Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cozy In Almost Every Room

I think that I had left you last week with a sneak peek of some thing that I was working on.
As you know, or may not if you are new here, in which case I welcome you and thank you for tagging along with me, I LOVE fireplaces/faux mantels!!

LOVE!

ALOT!

You have seen my "frantel" in my bedroom and then of course our real fireplace in our family room.
Well, I have this wall in my kitchen that was lonely and needed to be apart of all the fun.
Last month I went and picked up some Annie Sloan Chalk paint for me and for Laurie (Heaven's Walk),
and I came across this beauty!!


PERFECT!!!!
I had to have her so I told myself that if I did not spend the money that I saved for last flea market I would come back and if she was there, I would take her home.

Well, as fate would have it, or just dumb luck, I hardly spent anything at the market, went to the store the next day,
she was there and now she is here!!!



So much lighter and brighter.


I added some of my beachy things and treasured treasures.


This summer I picked up this map/poster of Leelanau County which is the county that Glen Lake is in.
I just love the vintage feel of it and the colors are perfect!


Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital and almost everything up there has places that bake the cherries into everything!!
YUM!


I also found a perfect, and appropriate home for the sweet gift that Laurie sent me as a thank you for getting her some paint.
A gorgeous aqua jar and one of her beautiful clay tags.
Thank you sweets!!!

I also ordered faux logs to go in the opening of the mantel.
It is supposed to have the lights and crackles like a real fireplace.
Unfortunately no heat, but I just love the idea of the sights and sounds of a real fire to feel cozy all through fall and winter.
I will show you once I get it in!

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47 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH dearest, every time I see one of your creations, I just swoon because you always capture the perfect vintage shabby look and you always find the BEST PIECES!!!! Can you BUY this paint in a store or does it have to be bought on-line?

FANTASTIC TRANSFORMATIONS as always!!! Anita

beachcomber said...

it adds so much character. love the map and the collections you have there michelle!
x

Comeca Jones said...

As usual great job. I love it!

❀ JoAnne said...

Oh Michelle ~ That is an awesome mantel and looks so pretty painted white and all dressed up with your charming accessories! I love it!!

the fishermans cottage said...

That looks so good Michelle, I love how you have styled it too, the perfect coastal mantel :) x

Stuff and Nonsense said...

i love your new
old mantle

so light and pretty
with your collected
bits and pieces all around.

alison

Tricia said...

Ohhhh, I love it, Michelle! It's so perfect for you. I love how deep it is too, it makes it easier to fit lots of pretty stuff on the top :)

Tanya said...

I love it! I never thought of using a faux mantle before. HMMM, I might just have to be on the look out for one now :) It looks great!

Seaside Style said...

Love love love it! Great Job! and that map, I am in love with it!

xoxo

Tonya said...

Very pretty! Love the lighter & brighter look! Your vignette on the mantel looks beautiful as well!

Passionate for White said...

She's a beauty for sure and I love the map!

Red Gate Farm said...

Very cool! Did you use the chalk paint on the faux mantel? I just purchased and received some myself (via mail) and will be trying it out this weekend.

I LOVE the map, it is the perfect touch! And I can't wait to see the faux logs... crackling huh?

~Chris

once in a blue moon said...

looks fabulous~

simone said...

Fab! Perfect for your home. Where do you get the fake logs? Cheers mein Freund

becky said...

As I was reading along, I wondered about that gaping hole in the frantel...so happy to know that thought was given to it and that we'll get another peek at the finished product. When I did the fake mantel, I filled the back with a large mirror to reflect the light of candles or miniature Christmas tree lights.

Deborah said...

Oh hunny this is so wonderful!!!!
What a gorgeous fireplace..love how you've adorned her!!
That clay heart is the sweetest and sweeter still from such a beautiful friend!
The map is perfect in this setting, and how heart-warming to have it of Glen lake!
Faux logs sound fabulous! What a beautiful way to warm up your kitchen with beauty!
Oh you just never cease to amaze me with your giftings...
Love you so!!!!

Deborah xoxoxoxooxoxoxox

Beach Coast Style said...

Love how your fireplace mantel turned out! you are so talented and you inspire me to do stuff, but part of the problem I never do it!

I am such a fireplace lover myself. I use any excuse to light it up in the winter. My kids think I am nuts! I wish I had one in the bedroom. I thought about putting a faux on there, maybe I will.

