As we begin to nest our homes for the autumn season. One of the first places we love to spruce up is the mantle and we all love gathering ideas about how to decorate a fall mantle. I have never had a real fireplace mantle, but have always found some flat surface to use in its place. This is the first fall that I have had my Pottery Barn “Mantle” shelf, and it was so much fun to decorate!
As you know I am all about keeping things simple, and using things I already have as much as possible. This time around for decorating I kept to traditional colors, using a simple color scheme of white, black and orange. Then as always, I gave the fall mantle my vintage spin.
I started by gathering some old bobbins that I had stuck away in a box. I had seen someone use black candlesticks to hold small mini pumpkins, and that inspired me to find something to implement the same idea. These old bobbins were all different colors, some had been painted on the ends with country colors.
I have had these bobbins since the 80′s, and hadn’t used them in a long time, and knew I wanted to give them a makeover.
Within minutes I transformed the old bobbins with some glossy black spray paint. From country to vintage chic! I couldn’t be happier with the results, and I can picture these black bobbins used as props for many things, but for now they are perfect for the mini pumpkins.
For the rest of the mantle decor, I pulled white decorating items that were just around my house. The old window, white pitcher, church birdhouse, and blessings sign were all pulled from here and there. By gathering common white colored items it makes them all work together. Then I added my silver platter to introduce a different shape, as well as a break to the eye.
I purchased two funkins at the craft store, one in creamy white and one in orange and they are the larger pumpkins used. Then all the small mini orange and white pumpkins are real and purchased from my local grocery store. I also bought the faux fall garland and bent it and moved it around to wind between everything.
That is all it took! Easy, cheap and perfectly vintage inspired.. I am enjoying the warm tones in my living room.
Below the mantle shelf is my love seat, where I added my cozy penny throw, bringing the perfect warmth in color and texture. Do you picture me sitting here? This is where I do most all my computer work from on my laptop. Can you see why? Very comfortable!
Then to the left of my love seat I placed my large black pedestal, which tied in perfectly with the newly painted black bobbins. I placed another funkin in the pedestal, then used a piece of the leftover garland from the mantle and wrapped it around. I love decorations that are quick and easy like this!
And this is what my fall mantle and room setting looks like all together. I feel ready for fall now! So what about you? Have you decorated your mantle or a mantle-type surface for fall yet?
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