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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