Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vintage Decor for the Mantel

I'll be honest.  I sometimes wish I had one of those homes that Chip and JoAnna Gaines make-over on their show, the Fixer Upper.  I think I could really fall in love with all the vintage farm house elements that they put into so many of their homes. But, I'm not in Texas. I have a lovely home here in Alabama and its not an old farm house.
So, here's what I do.  I try to add some interesting elements to my home that appeal to my vintage soul. I just skip the whole tear down the walls, rip up the floor thing that Chip and JoAnna do. 
Today, I'm sharing with you the vintage items that I have arranged on the mantel in my family room.
The "star" of my mantel design is the lovely and chippy architectural piece that I recently acquired.  I love the size and the perfect scrolling curves.  Did you know the word "acquire" can sometimes mean you got something off a trash pile? :)

The "co-star" of my design is the vintage seltzer bottle.  You can read about how to use a bottle on a coffee table here.  This seltzer bottle came from the Plunderosa in Loxley, Alabama.  You can read about this antique trip here.
I layered my seltzer bottle and the architectural element
 with a piece of subway art that I often display on
 my mantel.  I made a few adjustments and 
then I was done!  I find adding vintage items
 to my home allows me to be to be creative and it is
 something I can do almost anytime that I have a few minutes.  

A tip I might pass on to you is to try several different vintage items in several different arrangements. Step back--leave it.  Then, just try to notice it as you continue with your day.  Give it a glance and you might be able to quickly tell if you like the way it looks or if it needs to be rearranged.  


Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Lovely! Good tips, too. Thanks so much for joining "Let's Talk Vintage!" ... I am happy to have you with us!
Have a great week,

Marsha said...

Thanks, Jill. I'm glad you stopped by for a visit. Happy Wednesday!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love your chippy architectural piece and the way you've arranged your treasures on your mantel. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Marsha said...

Thanks, Betsy for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Happy Wednesday!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful mantel. Love your mix of textures and a blend of the old and new....Love that architectural piece!

The Charm of Home said...

I love the architectural piece. I grew up by an old Victorian farmhouse that had that kind of stuff all over it. It was my playhouse. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

Marsha said...

Thanks for stopping by, Shirley. I got to go to a fun estate sale the other day and thought of you!

Have a Daily said...

I feel the same way about chip and Joanna's homes! Often, when one I love is not chosen I think, "Oh, I need to move to Texas and have them do that one for me". lol! Not that I ever would leave my family, but fun dreaming about it! That architectural piece is a jewel. I love it! I have collected 4 seltzer bottles. Each one is unique and I LOVE them! Right now they are housed in a cabinet made from old windows. Love how your mantle came together. Simplistic beauty! Thanks for sharing with SYC.