I’m beginning to do some Fall decorating here at home and I love decorating a mantel! In my house, it is one of the first areas that will get a “makeover” for the season. But before I share my Autumn mantel decor I realized I haven’t yet shared my current one! So here’s my mantel “before”, if you will…. I love Botanical prints and lucked upon these two at my local Tuesday Morning store several years ago. I love the distressed frames, the fabric matting, the prints themselves – all of it! For me they set the “tone” of the entire mantel-scape. (Is that a real word?? Oh well, I’m using it!)
Next I anchored everything with this pair of fabulously crackled and distressed french blue urns that I got from Marshall’s. (While I was in line to buy them these two ladies behind me commented that they were sorry they didn’t see them first – doesn’t that make you feel good when you hear folks admiring what’s in your cart? I will admit, I was glad they hadn’t gotten them first! I love them so much!) I topped these with two boxwood balls. Then I just began to fill in with small details that I love and used color to bring a little symmetry to the setting. For example, I used silver/mercury glass on both sides even though it’s trophies on one end and a mercury glass vase on the other. By repeating the same tone it brings a sense of balance to the entire scene.
Since it hasn’t been “fire” season I created a screen out of some reproduction carved pineapple statues, a pair of shabby chic birdhouses, a couple of faux topiaries and an orchid. Just enough to keep my daughter distracted and out of the firebox 🙂
In the center of the mantel I placed a much beloved cream urn – it’s nothing fancy but I love its shape! I filled it with a handful of faux pears for a perfect pop of green. I have lots of faux green apples and pears around – I love them simply stacked inside glass jars or urns like this! I bookended this arrangement with a small Staffordshire dog and vintage tin in the perfect blue & white color scheme. A lone paper medallion with a starfish pendant centered inside lies casually against the base of the urn.
These simple white ladderback chairs (a yard sale find – $10 for both!!) complete the scene. Two fern embroidered pillows – which I bought at Walmart last season and have used in many a photo shoot – tie in perfectly with the botanical theme and soften the potentially austere chairs.
And there you have it! My Botanical Print inspired mantel! I’m working on my Fall mantel-scape (there’s that made up word again!) and will share it with you next week. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have a favorite element? Does it inspire you to try something on your own mantel? If so, please share in the comments below!
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