Friday, January 22, 2010

MANTEL PARTY: GLASS, SILVER & WHITE

It's Friday and time for another mantel party hosted by Beth at The Stories Of A To Z. This is such a fun event and I have gotten so much inspiration from the participants in creating new and interesting mantelscapes. Visit Beth and see what everyone has to show off this week and see Beth's cute Valentine's Day vignette.


I drew inspiration from my vintage mirror for this weeks party and I want to thank everyone who complimented it last week. I really do love it and I think it will be a permanent fixture in all of my mantelscapes. I really love the look of the silver and glass, so I shopped my house for pieces to add. I also added touches of white for some balance.
The little candelabra is lit with tea lights and I propped a starfish against it for a pop of white to match the base. I probably have no business adding coastal items since I live in the frigid Midwest, but a girl can break the rules, can't she? I have also added a mercury glass candle holder.
On the opposite side I have another candelabra that I found at an antique shop where I also found the lamps. I felt so bad when they went out of business after 35 years, but we were able to bid on and win an entire 90 piece set of china for $40.00 on the last day of their auction. Whoo Hoo!! Balancing this side is a tall jar of sea shells and some white branches, keeping with that unlikely coastal look I have going on here. And another mercury glass candle holder. In the center I have added a vanity mirror rimmed in silver. I hope you have enjoyed my vignette!
I wanted to mention that my new darling friend, Federica from Bologna, Italy is having a giveaway. You can visit her here at Sweet As Candy. She has written 500 posts in her one year blogging! Awesome.
And I have received the Sunshine Award from Shellagh at Ticking And Toile. I am really honored to receive this award and rather than pass it on to select bloggers, I ask that you grab it yourself, especially if you need some sunshine today, which I think we all do. :-)


Thanks for visiting me today. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

105 comments:

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love it! So calming and cool and wintery. Thanks for linking to the party to show it off in all of its beauty!

Linda said...

Hello Jane,
A Midwest girl can have a little "COASTAL" theme too...the starfish looks great!

Blessings,
Linda

Treasia Stepp said...

Simply beautiful. I love the winter shimmer it has and all the lovely things you've got.

stefanie said...

It turned out gorgeous

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Your mantel looks beautiful. I love the coastal look, and the white and silver colors together. Congratulations on the award.
Blessings,
Marcia

GWENDOLYN said...

Jane,
Once again your mantel is stunning and gorgeous! I love the white. congrats on your award.
Blessings!
Gwen

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I'm loving the silver and white and mercury glass!!!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane, congratulations on your award! You bring sunshine to blogland with every post... your mantel is gorgeous... I put seashells everywhere, and the only water by me is the Great Salt Lake! The starfish looks so pretty... The candelabra is beautiful... Liberace would be jealous... tee hee hee... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Congratulations on your award!
Now your mantle is so beautiful and romantic. Love the candle light and that pretty mirror!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shellbelle said...

Your mantel looks gorgeous and as a beach gal, who loves coastal decorating, I say bravo on adding beachy elements. I remember hearing Nate Berkus give his list of 10 things that every room should have and one of them was something from the sea, so you did Nate (and me) proud!

I think its even more important to add something coastal if you don't live by the sea.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Jane, your mantel is so pretty! I love the light and delicate feel to it....just gorgeous!

Congrats on your award.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Jane,

Your mantle looks divine! Love the vintage mirror and your silver, white and seashell accents offer the perfect balance.

Congrats on the award! Have a wonderful and blessed weekend sweet friend!

Pug1 said...

Very pretty! CHEERS! Michele

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Elegant, simple elegance! Love the mantle.

xinex said...

This is stunning, Janie, almost enchanting. Love the candle glow reflecting on the glass and your gorgeous wall color. It is giving out a very tranquil effect. Congrats on the well deserved award!..Christine

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I LOVE your mantel, Jane!!!
The mirror and the silver really to look fabulous together!! Great job!

oh yes...a smidge of butter...lol.

xoxo
becky

Lou Cinda said...

