Sunday, August 7, 2022

A Sunflower Mantel and Late Summer Inspiration

Hi friends. Today I'm sharing a look back post with a late summer cottage mantel from our last house. This time of year I'm captivated by sunflowers. They are the symbol for late summer, relaxation, casual dinners al fresco, and all things French Country... and I love to have them taking showing out on the mantel.

I'm not one to change up a mantel much when I've found what works. This mantel is taller than I am, and to move things around I need a step ladder. So I'm happy to keep the "basics" and work with changing out the faux flowers and a few of the accessories in the center.

My Wolff Pottery clay vases from Restoration Hardware are a permanent fixture, here. They're just the right size for a nice full flower display without becoming overwhelming. But they're heavy, so I don't change them up on a whim. It takes some planning and muscle. Especially when I can't decide, then keep tweaking.

One thing I did want to add were a few of my pieces of white pottery. Some are matte and some are glazed. Most don't have any markings, but a few say USA, and I think one is Hull.

other side...

I finally have most of my ironstone and white pottery gathered in one place,
 downstairs, so that made it easier to pick the few to use up here.

 Not much change in the rest of the Living Room...

Here are a few pics from past posts on my Sunflower Obsession.
I think this only scratches the surface!

(one of my favorites)

I'm gathering ideas for late summer and early fall with sunflowers. 

if you'd like some wonderful Inspiration.
Hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

Hope you'll come by the link party on Monday evenings.

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life   Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407
Fabulous Friday at Vintage Home Design 


  1. Your mantel looks great. Sunflowers are now in all the grocery stores and I am loving them. Just lets us know that fall is just around the corner too. Have a good week. xoxo Kris

    1. oh I love seeing all those sunflower bouquets! Happy Sunday, Kris! xoxo

  2. Nice, Debra! I love sunflowers too. Maybe I'll add some to our mantel. I still have pussy willow in my vases. Happy Sunday!

  3. I love sunflowers. That's so pretty, Debra.

  4. Beautiful Debra! I love your bright and friendly sunflowers!

  5. All those beautiful sunflowers compliment your vintage decor pieces so nicely, Debra. They really are so pretty and perfect for this time of year!

  6. I love to decorate with sunflowers this time of year too Debra, and I love all your vignettes~ the huge box of sunflowers on your dining table is gorgeous!

  7. Sunflowers are so bright and cheerful. Perfect way to transition into Fall too. I am just starting to get the Fall bug. Its my favorite season to decorate! Your mantel came out beautiful! The entire room looks warm and cosy. Great job Debra.
    Meagan-Decorative Inspirations

  8. Your cheerful sunflowers make me smile! Your decor is always so beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

  9. Love the sunflower under the cloche! I loved the way you began in that you only change out a few items on your past fireplace mantel, I think we get in this mindset we always need to be changing things up. I recently worked on a piece and hung it on the wall with a picture I also picked up along the way. Once it was hung, I let out this sigh and thought, this is home. I have changed up that small wall in our dining room too many times to count never being satisfied, but now? I am thinking I never want it to change, except for Christmas when all bets are off and everything changed, but I feel settled, and wondered do we keep changing things up in order to get to that one place where we can say Ahhhh... finally, this is what I have been seeking... oh the rants of the mind. teehee

    Thanks for sharing Debra.


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