Ideas For Summer

Howdy- and welcome to our Home May’d Summer mantel link party!

Of course this party isn’t really limited to just mantels though- we wanna see all kinds of Summer-y displays! Whether they’re on a window sill, a bookshelf, a ledge- you name it, we’d love for you to link ‘em!

Our overall goal with this years Summer mantel display here at TLC was to create something simple yet fun…think: picker meets picnic!

And, as usual, we mainly used things we already had around the house. We did spend about $28 to make the wood/word art…

The other items we used were pulled from various nooks and crannies around the cottage…

(Driftwood sailboats- White Flower Farmhouse; Candleholders- Pottery Barn; Knot ball- TJ Maxx; Faux flowers and striped pillow cover- Ikea; Live flowers- Home Depot; Cricket cage, soda crates, picnic basket and wood plant pots- Various flea markets.)

To give the old cricket cage a little more Summer-inspired spark, we hot-glued a white pencil starfish to the front of it…

…and to add a little pop to the top- we stuck our $7 Ikea “fauxliage” down inside it…

Now let’s get this party started, shall we?!

If you already know the link party drill, feel free to scroll on down and link away!

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before, here’s how it works…

1.Scroll down this page until you see the “add your link” button. Click it, and create a super-descriptive name for your link. Something like, “Seaglass Summer Mantel”, or “My Beachy Bookcase”. That’ll make it easier for folks to browse through all the links.

2.Make sure you link directly to the Summer display post you’d like to share- not to the main page of your blog.

3.Last but not least, we’d sure appreciate it if you’d slap this button at the end of your Summer display post on your blog. Just copy and paste the code in the box below into the html part of your post, and voila!

The Lettered Cottage
<div align="center"><a href="" title="The Lettered Cottage"><img src="" alt="The Lettered Cottage" style="border:none;" /></a></div>


Thanks for linking up, and we look forward to seeing you on How To’s Day next week!

(PS- Thanks to Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for hosting the Home May’d Spray Paint link party, Kate at Centsational Girl, for hosting the Home May’d Outdoor Ideas link party, and Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for hosting the Home May’d Summer Recipe link party this past week!)

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  1. says

    Beautiful mantel! Love the inspirational words, both the idea and the words themselves. A true and gorgeous Layla and Kevin original.
    Thanks for hosting the party. I had a lot of fun planning, preparing and styling my mantel just in time for your party, hope you like it.

    • says

      OMG! At first glance I thought your soda crate said “PLEASURE ME”! I had to do a double take and now I feel weird for thinking that. LOL!!!

  2. says

    Hey Layla!

    I’ve been following you and Kev for awhile. You two come up with the most fantastic things! I’m in love with your mantel and the wood word art is so simple, but powerful. Couldn’t love it more. : ) Hope you’ll drop by and see me!


  3. Elle says

    This is one of your best mantel vignettes. The plants, wood, and nautical elements reinforce the important reminders. Superbly done!

  4. KK says

    Love the simplicity. Summer can’t be too complicated especially given the heat here in Alabama! I do have to add my 2 cents worth on your “primitive bee trap.” I believe it is actually an old cricket cage used to hold bait for fishing. I have one just like it. I’ve used mine as a candle holder but I love your repurposing as a plant vessel. My motto when picking has often been, “I can stick a plant in it!”

    • Layla says

      Thanks KK! The tag on that thing read “bee trap”, but I kinda doubted that’s what it really was!


  5. Jessica says


    I follow your blog almost daily. I can’t wait to see what great ideas you’ll post next, and I’m looking forward to how-to Tuesday with the word art! Your mantel is gorgeous!!! I LOVE the candle sconces and have been looking for something similar for my mantel. Can you tell me if these were purchased at Pottery Barn recently? I just went online and didn’t see anything similar. Thanks for your help!


  6. says

    ohmygosh LAYLA! I totally saw that wood/word art in a PB catalogue and wanted to duplicate it for above hubby and my bed with a line from the song we danced to at our wedding!
    i’m SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO glad that you’re making it part of your how tues-day!!!!!!!
    bless you!

    • says

      Hey Susan!

      We are going to show how we made the wall art this Tuesday on our May “How To’s Day” post! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  7. Jessica says

    I love that you always DIY the things that I love in PB and that I want to try to make but have no idea where to begin!!!
    I can’t wait for you to show us how you made the mantle piece! I was just thinking about it this morning before I read your blog that I really really wanted to make that!
    Thank you for having so much talent and sharing with us!!!
    I sooo Can’t wait for this tutorial!

