Fall is officially here! It’s beginning to look and feel like Fall around here. And I don’t mean just the weather. This past weekend I had a couple of minutes free while Michael Luke and Noah were out running errands. So I rant to the store to grab a few pumpkins, grabbed a few things around the house, and set to work decorating the mantel!Fall is my favorite season for mantel decorating. Maybe I have a weakness for pumpkins or maybe it’s because I haven’t done anything to the mantel all Summer long so I’m just itching to change things up. The world may never know. What I do know is that I’m ready to share this mantel scape with you and the resources that I used.
My first rule of seasonal decorating is to try and use as much around the house as I possibly can. You don’t have to go out and buy ten scarecrows, a skeleton, or a faux feathered turkey to let people know you decorated for Fall. Instead look around your house for seasonal colors or color groupings that you want to use. Create Unity.I shared a few weeks ago some of the Pinterest pins I was pulling inspiration from. Milk glass is used a lot in decorating on Pinterest. I don’t have any, but I do have my Casafina Vintage Port cream stoneware. So I grabbed a few pieces as well as the “I am a Child of God” wall hanger. Using these creme colors keeps the mantel from looking too dark and allows the pumpkins to stand out… it is their of year to shine you know.
Some people are all about white pumpkins, extensively decorated pumpkins, or handmade faux pumpkins. That’s fine. Whatever works for you is great! In my case I wanted a lit bit of color (orange) and definitely don’t have the free time to spend fifty hours customizing a pumpkin. So I chose a few simple orange pumpkins and a few white pumpkins with orange highlights. They make me happy! I grabbed all the pumpkins at Publix for around $20. I splurged and spent an extra dollar on a bundle of wheat. Big spender, right?
If you followed my blog in years past (Fall 2011, 2012) then you probably remember the “S” monogramed picture. I use it almost every season. My sister made it for us as a house warming gift, and I love how versatile it is! So don’t be surprised if you see it on my Christmas and Easter mantels.
Finally, I got a little brave and decided to use a dry erase marker to write on my Casafina stoneware serving tray.
It was a simple and free way to create a sign for the mantel. I think it’s a nice touch. What about you?
I also chose to place a pumpkin down low for Noah. I wanted her to be able to see and feel one so she can really learn what a pumpkin is. Her little kitten art project doesn’t look bad there either!
Now it really feels like Fall at our house. Bring on the football, soups, and sweaters. I’m ready. Have you done any Fall decorating yet? Do you have a special place in your house that you love to decorate? What type of pumpkins do you like to buy? The biggest you can find? Orange? White? Mixed? Fake?
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