I’ve been feeling very home decorator-y lately. Moving into a new home and having almost-carte-blanche to redecorate it has been such fun and, of course, a challenge.
For some reason I’ve wanted to decorate our mantel more than anything. It just seems so perfect for fall, and I have a bunch of wonderful autumnal things to use. (I’m truly blaming it on The Pleated Poppy and her gorgeous mantel.)
Now lest we be under the impression that I’ve already finished redecorating the house in record time, our mantel actually looks like this:
Stunning, right? Full of beautiful details like Blow Your Face Into Oblivion speakers, permanently dusty brick, brass fireplace insert, and a basket of dog toys. Thinking about trying to decorate this for fall melted my brain. We have plans for this part of our house (sound bar will replace the speakers, we’ll paint the brick and the walls, and relocate the electronics), but that’s down the road a bit. It will definitely be blogged.
Instead, I decorated the mantel at my studio! When I quit my full-time job, I moved my studio into my mom’s former office (now that she’s retired, she makes and sells purses in her Etsy shop, Rusty Watermelon). It’s a bungalow downtown and has a great little mantel for me to decorate, while waiting for my mantel at home to be transformed.
I absolutely love how it turned out:
Most of the items on the mantel were mine before, though I hit a few little shops with my mom the other day and ended up with some fun additions, like the gray wooden box and the window. The white vase was a gift from my aunt a few years ago. The two glass pumpkins were actually borrowed from my mom’s enormous collection that she sets out every year on her dining table. She won’t notice they are missing, right? The sticks in the fireplace live there year-round — cut from a friend’s yard.
The acorn is a candle, and is probably my favorite thing on the entire mantel.
I wanted a handmade element in the mix, so I whipped up some texty bunting — the colors work perfectly when mixed with the other items, plus the feel fun and scrappy and homemade, just like I like it.
On the other side, are a few things I really love — a vase that Steve and Susan got us for our wedding, as well as my wooden printing press letters — they spell out BLESSINGS. A white pear and apple balance out the white vase on the other side of the mantel.
And there you have it! I got my mantel-decorating-bug out of my system, and I get to look at it while I sew in my studio. Have you decorated for fall? I’d love to see! Tweet me @letseatgrandpa, and hashtag your photo #myfallmantel.
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