Antique Wood and Iron Shutters

There’s a new store in town, I said to my hubby. He replied…

“Uh, I in trouble?”….

….”Hmmmm”, I replied, “You are never in trouble (ha!)…but your wallet may be!”

So a visit to the new store after a nice dinner at a restaurant in the mall.

We walked in….and the angels sang….

But the good thing was that they sang to my hubby!….

It was love at first sight!…


He loves old architectural things…he loves the true craftsmanship of them.

We were smitten…but not smitten by the price..



Who wouldn’t love the beautiful old hinges…the gorgeous patina.

But alas…we walked away….with my small purchase of a pillow that was on sale.

We kept thinking of those shutters…we loved them.

Who could resist the chippy wood….and scraped paint….and rusty hinges.


The store associate said they came from Italy…I just imagined them on a grand Villa…

I went back to that store…they were having a sale!!

Those shutters were still there…hanging so majestically behind the beautiful large checkout stand….

I gave my purchases to the store associate (the design consultants)….I mentioned that I so loved those shutters!


She said that they were on sale!!…Really????…But still with the discount, they were a bit too steep!

When I said that $$$$ was a little more than I wanted to spend….she looked a little puzzled.


Apparently, the other associate thought that the price on the shutters were times 2…..

…..rather than the price including both shutters….


Sing, sing, I heard the angels sing!!!! The harps were also in accompaniment….!!

And….on top of that…they were 30% off….The angelic music was all around…

So, the price of which we thought was not only cut in half, but an extra 30% off!



Well, let me tell you….I never whipped out my phone so fast in my life….

… call hubby….to tell him the news!…

He could hardly tell what I was saying, as I was talking so fast…I was so excited!

“Calm down”, he said…just buy them!

So, a “sold tag” was quickly placed on those gorgeous shutters…


Here they are…proudly over the mantel….

We had them sitting the garage for months…while my hubby tried to figure out how to safely hang shutters…


He is very precise kind of guy…so he set forth some plans.


It took 4 men to get these shutters on the thanks to my son and neighbors…

….in helping me get to this result.


So now, I am left with…Where am I going to hang the stained glass window that was previously hanging over the mantel.???

It’s that domino/snowball effect…

A new item goes up and 5 more items need to be re-arranged…and not to mention…

…..I need to find some great new accessories for the mantel!!

So, what do you think? Do you love old architectural elements as much as we do?

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  1. You already know how much I LOVE these shutters. They are just fabulous! Your hubby did a great job hanging them. Love his “plan” – you should save it for posterity. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to see how you decorate the mantle and especially what you’ll do over the holidays!

  2. Shirley, those are fabulous. So glad you got a great deal on them. My husband would have had to work on a plan, too. Men.

  3. It TOTALLY pays to mention pricing to more than one person in the store!!! I have come out of stores with great bargains after finding out that the 1st person I talked to was misinformed. Hooray for you!!!! The shutters look fantastic!!!! I know you’re happy to finally have them up gracing your mantel area!!!

  4. What a find, Shirley! Those shutters look fabulous above the mantel. I never thought you could find anything as beautiful as your stained glass window. Wow. I’m curious where you will be placing it. God love Tommy for being such a perfectionist. He makes everything look 10 x better by being so precise.

  5. You know when you hear the angels sing, it’s your duty to get it!


  7. Shirley! These are beyond fabulous! I’m completely in love them…they look perfect over your mantel too.

  8. OMG, I knew they would be perfect above your mantle, but truly – they were meant to be! The size is perfect! They are even prettier hung up than in person. I love how you accessorized the mantle. Just enough to compliment the shutters but not to compete. You did good, gf. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Those shutters are just to die for and you’ve chosen the best place to display them.

  10. I just absolutely adore this I love everything about this.


  11. Oh, my, those shutters are gorgeous! I love architectural salvage stores, but the prices are usually way beyond me. So glad you got a deal! Now, when you get tired of them…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Love love love them!! Love that whole room!

  13. creativehomeexpressions says

    They are just gorgeous, Shirley! What great luck to find that the price was for both, not to mention the sale. I love the color of them.

