Decorating a Fall Mantel

I just couldn’t wait to start decorating with the items I recently purchased at the antique faire and decided to tackle my living room mantel.  Since I had recently disassembled my Halloween mantel decor, there was space to create something new!

I love decorating with natural elements in the fall so this is my vision of a fall mantel.  Along with the photos, I’ll share with you my thought process as I put this together.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel 2

 

As I mentioned earlier this week, there were so many antlers and so much silver at the antique faire, and while neither were on my shopping list, I ended up with both!  I really wanted to incorporate these two items into my display and so started by using the champagne buckets to flank each side.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel Silver Champagne

 

I didn’t want to use the art that normally hangs above the fireplace and so instead, used a mirror that was previously in my entryway.  I don’t typically put a mirror above the fireplace because the reflection is of the ceiling, but I liked how it the frame looked with the fall decor.   To detract from the unappealing view in the mirror and to add a bit of color, I added a ribbon knotted in the center.  (It puts more focus on the ribbon itself and less on the reflection.)

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel Ribbon Mirror

 

I added the antlers at the bottom of the mirror on each side along with some pinecones and ferns.Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel Antlers 2

 

To add some height and texture to the sides, I added a few branches that I collected with the kids while walking to school.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel 4

 

And to add more weight and height to the sides so that I could maintain a triangle of movement, I added a wooden frame with a linen mat behind the branches on each side of the mirror.  These frames were in my family room, but I am constantly moving things around the house to keep it feeling fresh.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel 3b

 

I added a few pumpkins to fill the space between the antlers and champagne buckets, but I didn’t like the way the white pumpkins looked sitting directly on the wooden mantel and so added a fabric covered book beneath.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel Pumpkins

 

I really like the addition of the antlers to the display and am so happy that I was able to purchase them from Lisa at City & Sea Vintage before she ran out!

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel Antlers

 

In keeping with my home, the entire display is in neutrals with a mix of rustic and elegant elements.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel

 

Knowing me, I’m sure I’ll take this down within a couple of weeks and try something new, but I’m happy with it for now!

 

Tidbits&Twine - Signature

 

 

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5 comments on Decorating a Fall Mantel

  1. Stacey
    October 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM (4 years ago)

    It’s very pretty Kim! You can’t go wrong with those ingredients.

    Reply
    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Stacey! I’m finding so many uses for those champagne buckets…more than I ever imagined!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM (4 years ago)

      :)

      Reply
  2. Jackie
    October 12, 2013 at 4:15 AM (4 years ago)

    Your mantel is beautiful.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Jackie!

      Reply

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