September is a wonderful month with its early fall color, blue skies, and warm days with cooler nights. This year’s fall decor in our formal living room started with a Traditional Fall Mantel decorated with classic fall colors of orange, yellow, and brown.
Fall Ideas Tour
I’m thrilled to share my mantel as part of a Fall Ideas Tour. Be sure to check out the other mantels shared today, you’ll find links at the end of this post, and come back Tuesday for Fall Tablescapes, Wednesday for Fall Wreaths, Thursday for Fall Crafts/DIY, and Friday for Fall Porches. I’m really looking forward to the ideas that will be shared this week.
Traditional Fall MantelNeutral is not in my decor vocabulary and I used warm colors of fall for my traditional fall mantel. Traditional refers to my color palette and also to my use of classic fall foliage paired with bittersweet.
Art over the Mantel
The art over my mantel is a recent find at an antique mall in Concord, NC.
When cleaning the frame and back of this painting, I found a note written on the wood that said, “Sussex County Cider Mill”.
After a quick Internet search, I learned that the mill in the painting is from the 1860’s and is located in the Kittatinny Mountains of northern New Jersey. It’s known as Haney’s Mill and over the years was used as a gristmill, sawmill, and a cider mill. By the 1950’s it was in bad shape and a hurricane destroyed it.
On the mantel I used a bittersweet garland that I purchased at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, VA late last fall. Tour the stone house at Black Dog Salvage here and read about my family connection here.
I love using real bittersweet but it doesn’t turn orange until after frost, so it’s too early to clip any in the woods now. This faux garland looks pretty realistic to me, plus it’s less messy than the real stuff.
Bittersweet is an invasive plant and if harvested from the woods, it should be thrown in the trash, not into the woods or a compost pile after its use in decorating. It grows in several patches along a trail near my home and each fall I cut some to use in my home while walking Sherman.
Fall Foliage in Acorn Filled Vases
Two glass vases filled with fall foliage, faux from Hobby Lobby, flank the ends of the mantel.
The vases are filled with acorns picked up on weekend walks with Sherman at Smith Mountain State Park.
The leaves in my neck of the woods won’t be at their peak of color until mid-October but their green color is already starting to fade.
I hate to see summer go but I am looking forward to seeing fall foliage here in Virginia and also in Vermont on our now annual leaf peeping trip.
Decorating the Hearth
I typically use a wooden box or large basket filled with dried gourds for fall fireplace hearth decor. This year I used two hat boxes and a basket tin filled with a yellow mum.
When I was in college, my grandmother gave me these hat boxes to use for storage in my dorm room. They have been in use ever since.
The tin was also my grandmother’s and it usually is in use in my pantry storing medicine. The medicine was moved to another vintage tin so that I could use the tin on my fireplace hearth.
In front of the fireplace are two wingback chairs that my mom scored for me at her church’s sale for just $5 each. I made the pillows on each chair using material that belonged to my late mother-in-law. A plaid blanket scarf adds a pop of color to one of the chairs and ups the room’s cozy factor.
Visit my Summer to Fall Transitional Decor Ideas post to learn more about the vintage pottery seen on the table and on the music stand to the left of the fireplace. If you need some fall coffee table decor ideas, check out my Fall Coffee Table Vignette.
Please pin this post to your favorite fall board on Pinterest to remember for later.
Get Inspired for Fall
Now it’s time to get some fall inspiration from my blogging friends! We are sharing ideas all week, so be sure to come back each day to visit the participating bloggers.
Monday – Mantels
Tuesday – Tablescapes
Wednesday – Wreaths
Thursday – Crafts & DIY
Friday – Porches
Cottage at the Crossroads / House of Hawthornes / Hymns and Verses