Fall Mantel

Fall officially arrives on Thursday and the change in season is definitely in the air in my area of Virginia.  We won’t have fall color for a few more weeks but the tree leaves are looking tired and one can tell that it won’t be long until the leaves change to their brilliant fall colors.

In celebration of fall, I’m joining a group of friends for a week long fall tour.  I’m excited to share my fall mantel along with five blogging friends who are also sharing their fall mantels today.  You’ll find the links to the other fall mantels at the end of this post along with the links for projects shared the rest of the week.  Be sure to come back each day to get tablescape, wreath, printable, and porch inspiration for fall.

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I enjoy decorating our mantel and living room for the season and it’s been a long while since I’ve taken the time to do so.  In fact, I don’t think that I’ve decorated this room seasonally since Easter.  I so much enjoyed pulling out my fall décor and making this room look pretty.

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Even though we don’t sit in this room, I enjoy it daily as it’s the first room that is seen when entering our home.  Truthfully, the family member who spends the most time in this room is our dog.  Sherman spends his day sleeping on the love seat or in the floor in front of an air conditioning vent.

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I found the fall scene at a yard sale in May and knew that it would be perfect to hang over my fireplace in fall.  To complement the painting, I added wheat sheaves and small pumpkins.

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The hearth was the perfect place to display a fall mum in a faux copper pot along with a vintage toolbox and wooden box filled with dried gourds.

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I never throw out my gourds at the end of the season.  After purchasing them, I follow these steps and when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, I spread my gourds out to dry in our basement.  The next year I use this method to revive them for use year after year for décor.

Dried Gourds in an Vintage Wooden Box


Fall décor is great because it can be enjoyed until late November when it’s time to decorate for Christmas.  The table between the chairs (which I want to slipcover) was a DIY and so were the pillows.

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The music stand to the left of the fireplace holds a vintage Clorox bottle that my mom gave me, an old whiskey bottle that a neighbor put on the curb, and a decanter that my friend passed along to me when her mother had to move into assisted living.  I love the way that the light shines through the bottles.

Vintage Brown Clorox Bottle with Wolf Creek Straight Rye Whiskey Bottle and Liquor Decanter


The table in front of the fire place holds a caddy from Goodwill that I painted and filled with fall items found in nature.

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The Beautyberry is from my yard and is tucked into a water pick hidden by the sweet gum balls and acorns.  I’m hoping that this will last for a while.

Tray Decorated for Fall with Items from Nature


The chest in this room also is decked out for fall.

Antique Chest Decorated for Fall


The woven tray was found at a yard sale where I scored many mid-century treasures.  The enamel pitcher belonged to my friend’s mom.  My friend knew that I’d enjoy it and here it holds a few dried hydrangea from my yard.  Mama gave me the wooden spindle and the candle holder was also hers, a gift long ago from my father.  A Vermont postcard and a Vermont maple leaf preserved in gold complete the fall vignette.

Fall Vignette with gourds and hydrangea


The table to the right of the fireplace gives me another spot to decorate for fall.

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The tray and pitcher were my grandmother’s.  The pitcher is marked “Sophia – Made in England” but that’s all I know about it.   Mr. SP gave me the handmade Birds Eye Maple box very early in our marriage.

Fall Vignette


All of the items displayed in this vintage planter were picked up in the woods last fall and winter on walks with my dog.  I couldn’t resist adding the tiny turtle shell that I found.

Fall Display - Shelf Fungi, bark, and a turtle shell in a vintage planter.


Would you believe that this white pumpkin is from LAST fall?  Yes, last fall.  My method of preserving gourds and small pumpkins works!

Sophia Made in England Vase


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I’m so excited to see what will be shared this week on the tour.  Be sure to visit the other ladies sharing their fall mantels by clicking on the links below.  And be sure to come back each day to see the other projects shared.

