Summer Mantle – I spent hours cleaning

I am so behind on my posting that I am just getting around to
showing you my Summer mantle!  You may remember when
I did a post about visiting the charming town of Smithfield, Va.?
I found this great architectural piece at one of the many antique
 shops in town.  It was love at first sight!  I knew the piece was
just what I needed for over the mantel.  It was in excellent
 condition,  just really dirty.  I spent hours cleaning all the little
crevices with Q-tips.
Seashells were added to the mantle, including my new blue coral.   One of  my
hand dyed sea fans was also added to the vignette

32 thoughts on “Summer Mantle – I spent hours cleaning”

  1. Hi Sherry,
    I love this beautiful piece and it's perfect over the mantle.

    Could it be that it is an antique heater grate. Very pretty.


  2. What a beautiful piece! I love the way it looks on your mantel. I was just thinking about changing my mantel again. I have a beach theme right now which is fine for summer but I feel like I need to change something….I should just wait till fall though! Have a great weekend!

  3. Wow! What a beautiful statement the architectural piece makes above your mantle,Sherry! Loving the pretty vignettes on your mantle and coffee table, so summery and beachy, love it!Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening!hugs,Poppy

  4. I am in love with that piece…I so love architectural elements mixed in with art…so much more interesting to me…great textures on your mantel…Beautiful!
    I have never been to Smithfield…will need to put that on my "travel list" !!…

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