  14. Sandra White says

    Those are beyond fabulous. I thought the stained glass piece was wonderful, but this is even more wonderful. Cannot wait to see what you do with the mantel accessories as time goes by. Beautiful.

  15. They look great Shirley! Good job Tom!

  16. I am in love… and a teensy bit jealous. They are beautiful

  17. I can’t begin to say enough to express how lovely the shutters look above your mantel. I just love the look and I know you must be so excited to get to look at them everyday.

  18. Oh, wow, Shirley, those are awesome!!! Those were destined to be yours; and they look fabulous above the mantel!! What a beautiful focal point!! Beautiful!!

  19. Linda Miller says

    The shutters look beautiful and what a great job Tom did in hanging them (no surprise there LOL). I know you will find a perfect spot for the stained glass…you always do. Enjoy.

  20. I have never been so close to falling off a ladder.

  21. These are totally incredible and I’m sure one-of-a-kind! I just love to hear angels sing!!

  22. Oh beautiful! I love them too and they look perfect over the fireplace. What a find!! Just perfect.

  23. Your shutters are FABULOUS!! They are absolutely gorgeous! I love using architectural elements in my house.
    Mary Alice

  24. Oh my goodness. What a story! I am so glad that in the end you were able to get those shutters because they are absolutely perfect over your mantel. What a guy your husband is too…great purchase!

  25. I would have fallen in love too. They’re spectacular.

  26. Your shutters are just beautiful! I am so, so envious ๐Ÿ™‚ The perfect size for the perfect spot and obviously the perfect hubby the figure out the hanging part. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Spectacular! Fabulous find.

  28. The shutters are extremely beautiful and such archetectural masterpieces. I would love to have some like them! They look wonderful above your mantel and I love the pieces you have on the mantel with them. You were so fortunate to snag those! Imagine if you had not walked in at that time and inquired about them. Good deal, Gal!

  29. Ok, so that’s what he was doing up on the ladder, risking his life for! He did an excellent job hanging them and they are certainly the room’s statement piece! Beautiful!

  30. MariaElena says

    Oh! So gorgeous!!! They look so beautiful in your home!

  31. WOW, That was worth waiting for! For you and for us! Those shutters are absolutely wonderful. I don’t think I have ever seen anything so beautiful. They are national magazine worthy.
    I am so glad you asked about the price and that it came up a second time that day. They were meant to hang above your mantel.
    Thanks for sharing this fabulous surprise.
    Hugs, Ginger

  32. Gorgeous! Love the look! I’d love for you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at I hope you can stop by and join in!

  33. thecapeonthecorner says

    wow, they look like they were made for that spot!

  34. AHHH!! So these are the shutters I’ve been so patiently waiting to see! They are SUPER GORGEOUS! And to think you paid so much less than you thought you’d have to is that sweet cherry on top!

  35. Oh wowzers!! What a beautiful set of shutters! They totally make your fireplace pop! What a great piece! Come linkup to centerpiece Wednesday and share your find with us and enter my giveaway!

  36. Shirley~ Your shutters are stunning hanging over your mantel and how wonderful they were on sale! I love architectural salvage and things with a history and patina! I love the precise and tidy drawing you hubby drew up to hang them~ is he an engineer? ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Those shutters are absolutely awesome! I found you through Savvy Southern Style and adore your sense of style.

  38. First your fabulous patio set at a steal, now these amazing shutters! They are amazing – so glad they were still there! And glad you had people to hang them!

  39. Thanks for linking up and sharing your amazing idea with us!

  40. Did you hear me gasp Shirley…OMY WORD, just gorgeous.

  41. Suzanne McLaine says

    I LOVE these!! And my husband would jump to buy them, too, for sure.
    I think you should just keep the mantel empty for a while. At least while you wait for the right new accessories to come along. the bottom of the shutters is obscured, and it seems a little too heavy with the extra items.

  42. Love these so much! They really add a lot of character to the room!

  43. I am in LOVE and totally jealous at the same time. Chippy, crusty shutters from Italy with rusty hinges. Swoon. Totally sharing!!

