May 8, 2012 - Design Steps    15 Comments

American Beach Summer Mantle

To me there are two decorating seasons, Winter and Summer (OK, three if you include my Christmas overhaul).  Well I’ve been antsy to put up my Summer theme mantle so here it is.  As usual, I gathered anything that might work with my theme.  This year I am going for a Ralph Lauren meets Pottery Barn beachy nautical collected look.

To me, this included items that were:

  • American (the flag)
  • Cotton
  • Wood
  • Stainless Steel
  • Galvanized
  • Rusted
  • Red, White, or Blue
  • Glass
  • Sand, Shells, & Rocks
  • Nautical Decor
Here is how I layered all the junk.

Nautical Mantle for American Summer

My mantle and the space above it are very large.  The American Flag does a great job of filling the space.  Then with lifts and levels created with blocks of wood, a favorite book, a cake stand and an old piece of luggage help to give height to the smaller items below the flag.

Nautical Mantle for American Summer

A collection of star fish fill in any empty spaces adding to the beach feel.

Nautical Mantle for American Summer

Rocks gathered from the beach, an anchor from Ross, and a stainless steel fan that has been kicking around our house (originally purchased from Lowe’s) all contribute to the collected over time look.

Nautical Mantle for American Summer

I washed and saved clear soda bottles from a past party and packed them into an old galvanized bin, to me it looks like a party ready to happen.  What is more beachy then blue glass?  Last year at one of my favorite stores, Harbor Freight, I found this rope tie for a ship for just $1.80.  I’m kicking my self for only buying two.  What’s more Americana than a cotton flag.  A good summer read “MockingJay” is the perfect color and ads dimension to the glass bucket as a shelf.  And more starfish.  I love those beautiful little creatures.

Nautical Mantle for American Summer

About five years ago I found this antique ships wheel from China at a local store.  It was only $100 and I had to have it.  Worth every penny.  This year I set it in front of the fireplace, since we won’t be turning it on durring the summer.  It adds warmth to an otherwise black hole.

Nautical Mantle for American Summer

Well there you have it, Summer has arrived early at the

Richards’ home and I couldn’t be happier!

Bring on the heat and trips to the ocean, lake and water parks!

Nautical Mantle for Amarican Summer

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  • ahhhhhh-I just booked our tickets for our summer beach vaca! You are making me even more excited, I just have to wait till June 20th:)
    If you get a second this weekend, I would love to have you link up over at my Get Schooled Saturday linky party going on form now until Monday night.
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  • The Pottery Barn beachy nautical them was well chosen for the summer and all the arrangements you did comes perfect theme match, all the elements fit perfectly, and overall it looks wonderful. Well done.

  • You are definitely ready for summer. It all works together beautifully.

  • Such a great look, especially for summer. You have some great pieces and pulled them all together so nicely.

  • Such a great look, especially for summer. You have some great pieces and pulled them all together so nicely. Love the height of the room too.

  • Love it! Makes me want to buy a beach house!

  • LOVE your American Beach Summer Mantel and would like to invite you to share this post at my Patriotic Link Party going on right now.

  • So fun and beachy and you absolutely achieved that Pottery Barn meets Ralph Lauren look and feel …

    … and now I have to run out to Lowes and see if I too can score that adorable fan …



  • LOVE LOVE LOVE your mantel! Such detail and it all flows so well together! You have to have a smile on your face when you walk into the room! Love the SURF sign too!

  • That is great! I love the collection of relatively common things combining to form something fabulous. And the idea of hanging the flag to fill the space is such a great one!

  • Hi, I’m visiting from Layla’s summer fun link party!

    I love your living room, and your mantel – it’s gorgeous!

  • This is so beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I hope you will link this up to my Patriotic Project Parade!

  • looking good

  • nice post

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