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Monday, July 7, 2014

The Summer Mantel






There hasn't been much time for decorating and styling so far this summer. But that's the good news! We have been blessed to have a lot of family in, and a bit of travel. But my mantel has been the same since winter, and I had to take the time to update it at least a little.



An overcast morning was opportune for taking a few photos, as this room gets very strong light throughout the day in all seasons. The change in light can be dramatic, and it was so soft and light this day.





I kept the books, but added a bit of eyelet lace that I found at a flea market this spring to lighten things up. A few sea stars are perfect for the season too. Covering the dark surface of the wood makes such a difference. I'm not quite finished with the arrangement. I have a spot to fill with something. But I will be keeping it simple.













A leafy veil covers the window glass in summer. And plantation shutters are wonderful for controlling light.




I'm really enjoying the softness of the white.

















I've taken a few more shots of other areas in our rooms in the soft morning light. We have bright sunshine nearly every day in New Mexico. Great weather, but not necessarily for picture taking!









Now it's off to the great outdoors again!

Have a wonderful week!

Jacqueline




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26 comments:

CreativaCale said...

Like fairy tale.Kiss from Serbia,
Cale

chateau chic said...

So peaceful, calming, and lovely!!
Mary Alice

Art and Sand said...

Everything is lovely, as usual.

I am finding myself making each of my flat surfaces lighter and less cluttered for summer. It makes for less work cleaning them.

Enjoy your family and the New Mexico sun.

Kelly_Deal said...

Gorgeous!

Daniéla Zander said...

Thank you, for your beautyful photos.
Daniéla

Susan Freeman said...

Love your charming mantel vignette!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tanja Obergföll said...

Thank you for your beautyful Photos...so much Inspiration ...
Greetings from Germany
Tanja

Salmagundi said...

I love glimpses of your home -- a touch of New Mexico with your impeccable style. Sally

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

It's so nice to see how you have used all these beautiful things in your home...I get so inspired by your arrangements.

Kay said...

Jacqueline! So beautiful! And my favorite sentence, "This room gets very strong light throughout the day in all seasons." Aahhh! Don't I wish!!! Love the lace close-ups and the plantation shutters!! Lovely, lovely, lovely!!
Kay

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi J,
So quiet and calm...
LOVE the eyelet! Pretty, pretty book ends, have you been crafting?
I always love seeing your sideboard too I am crushing on all the lacy edges:-)
I never thought about your light being too harsh, we have opposite problems, haha!!
Hugs:-)
B

Ruffles and Roses said...

Very Calming and just perfect......blessed

Lorraine

Junkchiccottage said...

Jacqueline,
Your mantel is so pretty and serene. Love how the light is soft in the room. So beautiful.
Kris

Amy at love made my home said...

Your summer mantel looks very pretty and cool and calm for a hot summers day! xx

Vanessa Greenway said...

Your mantel looks so beautiful and inspiring! Cool for the summer days too. Very pretty! ~ Vanessa

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful how you captured the light coming through the shutters. Love all the white against the dark wood. Beautiful!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Such a pretty mantel for summer and the whole room is just charming, cozy and relaxing.
Enjoy the day!
Hugs

lynn said...

your room must be a cool, soothing place from the heat outside:) beautiful, jacqueline!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How gorgeous, Jacqueline! I love the pieces you have brought so beautifully together...and the starfish and mantel books seem collected over many summers. Restful and lovely! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

Debbie said...

I swoon every time I come here.
Your home is gorgeous.
xo

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Jacqueline, so beautiful, serene and inviting. It makes one want to step right into the picture and settle in with a nice cup of tea!

Burlap Luxe said...

Jacqueline, every inch of your home speaks to me how could I focus on just you summer mantel when you have such beauty surrounding you. I hope when you hear my words you know that I am speaking the truth, and words from my heart! :)
I could move right into your home and be happy for all the days to come, your white painted brick walls a favorite, the floors another, the mirror over the mantel, the darker contrast to the white in your woods yet still feels so neutral is all music of soulfulness.
Love the covered pieces as if you are covering them for a long holiday leave, just like the Europeans do.
The side table next to your fireplace screams beauty, loving the storage underneath and so much more.

Must I go on to convince you on how your home speaks volumes to who you are and how you love to live sharing your home with beauty.

See you soon, and now I need to go see what I can tweak in my home, see how you inspire beauty making me second guess my style :)

Xoxo
An inspiring visit here with you.

Dore

June said...

Beautiful summer decor J. Everything looks so fresh!
hugs...

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Jacqueline! Love the collection of white ironstone against the brown of the cupboard.
Happy Summer!

White Lace and Promises said...

Love the open shutters! I could sit right there with a book and a good cup of coffee.

Anna Maria said...

Le tue foto sono davvero un incanto!

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