Decor and More …. Seaside Mantels

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! The kids are out of school so my schedule has changed.  We spent last weekend at the cape house meeting lots of wonderful neighbors and enjoying the beautiful weather.  I am working on a few posts about the renovation coming up soon.  While you wait I thought I would do a fun little decor and more post on mantels, specifically beach house mantels.

I saw these great vases at Jayson Home (here) and thought they would look great on the mantel and they are very versatile too.

White vases from Jayson Home
Wood vases add some texture from Crate and Barrel
Serena and Lily mirror from above the mantel
Cute little beach drift wood for some interest
Beautiful fireplace with shiplap
Our fireplace which stands naked and unfinished right now…
I love this basket from The Container Store for extra firewood OR use it for rolled up towels
I have had this beach towel from Serena and Lily for 4 years and it still looks as good as new and supersoft…highly recommend!

So just a little renovating side note…we put in a gas fireplace in our cape house.  We have a wood burning fire place at home and I love it but find it is a lot of work with cleanup and ordering firewood.  The gas fireplace seemed a great way to go for the ease of a vacation home.  We had Mass Save come out to our house last week for an Home Energy assessment. If you are not familiar with this program you can read about it here.  We have used them in the past on past renovations and they were great.  We had our home insulated for a half the cost.

Anyway, after he went through the house he told us he could not touch the house because of the gas fireplace.  Although they are allowed in homes in Massachuetts he could not permit any suggestions on the house due to it being “toxic” and in his words “dangerous”.  We didn’t even get a lightbulb….  This may be something you might want to consider before installing a fireplace.