Last week we shared our fall table and dining room as well as our fall porch decor.
Today I'm totally excited to show you our fall mantel and living room.
I've always wanted a mantel to decorate. There's just something about that space. The ledge. The height. The creative options. Since we built our mantel last year, it's has been the very first thing I decorate each season. It's the first space I start imagining with the change of seasons.
I knew we'd make good use of it, but I had no idea how many renditions it would go through in such a short time!
This fall I had the added bonus of not spending a cent on decorating our mantel and living room.
I purchased nothing.
I left up our faux distressed gate and added the burlap banner from last fall. The large pumpkin and the three pears were purchased on sale at Michael's at some point over the last year. The two smaller pumpkins and the pitcher were from the Superstore (aka Loblaws or Zehrs). The books were picked up in various places – including some old hymnals from my sweet Mother-In-Law. And both the small trencher and the framed stitched art are leftovers from our old business. Even the berries, leaves and flowers are fake and totally reusable!
For the rest of the space I brought out the oatmeal coloured throws we had purchased for the Steven & Chris shoot last October to cozy up with the down-stuffed pillows.
The taller birdcage on one end table was from Walmart while we were working on the Curb Appeal Series – but in the end I didn't like how it looked out front. The smaller birdcage beside that was from Homesense in the spring. The stacking round boxes on another end table are also leftovers from our old business. All the bowl fillers and pip berries have been collected over time and toned down (or brightened up, depending on how you look at it) with plenty of whites and creams.
So many pieces put together by pulling them from around the house or out of our fall decorating tote!!! It's like Christmas when we open that up every year. Super easy decorating that's beautiful and light on the pocket book!
Just for fun, let's compare last year's mantel with this year's: I've obviously used some of the same elements. BUT the styling has evolved and gotten better (thank goodness!).
And one more gratuitous shot of this year's mantel…
We're really enjoying cozying up in our simple fall living room!
Have you decorated your house for fall yet? Are you a white-on-white autumn decorator or do you prefer splashes of orange and red and yellow for fall?