Are you dreaming about decorating for fall and how to decorate your mantel? Or, are you holding on to Summer? I have a party planned on the 22nd so I am trying to get with it. Here are some of my favorite Simple Ways to Add Fall to Your Mantel from the past.
My advice is to try and use things you already own in new ways. Add some organics and call it good.
This was our “fall mantel” at the Salinas house. I used the old tool and dye panels that I found at Roundtop, old lawn bowling or exercise pins (also from roundtop), a basket from a favorite consignment shop that I miss dearly, a portrait we inherited from Steve’s parents, and a pumpkin. You might enjoy my post Natural Fall Collected Home Tour here for more fall decor ideas.
This mantel is from our former home (I miss that fireplace). I used one door panel from a corner cabinet, the tool and dye panel, fall leaves in an old Hungarian pickling jar, and the same vintage pins. You will notice I use these elements a lot. This iteration is one of many that I created for my post Collected fall mantle four ways which you can read here.
This arrangement is also from our former fireplace, the same tool and dye panel, an old vintage breadboard, an old house vent, and the same basket. The fern is faux (I don’t mind faux if it looks real!)
Some of these pictures aren’t that great because they are old. This is a wreath that I made back in 2018. I have had the manzanita base for years. I still do! You can read my post on how I made it in the post DIY wreath from Foraged Materials here.
I really loved incorporating my Native American baskets, with a Horchow mirror from years ago, and of course the fall leaves.
This is my outdoor fireplace mantle from my former home. Here I decorated it simply with a vintage breadboard and vintage wicker-covered bottles. The tablescape was busy enough that I didn’t think the fireplace needed much. The natural tones of the wicker and wood blend well without competing with the tablescape. Unfortunately this picture is not the greatest, but I think you can get the idea.
I created this mantle scape several years ago for a Project Design series. It was actually in theory a Spring mantel. However, the composition might help you. You can read that post, How to Style your Spring Mantle Four Ways here. It might give you some good ideas as well.
This is another version from that same post. All of the elements were things I already owned.
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Here is my mantel now. It is a bit more challenging just because I am not used to it. It is very tall and narrow and the mantel is not deep at all. I doubt that I will add much to it, perhaps some leaves. I know I don’t have time or the foliage for the wreath. We shall see. Any ideas?
I hope you enjoyed Simple Ways to Add Fall to Your Mantel. I would love to hear how you are planning to decorate your house for Fall. More ideas coming your way! I will be back on Sunday with Annie and Mary Ann on Sunday with our favorites.