Yesterday was a cold, wet, dreary day. I had originally planned to paint some furniture in the garage. I also need to start getting ready for Saturday’s vendor market. Instead, I switched gears and created a neutral fall mantel in the living room.
Our mantel is large, white and has a blue accent wall in back. It also has a huge mirror with a white frame hung above. I felt that this mantel needed something very large above it to match it’s scale. I usually decorate the mantel for just Halloween and Christmas. The rest of the time, the mirror is flanked by two large vases.
First, I took down the vases and started looking around for Fall decor. I was able to find just about everything I needed in my stash. I really love my stuff. I’ve accepted that I will never be a minimalist. I saw a t-shirt recently with the saying “It’s not hoarding if your stuff is really cool”. I can totally relate!
I wanted to cover the mirror because it’s difficult to take decent photos with the background reflections. The worst offender is the ceiling fan. I know it’s functional and keeps air circulating yada yada yada. I just wish it was a chandelier instead. There’s one in the master bedroom as well. Your days are numbered, ceiling fans!
Next, I hung a large burlap coffee sack over the mirror and I immediately loved how it looked. I bought the sack at AC Moore for $1.00 a while back. Unfortunately, it didn’t cover the mirror entirely, so I went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts and bought some extra burlap. While I was there, I spotted a wreath with a neutral color palette. I knew it would look great with the other items I’d chosen for the neutral fall mantel. And it was 60% off!
I arranged everything on the mantel first. I mixed natural materials with decorative objects. The organic items included pinecones, white pumpkins, a bird’s nest, Indian corn and twig balls. Then I added old books, ironstone, a small oil painting and a rustic urn. The woodland candles also made another appearance!
Finally, I attached the burlap to the mirror and hung my new wreath. I used FROG tape, which stayed put just long enough for me to take photos. Unfortunately, I had to take the burlap down afterwards. If anyone knows how to keep burlap in place on a mirror, I’d love for you to share your secret in the comments.
While I loved how the mantel looked at this point, it was missing a little something. I went back to my stash and returned with a gold glittered deer head. I found this guy on the Christmas clearance shelf at Walmart for 75% off a couple of years ago. I put the deer head in the middle of the wreath, and it was the perfect finishing touch. It even added a little welcome bling 🙂
I hope you like my Neutral Fall Mantel! For the rest of the week, I’ll be getting ready for a Fall craft and vendor market. Tomorrow, I’ll share a preview of the items that I’ll have for sale.
Hope to see you then!
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