Summer Mantle – I spent hours cleaning

by Sherry
I am so behind on my posting that I am just getting around to
showing you my Summer mantle!  You may remember when
I did a post about visiting the charming town of Smithfield, Va.?
I found this great architectural piece at one of the many antique
 shops in town.  It was love at first sight!  I knew the piece was
just what I needed for over the mantel.  It was in excellent
 condition,  just really dirty.  I spent hours cleaning all the little
crevices with Q-tips.
Seashells were added to the mantle, including my new blue coral.   One of  my
hand dyed sea fans was also added to the vignette

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Happy Cottage Quilter June 21, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Sherry, your mantle is gorgeous. I love the architectural piece your found. It certainly is an amazing piece. Perfect above your fireplace.

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Carlene @ Organized Clutter June 21, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Wow what a great piece. A once in a lifetime find!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 22, 2012 - 12:14 am

Such a pretty beachy mantel, Sherry! I love your architectural find.

Diane June 22, 2012 - 12:15 am

Your mantel is beautiful!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot June 22, 2012 - 12:24 am

Oh my goodness, I love that piece. I agree with everyone else–what a find!
It is stunning! If you ever want to sell….call me!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR June 22, 2012 - 12:40 am

Sherry, your mantel looks so pretty! The architectural piece is just gorgeous and looks perfect there, with your coastal accents!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style June 22, 2012 - 12:52 am

Oh, Sherry, it is fabulous! Love your summer mantel.

Olive Cooper June 22, 2012 - 1:13 am

Sherry, that is a splendid find and well worth all the q-tips. It works so well above the mantel. xo, Olive

Gina June 22, 2012 - 1:22 am

That's such a beautiful piece, Sherry! Your Summer mantel is very pretty.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting June 22, 2012 - 1:34 am

Oh Sherry I LOVE that piece!! Your mantel looks beautiful!!

Tiffany Interiors, LLC June 22, 2012 - 1:44 am

I really like the simplicity of your mantle. The architectural piece is fantastic!

Kelly June 22, 2012 - 2:19 am

Your mantel is perfect for summer! I love the mix of shells and sea fans you arranged.

Pollyanna June 22, 2012 - 3:57 am

Oh my, it is so lovely, and I love how you are using. Brilliant!!

plaits and paisley June 22, 2012 - 8:54 am

What a fabulous piece! The coral is beautiful too.

Rose H (UK) June 22, 2012 - 9:25 am

Love your architectural piece Sherry, but how fiddly to clean!
A super Summer mantle – great job :o)
Rose H

carolyn marshall June 22, 2012 - 10:28 am

Ohhhh … pretty! I love, love, love it!!!

{my simple messterpiece}

sissie June 22, 2012 - 10:56 am

Hi Sherry,
I love this beautiful piece and it's perfect over the mantle.

Could it be that it is an antique heater grate. Very pretty.


Roxanne Reinhart June 22, 2012 - 12:34 pm

OMG – that piece is beyond gorgeous and it looks fab above the mantle!!

Korrie Bastian June 22, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Gorgeous! I love your new find.

Garden, Home and Party June 22, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Your mantle speaks summer beautifully. Enjoy your weekend.

Calypso In The Country June 22, 2012 - 4:45 pm

What a beautiful piece! I love the way it looks on your mantel. I was just thinking about changing my mantel again. I have a beach theme right now which is fine for summer but I feel like I need to change something….I should just wait till fall though! Have a great weekend!

City Farmhouse June 22, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Hi Sherry,
Your home is beautiful! I am so happy I found your blog and thank you for having me at your Open House Thursday:)

Kathy at All About Vignettes June 22, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Oh what a find. I love architectural fragments and this one is fabulous. It's perfect on the mantel.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces June 23, 2012 - 3:43 am

What a beautiful mantel, Sherry…and the architectural piece is stunning! I had to pin it, of course!

Debbiedoo's June 23, 2012 - 3:56 am

You summer mantel is gorgeous!

Yvonne @ StoneGable June 23, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Sherry I see why it was love at first sight! That piece wants to get noticed! And no wonder… it is stunning! Great addition to your mantle! It is one-of-a-kind!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage June 24, 2012 - 3:22 am

So gorgeous~ what a beautiful piece!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

jayneonweedstreet June 26, 2012 - 10:43 am

Feels like the beach! Great way to celebrate Summer indoors!

Poppy June 27, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Wow! What a beautiful statement the architectural piece makes above your mantle,Sherry! Loving the pretty vignettes on your mantle and coffee table, so summery and beachy, love it!Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening!hugs,Poppy

chateau chic June 28, 2012 - 1:49 am

Sherry, that architectural piece is FABULOUS!!
Mary Alice

Sherry June 28, 2012 - 4:06 am

What beautiful piece to put over the mantel! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

[email protected] Designs July 5, 2012 - 3:31 am

I am in love with that piece…I so love architectural elements mixed in with art…so much more interesting to me…great textures on your mantel…Beautiful!
I have never been to Smithfield…will need to put that on my "travel list" !!…


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