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Friday, April 12, 2013

Still Going Coastal: Part II Summer Decor

by Heather

I'm continuing the Coastal Summer Decor that started last Thursday (see post 4/4/13), so let's start in the family room:

The fireplace mantel is always a challenge. It's a narrow spot that makes it difficult to decorate but it's highly visible from most of the other rooms so it needs to be "done." For summer, I've changed things up by adding a newly purchased mirror from Target which my husband so nicely stained a darker color (see original below). I added a hanging starfish to the center circle of the mirror, and a couple of starfish at the base. In front of and along side of the mirror are shells and driftwood pieces from Whidbey Island (friend Candace has a summer home there and it's become one of my favorite places to visit). The two tall coral candle holders were spray painted black by me several years ago (spray painting is my only crafty talent). 
The cool thing about the picture above is that you can see my kitchen chandelier in the mirror's reflection. It's the black and chrome one that I found at Z Gallerie several years back and they're still selling it. Not a typical kitchen chandelier but I love it in my black and white kitchen.
The small candle holders are from Michael's last year and have shells, sand, and rope surrounding the exteriors of the two different styles.
I'd like to say that I made the hanging garland of starfish but the truth is I found it at Michael's a few months ago. I'm sure it would be easy to make, but it was a lot easier to buy it already done :)
The glass sconces on either side of the fireplace are an old purchase from Pottery Barn with last year's Pottery Barn shell candles aglow.
The "rope" candles on the mantel are from Cost Plus last year.
"Before" picture of mirror below
Across the room from the fireplace is a narrow glass-topped table that functions as a buffet or drinks table when entertaining.
I found the two lamps at Target recently on clearance! Had been thinking about getting lamps for this table, and lo and behold, there they were and had the summery coastal rope already wrapped around the bases. These are the third lamp shades I've had on them; still not sure they're the right ones.
Any suggestions?
 The tray with the silver edging and rope handles is from Pottery Barn this spring. I have a smaller one in the dining room at the front of the house. Love 'em! The large glass hurricane with silver and rope is also from Pottery Barn and is the largest of three.
(See pictures of the small and middle-sized ones on the earlier post on Summer Decor)
The vintage picture on the wall was a find when friends Kent and Gloria bought a summer home in Pine, AZ. It was hanging in the house and they gave it to me (I love the kind of housewarming where the guests get the presents!). Note that I've switched out the coral silverware in the glass jar for four shell spreaders. I continually keep moving things around as the mood hits me.
Ann provided the net-encased vase on the right at our last swap party. Love it!
 The dining room table gets a coastal theme with found objects. Husband Tom made the driftwood candle holder from a branch that we discovered while kayaking with friends Kent and Gloria (yup, the same two who gave me the picture) up on the Mogollon Rim. It was a struggle to balance it on the kayak while paddling, but pretty hilarious to watch. Tom drilled the round holes just the right size for tea lites. The stack of starfish on the left came packaged this way from Target and I liked it too much to separate them.
The three glass candle holders are from Nordstrom's several years ago. The largest one is filled with bits of driftwood found on Whidbey Island as well as some "fakes" from West Elm. Pillows in the background are from Target this year.
The wooden caddy is from Decor Steals; the rattan-encased glasses and pitcher are from Williams Sonoma last year, and more of the coral-handled silverware is housed in one of the glasses.

Birdcages and rustic hurricanes grace the top of the entertainment center flanked by black vases filled with lighted pussywillow branches. I found the white coral bookends at Target last year.
The gnarled grape vine is from West Elm last year. I've seen them this year at HomeGoods, too.
A round table partially covered with fishing net next to the family room sofa gets refreshed with flowers in individual bottles wrapped with a little twine and shell. A candle burns in a bowl of shells and a small grape vine adds to the natural look.
Another new item from Pottery Barn (I wasn't kidding when I said I needed to get a job there to support my habit): the bar cart. Love the mix of wicker and steel. Could only be purchased online so I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. It's small enough for my needs and will do well on the patio outdoors for the occasional evening entertainment. So glad it wasn't outside last Monday when we had a dust storm followed by a thunderstorm --
everything on the patio looks like it was dipped in mud.

The white and gold shell dishes are from West Elm last year; the shell bottle toppers are from Maui and the glass ball is new from Pottery Barn.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are decorated for the summer season, too, but I've made you look at enough home photos for today.
Must be time for a glass of wine. I'm raising my glass to you and wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with sunshine and happy thoughts!

