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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mercury Mantel

Happy Saturday !!  

While my fellas are off running errands, I thought I'd share my mantel as it looks this very moment (we all know that it could change any second).

I've been bitten by the silver and mercury bug lately ... can you tell ??

On a recent trip to Pottery Barn, I grabbed up this small looking glass.  To give it height, I perched it on top of a small cake stand I found awhile ago at Home Goods:

The mercury votives stand front and center, while a picture of one of my favorite beaches, Sandbridge (in Virginia), peeks through.  I have so many wonderful childhood memories of Sandbridge.  We vacationed there every summer for almost 22 years.  And, during my college years at Old Dominion University, I spent many days at Sandbridge soaking up the sun.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when this print was given to John and me as a wedding gift 15 years ago.  I decided to retire the brass frame it has been in all of these years and simply use the cream matte as the "frame."  

The print is leaning on a new mirror I found at Pier One.  While I really wanted a vintage sign here, when I spied the mirror, I loved the octogonal shape and thought it'd be perfect above the mantel:

Moving along, I found this mercury based hurricane for a song at Home Goods.  I filled it with seashells and layered a beach fan behind it:

Framing all of the silver and mercury pieces are my two green vases (from Tuesday Morning) filled with branches and faux flowers.  I recently added more greenery to the base to "beef" them up a tad:

Finally ... down below is another looking glass, which I nestled in spanish moss (inspiration: for the love of a house).  I found it at Wal-Mart for a mere $15 buckaroos!  

I love the reflections that you can see in this big ol' looking glass, EXCEPT for this one ... I spy with my little eye, hair roots that are in desperate need of attention.  Yikes!

Thanks for stopping by ... I'm off to finish up a Memorial Day project:

Have a wonderful weekend !!

I'm linking up with these fun parties ... come on ova:

BNOTP/Metamorphosis Monday
Dittle Dattle/Amaze me Monday
A Silly Little Sparrow/Toot your Horn Tuesday
The DIY Showoff/Project Parade
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday
All Things Heart and Home/All Things Inspired
My Backyard Eden/Make It Yours Day
Shabby Chic Cottage/Transformation Thursday
My Romantic Home/Show and Tell Friday
At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday

The Lettered Cottage



⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Looks pretty Becca...I love that shot of you in the ball LOL!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your mantle Becca~it looks beautiful. The mirror is fantastic! Hugs, Courtney

L said...

Beautiful, Becca! Love all the new silver touches. The gazing ball is a neat idea for indoors, too!

have a wonderful weekend~ L

Linda said...

You crafty lady you!

Your mantel looks lovely!

Isn't it fun to switch things up once in awhile?

Love it!


the cape on the corner said...

i love mercury glass...and where would we be without stores like homegoods and tuesday morning, lol! i have a house full of great goodies from both places, too.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the mercury glass and your vignette is stunning. I love that mirror, so pretty. Everything looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm all over the silver and mercury ~ love it! Everything looks beautiful, as usual. The beach photo is my kinda therapy.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm all over the silver and mercury ~ love it! Everything looks beautiful, as usual. The beach photo is my kinda therapy.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Becca your mantel looks awesome and that mirror is so pretty! Love the hurricane filled with shells perfect touch for the summer! Have a great weekend, Martina

Marianne said...

Hi Becca,
Your new mantle design looks beautiful. I just love mercury glass and have been thinking about getting some. And what a great idea with the gazing ball.
Marianne :)

Farica said...

I adore mercury glass, silver, and shells!!! I have several mercury glass pieces, including some mercury glass lamps!!!! I went to PB yesterday, and I missed the piece you have on the mantle. :( I would have snapped that up, too. You will be happy to know, though, that I got another place setting of the silver sentiment flatware!! Every time I go in there, a set seems to just jump into my basket. LOL!! If I buy one at a time, it doesn't seem to bother me as much. I am working my way toward the 8 sets I want!! It's kind of like my own little Pottery Barn layaway plan. hahahaha!! LOVE the mantle, girl!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Love it girl! Fresh and light and looks all ready to welcome summer! :-)
Have a great rest of your weekend my friend!

