My mantel is ready for the season, but nothing else around the house is! Fall is my favorite season to decorate for. I think I enjoy it the most because I don't feel the pressure or time crunch that hits when decorating for Christmas. I can take it slow and easy and do a little bit at a time.
The mantel came together pretty quickly this year. I did not buy one thing new for it. I've had the old shutters in the garage and slapped on a quick coat of paint. It's not perfect but I didn't want it to be. I got the old window this summer from my sister's garage sale and wish I would have picked up another.
I'm loving a natural, collected look for fall, rather than it looking like I ran out and bought everything at Hobby Lobby. Don't get me wrong, I love HL and have spent PLENTY of pennies there, but I like to mix the old in with the new.
I've had this wreath forever but gave it a little touch up with some burlap rosettes. Easiest thing in the world to make. See the corner of that oval silver tray? I wanted the height of it being turned vertically but knew it wouldn't stand on end for long without being supported somehow. Hot glue to the rescue! I put a tiny drop on the back and stuck it to the edge of the window. I know it will peel right off both surfaces when I take it down. Nothing will crash down to the floor in the middle of the night!
Just a few more shots...
I unscrewed the old white knobs off the shutters and hot glued on these pretty, antique looking ones. They came from Hobby Lobby, as well as the wreath and the pumpkin, although I've had those for years. The lanterns are from Gordman's a few years back. The cinnamon stick candles and gold bird were 75% off at Target after Christmas, and the silver tray, cup, little green pedestal and small glass jar were thrift store finds.
Are you ready for fall yet? Do you decorate indoors specifically for the season? Soon I'll show you the rest of my fall decorations, but if you need some more inspiration, I'm linking up to the Fall Mantel Party that begins on Tuesday at The Lettered Cottage. Hop on over and check out all of the fabulous ideas!