My Fall Mantel Decor is Complete!
I buckled down this weekend and got my fall mantel decor knocked out. It would be awesome if someone would ask Mother Nature to take a look at the calendar and realize it’s mid September and not July! The temperatures have been hovering in the mid-90s the past few days; not very fall like. But, having my fall decorating pretty much finished, I’m feeling cooler already.
I started with decorating the living room mantel. To create a beautiful fall mantel, in my opinion, you need to start with one thing: garland. I used a beautiful wired garland with nice beefy trim; acorns, berries, and the like. I added a fall leaf garland along with that to give a nice full look. Mantel decorating generally comes with a standard rule that you start with your tallest element in the center and then work your way down. I stick to this, most of the time, but for this mantel decor- I deviated a little bit.
My largest element is center; a very large wooden “Give Thanks” pumpkin I picked up from Hobby Lobby. Next to this, I added some pretty metal haystack style candle holders. I went asymmetrical with them by putting the tallest on the right and the two shorter on the left. Things don’t have to be symmetrical to be appealing. On the right side I added a slightly taller lantern and then a wired vase full of twig balls and vegetables. On the left I added another vase that has a tall arrangement of tall fall plants. This sort of breaks the rules, but I still think it’s appealing to the eye, and I like it, if you love your result, that’s all that matters; rules or no rules!
Don’t forget your hearth!
Don’t overlook your hearth when you’re completing your fall mantel decor. This is generally a nice big area to add some more visual interest. I went with a small hay bale on the left side. A big twig pumpkin is perfect for my decor, as it’s a pretty rustic element. Remember to add different heights of elements to add more visual interest. I went with a framed print to give that height. Throw in some smaller elements like small pumpkins, fall leaves, and other filler, for fullness. A metal pumpkin rounded out this little vignette.
On the opposite side I added a smaller hay bale. A little stand up “Blessings” sign was the perfect addition to this area. That’s a word that means so much to me, as I am constantly amazed at how many blessings are in my life. It’s something that I wish for everyone who stops by to visit Under a Texas Sky. I added a couple of little scarecrow statues and little mini pumpkins. You can see my antler lamp sitting beside this vignette.
Overall I am absolutely loving how everything turned out. Your fireplace is a small area, generally, but what an impact the right decor can make!