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2016 Fall Ideas Tour

Monday – Mantels

Fall Ideas Tour - 6 Mantels

Tuesday -Tablescapes

Fall Ideas Tour-6 Tablescapes

Wednesday – Wreaths

Fall Ideas Tour- 5 Wreaths

Thursday – Printables

Fall Ideas Tour - 5 Fall Printables

Friday – Porches

Fall Ideas Tour - 5 Fall Porches




  1. Paula – your home and mantel are beautiful. We love all of the vintage touches and sentimental pieces that you have decorated with. We will definitely be trying our your gourd drying method! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Paula, I want those pillows – so cute! Love all the sentimental touches you’ve incorporated into the room. I’m like you and keep my real gourds from year-to-year but will be checking out your drying tips to see if there is anything I may not be doing.
    Marie from The Interior Frugalista recently posted…Fall Ideas Tour 2016: A week of Fall decorating inspirationMy Profile

    • I think I got lucky with the white pumpkin. I washed it and coated it in Future floor wax and kept it in the basement all winter, spring, and summer and I think that the dryness down there along with the waxy coating on the pumpkin helped to preserve it. I had some small orange pumpkins that just dehydrated into a little blog. It’s fun to experiment with them and if they can be used another year, I’m all for it!

  3. I love all of your vintage touches Paula! So many great finds…the copper bucket, the wood crate, the print… And I love the natural items on the table as well. All of it is just perfect for fall. Thanks for joining us on the tour! Have a great week. ~ Angie
    Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge recently posted…9 inspiring ways to make your fireplace cozy for fallMy Profile

  4. WOW! Your living room is totally ready for fall! The colors embrace this favorite season of mine perfectly!

    • Thanks, Lindsay! I had fun decorating this space and plan to enjoy it until it’s time to change the decor out for Christmas.

  5. Ohh pretty! I love the blues in your curtains mixed with the traditional colors of Fall. 🙂
    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule recently posted…20 Fabulous Fall IdeasMy Profile

  6. It’s all so pretty and festive, Paula! I love the fall artwork that you picked up secondhand- it’s perfect for the room.
    Jen @ Girl in the Garage recently posted…Fall Mantel 2016My Profile

    • Thanks, Jen! I couldn’t pass that picture up for just $10. All summer it patiently waited in my basement to be used and now I’m really enjoying it.

  7. Paula…your Fall mantel is of such simplistic beauty…Love the painting…a great find. You have so successfully layered the fireplace area with such great color and texture using fabulous finds and antiques. I can always recognize your fireplace and that beautiful room of yours!
    Shirley@Housepitality Designs recently posted…A New Look for the Dining Room ChairsMy Profile

  8. THANK YOU, PAULA! You’re not afraid of color – while the neutrals are pretty, sort of sophisticated, and very soothing – the colors of autumn are golds, reds, oranges, and browns! I appreciate seeing your rooms decorated like a tree – you’ve definitely brought the outside IN! Love it.

    • Thank you so much, Barbara. I definitely prefer decorating with traditional fall colors although I think that the neutrals that are popular right now are also pretty.

  9. You made the perfect choice with that yard sale fall art! And those pillows!! Love them!

  10. Peggy Weimer says:

    I love your fall decor. You inspire me to decorate for fall! Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

  11. Wow, I love the Fall Scene you found at a yard sale. Perfect…and I’m jealous!

  12. Your home is always so warm and personal. I love the found treasures and gifted items. Looks like a beautiful start for fall!
    Kim @Hunt & Host recently posted…DIY Chalkboard PlacematMy Profile

  13. I came for a mantel and got a whole room, and I loved reading about each and every piece! I’ll have to read up on how you dry out and revive your mini pumpkins and gourds, that’s awesome! My favorites are probably the gorgeous yard sale painting (what a find!), and the turtle shell, oh and your grandmother’s wooden tray, that’s a beauty! Thanks for sharing! XO
    Christy@ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer recently posted…Neutral Fall Tablescape {& Five Minute Napkin Rings}My Profile

  14. Sherman’s living room is beautiful! I love everything that you collect 🙂 Your fall decor is perfect!

  15. It all looks so warm and beautiful Paula!! And I adore that Copper Pot! I hope you are doing well!

  16. So beautiful! It is so cozy and classic. I am smitten over that chest!!!

    • My grandmother bought that chest in WVA to replace a piano when my aunt took it home with her. I’ve always liked it and am glad that I inherited it.

  17. What an absolutely beautiful room. I especially love the vintage wood crate filled with gourds. So pretty.

    • Thanks, Barb! I noticed on my personal FB page that one of my teacher friends shared your centerpiece from the tour. That made me happy!

  18. Your fall mantel and decor look lovely. The room is so warm and inviting. Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  19. Hi Paula, Lovely room with beautiful fall décor! How nice to have some of your grandmother’s things, too. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet

  20. That turned out beautifully! I so love this season. 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
    Jamie recently posted…A Night Around the Campfire With Wayfair!My Profile


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