Vintage Fall Mantel {& Fireplace}

Hey y’all!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last week, I got my Fall mantel decorating on and finally finished up this project. To say that I’m excited to show you is a ginormous understatement. I’ve been on pins and needles all weekend!  This year’s Fall mantel is a collection of things that I’ve gathered over the last few years.  I love it because every piece has a story which makes my history-lovin’-heart go pitter pat.

{Fall Mantel}

I’m completely in love with the layers, colors and textures.

{Fall Fireplace}

The incredible antique stove board that I scored at a yard sale for $35.00 {probably the most I’ve ever paid at a yard sale!} is the perfect backdrop for the Fall mantel. It provides weight, rustic texture and balance to the white brick fireplace mantel and surround. My Fall Canvas Craft from last year inspired the color theme of blue and orange especially since the living room walls are blue.  The rustic “Count Your Blessings” Sign By Andrea reminds us every day to be thankful and grateful.  Iron candlesticks, my dollar store hurricanes and candles add height and a beautiful glow in the evenings.

A few weeks ago I found two beautiful vintage minnow buckets at a local flea market.  They are the real deal, let me tell ya – ancient minnow remains and all. :)  I cleaned them out and added cut and drying hydrangeas from our bush.

{swoony}

There’s just something so beautiful about old worn metal and fraying rope.  Or maybe I’m just a crazy, vintage-lovin’ fool. Either way, I’ll take it! :)

Some of the hydrangeas are all dried out and some are still green and drying. I didn’t wait for textbook perfection, but created my own “perfection definition” and used them all just as they are. Personally, I love the variation of greens, browns and hints of pink left over from Summer.

It was so fun to decorate the hearth this year!  The conglomeration of a $3 amber jar I got while antiquing with Sarah, a stack of books, pumpkins, my vintage yarn basket and sticks from my Memaw’s back yard  keeps the hearth simple but full of texture. Can you tell I like that word today? I keep using texture over and over, but it perfectly describes this time of year. :)  Why change a good thing, right?

{pumpkins + fraying blue fabric + striped ticking fabric = beautiful}

I’m way too cheap to spend a fortune on pumpkins that rot after two  months, so I filled up the yarn basket with books, covered them with burlap and put in a few pumpkins. It looks like it’s full of pumpkins, but for a fraction of the cost! Booyah!

You might have noticed that my Ruffled Felt Fall Garland is a bit thicker.  I made another garland {less than $3 y’all!} and then twisted them together. I love the extra bulk and, of course, the extra ruffles too!

In the evenings after we put Ridley to bed, my hubs will sit here…

…and I will sit here. And we’ll just soak up the coziness of Fall and being together.

Have I mentioned how much I love this space right now? I could be a real dork and tell you that I sometimes just stand in the doorway and look at it, but that would be embarrassing, so I’ll refrain from admitting that. {blush}

Don’t be afraid to mix in fake pumpkins with real ones. It totally isn’t a big deal. Do what works for you and use what you have on hand!  Create beauty, create your own version of perfection, bring some nature inside with sticks, nuts and pumpkins and then you can join me in the goofy stand-and-stare-at-your-Fall-mantel-and-fireplace-club. Haha! :)

Have you decorated for Fall yet?

I’m linking up to Made By You Monday, Layla’s Mantel PartyTip Me Tuesday, Tips & TutesFall FestivalI’m Lovin’ It, and Weekend Wrap Up PartyHooked On Houses and Before & After Party!

XO

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Comments

  1. It’s beautiful…I love all the texture (seriously, perfect word for this time of year!)

  2. OMG! It’s SO awesome! :-D
    I LOVE the idea of the vintage yarn basket filled with pumpkins!!! May have to swipe that one next year- LOL!

  3. This is beautiful! I love the way you layered these things. Very inspiring to get on with my own fall decorating. Pumpkins here I come! :-)
    Kim ~ Recipes to Run On´s last blog post ..Cinnamon Rolls + Pancakes = Indulgence

  4. Liisa Sanchez says:

    Breathtaking!! Thanks for sharing, and don’t be embarrassed at standing staring, i do that every time I complete a room :) it makes me warm and happy inside, and gives me a sense of accomplishment….enjoy your beautiful fireplace….Blessings!

  5. WOW!!! You definately just made my Top 3 list for the week!!! You will be my feature Wednesday! LOVE it!
    Courtney
    Women Living Well´s last blog post ..Making Your Home a Haven ~ Fall Challenge Is Back!

  6. Beautiful! I really really wish we had a fireplace!
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  7. Did you decoupage that canvase with clippings or book pages or what?
    I Love it all and I want to make it all!! :) I don’t have a Mantle so I improvise with my piano.
    Thank you for sharing!! It is BEAUTIFUL!! <3

  8. It’s so pretty! I love the pumpkins and the minnow buckets! I love all the pics of the beautiful fall mantles everyone is posting. I have mantle envy! We have a giant tv above our mantle, so not a lot of room for pretty stuff up there…..hmph. So I’ll just keep looking at yours! ha! Thanks for sharing!
    Shona´s last blog post ..Flower Necklace, Hair pin, and Ring Set

  9. I have SO got to get the fall junk out and get decorating! I love fall decor, especially here in Texas where nature just doesn’t want to cooperate with that Fall Feeling. I’ll send ya a picture when I get it all set up.

  10. Crystal Stearns says:

    I love the way you can tell it’s fall decor without it being in- your- face and overwhelming. You have such a gift for decor and I am very thankful that you share it with us! :) Have a wonderful week!

  11. I love the mantle decorations, looks great for the fall season! Can’t wait to see your Christmas. Ideas!

  12. I have a question for you – do you completely take down what you had on the mantel before? For example, I have a beach wedding photo on my mantel. That is not fall-ish at all! Should I take it down and put something else there?