This is beautiful! I love tha mirror on the wall and the candleabra!

It looks so serene.....love that! I love the starfish too...

Lou Cinda

Karen said...

May favorite color combination for decorating! And even though I'm 10 miles from shore, I've got shells everywhere.

The Domestic Chick said...

Your mantel is so wintery feeling. I also really like the crystal glitter touches on your blog. simply lovely!

cityfarmer said...

soothing and calm ... what we all need.

did I already ask you of you were going to the blogger girl party???
hope so

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, cutie pie! I'm back for the next couple of days and wanted to drop by and pay you a visit. Have missed you much! :-)

Love what you did with your mantle. I like this new meme. I really ought to work on my mantle. It needs some help! Yours looks great.

Sending you warm hugs. Are you warmer there? We are down here. Yea!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

If we can't have that coastal look in the Midwest, I'm in big trouble. It is all over my house. It makes me feel good, reminds me of where I'd rather be:)

I think the mantel looks beautiful. It is elegant, not too cluttered and I love the touch of the sea.

Sue

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

It looks so romantic! I love the hanging candelabra. Elegant and beautiful.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That's a beautiful mantel - love it! I love the shimmering silver and white combo. Linda

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love it Jane with all the white and silver...oh girl I love the shells mixed it with it...come on spring time I'm so ready for the birs and bee's again ha ha!! Hope you have a great weekend girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Deb said...

very pretty Jane...love it...

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
It's just beautiful, all sparkly and wintery! Hey, you have the coast of Lake Michigan, so that should count. I love the candelabra, and the shells and white, so pretty! Your fireplace is just gorgeous! How have you been? Come by and say hi, I haven't heard from you in awhile. Hugs, Cindy

Holly said...

Beautiful mantel and elegant accessories. I will have to check out the mantel party...cannot join up...I have a weird huge round fireplace without a mantel, but I like looking!
Thanks for stopping by my tablescape the other day!
Holly @ 504 Main

Chari said...

Hello sweet friend...

Oooh...your mantelscape is just breathtaking, Darlin'! Of course, you know that I like all that pretty glass and silver paired together...it's soooo elegant looking! I love your oval shaped vintage mirror...sooo beautiful! I agree...it should be a permanent part of your mantel!!! My second love is that fabulous silver candelabra...just gorgeous!!! I have been searching for a silver candelabra for quite some time! The one's that I always like cost an arm and a leg! Hehe! Sounds like you got a great deal on yours! Yeeehawww!!! Well my friend, what a sweet treat today! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and elegant mantel with us today!!!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Stacey said...

Your mantel is so pretty. :) I love the touches of silver and glass. It's looks elegant and homey.

We are heading your direction next week. My son is auditioning for the Chicago Conservatory.

Lori E said...

You are Blondie and if you want coastal goodies on your mantle you go right ahead.
This looks so nice. It is so bright and fresh looking.
Silver just wouldn't fit in at my house but I love seeing it in everyone else's homes.

Pat said...

It is beautiful!! The whites and silver look so perfect and I love the coastal theme. Hey, we can dream, right? :-) Thanks so much for sharing your creative talents!
xo

xinex said...

Hi Janie! Thanks for coming by. You said you sent me an email but I did not get it. Can you resend please? Thanks...Christine

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

It's just beautiful!
I love that you added in the starfish... I'm in the midwest too, and I need some thoughts of warm weather!

Gorgeous,
~Amy

Mrs.Rabe said...

Your mantle is very pretty! I like the silver and white.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving such a nice comment...I really appreciate it!

ps - I love your header!

mbkatc230 said...

This is beautiful Jane. I love the silver and white, so elegant and pretty. Love the tealight candleabra! And if I lived in the Midwest, I'd have nothing BUT coastal to at least remind me of warm. Thanks for stopping by, glad the stories gave you a giggle. Believe me, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Kathy

Debbie said...

