My 80s tract home has a very different style then my parents' lake house. Since I frequently share my seasonal mantle designs (which always have a similar look), I thought I would mix it up a bit and share my mom's nautical themed mantle.
I think it is beautiful in its simplicity and monochromatic color scheme. Even though I probably couldn't pull off this design aesthetic in my house, I really love it.
The fireplace itself is floor-to-ceiling river rock with a simple cape-cod style mantle.
Because the fireplace itself is so dramatic, the accessories she used are all very neutral, and stay within a theme. The featured piece is a simple oil painting of sailboats with a rough driftwood frame:
On one end she has a thrift shop model tall ship:
And on the other, a hurricane vase with a candle and shells, along with clear glass sphere that remind me of bubbles:
I love how it all goes together, and is so clean and simple. A perfect mantle for a house on the water.
And since I am obsessed with mantles, here are a few examples of my own, not nearly as rustic as this one (Click on the photos for the original posts) :
Easter: Valentine's Day:
College Football Kickoff: St. Patrick's Day:
Fourth of July: