Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer “beach inspired” mantel..

If you’ve read or followed my blog for any length of time you know that my dream house is a cute little Cape Cod cottage by the sea.  Fortunately, here in Portland we are sandwiched only a bit over an hours drive from the beach to the west, and the mountains to the east. We have the best of both worlds readily available.

My summer mantel is inspired by my love for the sea.


An oil painting done all in shades of beach-y grays and a beach sign hang above the mantel.



A driftwood tea light holder made by my son in law sits centered on the mantel itself.


Sea shells and small bits of driftwood fill an apothecary jar.  A blue sea star gives an unexpected pop of color.

Next to it is a shell topped bottle with a vintage label.

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A basket with a glass hurricane and candle inside sit atop a stack of vintage books, with a wicker ball by its side.


Psalm 146:6

He made heaven and earth,
      the sea, and everything in them.
      He keeps every promise forever.

printed out in French on a vintage looking card is perched in the prongs of a vintage flower frog.



I’m so ready for warm summer days, and hopefully some of them will be spent by the sea!


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  1. Beautiful Elizabeth! We have a cottage by the sea that we are selling! ;0) I decorated it in a "sea decor". It is so nice. . . but very far from you! You are all ready for summer!

  2. Hello Elizabeth,
    I have a blog called "Following Jesus" which I started a few months back. I did an internet search to see if by chance mine came up and I found yours and wanted to say hi. Keep following Jesus and sharing His Word.
    God bless you,
    BTW-you have some nice photos on your blog.

  3. Oh, I know I don't need to tell you how much I love the beach. And your mantel is lovely.

  4. So beautiful and SUMMERY (beachy). I love people who are able to put things together in an attractive way. AND you take wonderful pics of them. Fun.

  5. Everything looks so beachy and wonderful. I love the verse in French and the flower frog :)

  6. Love it! We are planning to visit the beach this summer to keep my sea-loving offspring happy!

  7. Beautiful manter also I have a dream that is like yours a beach house on the ocean getting up early to watch the sunrise with my coffee and see and hear the ocean ...........oh my dream

  8. What a beautiful mantel. I hear ya on wishing the weather would warm up....I'm also on the west coast and 60 degrees in May is too cold for me!

  9. Totally inspirations- no matter where you live!!

    We're from the sea {in sydney australia}, but currently live in the countryside {england} and those feelings are the same!


    Melissa :)

  10. When I talk about the advantages of my alma mater, OSU in Corvallis, I always point out the same things you've just done: ocean one direction, the City another, and mountains not very far away! Beautiful "beachy" place, Elizabeth!

  11. OK. This is truly beautiful. Every detail is amazing. The photography is great too and I love the decor. Great job.

  12. Love your beach cottage, dear friend! It's such a joy to stop by to visit again for a bit today!

  13. I love to meet fellow sea lovers! And your coastal touches are just gorgeous..., such a lovely bottle. And the driftwood piece is fabulous. I made one of those too, but mine isn't as deep.


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