Over the last few weeks, I have been putting away my Spring/Summer decor and pulling out my Fall goodies. Like most of you I’m sure, I love to mark the transition from one season to the next with some fresh decor and a quick DIY project or two! This process can sometimes take me a while, which is why it’s almost the end of September and you haven’t seen a lick of Fall here on the blog. Well, I told you that styling and arranging are not my decor forte, so it’s taken me a little while to get everything pulled together just the way I want it (for this season at least). Today, I want to give you a peak at my indoor Fall mantel!
I’m not the type to splash my house with lots of pumpkins and cobwebs, bats and ghouls, and orange, black and more orange for the Fall holidays. (For goodness sakes, I’ve spent the last year and a half eradicating my house of orange!) But I do like to swap out my “mantel” for the seasons; and this year, I went with an array of white, gold, and turquoise tones! It’s Fall-ish enough while still working with the other colors I have throughout my house.
My goal for this year’s decorations was to use only items that I had on hand. (I am really trying to scale back the amount of holiday decor that comes into this house, which forces me to re-invent and re-create and re-do when I am craving a new feel – but isn’t that the fun of holiday crafting anyway?!?) All the pumpkins (big and small) are from my displays of years past…and all the white accessories are Marshalls or HomeGoods finds from over the years.
Oh – and my fantastic gold Martha Stewart wreath? I scored it on end-of-season clearance at Home Depot last year for less than $10!
To pull this display together required a few little DIY projects. The dark turquoise pumpkin (below left) is my old orange pumpkin re-decoupaged with “new” fabric. All the do-dads on top stayed in place while I gave it a facelift! The “urn” it sits in is a spray-painted pot from my mom’s basement. The “Pumpkin Patch” sign is a wooden sign I snagged from Target’s Dollar Spot years ago (I also used one in this project) – it also got a coat of spray paint and then vinyl letters cut with my Cricut.
All the little gold pumpkins were from my Thanksgiving table-scape; I made the little blue pumpkin for last year’s display; and the blue cake stand was from my Valentine’s Day mantel. All together, it’s a simple and fresh take on Fall.
I love this little nook atop our bookcase as our mantel…except that it’s just a really tricky place to take pictures of with the lack of light and the mirror!
Case in point: there I am!!!!
This Fall display was a really different take for me this year – after all, turquoise isn’t exactly a typical Fall hue. But I love how fresh and new it feels even though I used only things I already had on hand.
If you’re in need of a little more inspiration…here are my Fall mantels from the past few years!