Simple Summer Mantel



So it is still not officially summer and my kids are still in school, but I must admit I am already in full summer mode.  In fact, I am writing this post on my second vacation of the summer.  Don’t hate me, but I am in Hawaii visiting one of my best friends.  Two weeks ago, I was in Florida celebrating my cousin’s wedding.  I will also be going to spend a week in NH and two weeks in Europe this summer.

Am I sharing all of this to make you feel bad and wish you were here?

No, not even close.



I am sharing this because I have a tendency, especially over the last few years to let the summer slip past.  They always seem to go so fast and we never do what we set out to do.  Well this is the year we decided to just “book it”.  We are using up every last travel point, frequent flyer mile and credit card point we have to maximize this summer.

And in between the trips, I hope to really enjoy our time at home.  I want to actually swim in our pool, not just a little bit, but a lot.  I want to have friends over.  I want our kids to have their friends over.




I want to cook yummy meals with fresh grown ingredients and feed the people we love.  I want to actually light the candles I have throughout the house and pick flowers in the yard to put in our kitchen.




And I plan to take lots and lot of pictures.  I take pictures of the house and projects all the time, but this summer I am taking pictures of people and places.  And then I am going to actually print them out and not just leave them on my computer.




This set of vintage galvanized roofing panels, that also work as a magnet board, will hopefully be filled with pictures of our summer adventures and our every days.  I want to be able to look back in September and know that the summer of 2015 was well lived and loved.

How about you?  You don’t need to go to Europe, but that doesn’t mean this can’t be a summer that is fully lived and loved.  Let’s take lots of pictures together and print them and be able to look back on the great memories we made.  I know I only have a few more summers before my older daughter is off to college (ugh).  I want to be able to look back and know that we lived well, we had adventures and spent time together.

Thanks so much for reading!


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4 thoughts on “Simple Summer Mantel”


  1. Yes it is so important to take time to enjoy life! Me too just got back from Europe again and we are in fact thinking about living there for a year….*a lot to research still) Yes time flies with children growing up, so enjoy everyday! We vacation alot each year and really enjoy it! I am planning to place on my vacation photos on a gallery wall someday wherever I decide to make my final home! Have a lovely week.

  2. Perfect mantel for summer and I love the coffee table vignette as well! My kids are still in school thru mid June here in NJ but we are looking forward to a nice low key summer going back and forth to the beach. Enjoy that Hawaiian getaway!

  3. What a lovely idea! Magnetic panels to collect vacation images. Life is definitely for living. Too many just waste it away without doing anything at all!
    Good for you, Laura!

    1. Enjoy your trips this summer. These are memories you will cherish forever. You may even want to keep a journal of it. We just got home from a lovely river cruise in the Provence area of France on the Rhone river. Actually, my favorite river cruise was the other part of France on the Seine. I won’t bore you with the details, but river cruises are wonderful.