Monday, September 26, 2011

My Fall "Mantel"

It's not a real mantel. It's actually the top of the built-in bookshelf in our office, but it has the same dimensions of a very wide mantel. I like to pretend it's the real thing.

There's my wheat bouquet I made a little while ago.

The wreath is quite large because I wanted a statement piece in the middle. I brought home a 24" grapevine wreath at first. It looked huge in the store, but as soon as it made it home, it must have shrunk. It did not make the statement I wanted. So it was "demoted" to the front door and back to the store I went for the 32" big mama at Hobby Lobby. (So glad they were 50% off!)

I didn't want to do the typical red, orange, yellow color scheme this year. So I went out on a limb and picked up some deep purple, yellow, and coral floral picks. I love how it turned out. Those colors along with the wheat and the white pumpkins, say "Fall" but still seem fresh and bright.

Then I added a trio of autumn spice candles and a little frame on the other side for balance.

Honey & Fitz shared a great resource a while back: How to Decorate a Mantel. You should check it out for more inspiration and a few guidelines to help bring your mantel all together.

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Betsy @ Romance on a DimeSeptember 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Wow!! So gorgeous!! I LOVE the wreath - the colors are such a good combination!!

    Want to join me for my October Swap? I would love for you to guest post next month!! (though you might be busy enough with your own)

  2. Your mantle is so pretty . I love the mini pumpkins !
    You might want to link up tomorrow at The Lettered Cottage's mantle party.

  3. Thanks!
    And I linked up to the party. Such great ideas over there!

  4. Thanks, Bets.
    I'll email you about guest posting!

  5. the cape on the cornerSeptember 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    love the simplicity of your mantle! that wheat bouquet is fab.


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