Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall Mantel

It's been such a busy few weeks around here and the weather has continued in the 90's until just the last couple of days so it has taken me a little longer than I planned to get my fall stuff out and start decorating.  I just love this time of year...the colors, textures, scents, everything about the warmth of it all. 
I finished my fall mantle and wanted to share it with you.  I love pulling out my storage bin and seeing things I've had packed away since last year, especially my metal pumpkins : ) 

This is how my fireplace area will look through Thanksgiving weekend.  I know it is not perfect and some designer will tell me I don't have the right proportions or something but that's ok.  It is perfect to me because it has stuff that is special to my family, like the scarecrow that my mother-in-law made (she passed away several years ago so it is special for my kids to see).

These wooden pumpkins were also made by my mother-in-law.  I added some dry beans to my glass container and a fall-colored candle to my pillar. 

I have a basket of seasonal books on the hearth...various fall and Halloween books to enjoy with the kids. 

So, this is the view from my couch.  I truly believe it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful, which is what one of my favorite blogs is all about.  It is called The Nesting Place.  The Nester has a wonderful Fall Mantel party going on today and I've joined in.  Be sure to check it out and see what she and lots of others are doing to bring a touch of fall into their homes.  You'll be inspired for sure!  Plus, Hooked on Houses is hosting a Fall Decorating party today as well and I've joined in there too.  Enjoy all the great ideas and peeks into other homes!
I also just linked this to Spotlight Yourself Wednesday at Santa's Gift Shoppe...yet another new blog I've discovered :)
                                                  I've also linked to Flaunt It Friday
                              And I've joined in on Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading.


  1. Love your mantel! It is perfect!

  2. I love your metal pumpkins! I have seen them at HomeGoods this year but never thought abt stacking them. That is a great idea!

  3. I love all the whimsy, but I love all the stone of your fireplace even more. TFS!

  4. Your mantle is very warm and fallish! I really like the stacked pumpkins and your jar with the beans in it! I also have fireplace/mantle envy! I don't have either and would love to have one made of stone!
    I'm visiting from It's so Very Cheri's spotlight yourelf.
    Have a great rest of the week!

  5. It looks beautiful! I love all the memorable peices you have...that is what makes a house a home! Most importantly it makes you feel happy and good. Well done:)

  6. Well done! I love those pumpkin kettles. Visiting from Serenity Now's weekend reading-

  7. You are exactly right about it not having to be perfect. (I had the same message for my post on mantles. Love that Nester!)

    I also think it is great that your decor has such personal meaning to you.

    Thanks for sharing.


  8. Love it all! Love the apothecary jar. It's so sweet that you have sentimental stuff mixed in. I love that. I'm totally coveting your big star! Gorgeous!

  9. You did such a great job on this! Looks wonderful!