Very pretty!!~

Sonja, Queen of Crafts said...

Hey Jane, just returning the visit to my blog. I love that your mantel is not overcrowded - less is more. The starfish is beautiful! Did you pick it up yourself? Very pretty!

Jane said...

I do love that mirror!!! The silver and whites look beautiful on the mantel. I think I need to go check out the party and get some more inspiration. I haven't redecorated my mantel after I took Christmas down.
Jane

ceekay said...

Your mantle looks so pretty! Oh I wish I had a mantle...I would love to join in on the party! And you add all the starfish you want...it is a wonderful touch of summer to these long winter days!

jen said...

So glad you stopped by my blog today - i am originally from IL so by having your blog now, i can feel a bit of home!

Cozy Little House said...

Very elegant and pleasing, Jane! I need to dust my mantel off. But it has my husband's old family photos on it. So I kind of leave his space alone!
Brenda

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I get so jealous when I see that mirror. I. want. it!

Everything on your mantel looks so soft and lovely, just my kind of decorating style.

So pretty.

Thanks for posting my giveaway on your blog. I really appreciate it.
A few people have some over to visit me from your blog already.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I love the way you changed it up from last time. The mercury glass is gorgeous ! Thanks for stopping by.

The Lazy Peacock said...

beautiful mantel - so elegant!

Chatelaine said...

I am loving that little candelabra!
It looks fabulous.

Like your choice of music too!

Kathleen said...

Hi Jane<
That looks very pretty! Very serene..
I don't decorate my mantle. Well, I do, with pictures of my 4 little gkids..but that's it!

MrsKBJ said...

Thank you for visiting my blog mantel post. Your mantel is beautiful as well! I love the mirror shape. Have a great weekend!!
Kelly

bj said...

O, I LOVE this look...just perfect! It just LOOKS like winter..just lovely!!
xo bj

this blessed nest said...

beautiful!

i think we all could use a little eye candy in a beach theme right about now! thank you. these cold rainy days are not so fun day after day. i have been dreaming of the beach for a few days now.

happy weekend!
kellie

Diane said...

Jane the mantel looks great, thanks for stopping by, and don't get me wrong I too have to organize all my clippings, but it was funny today while picking a few to share I got inspired to create. Have a great weekend. oxox, Diane

HouseMama said...

Thank you so much for stopping by The Frat House and for your kind words. Have a great weekend!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Ah you know how I love mercury glass! Love your mantel decorations, so pretty.

Maggie B said...

Hi Jane,
Such an elegant mantle,all glittery & stylish.
Since you love the sea & the beach so much I wonder what your star sign is? I'm Cancerian and love the sea shore as you well know!!
~Maggie~

Pondside said...

I must be part magpie, because I find that glittering mantelscape so very appealing. There's something about sparkle and shine that just lifts the winter spirits.
You just go ahead and borrow a little of our coastal ambiance, Jane - that starfish suits your arrangement!

Susie's country cottage said...

Your matel looks very elegant. I love the mirror you have above it and the whites and cool colours you have used are very calming.

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Lovin' this mantle scape! White and silver looks so elegant. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lady Katherine said...

I just love the white chandy!! I love seeing the coastal theme for it reminds warmer weather will come! I also love the other mantel you did the pictures I just love!!!

Susie Q said...

This is perfect for January...sparkly and shiny and cool...love all the shimmer!
very elegant yet welcoming!
You always have the gift fo rthis ya know!
Love,
Sue

Rhondi said...

Hi Jane
I like what you did with your mantel. It's simple and elegant and I love that it's sparkly too!
Hugs, Rhondi

Sarah said...

Hey, Blondie! Awesome to meet you. What a beautiful mantel. Love that oval mirror...and I'm a sucker for starfish:)

Kathleen Grace said...

