A Summer Mantel Refresh ~ July’s Pinterest Challenge

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge where a group of us get together to share our take on fun decorating ideas found on Pinterest. 

Cindy of County Road 407 is our fabulous host and she picked a gorgeous mantel to copy! Here it is below:

If you are coming over from Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea and are here for the first time, welcome!  This month’s Pinterest Challenge mantel comes from Samantha who writes Little Bits of Home. Her mantel is all about the seaside and is bursting with charm and bright pops of yellow. 

I am loving this mantel with its clear aquamarine glass in the candlesticks, sweet little medicine jars and vases.  These cool pearly white vases with their yellow explosion of color bring another summery dimension to the mantel . The addition of the two white bound books repeat the color.

I looked through all of our goodies pulling out similarly shaped glass vases and greenware. I then looked through my stash of faux florals and found only one lone sunflower. 

Altering my mantel to feature pops of pink instead of yellow is more in keeping with my style and this is what I came up with for my mantel recreation. 

This French mirror was already in place and takes the place of the painted and carved mahogany mirror from the inspiration vignette. I thought about switching out this mirror for a white wooden framed mirror we have, but Mr. Ethereal needs to be home for this to happen! So, not this time.  😉

Gone are the lanterns and whimsical rabbit from last month’s Pinterest Challenge and the white capital has been brought up onto the mantel giving height to the green glass jars.

For height on the left side I brought in one of the altarsticks I made last fall. This balances the height of the hydrangea-filled jars on the opposite side of the mantel. The addition of a larger deep pink vase mimics the shape of the inspiration piece’s white vases. 

My mantel is quite different from the mantelscape in the inspiration piece but I worked to keep the scale in mind. By bringing in glassware in aquamarine green and pinks with florals in deep pink hues, this mantel has an essence of the original without being an exact copy and that is what inspiration is all about.

How will you use this vignette to change up your
mantel’s decor?

Thank you for stopping by and if you enjoyed this post, consider subscribing to French Ethereal. Thanks again, to Cindy for creating this month’s fun Pinterest challenge! Katie of Let’s Add Sprinkles is up next on the tour and I know you’ll love her bright and cheery mantel!

Katie’s sweet daisy-filled mantel!
All of the participants on today’s tour are linked here below making this an easy hop. Do stop by and see all of the other ladies on today’s Pinterest Challenge as part of your inspiration tour! 

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28 thoughts on “A Summer Mantel Refresh ~ July’s Pinterest Challenge”

  1. What a beautiful mantel! I love the pink that you used, your Peacock feather and how you perched a bird on your mantel. I'm off to read about how you made the candle holder on your mantel.

  2. Barbara, I love the mix of blue and pink glass vases. The \”hardscape\” does add great contrast. Balance is so important in design and you definitely achieved it. Your French mirror is gorgeous and goes with anything.

  3. Barbara, your mirror is gorgeous! I think the romantic pinks and purples you used totally work with the style of your setting on this one. I love seeing everyone's different versions!

  4. I love that your used pink instead of yellow! That's my fave color anyway so when I saw it, I was like yeeeeees! It's adorable. Love that little bird up there on the mirror too. Hope to get together with you in September! So glad you could join us.

  5. The colors are so brilliant! You did a beautiful job! I was trying to pin from my iPhone but could not find the Pinterest link on them! Any suggestions!

  6. Hi Paula, thanks! I hope you see this and I think I may have answered your message via Gmail already. This Pinterest Challenge was another fun one, wasn't it? The candle holders were fun to make, too!Happy decorating,Barb 🙂

  7. Thank you, Carol! Sometimes I know something works but forget the design principle behind it. Thank you for reminding me as it's nice to get feedback. <3Hugs,Barb 🙂

  8. Oh, thank you, Laura! The big swan has moved until Christmas but he was fun to shoot in the photos this summer. I finally have the bookcases done and decorated on top.Stay cool,Barb 🙂

  9. Hi Lora, I love seeing everyone's mantels, too! We can use the same or similar jars or vases and still, each mantelscape is different. Glad you enjoyed mine! <3Hugs,Barb 🙂

  10. Hello Judy, thank you so much for your lovely thoughts! I really enjoyed creating this mantelscape from our interpretation piece. Always fun to see what everyone comes up with each month.Thanks for visiting,Barb 🙂

  11. Thank you, Jeanie! I really enjoy these monthly Pinterest Challenges as they are a fun design push each time. Stay cool up your way and enjoy the lake,Barb 🙂

  12. Hello Maria, I replied via my phone and I hope you received my message, but if not, I am not sure what to do about the Pinterest/iPhone thing and lack of a Pinterest button… I think I mentioned to ask you if you have Pinterest as an application on your phone (which you probably do) as that may be an issue. Not sure!Do stop over to my blog when you get on your home computer and see if that works better for you. I appreciate your pinning!Stay cool up your way,Hugs,Barb 🙂

  13. Thank you, Mary! These Pinterest Challenge posts are a lot of fun to do and are really starting to push me into this century, lol! 😉 I love older furniture but I feel myself moving to a more modern/less cluttered/less floral look. Would make Hubby happy, Lol!Stay cool up there in NY,Barb 🙂

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