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  1. Perfect shelf styling, Lora! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  2. Christine Roppel says:

    LOVE this!
    Can you share where you bought the shelf brackets?
    Thanks!!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Christine! There’s a link under the picture for some that are similar, but a better price;) You’ll love them!

  3. Hello lovely friend! Your summer mantel is simply farmhouse perfection! I love how you break it all down, that’s so helpful when styling gets overwhelming. xo

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, friend; glad you enjoyed it! Now I’m ready to move on to early fall;)

  4. Oh my goodness, Lora! I LOVE this shelf and, yes, it does look like a mantel!!! It’s adorable and cozy with the old green bedspring and all the farmhouse pieces hanging underneath it. Really pretty!!! I’m sure it brightens your day every time you walk in there.

    Enjoy,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      It does, Barbara! Thanks!

  5. Now that I’ve picked my jaw up from the floor, I can tell you I was speechless for a moment. Your shelf is like a reverse mantel. Wall art underneath and the mantel on top! Love everything you used. It looks just like you – adorable and precious! Thank you for always joining in. I love seeing your creativity at work.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      You’re right, Cindy, it is like a reverse mantel! Guess I’m always trying something out-of-the-ordinary! Thanks for choosing such a great pic as inspiration!

  6. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Looks so summery and you covered all the design elements perfectly. You have the cutest style and i love it.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Marlene! I do love having this well-used area reflect whatever season we’re in!

  7. Hey Lora, How fun is this wonderful old shelf! So funny about the enamelware repurposed into “vases”. I love it! that metal lunchbasket is just adorable. the blue with daisies is so cute!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      My mom gave me the picnic basket years ago as a birthday gift. She always knows she’s safe giving me anything aqua…especially if it’s vintage;) It’s so fun to decorate with in the summer!

  8. What a cheery, welcoming sight. It adds so much visual interest and says who you and are family are. And, so many good links to enjoy.

  9. This grouping makes my heart SO happy! It is going pitter-patter over that vintage picnic basket. Truly spectacular!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Just makes you want to put a vintage apron and kitschy frock on, doesn’t it, Laura? I love this sweet summertime look, too;) So glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Lora B. your farmhouse mantle/shelf has so many awesome features. Love all the enamel, urinal included, and the sign and small blue jars. Is that a crib bed spring? I finally (like 5 years ago) gave ours away to a friend and wish I had kept it. It’s a great backdrop. Don’t fall down the stairs!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Carol! I do have a couple bedsprings around my home, but this one is a twin sized, heavy one. I love the flexibility of being able to swap out decor whenever I want, and I love it’s vintage green color!

  11. This is too adorable. I need to find a picnic basket like that. It’s fabulous. I’m so glad you didn’t take a tumble down the stairs showing off this cute space. I love it. The urinal is hilarious.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Me, too, Katie! It always makes me nervous when I have to take pics here! I’ve only ever seen one other picnic basket like mine, and it wasn’t in nearly as nice shape. I treasure mine greatly!

  12. Lora your shelf looks amazing. Love that you shared a free printable too. Your shelf looks so full of summer vibes and beautiful. Love it!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Terrie! This little farmhouse-styled collage just needed some words to explain it, so figured my readers may enjoy one, too!

  13. Your shelf looks so pretty decorated for summer. Leaving the white enamelware in place year round makes a great base for adding different colors and decor to easily change the look for each season. I like how you used pebbles in your jars to anchor your flowers. It adds texture and it gives you a way to get your flower to turn the exact way that you want it to go. Good job on photographing this awkward place!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      You’re so right, Paula: the pebbles make it much easier to “plant” the flower stems in. I try to always have a stash around; they come in handy!