fall mantel

fall mantel

i really do think that fall is one of the prettiest seasons we have.  however, our fall tends to be more like great summer weather (it was 90* today)  come christmas we have the cool, crisp weather with the pretty leaves turning, but not now.  the idea of putting out pumpkin decor and bouquets of wheat just feels so contrary to what our season actually feels like.

so i decided this year to go for a fall-ish mantel.  just a little nod to the traditions of the season, but really just a pretty mantel ;)

fall mantel

owls are fall-ish, right?  and they are black & gold, so more fall-ish, right?  but i wanted to make this fun and i stuffed one owl with feathers and the other with antlers ;)

fall mantel

these birch bark candles add a touch of nature (store bought nature – ha!), and the black books feel a little bit halloween-y.

fall mantle

and after a few tries, i landed on this double framed look.  i stole the gold frame from silas & lily’s room and added this print i framed from nap time diaries.

fall mantle

this was attempt #1.  too busy.

fall mantle

i spray painted the frames since the yellow seemed too bright, but it was still too many little things on the mantel.

fall mantel

this felt a little quieter and more of what i needed!



  1. 1

    It was 96 here yesterday so I totally get where you are coming from!

  2. 2

    It was hot here too with no break in sight. Your mantle looks great!! I decorate with owls too and I bought one on sale at Michael’s yesterday. It was white so I add some fall flowers to it. I also have the wood candles. They are just too cool. Great job!

  3. 3

    I want your fireplace!

  4. 4

    I love seeing a few titles on your “halloween-y” black books: Holiness of God and Real-life Discipleship. One can only get so halloween-y… :)

  5. 5

    I love what you did with the mantle! I’m in Texas, so I totally understand how it’s hard to get into the feel of fall without the attendant temperature!


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