I think your mantel looks beautiful, and why not add some starfish and coastal touches!? I think we are all dreaming of warmer weather right now and your mantel is a beautiful way to dream about summer!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

HI Jane! Congratulations on the award! Of course you deserve it. Love your mantel...it is just beautiful. Love the silver and white. Have you shown your 90 pieces yet? I can't wait to see them...perhaps I missed it...if so don't mind me! Big smile. I try to keep up on whats goin' on....but I slip up once in awhile!!!!
Big smile.
Debbie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the colors are so elegant yet soothing and beautiful!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Jane
Love your mantle and the vintage mirror is divine... I have one that belonged to my parents.. but would like to say i had a dozen... might have to go on a hunt... All the other white and silver pieces are quite lovely also.. lucky you!! ....

Well I'd like to say I had a mantle also.. but as you know . not so lucky.. hahahaha.. Thanks for enjoying the bit of fun... so worth it with ppl like you appreciating the silliness... Last week's silliness inspired me to do it again ... Take care.. xx Julie

cityfarmer said...

hey dearie ..hope you find this comment soon ... here is the official invitation for the blogger girl unite get together.

http://sanctuaryart.blogspot.com/2010/01/lets-get-togetheryeah-yeah-yeah.html

cut and paste...then get back to me!!

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

I love all the white and all the candles! So peaceful!

Blessings, Grace

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

It looks so pretty Blondie. I don't have a mantle to decorate. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. :) Probably a good thing, otherwise I would be "fussing" with it all the time.

Charlene said...

Love your mantle! You should enter this post on Silver Sunday too. Hurry go over & LINKY UP!

You do deserve the Sunshine Award!!!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Did you get to go to the lake? LOVE your lake place. HUGS & HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK! Charlene

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Jane! I love the sparkly look of your mantel! You have some lovely silver pieces. And that mirror is the perfect backdrop for it all...just gorgeous! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

tales from an oc cottage said...

Love that mantel!

m ^..^

SmilingSally said...

Congratulations, Jane, on these awards. Your mantel looks so elegant.

Our weather is nice, but where is a sarong?

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xinex said...

Hi Janie, Did you get my email? BTW, I posted a close up of my painting in the living room. Come and see it when you have a chance...Christine

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

So pretty Jane! Hey - we live by lakes....so why not star fish? (I hot glued a bunch on my daughter's walls!) We northeren girls can dream indeed!

Betsy said...

Stunning! I love the wall color, too...perfect!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Jane

It looks beautiful. The colour scheme work well and looks elegant.

I love the large oval mirror!!!

Congratulations on your award.

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Denise said...

I love the mantel. Thanks for always leaving such nice comments. I know I shouldn't beat myself up about not eating healthy :) I did great today, just had roast garlic chicken, steamed green beans and brown rice. Sounds boring but it filled a nice hole ;)

Ticking and Toile said...

Love it Jane! I also love the mirror above the mantle!! It's all so beautiful, wintery & calm.

Shellagh

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Jane,
What a beautiful mantel arrangement. I love the silver and white. Congratulations on your award. That Vintage mirror is beautiful.

Karen

Federica said...

Thanks so much darling!
Your mantel looks gorgeous!
Federica
xoxo

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

What a beautiful mantle!
~Michelle

kimmcl said...

Hi there Jane! Your comment on my RMS post yesterday was awesome girl - thanks so much for the encouraging words! Love your mantle so much - especially that adorable mirror and the mercury glass.
xoxo,
Kim

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

It's so pretty, and you know I'm a silver junkie! It looks very elegant :)

I miss having a mantel; our other house had a fireplace and I always loved decorating it.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Simply beautiful! Silver! My All time favorite!
Hugs,
Mona

Monica@The White Bench said...

What a lovely decor, Jane!
I love the glass vase with shells and white branches... so very pretty!
Monicax.

Bonnie said...

Hi Jane, love the winter white theme. By the way, not sure how I managed to miss it BUT Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful B&B you found and how fun to meet up with Cindy and her husband. It's pretty apparent that you all had a great time!

