Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Coastal-Inspired Mantel

My sun room mantel is always changing.  The only constant is the vintage Greek Key mirror which, for me, provides a perfect backdrop for my re-decorating compulsion.
I decided that the container filled with shells and painted Harry Lauder Walking Stick branches would look very good reflected in the mirror. So, I moved it from this mirrored table.

And, I placed it on the mantel with some other coastal accessories.

To complement the vase and branches, I used my Zgallerie faux coral, some antique leather books, and also my Pottery Barn platter.  I love the way my bamboo chandelier and my pull-down classroom shell map reflect in the mirror.

I think the covers of the leather books have a sea life/sea creature look.

In front of the books are some weighted tassels.
Up-side down and cascading they remind me of an anemone.

And you know I have a chair obsession.
These bamboo Chinese Chippendale chairs are one of my favorites

I can't forget the book with the coral on the cover on the Asian chest.
I like the cover as much as the images inside.

So what do you think about the sea life inspired change up?

FYI, this  mantel was featured on Apartment Therapy.



  1. Love it! Great that you chose faux for the coral. Z Gallery is awesome. Fabulous plate too (Pottery Barn?). And of course Cabinet of Natural Curiosity! Check out this post, you might like it!

  2. Love your new mantel - the red faux coral really looks divine.

    Have a fabulous weekend.


  3. Kathy, I think the new mantel display is gorgeous!! I love the faux coral and the branches painted red. Beautiful! Thanks for linking to my party. xo, Sherry

  4. I'm visiting today through Layla's Summer Mantel Link Party!

    I love your mantel - the red is gorgeous!