Americana Mantel Pinterest Challenge
Welcome to the Pinterest Challenge for May, hosted by Erlene at My Pinterventures. Every month bloggers take the challenge to choose a pin and make it happen. I’ve never decorated my Mantel with a Memorial Day or 4th of July theme, but I’ve always admired Americana decor. What a great time of year to showcase Americana! See the pin that inspired this post here.
When I think of Americana decor, images of metal stars, primitive country accents, needlework samplers, quilts, flags, and vintage dishes (especially dishes that commemorate American history) dance through my head. This red, white, and blue project was a joy to construct, and embodied all the things I love. The Americana Mantel will take our little cottage from Memorial Day, through the 4th of July, then all the way to September, when the fall breezes blow once again.
The centerpiece of my Americana Mantel is a Colonial Williamsburg cross stitch sampler of the Governor’s Palace. As soon as I saw it in Goodwill, I knew I had to have it. When my husband and I went on a fun, romantic trip to Colonial Williamsburg in 1994 (before we began having children), we actually toured the Governor’s Palace. I remember one bedroom in the palace having leather wallpaper.
I have a wall of samplers and other needlework right next to the mantel, that I’ve collected over time. I hope to have an entire galleria wall of needlework someday. Needlework pictures that read “Home Sweet Home,” are my favorites. I buy them whenever I run across pieces in good condition. I made the little cross stitch laundry board on the upper left end. Although I love laundry signs and sayings, laundry is my least favorite and most neglected household task.
A primitively-styled barn red house is perfect for an Americana vignette.
The lidded sugar bowl and cream pitcher are part of Pfaltzgraff’s Yorktowne dinnerware set. The pattern became one of Pfaltzgraff’s most popular when introduced in 1967.
Milk glass Irish coffee mugs adorned with patriotic eagles flank either end of the Americana Mantel.
Vintage Avon has always been a passion of mine. You can read about my history with Avon here. I love the Avon Delft pattern from the 1970s, because it was Avon’s take on the iconic Blue Onion dish pattern. The tall pitcher holding the flags held foaming bath oil, and the smaller pitcher once held Skin-So-Soft- the world’s best no-see-um (Lowcountry biting gnats) repellent.
Fenton Hobnail milk glass condiment holders provide finishing touches of vintage eye candy.
The metal flag buckets, flag scarf, and burlap flag ribbon all came from Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is my favorite store for simple, seasonal accessories. The red metal star came from Walmart.
I purchased the silver metal card holder at Christmas time last year. Although I’ve never used it as a card holder, I’ve used it to hold other things in different decor displays.
A blue Mason jar with faux hydrangeas softened up the entire display.
I’ve used this adorable little wreath in so many ways. Small wreaths soften the solid objects and fill gaps in decor projects. You can never have too many.
The star of the show is a commemorative 1899 Admiral George Dewey pitcher from Cook Pottery. He was a famous commodore from the Spanish American War. It has his picture on one side, and the flagship Olympia on the other. The ship became famous in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. Dewey was promoted to admiral (he was the first American to attain this rank) in 1903.
I hope you enjoyed my Americana Mantel.
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