Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Big Sunshine Summertime Mantel

 I recently added a GIANT painting to hang above our fireplace for the sweet summertime. It is from GoJumpInTheLake.   I have another painting of theirs too, which I shared in my mini pie post.  Their work has taken off and is seen in LL Bean Maine store, Design Sponge, and many other places.  I am VERY excited to have one of their paintings.  It is absolutely perfect and I'm a little giddy over it all. 

It is REALLY big, so it makes a special statement.

When I discovered this painting, I knew I had to have it! ...just like we need food and water...know what I mean?  I wanted it placed in the center of our home.  It encompasses how I feel about my boys (and my husband!) ;)  I wanted it to make a statement to my family, so every time they looked at it, they felt a big hug from me! Titus used to sing this song often as a little toddler and it was simply precious.  I will be sharing more about the inspiration behind why I wanted this painting in a future post. 

...oh yes you are! ;) 

I wanted my summertime mantel to be fresh, beachy, and peaceful!  I found these cool candles at Pottery Barn and tied sand dollars around them with twine.

A beach behind glass and a candle rest on an old dusty, summertime classic book.

 A friend of mine brought me Florida beach sand and shells a few years ago and I show it off every summer, wishing I could be on the beach!

Between my sand and shells is an old forever favorite photo of my boys! It leans under the giant sunshine photo, reminding us all of our sunshines in our family! I will be sharing more about this soon as I mentioned...

 Look at these adorable faces!

 I matched fresh flowers to the orange in their collars in the framed photo.

 These are gorgeous dahlias from the Farmer's Market! I try to get some every week when I go.  They are absolutely stunning.  Almost nothing makes me happier than fresh flowers.  The flower box is from BraggingBags on etsy.  They have a huge collection of worn wood treasures.  I have a complete wish list already made from that store!

 Our big summertime mantel demonstrates that the season of the sun is still strong in our home!  I believe August is the prime of summer!  The earth is adjusted to the warmth and gives deep sunshine, with still long days. 

(image via google search)

Oh summer, let me count the ways I love you:
the smell of sunscreen on our skin

riding our bikes through water puddles 
and watching the long line of water 
that our tires stamp onto the hot sidewalks

toes snuggled in the sand

the easy life of flip flops

the simplicity of life's pleasures

nostalgic fun in the water

icy treats

long, warm nights

(image via google search)

This is why I LOVE summertime!   
(now if only the bad grammar in this didn't drive me crazy) ;) 

my 2011 calendar showing seashell lovin'


That they may know from the 
rising of the sun
and from the west, 
that there is none besides the Lord.
-Isaiah 45:6

May The LORD bless you and keep you; 
may the LORD 
make his face shine on you 
and be gracious to you.
- Numbers 6:24-25

Disclaimer: The government makes me say that I was compensated for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

That artwork looks just perfect there!

The Tuscan Home said...

Very nice, I love the whole display! Your boys in that picture are just so darn precious.
Thanks for sharing! XO ~LIZ

Jenny said...

Oh wow. Such perfect artwork! Love it!

Jane said...

Interesting...I have just designed something similar for my breakfast room wall...LOVE the sunshine. And like you, my family is my sunshine. AND my family is going to get bigger in a few months...yes, I'm going to be a grandmama! We've known since Father's day, but were asked not to say anything for awhile. FINALLY...I can share the news!!!


BluBabesCreate said...

Makin' me love summertime some more. Come see a "Charlotte Doll."

the cape on the corner said...

i love that pop of yellow, and those textured candles. not a fan of summer-this gal can't wait til fall! glad you are enjoying yourself, tho. said...

Yay, a decorating post!!

Love the sign!! What mama hasn't sung that sweet lullaby to their little one?! Am I thinking of someone else or did you once mention that your littlest guy sings this all the time?

Jamie said...

I love that sign, such a pretty yellow!~JamieS

Sweetish Baby said...

Love!! Love it all, and especially the painting!!

Debra said...

Love the painting. Such a bright, summery color. Your boys are darling. :)

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

You have adorable children...clearly your sunshine! Would love a painting like that, too! :-)

Blissful & Domestic said...

Your mantel is beautiful1 I love all the simple colors. I would love for you to link up to my linky party.

Leah said...

The fresh flowers are perfect under that painting. I want that flower box!

Jane said...

I love your flower vase! And the orange dahlias with your sunshine painting looks great!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

That is a great sign....wish summer would stick around but kids are already back in school. {sigh}
love the mantel. My summer decor will stay out even if my kids are in school....
following you now

Tammy@InStitches said...

What a great vignette and your boys are so adorable. Fresh flowers make me happy too !

Sabrina Lopez said...

Really beautiful.
Dropping by from 'Sunday Showcase Party".
I'm a new follower :)

Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons said...

Absolutely gorgeous... all of it! I am in love with that painting and totally agree that it is a "need" - right up there with food and water. Might just have to make one of my own... thank you for the inspiration!

. said...

LOVE that artwork! Definitely sets the stage for a summery mantel. :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love love love the artwork - I love how massive it is!

Kelly Sellers said...

Hey Lisa! Thank you so much for hosting the Playhouse Giveaway! I'm so excited I won one!! It's going to be a total hit at my daughter's b-day party! My email is I have been away from a computer on vacation for a week so this was a great surprise to come home too! :) thank you!
p.s. LOVE the mantel & art piece and your boys are adorable!

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

I agree August is prime Summertime :) LOVE the painting and all your sweet touches!

We host a linky party "Help a Momma Out Tuesdays" Would love it if you linked up! Thanks for sharing!!


Crazy Wonderful said...

LOVE it!!! It's looks so at home in that spot too! And, your boys are so stinkin cute, oh my gosh :D


Jessa Smith said...

I absolutely LOVE that Sunshine piece. It's so bright and perfect for that space!


The Ellis' said...

That looks so awesome! I love all of your decor! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

The Sisters @ Six Sister's Stuff

Unknown said...

This looks great! I love how it turned out-and I love the You are my Sunshine board. I would love it if you would link this up to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday

Thanks for the inspiration!

Newlyweds on a Budget

the vintage lemon said...

Way to go! It turned out so cute! I love it all!

Kimberly Moore said...

Aw I LOVE the sunshine print! So fun. There's still a little bit of summer left right? I still have time to figure out how to make one!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I am so glad you posted this! Your sign is amazing. I can't wait to buy something from them too now. Thanks for showing us this amazing etsy store!!!!

Jessica said...

I love this! So summery and happy. The dahlias are beautiful!

Unknown said...

Beautiful mantel! The photo of the boys is so cute. I also love the painting and the beachy shells/jars. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.

Lindsay said...

Everything looks gorgeous in your house--I totally want a tour. :) Such a happy place to look at!

I would love to have you link this up to my first link party--

Tanya Anurag said...

The flowers compliment the Sunshine piece well. I loved that picture of the kids :) The candles look good too.

We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

{northern cottage} said...

my FAVORITE phrase and done sooooo BEAUTIFULLY!! XO