  13. Gorgeous, as usual, Myra!

  14. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the color schemes, the scents, and yes, the textures.

    I love that garland! Wonderful job Myra!
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  15. Fantastic job Myra! I love it!
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  16. Beautiful! I love all the special little touches!
    I am so excited that the pumpkins will be arriving at our pumpkin patch this weekend!
    Leen´s last blog post ..New Designs

  17. So pretty… love! Will you come decorate my house next?
    Kristin´s last blog post ..CF Wives Dinner

  18. I am making some of that awesome garland this week.
    Seriously Sassy Mama´s last blog post ..C Is For Camping

  19. OMWord!!! Myra!!! Way too b-e-a-u-ti-ful!!!! That is to die for!
    Love it!
    Hannah

  20. Gina Aytman says:

    Beautiful! What a great way to kick off fall!

  21. Myra I just love your mantel! I too decorated my mantel as well as my entire house for fall this past weekend and I’m not ashamed to admit that I can’t help but stand and stare at what I created! My husband laughs when he comes into a room and finds me there just staring!!

  22. I am so glad I found you..I really enjoy reading and seeing what you have done (and in a frugal way) I too love fall and pumpkins and you have given me some new ideas for them Yay!
    Thanks for all your great ideas!!

  23. Hi, I love your mantle! Especially the dark wood as the back drop! Stunning:)

  24. I loooooooove it!! I love the pops of orange and that ruffly garland goodness! :)
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  25. It is SO gorgeous! I love, love, love that stove board! #jealous

  26. Beautiful mantle! Great post! Love you, Myra! :)

  27. Very fall festive! Nice Job.
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  28. gorgeous of course.

  29. Your mantel is stunning! I love all the texture and the contrast in colors- beautiful job! So glad to have found your blog through TLC’s fall linkup party :)
    Megan @ Restoring the Roost´s last blog post ..Gearing up for Fall

  30. Very pretty! Twisting the garlands together provides the perfect weight and pop of color!
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  31. That ruffly garland is so pretty! I don’t blame you… I would just stand and stare at it too. Gorgeous!
    Jenna´s last blog post ..It’s Fall Y’all: Fall Mantel

  32. My favorite part is the ‘count your blessings sign’ because it is so true and the pumpkins. I love pumpkins in the fall!
    stephanie´s last blog post ..Caner Hoax. What would you do?

  33. Myra, your mantel (and everything else!) is fabulous…I love it all!! Visiting from Layla’s.

  34. Love Love Lover your fall mantle! Love the pop of orange your felt ruffled garland adds to your white fireplace :)

  35. Luh-huh-uv your mantle! I especially like the hydrangeas. You and I are on the same page about liking their different colors. And very cool minnow bucket!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl
    Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)´s last blog post ..Some exciting news about a DIY Hunk!

  36. Love the mixture and warmth of everything!

  37. Your mantel is beautiful, love the his and hers chairs! Love the collected look and that pop of orange!
    Debbie
    Debbie,refreshrestyle´s last blog post ..White Pumpkins

  38. Beautiful!! I’m working on mine today. Great inspiration!

  39. I also love orange and blue together, and your garland is so pretty and vibrant against the white of the fireplace.
    R. Pyper´s last blog post ..Fall mantles

  40. looks fab!
    Love the idea of stocking the basket with other stuff to make it look like it’s full of pumpkins, but save on $. Good thinking!

    I’m currently working on my mantel but I created two new frames for the “makeover” :)
    http://shimmerandtulle.blogspot.com/2011/09/mantel-in-transition.html

    always a pleasure to stop by your blog!
    Ellen
    Shimmer & Tulle
    ellen´s last blog post ..Mantel, in transition

  41. I love this!! Thanks so much for sharing what you did with the minnow buckets…I just found two under my grandparents’ house that are exactly like the ones you found! I fell in love with them but didn’t quite know what to do with them…now I’ve got lots of ideas!!

  42. Very nice and inspiring!

  43. It makes me smile to know there are other people out there who love to decorate for the different seasons! And fall is my absolute favorite!

  44. Hi Myra, looks fantastic! I love hygdrangeas ~ my favorite! Nice job!

  45. Very pretty! I love the canvas craft – gonna go check out that post more :)
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  46. What a beautiful mantle! I would totally stand and stare at it too! ;) Thanks for sharing!
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  47. Wow! Thanks for the inpiration! Your fall mantle looks amazing! I found you on Tatertots and Jello btw.

  48. Your mantle and fireplace look gorgeous. I love every piece. I have decorated but unfortunately our mantle has a tv on top and does not leave space for decorating. I try to add fall touches throughout the rest of the space.

    Hope you can stop by and see all the fall decor at my place.

    Ruth
    Ruth´s last blog post ..Everything Fall

  49. Myra your mantle is lovely!! Adore the ruffled garland!

    I have hooked up with Julia’s Party as well!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena
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  50. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    Love everything! I hope you will link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

  51. i *LOVE* this!! gorgeous!!
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  52. Your fall mantel is just beautiful!! LOVE it!
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  53. I love the warm fall colors and the chic cabin feel it has.
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  54. Love it! Love it! The hydrangeas are my fav!

  55. I love your mantel! The touches of orange mixed with the warm wood and earth tones are perfect! Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve included your mantel in a roundup of my 12 favorite fall mantels. http://www.addicted2decorating.com/how-to-decorate-a-fall-mantel-12-beautiful-autumn-mantels.html Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating´s last blog post ..How To Decorate A Fall Mantel (12 Beautiful Autumn Mantels)

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