All of a sudden Fall is here and it’s back to being in the 70s/80s and humid (in NY) – go figure. Well I finally got my act together and now that it’s officially Fall, the transformation of my seasonal decor has begun. Over the past few days, I have been changing out my Summer wares of light blankets and brighter colored pillows to a warmer, more cozy setting.
Fall has always been a favorite season of mine with the changing colors on the leaves, the ability to bring in natural elements from the outdoors, and the warm hues and textures that can be incorporated into a space. To start off this Autumn spruce-up, I removed everything from my Summer Mantel and spiced it up a bit for Fall.
Thankfully the burnt orange wall (Glidden: Crisp Autumn Leaves) is a perfect backdrop for my Autumn Mantel Decor. This wall is a focal point for much of the first floor in my home and is an eye catching accent that offsets the other neutral colors. Even though it’s a strong hue, many colors including mustard yellow, sage green, turquoise, and light blues are beautiful complements that I’ve often incorporated into this space.
Before beginning my mantel switch, I had to get inspired and started with a blank slate.
I began by mixing in new elements with pieces that I’ve used for my previous mantel decor. When I originally started thinking about this Seasons mantel, I envisioned a monochromatic look using whites, creams, and natural colors for the pumpkins, candles, and accessories. Once I started pulling it together though, it needed more color, so I added some small orange pumpkins, my yellow chalkboard platter, and red berries. These little touches of color brought in the right amount of pop needed to finish the look and add to this cozy and warm setting.
Flanking both ends of the mantel are milk glass bowls that I recently found at a summer garage sale. I love the crisp white look and their interesting patterns. Also found from a garage sale, are the two mason jars that I bought for $2.50/each. I filled them with lentils and added an orange candle in each. The grass bouquet behind, I’ve had for years and was moved from my foyer onto the mantel. I took off the summery yellow ribbon and replaced it with a scrap of burlap that adds textural depth. The large statement piece of the mantel is the wicker vase that I’ve also had for a long time, which I filled with sticks from my yard and faux berries.
And the white pumpkins…those aren’t real (did I fool ya?)
Who said you can’t mix real and fake?! For the “white and cream” mantel that I originally had envisioned, I really wanted white pumpkins and found these for 50% off at Rite Aid, of all places. Instead of spray painting them (because I didn’t have any cream colored in the garage), I used craft paint that I had on hand to give them a little redo. Honestly, I don’t think anyone could tell that they are fake (except now you know because I just told you, ha).
Moving to the other side of the mantel, I included my chalkboard platter which I replaced the saying, “Beautiful Blossoms” with “Autumn Blessings”. In front, I added another faux pumpkin on a milk glass bowl, along with a small lantern that I had from my Willow House days. On the other side are two pillar glass holders – one filled with natural colored potpourri and the other with a cream colored candle. And lastly, to the left is (another garage sale find) a brass finished candle stick.
The overall aesthetic gives a warm, organic feel with pops of color and texture. Using varying shades of whites and creams, accented with reds, yellows, and oranges, this mantel is a beautiful reminder of all that we are blessed with.
On the nearby dining room table, I replaced the faux flowers, colorful pumpkins, ghords, and pinecones.
And the exterior got a little dressing up too. As I mentioned on facebook, the mosquitoes have been horrible lately, but I lathered on the bugspray and spent some time outdoors redecorating the front porch. I filled the my TJ Maxx found lanterns (that used to be shiny red) with small pumpkins and ghords, added beautiful orange mums, and hung up Steve the Scarecrow. Steve has seen better days, but has been with us for a looong time and is part of the Fall family.
I love mums, don’t you?
Our porch is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the outdoors (when there aren’t mosquitoes). It’s filled with colorful hues that are perfect for the Season. The front door now dons a new wreath, and the porch is perfect to welcome in Fall!