Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Autumn mantel...

With the addition of my antique wooden cubby to the old library table in the living room, I decided to keep the mantel decor super simple and visually "quiet" this year.
The cubby adds a lot of visual interest and has pops of autumn orange here and there, so I kept the mantel decor very neutral colored.
This old bean pot was in my house growing up, but it wasn't kept in the kitchen.
It sat in an old cupboard out on the back porch and held bits and bobs of screws, nuts and bolts.
I love that I have it now, and it's one of my favorite things.
A branch decorated with leaves made from old hymnal pages, ( that have been stained with coffee and dried in a warm oven),  is tucked inside.
Larger hymnal leaves hang from a branch over the mirrored window.

Rattan and resin pumpkins add naturally warm, earthy colors and textural interest to my simple mantel display.

I think this ultra simple autumn mantel may be one of my favorites.

 Still following,

fall mantel party centsational girl
                   Also linking to the FALL MANTEL PARTY at THE INSPIRED ROOM


  1. It's truly beautiful, Elizabeth. I'm going to follow suit and take a bunch of stuff away from the mantel I arranged earlier.

  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    your rattan pumpkin is gorgeous....I love it.
    We don't do fall decorating in Australia the way you do in America.
    I'm starting my Christmas decorating plans now and, Like you, I plan oh simplify this year.
    Have a good week
    Barb from Australia

  3. Your mantel is the perfect complement to that great cubby. Love it!
    Mary Alice

  4. Ok, I'm nosy but wondering. Where do you hide the items you're not displaying?

  5. You have so many beautiful and interesting pumpkins. I love all the the textures and that great cubby!


  6. I love all the pumpkins! Also, the mirror is so rustic and beautiful!


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