Enchanting Fall Mantel
Putting together a fall mantel seems to be one of my favorite things to do.¬† It is actually the first real project I ever did her on my ol‚Äô blog ‚Äì I‚Äôm just sentimental like that.
Plus, like so many of us, I just love the fall.¬† My oldest daughter was born in October (one day short of a Halloween baby!) and our anniversary is also in October.
Don‚Äôt you just love the change in the air, the crispness?¬† Of course, we will all be complaining about the cold soon, but until then‚Ä¶
I am hoping to bring you more easy to do fall ideas over the next few weeks ‚Äì all part of‚Ä¶
When I started to put together my mantel this year I was a little start and stop, but in the end I met my goal of what I really like in a mantel display.
It works with the room that it is in, mixes vintage and new ‚Äì and is maybe just a bit quirky (kind of like me I guess!).
I am really enjoying the golds (yes, I painted more things gold) and browns contrasting with the painted wood work and bringing out the rich woods in some of the furniture.
It kind of makes me just sigh a little bit ‚Äì comfort colors for me.
Unfortunately, as always, my process is always chaotic.¬† And when I say chaotic, I mean messy.¬† The storm before the calm I guess.
Actually, I took pictures of the whole process this time and I will share with you soon.
My daughter said to me at one point ‚ÄúOh Mom, I love when you start making a big mess!‚Äù.¬† When I asked her why her answer was ‚Äúthat means the holidays are coming!‚Äù.
That did my heart good.¬† I remember my Mom decorating when I was a kid and being so excited.¬† Of course, my Mom did not start in September and nothing she has ever done has been messy!
My starting point was my mirror and this crazy idea to use a paint pen.¬† Now, I must first disclaim ‚Äì please do not do this on a treasured or valuable mirror.¬† But, I did test it and it comes off with¬† - you guessed it, good old fashioned Windex and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.¬† Truly, they are magical.
Originally I used a dry erase marker, but it just was not opaque enough, so I tried the Gold Paint Pen from Krylon (found at Micheal‚Äôs ‚Äì fabulous!).
For some reason I kept thinking of an enchanted ball.¬† Once, many years ago I did go to a ball of sorts, long gown at a fancy mansion for a fox hunting club.¬† Sounds fancy, I know, but really I was just a friend of a friend of someone who was a member.¬† You know the, 6 degrees of separation for fox clubs?¬† Anyway, it was fun, but I got that out of my system and I will be much happier in my family room in a pair of jeans these days.
I found this lady at a vintage store months ago and knew exactly what my fall mantel would be and that she would be on it.
And then I was lucky enough to find her a friend.¬† We all need a friend at the imaginary ball.
And of course, since I love all things French, this is a Parisian ball.¬† Now, I would put on a gown to go to a ball in Paris.
And then I just built around my mirror and my two lady friends.
Keeping to gold, browns and creams ‚Äì mixing new and vintage and some outdoor elements.
I have had this set of antlers from an auction for a bit and I love the outdoor element that it brings in along with the feathers and pinecones.
I also wanted to add something to the front of the glass of the fire box until we start using the fireplace more regularly.
I am not 100% sure what this is, but my best guess is a crate cover.¬† The other side is some type of metal and had a beautiful pattern on it, but it is quite rusted.¬† I gave a washing and then just used some furniture wax to warm it up a bit.¬† I found it at a vintage shop a few months ago and just rested it there with some vine pumpkins and pinecones.
The willow vase is filled with some spirally branches found at a floral supply and some more feathers.
I hope you are enjoying the onset of fall!
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