Seasons of Home: Midsummer Botanical Mantel

Welcome to Seasons of Home Summer Edition 2014! I am thrilled to be sharing a botanical mantel vignette in my dining room with you today. Be sure to visit the other talented bloggers participating after you leave here!

I love changing out my mantel decor from season to season. This vignette was inspired by vintage scientific items that I have collected over the years. I have a growing collection of beakers and flasks, as well as a small microscope all purchased from thrift stores and yard sales.
I used the beakers and flasks as vases for flowers and leaves picked from my own yard. Many of my succulent plants were included in an eclectic mix of planters.
An insect identification plate from an old encyclopedia was nestled on one side, with my grandmother's magnifying glass in front. I also incorporated her magnifying glass in my mantel for Seasons of Home Spring Edition earlier this year.
Unfortunately, my dining room gets the worst natural light, so I apologize for the graininess of the photographs. I have considered moving my mantel for this reason alone, but alas, living in a small home leaves limited spaces for it to fit. It is a beast of a mantel. 
Antique physiology and biology books are stacked up under the microscope.
On top of the mantel, I chose to use an old printer's drawer to hold a collection of seashells and the heart rocks that our family has collected over the past few years.
I also included an antique French botanical print.
My husband has these old motorcycle goggles with magnifying glasses on them (very "steampunk" which he is into). He insisted they fit into this mantel vignette, so I figured, what the heck? They are pretty cool, aren't they?

I am so glad you came by! Now, head over to visit these other talented bloggers throughout the day to see their contributions to this edition of Seasons of Home!

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~Alice W.

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  1. Clever and pretty all at once! Love the motorcycle goggles! I

  2. What a detail-filled mantel!!! So many pretty summer things!

  3. Hi Alice, You've decorated your mantel so beautifully again. I love the botanical/scientific theme with all the vintage finds, including the motorcycle goggles.

  4. Your in your own little science lab of creative beauty here. You create such a great blogging world, and your vignettes add major interest to what your collecting. Love it all, wish I had those shutters. No! Wish I had it all for my decor.


  5. Alice, anything botanical makes my heart skip a beat. I LOVE this whole vignette. Absolutely beautiful!

  6. This is insanely pretty!!!! You eye is amazing, I am in love with everything you create Alice. Just beautiful! Have an amazing day sweet friend!

  7. Seriously Alice, just stunning!!! I love how your styled your mantle, and all the details you put into it. It's just breathtaking!! XO ~Bre

  8. Honestly, couldn't be more lovely. I want to pin every single picture!!

  9. I love how whimsical this mantel is, Alice! LOVE how you've displayed the shells too. x

  10. Love. It's so beautiful. I'm pretty sure you are the Queen of Vignettes. :)

  11. Your mantel vignette is so full of wonder which is so fitting for Summer, especially with little ones. Your nature decor reminds me of my homeschooling days. Nature studies and Art were my favorite subjects to teach my little ones. Lovely as always here. xx

  12. Wow Alice!! Stunning and so creatively arranged. Your husband's glasses are VERY cool too! How did you find the time with the two little ones? :)) xoRoberta

  13. You never cease to amaze me! You blow me away. This is gorgeous, Alice! I love botanicals and succulents! Thank you, always, for the inspiration!! :)


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