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My Fall Mantel

It’s fall y’all!  (I think I say this every year in at least one of my fall posts…it’s just so fun to say!)  Anyway, it really is fall around here…we’ve got the snow to prove it.  Yep.  Snow.  But the only good thing about it, is that I took the opportunity of being snowed in to decorate my mantel for fall.  This year it really felt like summer was over so it inspired me to take down summer and put up some fall decor.  Fall decor is my most favourite of all…it’s just so cozy and I adore the colours…oranges, reds, browns, yellows.  Love it all.

The only problem with fall decorating in September is that there are no pumpkins around and I really like to use pumpkins and gourds in my fall decor.  So I actually create 2 mantels…one for early fall and one for late fall.  I don’t fuss, I just add things as I find them.  So for right now my mantel is very simple but it’s just the way I like it.  Actually I love it, but I couldn’t quite portray it in pictures the way it actually looks – it looks so great in person.  So cozy and clean at the same time!

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Here’s a look from it’s best angle…I kind of see my mantel inclusive of the shelves on either side of it – the whole wall with fall decor is the focus, not just the fireplace.  It’s a really fun space to decorate.

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I especially love this basket of twigs, leaves and birch.  It provides just the right pop of colour!

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So pretty!

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I kept my actual mantel very simple this year.  Just a couple of pumpkins and squash, a few sprigs of fall leaves in my thrifted glass vases, and a simple grapevine wreath on my old window pane.

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I also added some pretty lanterns that look so nice lit up at night.  I love how they tie in the black elements of my fireplace screen.

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So here’s a look of everything from the front.  Just simple and pretty I think.

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I also like to add some fall decor to other areas of my living room, especially my coffee table.  This table is so fun the decorate for the seasons.  This year I added fall leaves, some driftwood from our summer holiday, rocks we’ve collected over the years and some of my Instagram pictures.

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I am loving my Instagram pictures!  I had a whole bunch of them printed out and I love to look at them not just through a phone screen…I had forgotten how nice it is to have printed pictures…it’s become a lost art hasn’t it?  For this fall living room I put in some of my Instagram pics from last fall…so fun!

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I also brought in a couple of my plants before they succumbed to the weather!  I just couldn’t bear to let this succulent pot die…and I think it fits in nicely with all the decor.  Let’s just hope I can keep it alive over the winter!

So that’s my simple early fall mantel.  It felt really nice just to take some time and put together something pretty for the season.  We’ve been so busy and a lot of what I used to love to do, I haven’t found the time to do anymore.  So when I had a moment it felt good to make my home feel nice and cozy.  One of the things I try to remind myself of is that it’s good to keep things easy…you don’t have to shop and buy a bunch of new things every year…have a look around your home and you might be surprised what you already have to work with.  For this mantel I actually only spent about $25…the rest I had already.

Do you decorate for fall?

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For more inspiration, go have a look at the gorgeous fall mantel my friend Virgina of Fynes Designs put together!  Here’s a sneak peek of hers:

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For even more fall mantel inspiration, here are the links to my previous years!

 

Happy decorating!  Have an inspiring day!Signature

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30 Comments

  • Reply Barb September 12, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Your mantel and whole room for that matter are like a breath of fresh air. So so pretty …

  • Reply Megan September 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    This looks beautiful! I do an early fall and a late fall mantle too. Pumpkins are around now, but I can never keep them from going bad before thanksgiving, so I just use artificial things early then add in the fresh things around mid October. I love how clean and bright this display is!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Thank you Megan! I can’t wait until the pumpkins come out – they’re my most fave to decorate with!

  • Reply Katie B September 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Damn my English accent, I can’t pull of the IT’S FALL Y’ALL – but that is what I want to be shouting from the rooftops right now! 😉
    That mantle looks absolutely gorgeous, I love the rich colours and textures of this time of year, can’t wait to get decorating my house too!

    Katie x

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Hahaha! I’m betting it sounded even better with an English accent!! 🙂

      • Reply Michelle September 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        I would love to hear it with a British accent too.

  • Reply Andrea@personallyandrea September 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    JoAnna I love the simplicity of yours, and I just bought that same grapevine pumpkin and popped it on the end of my mantel too!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Thank you Andrea! Aren’t grapevine wreaths just pretty on their own? Btw, it was SO great to meet you this weekend!

  • Reply Sheila S. September 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Very pretty Jo-Anna and your succulents look so healthy. It must have been a tad difficult decorating for fall while the snow was falling outside.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Thank you Sheila! It definitely was strange decorating with all the snow outside! Thankfully it’s going back up to 26 this week! Whew!

  • Reply Marlene September 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I love how you’ve captured the essence of fall in such a simple and fresh way. I’m looking forward to following your blog and seeing more of your ideas!

  • Reply Kelly September 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Love the simple fall touches to your mantle. I just found your blog and looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  • Reply Michelle September 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I need to do some fall decorating. You have inspired me to do a little. I don’t have a mantel, but
    I do have nook, actually it is the area on top of my entry closet in our foyer.

  • Reply Michelle September 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    (replying on the phone.. I accidentally deleted some of my comment)
    I love your mantel. It is pretty. Your living room is so light and airy feeling. Sam’s club has HUGE pumpkins out right now. Not sure if you have one up by you, but ours had a whole bunch the other day.

  • Reply V Fynes September 15, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    Lovely Fall Mantle, I love so many of the elements. Especially the suculets, vintage window frame and the the birch branches. Just lovely!

  • Reply Pamela-FromMyFrontPorchToYours September 15, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    It came out beautiful. Love the simplicity!

  • Reply Tara September 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    It’s gorgeous, Jo-Anna! I love the simple, but elegant, touches you have here. Gorgeous!

  • Reply Jessie September 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR MANTLE?? I’ve been wanting to make one for my own house but could never find a look I like! This is perfect! Also your decor is beautiful and love the simplicity! Can’t wait to decorate for fall!

  • Reply Catie September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Very pretty! Love your stone fireplace. And thank God it got nice again!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Thank you Catie! And yes, YAY for a beautiful September week!!

  • Reply Stacey September 20, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Your mantel looks beautiful! I really like that stone. It’s amazing to me that y’all have had snow already. It was 94 today when I was out working on my fall porch. Ugh.

  • Reply Marie September 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    This is just lovely! I adore fall and you captured it beautifully. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Collection Link Party.

  • Reply elaine - visual meringue September 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Love it! So clean and crisp. I love your decor posts Jo-Anna!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 1, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Thank you Elaine! They’re me fave to put together too…I really need to do more decor!

  • Reply Kelly Edwards November 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I LOVE your fireplace!!! Can you tell me the manufacturer of the stone as well as the variety and color? Thanks!!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 12, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      Thank you Kelly!

      Our home builder made the fireplace (we’re actually the second set of home owners so I don’t know much about it). I’m not 100% sure what the stone is, but it appears to be a man-made moulded limestone of some sort. It’s not real stone, but it sure looks like it! I’m sure if you mentioned that to a builder/fireplace expert they would know exactly what direction to point you.

      Sorry I couldn’t be much more of a help!

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