It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
The weather is finally cooler here in Iowa and the leaves are starting to change on some of the trees. Football games are back on TV and I am in the mood to cook, bake and enjoy my favorite season.
The first thing I did to bring fall to our home was add a few touches to our mantel.
Our “faux” mantel.
We do not have a fireplace in our living room, but I wanted to add something that would mimic a mantel so that I could decorate it. 😉
That is really what a mantel is for anyway, right?
Something more to decorate?
I thought so.
When I was thinking about how we could create a “faux” mantel, the long, weathered box we had in our garage came to mind. I talked it over with Matt and he said it would be simple to hang on the wall.
It worked great and fits perfect above our sofa.
The mantel is the first thing I decorate at the change of each season (or every other weekend 😉 ), but the end of August wasn’t looking too good for the mantel.
I had already taken some things down and I just wasn’t inspired to do anything else with it. Then, Kathy from Petticoat Junktion asked if I would like to join a group of bloggers for a Fall Ideas Tour and I was excited again to change it up for the new season.
Whenever I start decorating anything, my dining room table looks like this:
I shop our home and pick up everything that grabs my attention. Some of those things will end up in the decorating, will become a project for the season or will not make the cut at all.
After about an hour and a few small projects, the mantel had a new identity and is ready to welcome fall.
Everything was removed from the mantel except the burlap banner which is great for all seasons.
A stack of old books, owls, antlers, leaves and pumpkins are all what this fall mantel needed.
I made the “fall” sign with a broken table top and chalk. Easy peasy.
Without intending to, our living room has orange throughout (curtains, cabinet and pillows), so it works perfect for this season without having to add a lot to it.
I am going to share how I pulled this together in a couple of days. I will show you what I found while shopping our home and how I used them to make “fall” happen on the mantel.
Make sure to head over to all of these blogs for TONS of fall inspiration.