Is the scent of autumn starting to fill your home yet? I’m getting in the autumn mood with some early fall mantel decor, and I’m joining a talented group of blogging friends for a fun challenge, too!
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How to Style Fall Mantel Decor: A Pinterest Challenge
It’s that time again…Pinterest Challenge time! Each month my pal Cindy from County Road 407 hosts this fun event for bloggers to get our creative juices flowing.
Cindy chooses one photo as inspiration, and we each put our own spin on it.
This month, we’re tackling a fall mantel, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s just the kick I needed to bring the pumpkins out of storage! Because didn’t I just put them in storage?
If you’re visiting my site from Christy at Our Southern Home, welcome! She always has such magazine-worthy seasonal decor. You’ll love what all my friends have to share at the end, too.
Now, c’mon friends…let’s get decorating!
Fall Mantel Decor with a Farmhouse Feel
Our inspiration photo this month comes from Janelle Trinette. Doesn’t her farmhouse fall decor give you all the cozy feels?
Since this challenge is mostly about using what you have, I went on a scavenger hunt around the house to recreate a similar vibe with slightly different elements.
DIY Farmhouse Sign: The Main Element
When I saw Janelle’s fall mantel, I knew exactly what I’d use for the main focal point. A few years ago, my hubby and I made a DIY farmhouse sign that I’ve been repurposing ever since.
As I said when I made it, I reserve the right to change my mind (and the sign) based on my mood. You can see some of its many lives below.
I have a YouTube tutorial on how to make a reversible and reusable farmhouse sign if you’re interested.
I’d love to make the sign more rustic by painting and sanding the letters, but I also like having the option to swap out phrases as desired.
What do you think? Should I try painting it and making it chippy and rustic?
Fall Foliage and Glass Jars
Y’all, I bought these aspen branches on clearance last year, and I’ve been waiting ALL YEAR to use them. I love how they catch the light and add a wispy texture to the mantel.
Since I didn’t have a large demijohn vase like Janelle, I repurposed a candleholder similar to this one to create a vase for my stems.
Then, I borrowed a trick from Yvonne at Stonegable blog by putting white pumpkins in the vase as filler. They not only look pretty, but also add some stability to the branches.
I threw in a smaller glass jar with a tinge of aqua for a little more color and texture as well.
Did you notice I flip-flopped the placement of faux stems compared to Janelle’s photo? Sometimes you have to adapt a concept to strike the right balance in your room.
Lanterns and Candlesticks
In Janelle’s vignette, I love the use of candlesticks as pedestals for pumpkins. You’ll also notice she displays black taper candle holders at the base of her fireplace.
I also had nearly identical black taper candle holders, but I moved them up to the mantel to complement the faux florals on the right side. Then, I added some yellow beeswax taper candles for another pop of yellow (similar ones here).
The lantern helps add a little more height to the left side, and the splash of golden foliage breaks up the monotony of brown. (I’d say those are “crisp sunburnt leaves,” right?)
I had a blast pulling this fall mantel together, and I hope you’ll be motivated to start decorating yours too!
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Continue Your Tour
Be sure to visit my friends to continue your tour! Next on the list is Laura from Decor to Adore who is using found objects for her fall mantel decor.