While we’re enjoying all the wonderful “before and afters” from yesterday’s Met Monday, I thought I’d share another little metamorphosis I’ve been working on this week in my family room. (Update: This living room looks very different now. See the changes in these two posts: Reforming My Faux Ways and Velvet Drapes for an English Country Living Room)
The coffee table looks so bare now since I “stole” all the books for the office library.
This is how the mantel looks year round. It’s decorated simply with a mantel clock, Staffordshire doggies and a few books.
Time to add a touch of fall. The first change I made to the fireplace was a change in the firescreen. I love bringing out this screen with a fall scene of Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal against the bark of a birch tree. I’ve had both firescreens for many years. Fortunately, I didn’t have to purchase anything new to decorate my mantel for fall…just used things I already had here in the family room.
After: The spring basket is no longer hanging on the door to the porch. This pic was taken back during the summer when I was contemplating a post about firescreens. Still may do one on firescreens one of these days.
Since fall is such a great time to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace, I decided to expand on the book idea for this fall mantel. At first I placed the pheasants I used in this table setting table setting, on the mantel, but their fall color just sort of blended into the wreath, making them hard to see. Can you see them there under the wreath?
Swapped the pheasants for Mr. Duck. This pic was taken with the lamps off.
This one was taken with the lamps on. Come a bit closer for a better look.
I placed a fall wreath I’ve had for many years above the mantel. I love layering wreaths over a mirror for the seasons or holidays.
A few close-ups…
The book that’s open is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
This particular picture in the book worked well with the colors in this fall mantel so I found a sneaky way to keep the book opened to that page with a Baldwin Brass candlestick I’ve had for 20+ years. I love how the polished brass looked with the rich autumn colors.
I’ve never stopped loving quality brass so I’m thrilled to see brass being used again by the designers. Rumor has it Virginia Metalcrafters is cranking back up again! Google and you can read all about it!
A fun view looking from the sofa/coffee table…
Mr. Duck always plays a big part in my fall decorating. You may remember him from this Thanksgiving Tablescape.
The other end of the mantel… The pumpkins I used for my fall mantel were previously used in this fall tablescape.
The mantel clock was the first “antique” thing I ever collected for my home, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It started my love for antique clocks. I especially love its Westminster chime. If you’ve never heard a Westminster chime, you can hear one HERE.
Have you started decorating for fall, yet? I love the warm, rich colors of the season.
To see this year’s fall mantel (2013) check out this more recent post: Decorate Your Mantel with Mischievous Crows for Fall
Love a cozy paneled room? Take a little tour of the family room here: Family Room.