If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably know that the mantel is my nemesis. Asymmetrical, off-center and with a vaulted ceiling, I am never really happy with the mantel.
In this case, I just opted for a simple styling: I have had these tortoise shell glass vases for a long time, (probably a find in the clearance section at JoAnn’s or Michael’s) some faux olive branches, (because you never know when you might need to call a truce) two chunky wood frames (curbside treasures that get painted over and over again) and a big metal key, hung from a ribbon and secured to the top of the frame with thumbtacks.
And a wooden chicken. Because I still like chickens. (I cannot help it.)
The frame on the left is Valspar’s Spruce Green and the frame on the left is Valspar’s Peacock Green with a light misting of Rustoleum’s metallic gold over it for a little sheen. Still loving my little green tray with succulents and big wooden acorns on the coffee table. The tutorial for the cream colored, distressed planter is HERE.
This beachy bookcase was full of shells and coastal decor all summer, but those things all went away to make room for the fall decor. Poor Bambi. Handsome Hubby is a hunter, and while I won’t go for a full blown head on the wall, antlers propped on the shelf is a good compromise.
A little sparkle from some silver and mercury glass is always a must for me, and a few more earth tones and some green help me feel like cooler weather is on its way. (Even if the forecast says otherwise.)
The funny thing? Come October 1st (which, yes, I know is only a few days away) I will pull this stuff down and hose the place down with Halloween decor. I. Can’t. Wait.
How about you? Do you take down the fall stuff, put up Halloween, then put the fall stuff back up again on November 1st? Or is that just me, and I should seek professional help…?
I love the giant acorns and your subtle fall additions. I can see many of the pieces on the mantle used for Christmas, the 2 green frames and the neutral shutters would be a perfect background…..just thinking. I do love to decorate but have given a lot of it up due to the fact that the older I get the less time I find for it.
Where did you get your giant acorns? I'd love to get some! I love the palette of green and cream. It's great for spring or a transition into fall.
Vivienne @ the V Spot says
@The Girl Rural, I got them at JoAnn's (I think). It was several years ago, and I am certain they were on clearance. 🙂
SueAnn Lommler says
I too love the acorns….a delightful mantle indeed.
Donna Harvey says
Hi Vivienne, this is the first time I have been on your blog. It is my idea of the perfect blog, and I mean that. The humor is great, made me lol, the crafts are just what I like, absolutely love the fall colors, I am really glad I found you. Thanks for all the good stuff. I will keep stopping back.
I also have a Blog, I started it because I love to make crafts, all kinds. You know what, I haven’t even got to put one on there, because I guess I have too much to say, go figure! But anyway I would love to have you stop over and check out this country girls blog. I would truly value your opinion, good or bad. keep up the good word Vivienne, I really loved the 4 way stop advice, I just retired from driving a transit bus, and I know what you mean about confused people. they couldn’t even tell I was bigger! So sorry this is all in Cap’s, couldn’t get the cap lock off, wonder who you call and complain about that? Hope you have a great day, looking forward to hearing from you. donna
Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed the posts! Good luck to you with your blog (and those 4-way stops!)