Friday, January 15, 2010

My Simple No Frills Mantel

As promised, I am linking up some updated pics of my mantel to Beth's Mantel Party over @ Stories of A to Z. After reading her post and drooling over her gorgeous mantel I'm almost embarrassed to show mine...nah, just kidding. I can appreciate other people's creativity while I bask in the simplicity of my own mantel's humble adornment. So, here ya go...first off I included a pic of my mantel's "before" look...which you can tell by the after pics that I didn't really change things too much. Mostly I just removed the Christmas decor and added a few shells. Easy? Simple? Yes.

Christmas 2009 sweet son loved when we'd turn on the lights on the garland in the morning, and would exclaim, "wights, wights!"

Partial view of my simple mantel...the shells are from my sweet neighbor next door.

Full-view...pretty easy look. No Frills!

I love the pic of my and my hubby at the beach. Sweet memories!

Our family pooch pictured here...his beautiful white coat fits perfectly with my neutral palette! Haha!

This handy-dandy "candle holder" is supposed to be a soap dish. I found two of them at 50% off at a local shop and re-purposed them to hold some candles and placed them on both sides of my mantel.

Well there you have it, folks. My simple, no frills mantel, which suits me just fine! And, just for fun, I want to share an adorable picture that I took yesterday of my precious son making his trail-mix snacks. Have a great weekend, y'all!


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you linked up to the party. Your hope sign is adorable and I love the neutral, calming tones. What a cutie you have there!!! Have a great weekend.

  2. Great idea of repurposing the soap dishes! And I really like the photos of your family. As someone who seems to make things fussier than intended, I can appreciate simple beauty. Miki

  3. Love the family pics! Your little man looks like a good helper! Great mantel!

  4. What a lovely arrangement of white items. Particularly like the wire basket. Nice idea!!! And thanks for your comment, Grace!

  5. Awww, your son is such a cutie really adorable. I love how you hang pictures above the mantel, very family oriented. Your paneling is very similar to ours.....Christine

  6. You've given me a great idea, Grace! I think I'm going to do my other mantel with some family pictures. With our house on the market, I can easily remove them when there is a showing, but it will help me feel like it's not so empty.

  7. I love your hope sign. We can all use a little more hope in these rough times. Your son is a cutie! I see you're expecting in the next few months; I'm 37 weeks and counting the days!! It's been so much work to get the house ready for our second, but I'm so excited. I'm sure you are looking forward to it, too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your comment was much appreciated.

  8. Hi there! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog about my mantel. :) I enjoyed reading your post and love your mantel. What a cutie you have there as well. Come visit my blog anytime. God Bless you.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. I really like those soap dishes you repurposed. What a great idea!!!

  10. I read the previous post too Grace, so I want to start by saying I like what you have to offer! I like blogs that share family, faith, crafts, decorating, etc., a little bit of everything. That's who you are. Share it. I'm fairly new to blogging but I've been visiting them for a quite awhile, and I've found that's what I like. I love the family photos both on and above your mantle. They look great. You're so lucky to have that beautiful wood too. I love the Hope sign. I always notice those because that's the middle name of one of my daughters. Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make this a book :-)

  11. I'm a little late to the party...congrats on your pregnancy! I always noticed in your profile that you're the mom to 4 babies in heaven. I don't know the story, but I hope this pregnancy results in another beautiful baby on earth. Take care of yourself and keep us posted!

  12. Hi! Visiting you from SITS! Love your repurposed decor. It takes a real eye to see things like that. Good for you.