  44. Stunning!

  45. Congratulations on being able to get those beautiful shutters! They look gorgeous above your mantel. Something as unique as that should go in a place of prominence. Your mantle is the perfect place for that. Don’t you just love when things work out in your favor like that? How in the world did you wait so long to have them hung? I would’ve been nagging my husband forever until it got done!!! I love that they’re from Italy too. That makes them even better! I can totally relate to the domino effect (as you know). I deal with it ALL the time, it seems. Oh well. What are you going to do? It sure is fun to play with new things though.

  46. I can completely understand your happiness over those shudders. They are a unique and beautiful touch to your home!

  47. These shutters are to die for….so romantic evoking or a past long gone among olives and herbs of all kinds…wow girl you got me dreaming here! Magnificent! I would keep the details of the mantle (accessories) just the way they are or to a minimum not to take away from the star of the show, although I doubt any other piece could! Great purchase> Love your mantle! I followed you on FB thanks to Debbie @ Debbiedoos and now I subscribed to your blog because I can’t wait to see that mantle all decked for the holidays!

  48. Hi Shirley,

    I REALLY LOVE those shutters!! I can totally imagine them on an Italian villa, and they also look wonderful over your fireplace! I’ve never seen shutters quite like that, and I can definitely see why you were so smitten with them. I’m really glad you went back and followed up on the price — a lesson to all of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful day!


  49. You are amazing! Those shutters are calling my name! I love everything about them…..the patina….the richness….the chippiness!

    Absolutely wonderful!


  50. OMGoodness! Those shutters are amazing. They make such a statement above your mantle. I can see why you fell in love with them.

  51. Wow – what gorgeous shutters! I would love to have these – just beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Calling by from Share your Cup, the shutters are fabulous and I would have snapped them up!

  53. Oh how I love this Shirley! Gorgeous shutters! Perfect place for them!

  54. Oh what a find! I love those. laurie

  55. Donna Howell says

    I love your blog. Just found it today at Between Naps on The Porch. I would love to know where you found the plate holder stands on your mantel? Donna

  56. There are a lot of things that I miss about living in the Triangle, but seeing these makes me really miss the good shopping places! They are an awesome find! You hit the jackpot finding those! Oh, and I’ve never seen a cathedral ceiling trimmed out like that. Your builder did a great job on that!

  57. I’m not one for the chippy look. But having said that, I think you’ve just converted me! They are gorgeous! Love the ironwork! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  58. Katherines Corner says

    they are awesome and a great deal too! Thank you for sharing your lovely post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party xo

  59. Love, love, love! You have it beautifully displayed! Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch. I am your newest follower!


  60. Shirley, these are stunning! I love old architectural pieces like this! I have seen Italian doors, but now shutters! Wow, I would have heard those angels singing too! They look amazing! I know it was difficult task to hang these, but worth it! Truly gorgeous!

  61. I am so happy you joined me Shirley. LOVE!

  62. These shutters are nothing short of GORGEOUS! I’m so, so glad you were able to get them. They grace the mantel so well….you’ve got my wheels turning. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m pinning this to my design inspiration board! xo

  63. Shirley those are beyond fabulous! It is always nice when hubs falls in love too.

  64. Angels singing for sure! Those shutters are fabulous! I have a huge wall in my family room and what I wouldn’t have done to find something like that. I settled for a large window to which I added colored glass. They are just perfect over your fireplace. So happy that you were able to bring them home. I totally understand the sketch on paper. My hubby is an Engineer and everytime I have a project in mind I can find him sketching at his desk. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  65. First, I cannot believe you found that incredibly unique piece and then to get a deal! It’s fabulous and above your mantel is the absolute perfect spot!

  66. Absolutely STUNNING!!!! And what a great backdrop these will be for a Christmas mantel. Can’t wait to see it then!!

  67. Those are the most beautiful thing I’ve seen on the web in a while. Just incredible.

  68. Hi Shirley, you will never believe how I found this post….Pinterest! I saw something on Pinterest of yours which led me to another post which led me to HERE!! I am so glad to hear “the story of the shutters”! All of blogland LOVE these shutters. I am so glad you got them and at a bargain:):)
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