Vintage Fall Mantel {& Fireplace}

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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.


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!



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

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!!

  10. 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´s last blog post ..Everything Fall

  11. 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. 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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