    • Layla says

      Hey Jess!
      It was super simple to put together and we look forward to blogging all about it next week!
      Thanks for the sweet comment today!

    • Layla says

      Thanks Kristi!
      We can’t wait to blog about the wood/word art- it was super simple make, and we’re lovin’ how it turned out!

  8. says

    Once again, the Palmers NEVER fail to disappoint or inspire !! Your summer mantel is beautiful … full of fun and creativity !! Love the wood art … look forward to a wonderful tutorial for it, as well !! And, thank SO much for hosting such a fun party and allowing me to share my mercury/summer mantle. I’m off to mingle with the other guests !! *Becca*

  9. says

    I’m sorry Layla, I didn’t read carefully enough and linked something not in the theme. I can’t figure out how to delete it. I’m so sorry….it’s number 68 if you can delete it….thanks

  10. says

    Your mantle is lovely! I can’t wait to see how you made the wood art. I found an old pallet under our shed and I’m brainstorming things I can do with it — maybe something like this! Thank you for hosting this link party!

  11. says

    So many beachy vignettes!! I guess summer is here, lol. I think I’m gonna gather all the eye candy and feature it on my blog! Sadly I don’t have a mantel…, well it’s okay. There’s rustic painted TV cabinet instead with a large sailboat on top. Great party!!!

  12. says

    This is a terrific mantle. Love your lettered wood art – fantastic – reminds us to take it slow and easy during the summer – love all your accessories – great resources. Thank you for hosting this fun party,

  13. says

    I have always loved your gorgeous mantel displays you come up with! I loved it so much I had to re-create your mantel ( I hope I have “done you proud!”)

  14. says

    Your pictures make me want to clean out my fireplace (it is a working one) really well and put cool stuff there for the next 4 months! So pretty and clean!

  15. says

    Didn’t get a mantle project done yet, but did finish another! YAY ME! This blog post has inspired me to strip everything off of the mantle and begin the build a fresh & Spring themed mantle. And since I have so many lovely ideas to pull from in this link party, I should be able to put something awesome together.

    Have a blessed holiday weekend!

  16. says

    I love the wood piece above your mantel with the words on it. I got a few pieces of wood exactly like that from a salvage yard and wasn’t sure what I’d do with them. I’ll send you a picture when I finish them.

  17. Geri Greco says

    Love this linking party idea.
    So fun & I get the bet ideas ever.
    Layla, you and Kevin make it all look so simple and so easy breezy.
    Love that about you guys.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend.
    P.S. The ball of twine is my fav

  18. says

    Hi Layla and Kevin,
    Just realized your party included more than mantels so I’m joining in. I love your creativity! I can’t wait to see what you do with each season…your mantels are always so perfect for setting the mood of the season. BTW, I bought a book recently…it arrived today. It’s Paula Deen’s Savannah Style and she features some of Jane Coslick’s cottages in the book. She owns quite a few and I loved the ones featured in the book. Happy Memorial Day to you guys! Have a great weekend!

  19. Colleen Yvonne says

    Would love to know what the last line on the wood/word/inspiration piece says. It was covered up by the
    sailboat. Fabulous design ideas, colors and creativity.

  20. Christie says

    I’m not a blogger, nor do I have a true mantle!

    But I decorate my upright piano’s top like a mantle each season. For summer, I have my vintage McCoy flower pots of all colors, an old wooden birdcage and an old grass-fronted curio cabinet with some vintage postcards, an old alarm clock and a sign that reads “Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. (Emerson)”

  21. says

    Thank you for hosting this summer party! It finally feels like summer has arrived and it’s a great time to get inspired with decorating ideas and crafts to carry us through hot days, and warm nights!

  22. says

    I loved this summer spill of ideas! How creative people are just amazes me and pushes me to think out of the box…so cliche, I know, but creativity abounds here! Thanks for sharing and hostessing!

  23. says

    I am so incredibly impressed with your ideas and photography. You are setting the bar high!! Thanks for the link up party, and I am following now.

  24. says

    Thanks for hosting the great Summer Mantle linky party. There are already some gorgeous mantles linked, I can’t wait to visit them.

  25. says

    I love your mantle! I have been searching your site like crazy trying to find the tutorial for the wood art. Can you please provide the link for the tutorial? I would love to make one :)

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