Love,
Heather



47 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the mirror on mirror look above the fireplace. All the accessories are so perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey. I really appreciate you visiting our blog and leaving a comment!
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  2. It's looking so cute! I love it!

    =) Brooke

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  3. You have a wonderful talent for decorating! I love your posts and looking at the photos. They inspire me more than most decorating books I gave read. All of your seasonal displays have been just beautiful. You SHOULD get a job at one of the home decor stores, not so much to "support your habit", but because you are so good! Keep them coming.

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    1. You've made my day with your lovely comments! Please leave your name so I can thank you personally next time, okay?
      Heather

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  4. Love it all!! The starfish, cool lanterns, and very unique orange coral silverware!!! Your husband did an awesome job on the driftwood candleholder, too! Thanks for sharing!
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage

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    1. Thank you, Ann. The husband is quite talented when he puts his mind to it:)
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  5. I love all your coastal decor and appreciate you sharing it at the Open House party. Have a great weekend!
    xx,
    Sherry

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. Always like to link up with your Open House party!
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  6. Love all your coastal decor! Great inspiration. Your lamps look wonderful as they are, but if you want a change, I think shades in the same colors as your white and gold shell dishes would look awesome (if you could find some).

    From another "coastal" blogger:)
    Carol

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    1. I love the idea of white and gold shades -- will be on the lookout for some! Thanks!
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  7. Hi! I found you through Imparting Grace. I love that mantel! It is so tastefully done. I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy, and I really appreciate that you will be coming back to visit on a regular basis!
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  8. Beautiful Mantel! I love the coastal feel, you did such a nice job of putting it together! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment Heather! Oh and good move having your husband stain the mirror a darker color, it looks way better!

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  9. Muitas coisas lindas. Decoração de primeira qualidade. Parabéns!

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  10. Isn't it funny that we're already decorating for summer when it is barely Spring? I'm doing the same thing!!! Although it probably feels more like summer where you live. Love the coastal decor. Blessings, Patti

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    1. Thank you, Patti. We're probably a lot like the retailers who are always several months ahead of the seasons!
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  11. My gosh! I love all your seashell stuff! Those pillows from Target are fantastic. But I love everything you have and how you've put it all together. I just had to feature you this week at Mod Mix Monday - it's all so pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nita. I feel very honored to be featured on your blog, Mod Vintage Life.
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  12. Hi Heather, I wanted to stop by again to let you know your post will be featured at this weeks Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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    1. Wow, that's exciting! Actually let out a little "whoop" when I saw this. Thank you.

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  13. Love your costal mantel! Your decor is beautiful and tastefully put together! Great job!!! Ana

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    1. Thank you, Ana. Your kind remarks make me happy!
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  14. Such beautiful vignettes, I love all the coral and the roap in the decanter is such a creative idea. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Always a pleasure to join your party, Marty. Thanks so much for featuring our blog this week!
      Heather

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  15. Would love to see this on "Open House" since it is about HOME.

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    1. Will try to remember to link it on Thursday to your Open House party. Thanks.
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  16. Hi Heather, the darker stain on the mirror really made it so lovely. I love the rope in the jar and the other rope items. You have decorated your home just beautifully for summer. Thanks for the nice weekend wish. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann. I liked the mirror better after he stained it dark, too. Always fun to link up with your blog!
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  17. You have proven you don't need to live near the beach or water to incorporate beautiful coastal style - amazed by all your decorative items! Beautifully done. I wil be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday
    Kathy

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    1. Oh, Kathy, that's so fabulous to be featured! What an honor!!
      Thank you.
      Heather

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  18. Your decorations are beautiful!! I would love for you to link up at my party. Just follow the link....http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/04/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-27.html.

    Marti

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  19. Your summertime decor looks great! I think a lot of us have wondered if we should work for Pottery Barn. :)

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home--I featured your post this week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Richella! How exciting to be featured!!
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  20. Oh Heather, I just love your seashell decor! What a gorgeous mirror! You can do so many things with it. So glad you stopped by and linked up at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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    1. Thank you, Peggy. Love linking up with your blog!
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  21. What a beautiful collection of coastal décor!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sharon and Elizabeth, and leaving a nice comment!
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  22. All I can say is "WOW"! Such great vignettes all over your house and each one full of great ideas! Thanks for sharing all of your photos. Congrats on being featured over at "No Minimalist Here" blog party.

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  23. Thanks for stopping by last week's Saturday Showcase! What an awesome project! Stop by next week to link up some more cool projects!

    Have a great week!
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com

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