Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Vintage Architectual Element on the Fall Mantel

Now that September has arrived and the official start to Fall is just a week away, it was time to bring out small touches of Autumn on the mantel. I've mentioned before that mantels are always a challenge for me. I strive for that "Goldilocks" look.

I found this bright and colorful simple faux fall leaf wreath a few years ago and it works so well here in the hearth room during early fall. This room is without direct sunlight so it tends to be hard to photo, but this bright and colorful piece really brightens things up.

The vintage "frenchy" mirror helps bounce light around this space. It stays on the brick wall behind the mantel and I just work around it with layers and additional elements. But it always seems that hanging a wreath or a print in front leaves a spatial gap which often looks awkward...

At my first blogging house I was actively buying and selling vintage goodies so I had access to all kinds of wonderful vintage décor pieces. I fell in love with old architectural pieces and dismantled furniture pieces and they found their way into my décor. I had high ceilings and lots of wall space at that first place, so there was usually space to incorporate unusual finds.

Miraculously a few of those pieces have survived other moves and made it to our current home, but somehow got sidelined in the garage. Our ceilings are lower here and not as much wall space, so I've been scratching my head over what to do with them for the last 5 years. 

Finally, I thought that I'd just try one of them layered in front of the mirror to help cover up that weird gap. No nail holes; no commitment!

Time for a few pumpkins to come out and party. I made a trip out and about last week to the big craft stores and grabbed a bag of fall potpourri. This one was filled with dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and faux pumpkin thingies soaked in scent. Such a great "bowl filler" for an old Harker ironstone mixing bowl on the coffee table/ bench in the hearth room.

A home crafted moss ball topiary joins in on the old book page tray.

I still have my gold floral quilted throw on the sofa, but changed out my sunflower pillow cover for a more fall look. As we head into mid September, quilts and pillows will change up for a more fall look with darker colors of brown, dark greens, and rust. Fall décor changes fast around here!

Last week I shared my old wicker basket with straw florals on the sideboard. I've had that basket for years and it's held something every season. It makes for great seasonal display on the sideboard.

Thanks for coming by friends. We're down to the low 70's this week and it's heavenly!!

Did you catch my last post with the Cut-Out Pumpkin Candle Covers?

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  1. Your autumn wreath looks like it was made to go over the mantel! I've just got to get on the fall decor stick or it will be time to pull out Santa!

    1. haha. Yes, Santa has a way of sneaking up on us! Hope you're having a good week!

  2. I am just getting into decorating a little for fall. We have had such warm weather starting fall it has been hard to think about pumpkins when all the flowers are in bloom still. I love adding architectural elements to my decor and your piece on the mantel is so great. Have a good week. Hugs. Kris

    1. Our weather has been so warm also, it's been depressing with the heat and humidity. We're finally hitting highs in the 70's and some rain, which has been like heaven. I can't get into fall really if it's so hot.

  3. Debra, your fall look is so well put together! I really like it. Very homey and welcoming. I am stuck somewhere between summer, Halloween and Christmas with my annual flowers, upcoming table, and antique booth prep. It's really quite unnerving at the moment.

    1. Thanks Rita, I know how it is with booth space, always two steps ahead. My flower containers have about had it this summer, but the lantana is hanging on for the hummingbird travelers. I'm ready for mums soon!

  4. I love your mantel Debra! The layered linens and topiary are wonderful too so beautiful :) Hugs, Tanya @twelveOeight

  5. So lovely, Debra!! Your mantel looks so pretty styled for Fall!! All of your textural elements pair so nicely together.

  6. I absolutely love how you've balanced the vintage and autumn elements on your mantel. Your post reminded me of the time I found an antique mirror frame at a flea market and used it to layer over a modern painting for a "timeless meets trendy" vibe. Your knack for "Goldilocks" décor inspires me to experiment with layering textures and eras in my own home!

  7. I really love this pretty leaf wreath. May need to try and make myself one

  8. Debra,
    Your mantel is lovely. I love using architectural pieces in my house. Congratulations, you are being features on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.


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