I am so thrilled to be sharing this post today. I love fall. Love. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (see the bar on the right), you know I’ve been talking a lot about fall lately. There are leaves on the ground in our backyard, but so far no changing colors. But I’ve heard that Arkansas in the fall is stunning and I can’t wait to see it for myself. I’ll snap a pic or two to share with you when things get pretty.
But today is about mantels. I love mantels. I’ve blogged a lot about them. You can take a look at the typical mantel at our new house, old house, last year’s fall mantel, and last year’s holiday mantel. These are really the only two times a year I change things out with a purpose. Mantels are typically a focal point and are in a vital room of the home. Also, they don’t get mussed like table decor does. So what better place is there to display your fall fever?
I will be honest, I put this together this morning. However, I am very pleased with it. I had been thinking about it a little, and knew what I had to work with. The hubs helped me get the “Fall/Halloween” box down this morning (things have been a little crazy around here) and I immediately emptied its contents to survey the land.
A few pumpkin varieties, lots of pine cones, acorns, candy corn, popcorn kernels, and a few other random items. I like to mix natural elements with elegance for a great contrast so I then gathered up a bunch of different vessels from around the house.
Now, don’t worry, nowhere near all of this will go on the mantel. Or even around the house. I just like to look at my options to brainstorm.
I started off by cutesie-ing up these apothecary jars (garage sale finds!) with strips of dark brown burlap that I had in my craft drawer.
I wasn’t super exact in my cutting, but it’s burlap! It unravels. It’s rustic. I didn’t sweat it.
I just used tape to secure it to the back of the apothecary jars. Then I filled them up! I was happy to see that my big acorns still looked good from last year. I collected them outside of the hospital I worked at the time! I love how the burlap added texture, especially with the curvy glass tops. I think the candy corn adds a touch of color and whimsy. :)
This mantel is all about juxtaposition- putting things together that might seem unusual in texture, color, or even genre. But it works. Instead of looking super rustic or super chic, I like the contrast the mantel provides. It’s the same look I like to use throughout our house. I want things to look nice and beautiful, but not as if you can’t sit down or touch it.
Have you decorated for fall yet? Do you love your mantel like I do? I would love to hear from you!
Linking up to the It’s Fall Y’all Link Part at Thrifty Decor Chick