~Bonnie~

Liz said...

Hi Jane! This makes me think of a winter beach. It is very pretty!

Regarding you comment about the animal voices......
Are you kidding me? She really talks like that! :) (in her little head)

Have a great week!!
~Liz

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Jane, what a beautiful mantelscape! The silver and white looks so elegant together!

Jane

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hope all is well in your world Jane...we still have our snow again...and people think all we do is lay on the beach in Ca. ha ha!!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Designs on 47th Street said...

Well, well ~~ I didn't know there was a mantle party going around blogland. Good to know.

YOURS is beautiful! I love the serenity found in the items you chose and the way they are positioned!

Donna

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Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning my friend. I adore your mantel, fresh and warm at the same time. Silver is really growing on me as of late.. and trust me I don't need another thing to grow on me..lol... hope all is well your way.hugs ~lynne~

Knitty said...

What a beautiful mantle-scape! (Is that a word? LOL)
There is a winter wonderland look to it, but I bet if the temperatures outside (bad wind chill day in Michigan), I bet I would be thinking serene, elegant beach life.

Either way, great job!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

HI Jane
Pretty pretty! I Love starfish too. I have one on my mantel as well~ (( hugs)) Susie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, this is SO lovely! You did a great job on this mantle. :-)

I know I wrote a post to you last week. I distintly remember doing so. How weird! LOL! Sometimes, though, if the phone rings, I get interrupted and things go awry. Whatever... I love what you did! This is a fun event, and you did a good job!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Beth at Aunties said...

Janie,

You mantle is pretty and charming depicting this wintry weather it seems to be flowing across the states. I like you added some of the coastal fare with shells and the starfish to give us hope we won't be snow bound forever. :*)

Enjoy a happy Day!

Chrissy said...

You know I love this post right?? Silver,glass and white...mmmmmmm lets see...whats not to love!

xinex said...

Yes, I am very excited about your cming visit. Thanks for coming by my blog, glad you like the dishes...Christine

bj said...

Thanks so much for coming by tonight..
O, Blondie, Splenda and I are LOVERS ! I could not survive without it. We are eating EVERYTHING sugar free. I know it won't last...I am already craving a HUGE HERSHEY BAR WITH ALMONDS !
But, actually, Splenda is great in a lot of things. My peanut butter cookies taste almost the same as when I use the real thing. Jello and sugar free cool whip is our nightly "bedtime snack"...
If we can just keep HEALTHY on our minds, maybe it will be a good thing.
Now, my daughter is an RN and she doesn't want us using TOO much Splenda..something in it isn't all that good for us...aspertaim or something like that.
O, I just wish I had a big ole juicy cheeseburger and FRIES....:O)
xo bj

thelaundryisneverfinished said...

oh, how I loved just catching up on your posts! bright spot to my morning! beautiful mantle, Jane!

Candylei said...

I love mercury glass. I just found your blog. A fun one!

Heidi said...

Hi Jane,
good morning! I love the mantel, the silver and white are lovely. It looks wintery and calm.
Thanks for stopping by so often, I really appreciate it. Your morning "dates" sound so nice to me - my husband is always very busy in the AM off to work and all - but I do enjoy my solitude once the house is empty and quiet!
Anyway, absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that....
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

blueberries in the fields said...

i am always amazed at the numbers of comments you received, i see you are much loved in blogworld and i am not surprised. you are such a gentle lady and your posts always so lovely. i seldom take the time to leave comments, i am sorry for my lazyness. I wanted to thank you for always taking the time to drop by and say hello. always a pleasure to hear from you.
yes, my daughter ( well, one of my 3daughters ) has a blog. she is studying in Brussels and is an artist. you can visit her etsy shop and her blog too. as i said in my post, she is having a giveaway. everyone is welcome :)
have a lovely week end Jane,
sending you hugs
monique xoxoxo

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