Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Summer Hearth

I've really enjoyed all the summer changes I've seen on mantels this week. So of course I've been inspired to do something with mine. I tend to make more changes on my hearth because there is more display space there, and it's a good height for it. About two feet. It's also deep and at least six or seven feet long. My mantel ledge is only about six inches deep, so it's much more limiting.

I always have shells, but summer seems to demand them. And my white ironstone collection is just begging to be seen in a new light.

I couldn't have imagined that potted hydrangeas would last so long. They make hot house cut flowers seem all the more extravagant. But they have brought a lot of enjoyment to the house since they arrived on Mother's Day.

I've found a number of different cachepots to pop them into, both inside the house and out on the patio. But today they are sporting one of my favorite matte finish McCoy pots.

A cast iron garden urn rounds out my new arrangement.

I'm going to call its color French Grey and pretend I'm hanging out in a French country house.

More grey in a tin tile as a backdrop. I don't know how this turned post was originally used. But I like its sculptural quality and repetitive lines. Lots of texture makes white more interesting. And a new season just makes me want to see something new! How about you?


Thanks for all your inspiration!
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shannon i olson said...

oh yes very nice, love the metal pieces, add them to my wish list!!

d e l i g h t said...

Beautiful mantel! Wish hydrangeas would grow here in the Arizona desert but they don't! Yours are so pretty and I love the white ones.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is beautiful with all the shells. My mantel is narrow too. I wish hubby would add to it. I will have to talk him into it.

Sherry said...

Your mantel is beautiful! I always love the way you do white. Lots of natural accessories. Love the tin panels too, that is the perfect touch. Yes, I do like the masculine side of decor. I like the girly too, but then I have a house of men so I lean toward the masculine for them. It works. Thanks for joining me at HSH always!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful. YOur displays are always lovely and this is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Danielle said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I am in love with those white hydrangeas. So beautiful. Also love the seashells. Gorgeous display as always : )

Laura said...

Everything looks lovely.
Isn't it fun to move things around (often)?

I love everything you used.

White Spray Paint

Debbie @ said...

Hi Jacqueline..just lovely. Makes me wish I had a mantel! I have a wood stove...we live in the mountains. But your mantel is just full of white goodness! Love your posts my dear they always make me smile.

Karena said...

Jacqueline I love what you have created...adding light bright touches, and seashells is one thing I always include.


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Well, I'm loving the ironstone, the shells, and the matte white McCoy. Great minds... :-)


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oh, I simply love, LOVE al your beautiful bits and pieces. Aren't they gorgeous! They look so rustic and so lovely all at once. You have a great eye!

I've had a lovely browse through your blog and I'm your new follower!


ANNE said...

Love all the shades of white and cream!

Victoria said...

That looks so beautiful! I love your rusty tin tiles:)

the fishermans cottage said...

Beautiful textures and I just love that grey tin tile, I love the idea of tin tiles for ceilings, we don't have anything like that here. Have a great weekend x

Sarah said...

Yummy whites here. You have such a way of mixing different textures and shapes. ~ Sarah

A Cottage Muse said...

So lovely...have a great weekend!

Roselle said...

Love the soothing tones and beautiful textures you've combined!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL Jacqueline I love all the shells! Martina said...

I love all your pieces, Jacqueline! Summer really does demand seashells, I agree fully. Hope you have a great week!


Purnima@a creative project said...

Very pretty..romantic.. picture perfect!!!

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