Monday, October 29, 2012

Autumn Inspired Mantel

Autumn is my absolute favorite season.  I always say I come alive during this time of year.  I love the warm colors of the season, the pumpkins and gourds, the changing colors of the trees as they go dormant for the season, and the crispness in the air.  I love absolutely everything about this time of year!  I look forward to spiffing up my home when Autumn rolls around to make it feel warm and cozy as we approach cooler days outside and the nearing of the holiday season.  One of my favorite things to decorate for each season of the year is our fireplace mantel.  It is one of the first things you see as you enter our home.  Although I am not in love the rather simple mantel that came with our home, we hope to remodel it someday, I do my best to make it beautiful and inviting to all who enter our home.

Each year I try and change things up a bit from the previous year to keep things new, fresh, and fun.  Here is what I came up with for this year's Autumn mantel decor in our home:

One of my favorite items above our fireplace are the Lena Wall Vase hanging vases I purchased from Chiasso a few years ago.   They are unique, simple and classic in style, and so versatile.  I am also totally in love with the gorgeous feather wreath I found at Michael's.  I purchased the "Thankful Blessings" blocks last year at one of my favorite discount home decor stores, Home Goods.  If you have a Home Goods near you and you have never stopped in to one of their stores you have got to stop and check them out!  It is chock-full of so many great home and home decor items and all at amazing discounts.  Plus their inventory is ever changing, so every time you stop in you are likely to see a whole new set of goodies that you didn't see on your last visit.  It is the budget shoppers dream decorating store.  The beaded garland, pumpkins, gourds, and platter were all hand me downs from my mom, the woman who taught me to love decorating and gave me my creative genes.  I am always excited when she has hand me down decor because she ALWAYS has GREAT hand me down decor!

All and all I am really happy with the way  my mantel came together for the Autumn season.  I'm looking forward to seeing what I can come up with for Christmas this year.

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