Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mantels | May 2020

My goal this year is to design a new mantel display each month in a way that will remind us of bits and pieces of our wonderful life...and share those stories here on the blog.

May's display has a photography theme and features black and light blues with a few pops of red.

I began this display by lining up our collection of old cameras. Some of these cameras belonged to Robbie's family, others are ones that Robbie or I have used, and one was gifted to us by my nephew "to add to our collection." The second one from the left is an Argus 35mm that belonged to Robbie's Grandy; it's exactly like the one that Colin Creevey used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I paired these cameras with a collection of photos of Robbie and myself out and about using a camera. 

The color scheme actually came from the old tripod that belonged to Robbie's dad, which I placed beside the tripod Robbie purchased, along with his new camera, when he graduated from high school.

The small tripod holding our first digital camera is one we picked up several years ago because it's easy to pack and take on our travels.

Of course, I had to add in a couple of scrapbooks! The black and white one showcases photos and memorabilia from my 12th birthday, the year Grandma gave me that Polaroid camera next to it!

And our displays are not complete without a book (The Beginner's Photography Guide) and something from the toy collection (View Master reels).


  1. I love how you've brought it all together and I love, love, love that you still have your Polaroid camera!

  2. What a very fun & interesting mantel display.

  3. I love old cameras and have a permanent display of them on our shelves in the living room. I'd never think to put the tripod there, but they're balanced perfectly by the tall frame with the photos! That's a clever idea, too!

  4. Love it. I enjoy your monthly mantels so much.

  5. This is my favorite mantel display this year! Maybe helps that you've used my happy color here and the black & white really makes the turquoise pop!


Thanks so much for your comment - it's like a ray of sunshine in my day!