After two weeks of indecisiveness I have finally completed my Fall Mantle, Yay! I don’t know why I had such a difficult time getting it right, I must have arranged and re-arranged my mantle about 8 or 9 times before I finally felt good about it. I think the hardest part for me was coming up with a decor scheme that represents the cozy warmth and feel of Fall without using the typical Fall colors (aka shades of orange & red); instead I wanted to go with a more neutral, nature inspired color scheme that used natural elements and textures with subtle hints of color.

Without further ado, here is my Fall Mantle

Mantle Side view

Most of the pieces I used were things I already owned, and with the help of a little burlap and twine I was able to give them the fall-like look I was going for.  To give the entire mantle a nature inspired look I put a bunch of raffia down before adding the decorative accents.

"Fall Mantle"

I originally wanted to use mirrored accents, just because I have so many mirrored vases, candle holders, etc that are all complementary of one another; however they just didn’t have the rustic look that I was going for,  so I decided to go with white vases full of dried flowers coupled with varying neutral accents. To be honest, I really wanted to create a symmetrical Mantle; however after going to four different home good stores and not being able to find a set of matching vases I decided to go a different direction and mix it up a bit.

"Fall Mantle"

Here is a full view of the fireplace

"Pennant Banner"

One of my favorite DIY projects was the pennant banner, Here is a link that shows you a step by step tutorial on how I made my AUTUMN Pennant Banner

Fall Mantle

I wrapped a book box in burlap to give it a little character and used it to add height to the floral arrangement. I purchased the lantern at TJ Maxx for $10.00 (it was on clearance and of course I couldn’t pass it up). Inside the lantern is the Pottery Barn inspired candle that I made a few weeks back.

"Wicker Balls"

Here is an up-close view of the twine balls and raffia

Burlap wrapped Flowers

I love this shabby chic candle holder, I paid $4.99 for it at Marshalls awhile back.  I took a flower arrangement that I bought this past spring and wrapped the vase in burlap to make them look more like fall. I purchase the glittered gold pumpkin a few weeks ago at TJ Maxx, I thought it would compliment the gold burlap candle that I used in the lantern.

"Tray with Wicker Balls"

I am not sure why, but I have a ton of these twine balls. I guess I’ve accumulated them over the years, but they are perfect for fall.

"Bench"

I found a bench up in the attic that my grandmother gave me when I was just a baby, so I’m excited to be able to use it again!! I wrapped the base of the flowers with burlap and set it on top of a book box that I also wrapped with burlap. I bought the pumpkins at Michaels (they were 40% off so I got all three for a little more than $10.00).

 

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