
I hope you enjoyed my summer mantel and thanks for visiting! I have a lot more fun posts planned for this summer (including lots of diy projects and more room make-overs!), so be sure to follow me by email or other social media to stay up to date with all of my posts. 

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Till next time...
~Alice W.