Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summering Up the Living Room

The hotter it gets in Georgia, the more I want to summer up and lighten up the living room!  It's a naturally dark room except for in the afternoon when the west sun comes in through the windows next to the front door.  The red ticking curtains came down along with the dark brown valance panels (the panel pops out of my tobacco stick frame and I can re-cover it easily and pop it back in).  Here is the old mantel

And here it is summered up
You can barely see the three obsidian windchimes hanging from the mantel but I'm in the process of making a banner to go behind them so they will show up better.  I fell in love with these windchimes at an art show in Atlanta - the creators are from Oregon and all of the chimes are obsidian (which is lava - they look like primitive glass and have a very light and tinkly sound) and all parts of the windchimes are pods, seeds, wood, etc. found in nature.  You can see them online at Obsidian Windchimes

White pitchers with papier mache bee and bird, pear candle, clerical collars, and a beautiful framed papercut fern frond

A really cool clay birdhouse, mercury glass, an old French basket containing the last of my vintage homespun ticking (I hoard it and only use it for very special projects), and a blue cloth owl

It feels a little brighter anyway!


  1. I too love to make my rooms brighter in summer. Something about wanting all the sunshine we can swallow up after a long winter. lol
    Your pieces are very pretty. I will have to look up the wind chimes they are really pretty.
    Hope your having a wonderful week and so glad you came by today. I always enjoy your visits.
    Love ya

  2. The new decorations make the mantle more warm, I like it.
    I am brightening up a few things myself.


  3. Oh the white and yellow with a touch of daisy sure does the trick!

    I so appreciate your treasured friendship and lovely support.

  4. Everything looks great. I have to admit though, I like BOTH looks. Love your decorating techniques. It gives us a boost to change things up a bit.

  5. Love the stone fireplace! White pitchers are a perfect accent for summer decor.

  6. Jill, the new look is great! For winter, I put up heavy drapes then replace them with lighter drapes in the spring. It takes a long time but the benefits are worth it.

  7. ...jack and jill went up the...oops, got lost there. :)

    Your summertime mantel looks great. I need to rework mine, too, but staying in the garden and yard til after dark and then I don't give a flip...:) You have inspired me, tho. Maybe tomorrow.

    Hope you find something amazing at Antho. today.
    xo bj


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