This post is part of a series – “31 days of Fall Inspiration” You can read all the posts in this series here. And to make sure you don’t miss anything you can sign up to have every post sent to your email or follow me on facebook.
Let’s kick off this series by sharing my fall mantel. Decorating my mantel is one of my favorite things to do when I decorate my home for each season.
I use non-seasonal items such as windows, candlesticks, lanterns and then add seasonal accents or items to pull it all together.
I recently found this wood crate (which was on my “look for at yard sales list”) at Value Village for $2. I love the rustic nature of it and especially the stamp on the side that says Farmer’s Market.
And of course my yard sale white stool is still there with some fall pillows. Some mums and a lantern grace the hearth. Just a note on my fall mums… I buy a few each year – usually the smaller ones, maybe one large one. When the season is over, I plant them outside in my flower gardens and most of them come back year after year! Some bloom in the summer and some bloom in the fall. So I get to enjoy them and make wise use of my purchases each year.
Now the mantel…
I was actually inspired by Molly’s fall mantel to do more of layered/non-centered mantel display this year.
I don’t have a cool sign like hers (she made hers out of half of an old door and then painted the words on it), so I used this white gate/barn door looking thing instead.
I picked up that big white gate/screen thing at Value Village this summer. It actually spreads all the way out the opposite side has a floral scene painted on it. I am guessing it was a homemade fireplace screen. But I live it because it looks like a barn door or gate. I hung a fall wreath on it – also picked up at a yard sale this past year.
The other side has an old window with a shutter layered on top and my burlap fall banner I made a few years ago. A few accessories – BHG mercury glass Give Thanks candle holders, a white vase filled with dried wheat, some ceramic pumpkins (can’t find small real ones for sale here yet), and a vase filled with a stem of fall leaves.
Last year I went very neutral with my fall and Christmas decorating and this year I think I am going to go very colorful! Lots of oranges and reds for fall!
You can see the other side of my living room and all the new pillows I got from Pier 1 in my fall living room post.
So there is my fall mantel for 2013! I am really loving it.
And for some more inspiration… here’s my past 2 years of fall mantels.
Do you like to decorate your mantel for fall? If you have pictures of your fall mantel be sure to share in the comments!
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