Kristens Creations said...

Beautiful Becca! Love the mirror...Looking forward to seeing your Memorial Day project and painted table! Kristen

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The mantel looks great, Becca. Love the mercury and you are too funny.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Love your mantel. Great decorating!!

CAS said...

Beautiful mantle, Becca. Your home always looks so pretty.

Pattie said...

Becca, it look good.. I use to have such a good eye for doing my mantel it needs help bad...have a good Sunday


Greg said...

I saw that gazing ball in your garage when I swung by the other day but never dreamed I would see it inside your house. You are so creative. By the way saw JB yesterday and he said you were finishing the stripping.....your ADD clearly kicked in and you switched gears!! So beautiful of course. Can't wait to see Memorial Day stuff and of course that FAB table.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love this!
I too love mercury glass, and pretty much anything silver.
What a perfect display to bring in the summer.
Gorgeous Becca!
Memorial Day project? I am impressed.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love your mantel! Mercury glass is so cool! Love the reflection!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

It looks fantastic! I love silver and collect pieces of mercury glass whenever I can! :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Becca, you amaze me with your eye for beauty. I love the mercury pieces and that mirror is to die for!
Memorial Day?? Girl you are wearing me out! I haven't even gave it a thought and that's bad because the Hubby's birthday falls on that weekend. Best get my bottom moving....

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I love things that add sparkle, and mercury glass is one of them. Your mantle looks great!

Beeutiful by Design said...

I've been in love with mercury glass lately too. Love your mantel - looks wonderful! Jennifer

Picket said...

Morning girl...the mantle is the shape of the mirror and love how you have the mercury ball sitting on that creamy white cake stand! You look beautiful girl and don't get me started on hair roots...if Miss Clariol don't visit me soon..all hope will be lost for my pretend...uh I mean my 'real' hair color! lol Thanks for coming by sweetie...have a great week...Picket

Pat said...

Beautiful mantelscape Becca!

Jemsmom said...

I L-OOOOOOOO-VVVVVVVVVV-E this!!!!! I am obsessed with mercury glass right now too! I think it is so pretty! This mantel is just gorgeous!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Becca, it is so nice to meet you. Your home is lovely. I adore all the mercury glass. Your mantle has such presence and warmth. I especially like the mercury ball in the urn. I may have to borrow that one for a display in the shop. I'm looking forward to knowing you. hugs ~lynne~

I'm now following your beautiful blog.

xinex said...

Love it all, Becca. Pretty and very attractive mercury silver items. I also like the urns with flowers...Christine

Designs By Pinky said...

Love your mantle! All the silver and mercury is so pretty for Spring and Summer! I love the hurricane filled with the shells. I have had an idea to do a Summer vignette with LOTS of shells. XO, Pinky

for the love of a house said...

Well, you already know how much I love mercury glass too, so I love this!!!

thank you for your sweet comment!


Sandra Mendoza said...

I am addicted! I look forward to your posts every Tuesday! ;) Thanks for posting wonderful ideas!! The mantle is BEA-U-TI-FUL or like we say in Spanish, HERMOSA! ;)

Kara said...

You had me at mercury glass. It all looks lovely.

nrilyn the nurse said...

Just found your blog. It is just great. Love mercury glass and have started collecting it also. Great look on the mantel. I am in need of a mantel do over-- but don't know where to start. Will keep looking.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What gorgeous mantel decor! Love all the mercury glass. HomeGoods is my fav place to shop! Your mirror is awesome, too, and I should know ~ I collect antique mirrors and also sell them on eBay!!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Allyson Pecilunas said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Love all of the silver.

Kim said...

Love your mantle Becca! You've done such a great job with your home. That mirror is stunning! I'll have to check out Pier 1.

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

omg you're design sense, home, and blog are lovely. gonna spend some time here catching up and follow!

thanks for stopping today!

michele said...

I love mercury glass and your mantel looks divine! Hope you have a lovely weekend :O)

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Becca, Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Your mantel is gorgeous! Mine is still waiting for spring :).
~ Julie