Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A fall mantel

Hello there! Well, the bins of fall decor have finally been pulled up the stairs, and I’m a little shocked at how much beady/leafy/pine coney stuff I’ve accumulated over the years.

I mean, I lurve me some beady stuff, but it’s a little much. :)

I set to work on the family room mantel today and started out putting it together like years past, but quickly realized I quite liked the way I had it decorated already…so I just decided to make some fallish changes and I LOVE it!

I especially love that it only took about 20 minutes and stuff I already had.

I started with some long, branchy, beady thangs I found deep in a storage bin…I don’t even remember buying them. :) I love finding surprises from the previous year! How fun is that?

I piled four of them up across the front of the mantel and fluffed. And fluffed. And fluffed some more:

beady stuff

I love that their twisted branches look so real.

Well, as real as branches with squishy foam beads can look:

:)

Instead of adding a ton of candles across the mantel like I’ve done in the past, I just changed out the cream candles for some in warmer tones:

The warm, fall-inspired candlesticks work perfectly!

I filled the cloche with some fall fillers, but when I stood back, it was looking a bit too busy. So I grabbed a candle stand, perched a twiggy pumpkin on top, and tied a ribbon around the base instead:

I love how the pumpkin ties in the texture of the large rattan platter in the back -- that platter stays up there throughout almost every season because it’s so honkin’ big and fills up the space perfectly.

I was determined to use what I have, and I realized this week I had PLENTY to use. ;)

I’m really pleased with how it turned out!:

fall mantel

I’m not sure where I got the beady stuff last year, but I’m willing to bet it was Hobby Lobby. I’m obsessed with the Hob Lob. The huge gourd was from Michael’s last month – I think $10? The twig pumpkin was a Goodwill find this summer ($1.99!) and the cream ceramic candle stand is from Target (they still have them in the Smith and Hawken section.)

I’ve mentioned before this corner mantel has been a thorn in my decorating side – it’s much deeper than a normal one and not nearly as wide. It’s a bit challenging to make it work, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

It only took six years. :)

I love that I’m able to layer decor a bit more with a mantel like this:

Of course, I especially love it at night…lit candles make just about anything look lovely!:

There you have it! My fall mantel –- using what was already there, amped up with fall colors and fluffy beady stuff. You can’t go wrong with beady, seriously.

Have you started fall decorating? Are you feelin’ it yet? Just as I start to get in the fall mood…it’s supposed to get in the 80’s here again this week.

GAH!! Bring on October!! :) (I’ll be putting up the Halloween mantel before I know it!)

**I’m linking this up to Nester’s mantel party and Julia’s fall decorating party!

58 comments:

  1. Looks great - and no additional expense...that is always a plus!

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  2. Yes! I already decorated for fall considering the cooler weather here in Wisconsin...in fact we had our fireplace going last week!

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  3. Looks great! That twig pumpkin was a great find!

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  4. LUH.
    SHUSS!!!

    And, yes, I started working on my Fall mantel in August- but I need ONE MORE THING to finish it, and I won't be able to get it til after October 8th. Can't wait to get home and finally git r' dun!

    :-)

    Layla

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  5. It is beautiful! Don't you love it when you open your seasonal boxes and finding things you had forgotten about? lol I do that all the time. Happy Fall!
    Sandra

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  6. I love it! I ALMOST bought some fall beady stuff from Target today, but I put it back b/c I'm trying to save money (boo hoo). But maybe I'll go back again tomorrow...

    I just posted my mantle tonight too! I guess we're all getting ready for Nester's party?!

    http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/09/28/evolution-of-the-mantle/

    Thanks for your constant inspiration!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  7. Got my bins out as well, and now if only it wouldn't be 80 degrees outside.

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  8. Your mantel and decorating is beautiful

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  9. Finally you got to get your fall stuff out!!! I am going to start on mine of Friday, it's finally cooler here!

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  10. Love love love it! And if you are wanting to downsize in the overly beady/twiggy department...feel free to send it my way :)

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  11. It's finally cooling down here too. No fun decorating for fall when it's 85 degrees!

    Love your mantle, it looks great!

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  12. I love what you did with your mantel! I could have used this idea several years ago. I had a corner fireplace just like yours and it was really a hassle to try and decorate.

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  13. Just found your blog the other day...LOVE IT!! :) Your mantle is beautiful!! You may have just inspired me to get my Fall boxes out tomorrow!! :)

    Kelly Ann

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  14. Looks beatutiful! I saw "twig" pumpkins in the dollar section at Target this week. I didn't grab one, but now am tempted to go back and grab a few! I did grab some fall picks and floral at 50% off at Hobby Lobby this week and made a really great wreath for the front door for less than $10! I will be posting pics later this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. I love it!! I have such a hard time decorating my regular mantel, I am jealous of your awesome abilities to decorate your unusual corner mantel! Looks great! Happy Fall!

