Hubby and I are back from a wonderful 8 day trip. I have tons of laundry to do, dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, end of school things, dishes, etc. And what do I do? Play with things to make a new mantel scape. Doesn’t that sound way more fun than all the other things I should be doing? Yeah, I thought so too.

I miss Hawaii already and it’s finally getting warm here so it was time to change the mantel again. I needed to lighten things up around here. I know I need to paint the walls a lighter color, but the mantel is faster and easier and I like instant gratification. I’ll worry about the walls later. I kept the window in place over the fireplace then added the wreath that was previously hanging in the Entry.

The little gate came from the Entry too. I love the chippy green paint and the little bit of rust.

The sign was also left on the mantel from the previous scape. The sea star came from the main level bathroom.

The colored glass bottles came from various places throughout the house.

I am so drawn to colored glass bottles or any bottles that vary in shape and size. The bird stayed on the mantel from the previous scape also.

It’s lighter and airier now. More fitting for a Summer mantel.

So now that I’ve changed the mantel by borrowing things from other rooms, you know what that means. I have empty spaces I need to fill in other rooms. Time for some more rearranging.

I think it turned out pretty great. The only thing I bought was this shell ball, while we were in Hawaii. I love it!

I’ll be sharing the other changes in a couple days.

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

I’m linking to:

Sunday Showcase Party at Under The Table And Dreaming

DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple

It’s So Very Creative at It’s So Very Cheri

Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home

Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville

Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple

Shop The House Sunday at Finesse Your Nest

Window Party at The Country Chic Cottage

Countdown To Summer at Domestically Speaking

Remodelaholics Anonymous Meeting at Remodelaholic

Windows Categorically Crafting Show at Someday Crafts

Mantel Vignette Party at The Stories of A 2 Z

Saturday Nite Special-Mantels at Funky Junk Interiors

Beach Categorically Crafting Show at Someday Crafts

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne June 5, 2010 at 6:45 am

Welcome back! What a fabulous vacation you had! AND what a great souvenir on your mantle. I love the colored glass too. The colors on yours are particularly pretty.

Nancy June 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I love the colored bottles! Great mantel scape.

Lisa~ June 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

The mantle is lovely. Now we need pictures of the trip! Lisa~

Diana June 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

SO very pretty!!! Love it!!! The glass bottles are perfect!

Tardevil June 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Wow! I am most impressed that you went to Hawaii and only bought 1 thing. How in the world did you do that? The mantelscape looks great.

Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple June 7, 2010 at 12:41 am

Wow great job!! I love the star fish!

Jane F @ Atticmag June 7, 2010 at 4:31 am

I applaud you creating seasonal mantels. The blues are lovely against the pink. Hope you’ll stop by for our glass vessel sink giveaway if you haven’t already. Jane F.

Debbie June 7, 2010 at 7:02 am

Your mantle scape is wonderful…so beachy! I love colored glass bottles and jars too.

Laura Ingalls Gunn June 7, 2010 at 7:25 am

Your mantle looks so fresh and summery!

Jeanine at One Cheap B*tch June 7, 2010 at 7:33 am

What a great mix of items. It definitely screams summer to me. I love that little gate the most!


Samantha D June 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

Everything comes together so beautifully! Wonderful job!

I’m stopping by from Between Naps on the Porch. Have a great Monday!


jodi @ back40life June 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

super cute – love it!

Debbie June 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Love how this turned out!! Found you at Its so very cheri!

Stephanie Lynn June 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Looks perfect for summer! I love the colored glass bottles – they are gorgeous! Thanks again for linking to the Sunday Showcase party! I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Laura June 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

It looks great! I love the starfish!

Cheri Peoples June 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I love it all. I love your shell ball too. I have thought about going to the beach and making something similar. I know I will be sorry if I don;t some day.

Hawaii sounds dreamy.

If you have any projects to post to the DIY Club inc contest you should do it. You need to use one of the sponsor products-Gorilla Glue, DISChangers or DecoArt.


Laura @ Just For Love June 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Hey, I just found you over at “Whatever Goes Wednesday” and so glad I did. I LOVE your mantel decorations. The colored bottles are beautiful. I think my absolute favorite part is the little gate. Too cute!

Pam @ Sallygoodin June 9, 2010 at 3:34 am

The glass bottles are the perfect shade for summer dressing. Great look!

Ann June 9, 2010 at 8:27 am

Love your mantel and not for the first time, wish I had one! The little wire gate is just charming. You do have a knack for clever vignettes.

Laurie June 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Your mantel is lovely! I love beachy, coastal decor. I’m following you and I’d love for you to come see me and enter to win one of the 3 super glam Sam Moon cuff bracelets I’m giving away:

Sandra June 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Love your new mantel scape…looks great for summer…I love your shell ball. I made one for my sea shore vignette … it turned out kind of funky but I am still using it.

Come see my July 4th banner and mantel too.

Shirley Corwin June 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Very clever and interesting mantle display. Love it!

s June 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

What a fun seasonal mantel-scape!! I really like the colored bottles. Like the layering of the window, the wreath, and the gate. It all came together so very very well.
🙂 Sue

Jane June 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

Love the display! Very soft and fresh…summery. The bottles are an interesting touch.


somedaycrafts June 11, 2010 at 4:36 am

Beautiful! I am featuring this at

prior June 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I love it…it is cool you can pull pieces from around your house and it still all goes together. LEzlee

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage June 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thanks for linking up to my party Leanne! I am in love with your mantle!!

Kendall@FinesseYourNest June 19, 2010 at 7:26 am

Leanne, your mantles are always beautiful. I look forward to seeing the next one! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday. Glad you had a wonderful vacation.

somedaycrafts July 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Classy as usual! I love this as much as when I saw it the first time!

Beth July 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

So summery and pretty. I love that little gate! Fabulous job as always Leanne!

Tara@JustDevineStyle July 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I really like colored glass so this gets an A+++ from me! You are so creative I love the window and the branchy wreath. A beautiful Mantle scape.

Yanet Spitler July 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Great mantel escape. I have a mantel AND an old window that I’ve been toying what to do with. You given me inspiration. Thank you.

Amy Kinser July 31, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Such a pretty mantle. You did a great job. I love shopping my house.

Partying with you tonight.

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