A French Country Mantel Vignette

I realized I had the same things on my mantel since March!…time for a change!

So I put on my dancing shoes and got ready to do “the vignette shuffle” !!

I thought . . . hmmm . . . not quite feeling the “summer mantel” today . . .

~ ~ as it was really hot today and do not want to be reminded of that!

And then, it is hard to do a “coastal feel” with the backdrop of my antique shutters.

So with my dancing shoes on, I took a look around and decided to go “simply stated French Country”.

French Country Mantel

I put on my french beret and began gathering things that I already had . . .

~ ~ either purchased here or in France.

The little demijohn was purchased here at a yard sale and I obtained the antique book in France.

Actually, the oh so wonderful shop owner gave it to me!

French Country Mantel

French Country Mantel

And what says French Country more than lavender!

French Country Mantel

French Country Mantel

Another demijohn was added to the left side of the “reproduction confit pot” filled with lavender.

I love the simplicity of this mantel vignette.

French Country Mantel

However, I needed something to tie it all together . . .

French Country Hearth

French Country Mantel

I grabbed the French Gathering Basket from across the room and placed it on the hearth.

Not only did I feel it tied everything together, but it also hid the “black hole” of the fireplace a bit.

The grain sack that I purchased on my trip to France remains in the basket . . .

~ ~ it adds another level of texture and color.

French Country Mantel

French Country Mantel

I love this little change . . . it makes my heart happy!

And speaking of making my heart happy . . . I am preparing to leave to go to the Haven Conference.

I made sure that I left hubby great instructions on watering my plants and holding down the fort!

Well, he does not need any instructions on holding down the fort as he does it so well !!!

So, follow along with me on Instagram and see what is happening at Haven!!

Have a most wonderful day doing something that makes your heart happy!!!

I am joining Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

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  1. You danced a great shuffle!

  2. The mantel and the area around it just couldn’t be any prettier. Have a wonderful time at the conference. 🙂

  3. You pulled together the new look perfectly- looks wonderful. Have fun at the Haven conference!

  4. Looks great Shirley! Have a great time at Haven, I’ll miss not being there this year…

  5. You did a great dance, your mantle looks great!

  6. Linda miller says

    Nice job. I think simple is the best way to go on your mantel with your ornate shutters as a backdrop. Simple makes me happy these days. Oh, and so does summer. Enjoy your conference. I know it will make you happy. “Happy” is the song of summer.

  7. That looks awesome!! I love that wall hanging so much 🙂 Happy Wednesday Shirley!

  8. That looks lovely, Shirley…it’s a perfect look for my Italian marble mantle. Right now, I am using all my McCoy pottery on mine–it’s colorful, for sure!

  9. Shirley, your mantel is lovely and just the perfect thing to have in the hot summer! I love all the French accents with your shutters! I have always adored your shutters! Have fun at Haven! I can’t wait to see all the pictures!

  10. I LOVE IT Shirley!! Have tons of fun at Haven!!

  11. I love it, Shirley. Perfect shuffle!

    Enjoy Haven!

  12. Ooh La La! It looks very French country. I love it! Have fun at Haven!

  13. Shirley, this is the perfect French Country mantel! You nailed it! Everything looks great with those awesome shutters. Hope you have a great time at Haven!!

  14. Loved the dancing!

  15. Shirley, this may be simple, but it’s elegant, too. As always, LOVE those shutters!! Hope you’re having a grand time 🙂

  16. Shirley you crack me up with your fun posts. You are too cute. Wow those antique shutters are the show stopper all by themselves. I do love the french country vignette with the shutters. Gorgeous.

  17. Nice and simple for Summer, Shirley!

  18. You did a great dance Shirley. Your mantle looks very good. Have a wonderful time at Haven.

  19. You are feeling feisty today with your dancing shoes on! Your changes are always right on but no matter what you do to your mantle the piece hanging above it is the real standout.

  20. Love the French look on your mantle! I have been looking at flags since the end of May and decided that, after the 4th, it was time to take them down. I’m going with a sunflower/black-eye Susan look. I just need to get out in the yard and pick some flowers! Have fun at the conference!

  21. LOVE this, Shirley! The lavender is perfect for your summer mantel.
    Mary Alice

  22. You must have been taking dancing lessons cause you get a “10” from me!!!! I love it! Hope you have fun at haven, I should have signed up to come. It would be a GREAT learning experience for me. Have fun!!!!!

  23. Beautiful Shirley. So French!
    Enjoy the conference.
    HUGS, Gee

  24. Jeanette Price says

    You always do such a wonderful job! Hope you have fun at Haven! Safe trip my friend!

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  26. Beautiful Shirley! Hope you’re having a blast at Haven 🙂

  27. Every change you make works so well… Really nice look…

  28. I’m just getting the chance to pop in on this one. I’ve been super busy planning a family gathering that took place yesterday. Now that it’s over, I get to see all the pretty things I missed, and this certainly is one of them! I love that you have the lavender on such prominent display. I am starting the adventure of growing lavender this year. I love the look and the smell of it (and the fact that they claim it helps deter deer life in your yard), and it is so wonderfully French! You always know just how to put things together! Hope you’re loving your new summer mantel!

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