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  16. Well, I think I gotta go find me one of those green gourds! I love that and have never seen one in that color. I'm getting myself to Michael's ASAP! It all looks fabulous and I'm getting some great inspiration!
    Vanessa

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  17. Ahhh it looks really pretty (of course it does). :) I love the candlesticks. And the pear is darn cute!

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  18. Wow I am so thoroughly impressed, I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  19. Great job again! You took the words out of my mouth-- as much as a corner fireplace has been a pain for you, you get to play with so much more depth!

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  20. It's funny, because now I'm inspired to decorate my mantel. Tomorrow, please don't inspire me to do something icky, like clean.

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  21. Looks great! Love all the warm colors. We finally have cooler temps here, so I am getting in the mood to decorate for fall. It was hard to do so when it was still 95 degrees out!

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  22. This looks great, Sarah! I'm using what I've got this year, too. I'm also just adding bits to my existing decor to give that feel of Fall. I love your pumpkin under glass ~ nice cloche!

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  23. Cute! Those beady things are a God send aren't they? :-) I'm loving the candles too, I have yet to pull our the fall decor but I'll be sure to this weekend :-)

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  24. love that big pear, and that you decorated with such warm colors (the greens, etc). looks so inviting!

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  25. Gorgeous! I love fall!! Love the candle stand with pumpkin on top! SO CUTE!

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  26. Hi, Sarah! You're mantel is soo cute and creative. I love it. Gets me inspired! I am definitely feeling the urge to dec for fall w/bows of beadies:) Can I add one thing about your mantel? I love the pumkin in cloche, but think it gets lost w/ the rattan platter. I want to SEE it! I so see a cute lil orange pumkin in the cloche and the rattan one down to side of green candlestick. Just my thoughts. Keep up the great work!!

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  27. Looks great! Just had to stop by and see what you were up to this fall.... I've been too busy to visit as often as I would like. So sorry.

    Di

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  28. So glad you could party with us, Sarah! Love your fall decor.

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  29. Gorgeous! I just found your blog through HOH's Fall Open House Blog Party and I can't wait to read more. Happy Fall!

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  30. That's just beautiful.

    If you want a big mantle to decorate you can have mine. It's 15 feet long and varies in depth from 12-15 inches deep. Yeah. Our fireplace is flanked on either side by big built-in bookcases and the whole enchilada is capped with a mantle that spans the entire wall. Not the easiest thing to decorate, but then, nothing in my house ever is. Which is why I read blogs like yours for inspiration.

    I'll be decorating for fall this weekend. I was planning to do it during the week but the kids are begging to help.

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  31. I can't decorate for fall when it's still 103 out! yes, yesterday was 103 degrees here in balmy california. i will say that i purchased a yummy pumpkin spice candle and marshalls yesterday for $4 and it's a huge jar candle that i'm sure i will use for years. now, if only my house was cool enough to actually light the candle. at this point, no flames if not needed! :) happy fall.

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  32. Love the green and orange together! I'm proud of you for using what you have, I have a bad habit of picking up things when it comes to seasonal decorating only to realize when I get home that I have bins of stuff I should be using! Your mantel looks very pretty!

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  33. Lookin perdy! I especially love it at night. I just wish the weather would catch up with all the Fall decor I see in blog land. I'm ready for a little crisper air.

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  34. It turned out great! I love how well the gourd coordinates with the candlesticks! I also really like the added shimmer from the glass cloche.

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  35. I love how natural it all is. Beautiful.

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  36. So beautiful Sarah! You always decorate your mantel perfectly. I adore that cloche with the pumpkin and the ribbon. :)

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  37. Ok, I'm a little late to this party based on the fact that you have SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE followers, BUT let me just say, I LOVE your blog and I will be soooo thrilled to follow you in the future!!! :) :) :)

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  38. Beautiful! And as much as fake wood can look like wood... it sure does! :D

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  39. Looks great! Love the pumpkin under the cloche. adorable.

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  40. Very pretty. We don't have Hobby Lobbies around here, but I keep hearing so much about them!

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  41. How pretty. I love everything you do. I hope you don't mind I made a link on one of my post to your blogg. I'm starting to repair and paint my stairs. Thanks for all your inspiration

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  42. Gorgeous as always! Love your beady stuff!

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  43. Hi! I love all of your decorating...so much, sometimes, I want to copy it, haha! Where did you get the cake stand (is that even what it is?) that you have filled with lemons? I LOVE it!! Thanks,Darci

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  44. Searching your blog and found THIS! Oh how I LOOOOVE your corner mantle! And that huge wicker charger is AWESOME!!! Can you tell me where you found it? The mantle looks fabulous! XO, Pinky

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  45. Thank you for showing us how you decorate your corner mantel. I have one also and it seems to be the same size-ish! It is definitely a challenge!! Things either look too small or too big up there...still searching for a happy medium! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  46. I totally copied that BHG fall magazine cover too with pumpkins and moss! And instead of a clock glass top I used a very tall light fixture cover. Great minds think alike! :-)

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