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!

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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

    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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)”

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. says

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

  10. 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 :)