It’s been a while since I’ve posted a fall mantel, the last time was late September 2011. I only have one fireplace, thus one mantel in my home and it’s in the den, a room with honey-colored judges paneling. (Picture below from last year, just after Christmas.)
Photography is always a bit of a challenge, even with a tripod. The walls just soak up all the light.
This is how I decorated the mantel in 2011: with my fave fall wreath and lots of books since this room has that “library” feel.
Remember the antlers I used in the centerpiece in this previous table setting?
I added them into my fall wreath this year and I really like how they look. To attach them to the wreath, I used thin, floral wire. Super easy and will be easy to remove if/when the time comes.
I have four shed antlers, three are in the wreath and the fourth one can be found atop the books below. I shopped the house to create this mantelscape. The only thing(s) new are the mischievous blackbirds. I know they’re mischievous because the little stinkers come to my feeders regularly, tossing out the seed and scaring away all the other birds.
Today they’re stirring up trouble in the family room.
I have several of these small wreaths like you see around the base of Mr. Crow.
They come in handy for so many things, from decorating the backs of chairs in a fall table setting…
…to decorating a turkey in a Thanksgiving tablescape. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Thanksgiving Tablescape with Rustic Turkey Centerpiece)
My favorite of the crows is the one looking straight back. It’s so like a bird to do that and just a little bit spooky. Don’t be surprised if you see these guys in a Halloween mantel soon.
The mantel clock always stays when the mantel gets decorated for fall or Christmas. I love it here too much to move it, plus it works nicely with the rich colors of fall.
I pulled out my favorite autumn fire screen for the area beneath the mantel.
Fall chrysanthemums decorate the hearth while Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal contentedly survey their territory perched high in a birch tree.
I do love decorating this mantel but I’m itching to decorate a white-painted mantel, like the one I have planned for the “Someday Library.” Just thinking ahead…planning, you know. You have to envision it before it can come true.