Monday, March 12, 2012

Coastal Cabin Mantle

I've been thinking about my decorating style and what the best way to describe it would be.  I have decided I'm Coastal Cabin.  I don't really follow any rules with my decorating, if I like it fits but recently I have been trying to be a little more intentional with my choices.  For me Coastal is represented by wicker, white painted woodwork, off white slipcovers, and the blues and greens in fabric and painted furniture.  The Cabin comes in with rustic distressed pieces, weathered wood, and a mismatched collected over time look.  

(If you want to see any of the projects in the above collage go to my project gallery tab at top of page for a link.)

This weekend we had friends over for dinner and I took one of them on a tour of my latest projects.  When we walked into my living room she said "it looks so beachy in here". Yay,that is exactly the feeling I am going for except that I like to call it "Coastal".

This brings me to my spring mantle.  I think it pretty much screams Coastal Cabin don't you?

I have been playing with it here and there all week.  I wanted to use what I had.  The lantern is an antique oil fixture from an old ship, the tackle box and fishing creel are items that have been around the cabin forever.

The only new items are the driftwood sailboat and the green "antique" box.  Both of them I made for free from my stash of random supplies.  I have wanted to make the sailboat forever and finally got around to it.  I did not have a driftwood stick for the mast so I used a dark stained dowel, I like the contrast.  I used drop cloth scraps for the sail and just tied them to the mast. I was going to do more but I liked it simple. 

For the inside of the mantle I kept my logs but switched out the all you need is love box for a wicker basket.  I needed some color so I made a wood box then painted & distressed it.  Funny the box is my favorite part of the whole display, I am in love with it.  (if you can be in love with a box.) 

Thanks for checking out my ever changing mantle.  I don't know about you but my favorite season is definitely Spring, Happy Spring friends!    

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Anne said...

Oh I love that tackle basket! Nice work!

Full Circle Creations said...

Looks great!


Jackie Ross said...

Another winner!! Looks very 'coastal'!!

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

Love it! I"m love'in your "coastal cabin" look... so fresh, yet vintage at the same time!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Mimi, that looks wonderful and your friend is so right. You really captured the coastal look and I adore the sailboat you made. Have a super sweet weekend. xo

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Looks awesome! Love the sailboat and the lantern!

Thanks for linking it up!

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Cindy said...

Love your "Coastal Cabin" mantle!
XO Cindy

Amy Kinser said...

It screams beautiful to me! I love the look you are going for and think you achieved it wonderfully.

Nice visiting with you tonight. Will be sticking around for more...

Blessings, Amy

Jeanette said...

Love your drift wood sailboat. I made one too!

Anonymous said...

A beautiful job creating the coastal feel. (I live on the water and just finished my vintage/coastal master bath renovation.) I especially like pop of red. I have a question regarding your first collection of photos from your living room. Where is your oar displayed -- is it in a nich above a door way?

Happy Spring!

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

You know I love your style and Coastal Cabin is the perfect description! How's the shop coming along?

Jane said...

So well done! Great job.

Rita May said...

Yes! I can believe you are in love with a box! It caught my eye right away. Ain't love grand!
I may have to follow you. There are so many things to see and I'll be going thru your blog now instead of doing

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