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.
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.
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.)
I added the antlers at the bottom of the mirror on each side along with some pinecones and ferns.
To add some height and texture to the sides, I added a few branches that I collected with the kids while walking to school.
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.
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.
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!
In keeping with my home, the entire display is in neutrals with a mix of rustic and elegant elements.
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!
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