Summer Mantel…Beach Theme

With summer in full swing, it was time to bring a little of the beach inside!  I love coming up with a new mantel for seasons and holidays, and have found that if I start with a color scheme or one particular item, it all starts to flow and come together.  

I showed you this Burlap Rag Wreath earlier this week, and now I’ll show you how I added it to my summer mantel! 
 Last Saturday, I got some mommy alone time and headed to check out our newly-opened Marshall’s.  Love. That. Store! 
 A beautiful blue-green seahorse caught my eye, and I knew it had to come home with me!  The seahorse was suddenly my inspiration for a summer mantel!
Candles nearly the same color of the seahorse were found at Hobby Lobby.
 I have lots of seashells from years past that I have kept, so I grabbed two small starfish to embellish the candles.  I tied a few strands of raffia (knot at the back), and hot-glued the starfish to the front of the candles.  I also added a two larger pieces near the base of the window, a conch and a sand dollar.  
The old window I bought many years ago in Louisiana, and love the versatility!  I popped a small nail into the top of the window to allow the wreath to hang with invisible fishing line.  The decorative net is from Michael’s.  A few tea light candles, and the mantel is complete!

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  1. Love that color blue on those candles! I Need some of them now! Your mantel looks cook, sweet and simple. Thanks for posting your pics, I always enjoy browsing through your blog 🙂

  2. Hi! Visiting from tt&j! Ohhh.. I love your mantel! Im a sucker for anything beachy.. and this is perfect! Love it all!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party.. its going on now 🙂

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  4. Just stunning! I love the net from Michael’s…I purchased the same one last year and hung it from one of the privacy walls on my deck and then added some starfish, a faux crab, and a few ceramic fish I found at our local dollar store and voila! it brought the seaside to my outdoor space. Your mantle is lovely!

  5. Your wreath and seahorse are fabulous! So pretty 🙂


  6. Love how you styled your mantel for the summer. The window and wreath make a terrific focal point to the rest of your accessories.
    Mary Alice

  7. Totally love your beach theme!! So very cute. We are so glad that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Please join us again!! -The Sisters

  8. I love this! I love the candle with the starfish it looks great! I’m a new linky follower, would love if you followed back I Heart Pears

  9. Came over from Thrifty Thursday. I was waiting for the mantel reveal after seeing the wreath. You certainly did not disappoint. Love, love the window and the seahorse!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  10. Your mantel display is so pretty! I love the coastal accents. Perfect for summer!

  11. awwww your mantel is super cute!

  12. I DO love your great seahorse…he is indeed a wonderful inspiration piece and one that you can use for many years. You have just beautiful items to add to your mantle to keep him company. I hope to follow in your footsteps and get my summer mantle done tomorrow. I saw your post over at “At the Picket Fence” blog party.

  13. Love your beach themed mantel – the seahorse and the candles are delightful 🙂

  14. Your mantel is lovely – I love your seahorse!

    I found your blog through Layla’s Summer Mantel link party – I’ve added my own summer mantel to the party.

  15. Love your mantle! The use of the window is a great alternative to a mirror. I may steal the idea for my fall mantle

  16. The netting is awesome.. way to go..