the summer mantel

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The summer almost got by without me showing you the mantel.  Last week I saw racks of fall mums at Lowe's, if you can believe that!  I'm not ready to give up summer so easily, so here's to extending the season! 
As you've probably noticed, the antique French mirror is a constant on the mantel.  I've had the antique hand-painted fireplace screen for almost 25 years now.

I love blue and white all year long, but something about it in the summer feels so fresh. 

Two antique Chinese double happiness vases share the mantel with a white African violet in a small antique iron urn,  a coral fan,  a piece of coral, a pair of antique mercury glass candlesticks,  an antique English sterling rimmed match strike, and...


a sweet little nest Dan found under the maple trees.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!