After sharing my mantel scene last Friday, I’m pleased to announce that Autumn decor has officially taken over my house this weekend! I’ve got pumpkins cropping up all over – and am excited to share my Fall Decorating Ideas with you. For my mantel I wanted to create a rich and cozy almost library feeling – so my Library Theme Mantel was born. To add a bit of drama I began with this decorative molding – I think it’s actually called a door mantel. I found it at Pier One Imports last year and knew I had to have it. I shuffle it around my house – I especially like it on top of a bookshelf, it makes it feel very elegant. But today it’s dressing up my mantel. Next I added a couple of my Fox Hunting prints – the warm golds, reds and chocolate are the perfect colors for this scene.
Of course what library inspired tableau is complete without a few antique books? With their gold tones and crumbly-goodness they were a shoe-in to be included here.
One of the only items I have from my maternal grandmother is this Russian Lacquer Box. I’ve always loved it because it was my Grandmother’s but also because it looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale – Sleeping Beauty perhaps? I’ve paired it with a cut-glass jar from Anthropologie which I’ve filled with some dollar store mini pumpkins and gourds. An interesting mix of antique and new, isn’t it?!
The centerpiece of the mantel itself is this ornate clock. I think I got this at Sam’s Club probably ten years ago! So, it’s definitely not vintage but it’s charming and often that’s what really matters to me (and my checkbook!).
I switched out my favorite french blue urns for these distressed black urns. They fit the theme better. I was a little sad to take the blue ones down but I know that I’ll just be even happier when I put them up again! These urns were a Walmart find, high style – low cost. My fav!!
I got some chrysanthemums from the grocery store a couple of weeks ago and they’ve dried quite nicely (ok, this may or may not have been due to my lack of attention to their watering needs….) regardless of how or why, it is now a dried specimen and I think this bloom is perfect in this vintage brown transferware creamer.
I also mixed in a few mini pumpkins, some pinecones and yes, that’s a cool mini watering can! I love the copper nozzle and thought it added a little bit of quirky interest…
Directly in front of the fireplace I’ve created this little grouping of pumpkins. I like using varied heights for extra interest. Here I’ve created height with a couple of pedestal candle holders and a large glass cloche.
These small brass candlesticks bring a hint of the gold tones down to this little table.
There is something special about a glass cloche. Or I guess I should say that a glass cloche can make anything special. Here a humble pumpkin suddenly becomes natural art when collected inside this oversized glass dome!
What’s more natural than a birdsnest? This one I’ve filled with a couple of faux mini pumpkins… a tweet pop of color (yes, I did just say tweet instead of sweet! I’m kindof goofy like that!).
While I know, I totally need to work on my chalk-art skills, (I seem to have none!) I can’t resist continuing to incorporate mini chalkboards into my decor. I just love the simplicity of them. Apparently my little one does too because no sooner did I click this photo then a little hand snatched this chalkboard and began doodling madly!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this loooong tour of my cozy fireplace… Does it inspire any fall decorating ideas for your home? Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below, I love to hear from you!
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