The weather cleared for a good five minutes today, so I was able to shoot my fall mantel. I have to admit that I almost don’t mind how dark and stormy it is outside now that I have this cozy area to look at!
I worked on putting my mantel together last night and just shopped the house for everything with the exception of the mini white gourds and spaghetti squash. I was tempted to go out and buy “real” blue pumpkins but decided my dollar store painted ones would work just fine. To add interest and give height, I used an upside down bowl and cake stand.
For the focal point of the mantel, I chose a picture from our recent photo session with LeighKM (that was nontraditional and conjures up cozy feelings of fall)…..
…printed it out on regular paper, and pinned it to a cork board that I made forever ago for the dining room. (I usually pin my silver to this board.) When shopping the house, don’t be scared to repurpose objects and borrow items from other rooms! I also grabbed my vintage blue ball jars from the kitchen windowsill and placed some curly willow sticks inside to flank the mantel.
I mixed my homemade “vintage” spools with some real ones that were gifted to me from a fellow blogger. Thank you Laura!
Last night while rummaging through my fall decor, I stumbled upon these candle cozies that I made last year for my Thanksgiving mantelscape. I was thrilled to reuse them again here. The nuts and grapevine balls came from the dollar store last year.
And look who just had to get in on the action here? Do your pets do this when you are photographing things? I think she is jealous that she didn’t make the cut for the family portrait ;).
Well, while Eowyn is making sure she has her five minutes of fame here, I’ll mention that the apple basket was literally pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay over the summer and the fabric inside are scraps from other projects (and some to come)!
I hope you enjoyed my fall mantel as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!
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