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Looks terrific. I can see a whole bunch of candles and votives and blingy things in it.

Robin said...

**Sigh** It's so pretty! You can't get more perfect for your kitchen. I love that you'll be adding the faux logs - sure home you'll show them to us once you have them installed. It will add such a nice element to the room.

I've been thinking about adding a mantel to my living room, you may have just tipped the scale to a big fat YES

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the way the mantle is decorated- so beachy, so you! and i agree that they add a cozy feeling to any room!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Michelle it is such a great piece and you have decorated it beautifully! I adore the vintage map. For the first time we are in a home with no fireplace and I've been thinking about putting a mantel in our living room. Hmmm, we'll see. :)

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! Looks straight from a magazine. Beautiful. The map is so charming! You amaze me girlfriend.

At The Picket Fence said...

It is absolutely gorgeous Michelle! Totally meant to be yours and you dressed her up perfectly! :-)
Vanessa
P.S. Love the term "frantel"...lol!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

This looks so great..., faux & beau!! If I was more invested in our home (I prefer to sell it, rather than work on it) I'd totally do something like this.

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh my goodness. Love the white you painted the mantel. I love your map too. How fun is that?

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Wow-What a difference a color makes. I love the change!

Desire Empire said...

Michelle this is such a great idea and I love the way you have styled it. You are so talented.

Stephanie said...

Love the vintage map! I am a Michigander too and LOVE the Grand Traverse area...heading back that way next month for the 5th time this year. Love your blog!

designchic said...

I love the aged look of the mantle...what a great job!!

beachside cottage Linda said...

Beautiful transformation - as always!

Linda
beachside cottage

Kelle Dame said...

Aw! It was meant to be! It's perfect and I love what you did with it. I can't wait to redo our mantel. They can make a room so cozy!
Have a great weekend!
Kelle
xoxo

amy b.s. said...

that mantel is so cool!

michele said...

it's looking fabulous, and that map with the cherries has the most glorious colors, doesn't it? i love what you've done, clever mama.

michele

KATHY said...

I love the change!! Your mantle looks fabulous.

Kathy

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Michelle it looks wonderful!
Love Laurie's little tag too!
Have a great weekend!

Rose West said...

Looks great - maps like that are so cool! The more nautical the better :)

Melissah from Coastal Style said...

It looks perfect in white - nice & beachy! What a great purchase.
x
Melissah

A Vintage Vine said...

Love the map! The fireplace is so dreamy any color would be fine with me! White does fit your house perfectly!

Pam said...

It looks wonderful. You did a great job at painting it. That map is wonderful too.

Debbie said...

Hi Michelle~~~~that mantel looks wonderful! I love how you Emerald Coved it up too...perfect.
I won't be at the market on Sunday. Too much to get done around here before the cold weather sets in.
have a great time with Laurie!
xxxxoooo

Heaven's Walk said...

Finally! I've been waiting to see your new treasure, lil sis!!! :) IT'S AMAZING!!! I thought that you had posted a photo from a mag or something! How beautiful!!! The vignette you created on it is absolutely perfect, too. The map, grass, bunny....and is that really your wall in your kitchen! How cool is THAT??? You are such a decorating diva!! lol! Hugs!

xoxo laurie

Dianne said...

Hi Michelle,
I've been checking out your blog for a while now and I love love love your new mantle. I have to ask about the amazing map - does it who Petosky? I love that city. My mother-in-law used to live in the UP in St. Ignace and whenever we'd go to visit (from California) I would always try to squeeze in some shopping in Petosky. Do you have any idea how I could get a copy of that map? That would be awesome to remember those fun times.

Dianne
diannepavia@yahoo.com

Dianne said...

Oops - I meant does it "show" Petosky? Guess it's time for bed!

Martina said...

So great Michelle! I'd love to have a faux fire place like this as well - so easy and so decorative! And love your practical way of geting right down to doing things, instead of waiting. Huhs for a happy weekend!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I have a faux fireplace as well. It's in my bedroom. I love that yours has so much dimension to it. Mine is rather flat. Love the white!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That turned out great. I love the look.

Green Willow Pond said...

Stunning Michele, just stunning. You ought to be a stylist for a magazine! What a lucky lady you are to find something so cool. I have never seen a mantle for sale around here. I can't wait to see the insert. We have no fireplace and I want one really badly. Hope your week is as lovely as you are :) {{{hugs}}}

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