So I asked last week on Facebook and Twitter how long I should leave my football themed mantel up and lo and behold I think my three boys heard my question and decided to answer it for me by tearing it halfway down that same day! I went ahead and removed everything so it wouldn’t get destroyed-I’m saving that baby for a Super Bowl reprise!
It was sheer luck that I received a delivery the next day of ornamental pumpkins I had ordered so I could get starting creating an autumn mantel. Our local stores don’t have pumpkins out yet but I saw Jane over at Cottage at the Crossroads mention on Facebook a place called Autumn Harvest which ships pumpkins, corn, and other fun decor items so I bought myself a box of miniature white pumpkins.
These little pumpkins were the inspiration for my mantel. I’m a lover of all things neutral and started gathering earth toned accessories from around the house to play with. The cute lanterns I bought from a high school friend Leah of Leah Inspired, they are amazing-you can see them in my dining room in this post too-I have a huge one as the table centerpiece!
I thought it was cute to add pumpkins inside the lanterns and also on top of some antique silver candlesticks that I have been storing away for far too long!
The wheat bundles and boxwood wreath were bought at Save on Crafts-I’d been adoring this store’s website for about a year now and finally made my first order-I’m very pleased with the quality of their items so far and the prices were great! I layered vanilla satin ribbon over burlap ribbon to hang my wreath over the mirror, I love the contrast in texture! Varying the texture is the key to using a monochromatic or very neutral color scheme without being boring-and nobody wants a boring mantel!
What colors are you decorating with this autumn? Right now I’m loving this neutral scheme but I think I might add in some orange a bit later in the season.