Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OUR FALL MANTLE 2012


Am I too early? :)
Well, it is officially September and I just figured I start early since
every year it takes me quite a while to make up my mind on
 how to decorate the house for Fall.

I have to tell you that decorating this huge mantle
has always been a challenge for me.

 I seem to struggle with it every season and It has not been a
 bit easier this time around.

I don't have too much Fall decor since I have only been decorating the house for 
Autumn for a couple of years, so I decided to use some of the things I already had.

My family room is mostly decorated in green and cream colors, so I kept
some of the decor I already had up on the mantle and worked around it.

This is what I have so far and, I say so far, because I am sure some
changes will be made before it is all over. LOL




 I did start with the green urns I always have up there.
I took the lids off, added some orange and yellow flowers and also
these really pretty wooden "thingies" I found at HL.
I also added my old green Fall plate and a small candle.






In the center I added a white stand with some Fall leaves, a little orange raffia
and a pumpkin I already had.


The candles and candlesticks I also had up there, so I decided to
keep them and just dress them up with some burlap and Fall picks.





And also added a small leaf plate next to them for a little more color.



To fill up some of that huge space, I made some blocks, which I painted in Fall colors
and added some burlap to them using mod podge.
I stenciled them with some letters, a few leaves and added a couple of small embellishments.







And put them next to some small ceramic pumpkins from Dollar Tree.






 And, on the hearth, I just added some pillows and a ceramic pumpkin 
I purchased last year. 

Since I used most of the items I already had and all I bought was the flowers (50% off) and the two small pumpkins from Dollar Tree, when all was said and done, I only spent under $20.00 to get the mantle decorated.

I know is not glamorous and extremely elegant, but it sure 
has made the Family room feel very warm and cozy.



Now I am trying to finish the front porch and kitchen.
I hope everyone has a good week and, like always, I thank you
so much for taking the time to stop by!






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58 comments:

  1. I knew it! I knew you would have a gorgeous mantel! I love the colors and those burlap blocks are adorable. And the pumpkin in the center, with the raffia and fall accents is just beautiful. You did a great job!

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  2. I think it looks lovely. I really like the way you have pulled all the colours together. It looks most welcoming and cosy too.

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  3. Your mantel looks beautiful! I have a large mantel too, so I know how difficult it can be to decorate something of this size. You definitely did an excellent job!

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  4. I think you did a wonderful job on the mantel, you also inspired me to use a leaf plate that I found at a yardsale for $2.00 on my mantel too! I didn't know what to do with it until I saw your post:)

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  5. Oh, my! Your mantel looks so beautiful! That is one gorgeous clock! I've never seen one quite like that and it really makes a statement above your pretty mantel! I think you've done a fab job falling! :)
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. What a lovely mantel! I was just ay HL he other day looking at those wooden thingies, wondering what I could do with them! Love.

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  7. Your mantle is just beautiful! I love the colors you used; great job! Blessings, Dani

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  8. Maria, I knew it would be beautiful! Your fall blocks are amazing! How do you think of all these great ideas? Remember, I'm one, who needs a stencil lessons! Thanks, Helen

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  9. So pretty and I love that color of green!

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  10. Maria Elena, your mantel is gorgeous decked out for fall! I love your clock!! Thanks for sharing your and I hope you have a wonderful evening, Gail

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  11. Your Fall mantel is beautiful. I love the fall colors with the green!

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  12. What a gorgeous mantel display! I'm seriously drooling over that clock! And the little block letters are just adorable. Love it!

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  13. Your mantle looks so pretty, Maria! I love it! I know exactly what you mean about leaving things like this til the end lol! I have been putting out some other fall decor today as well I am trying to decide where else I wanna have fall out. I don't have too much either since I really amped up the fall decor last year so I think I'll buy some more things each year anyways I will quit rambling lol! Cant wait to see the rest of your fall decor!!

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  14. You did a great job decorating your mantel. I love your large clock and the burlap blocks are so creative.

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  15. that looks amazing! i love all the varying heights-i think you covered that whole space expertly. i bought the same little pumpkins from the dollar tree-don't you think that greenish one looks like a pepper? loved the color, but thought it didn't look pumpkiny on its own, you know what i mean?

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  16. Lovely, now can you come to Louisiana and do mine?

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  17. Uh, hello? Yes it IS glamorous and extremely elegant. Your fall mantle is gorgeous! I love the round wood "thingies", the candle holders, and the F A L L burlap letters, especially. Oh, and the pillows and... well, okay, I love it all!

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  18. Gorgeous, Maria!!! I love every thing about it ... the clock ... the burlap ... the seasonal plates ... all of it! And, the Fall blocks are a whimsical and creative touch! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Looks great Maria! I also love your blog fall makeover!
    I keep thinking it is time to pull out the Fall decor myself, but it is just too dang hot here in Florida! It's hard to think about leaves changing when we are still having swimming parties!

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  20. WHOA....this is sooo pretty. I love to copy cat and I am pretty sure I might try something like this....I love it.
    Over from 2805 and linking up to follow you.:)

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  21. Maria your mantel is GORGEOUS!! Thank you for sharing on the Thursday hop my friend xo

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  22. No you are not too early! Your mantel is stunning. The bows on the candle holders are perfect! We had storms go through last night and it's very chilly today. Definitely feels like fall. :o)

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  23. I would say you got it all together for a lovely fall mantle. The season, with it's rich warm colors, does provide a wonderful palette.

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  24. Hello, Maria Elena! I, too, struggle with my mantel every single year. I have gotten to the point where I just leave it blank as opposed to putting something up there that I know I'm going to hate. However, after looking at your vignette, I have an idea. I think what is throwing me off is the huge mirror I have on the mantel. It really doesn't reflect anything pretty, so perhaps I should swap it out with a massive clock. I have lots and lots of clocks all around the house (that's the OCD in me!), so it would seem quite natural. My mantel space, as yours appears to be also, is quite narrow. That's what makes it all such a nightmare, I think. There's lots of stuff that could go up there and look fabulous, but it won't fit. So....with the clock idea in mind, I think I'll get my brain clickin' on what to do. Have a wonderful weekend, and best wishes for a beautiful autumn season!

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  25. Your fall mantel looks so beautiful Maria! I love the little blocks! Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday this week~
    Vanessa

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  26. Love your burlap bows~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your charming mantel project at Potpourri Friday!

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  28. Gorgeous mantle, I'm in love with it! Great balance, too! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

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  29. So pretty! Your not too early at all. I in fact have some more tweaking to do on mine and then I will share soon. Thanks for joining my party.

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  30. So pretty, thanks for sharing!

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  31. Oh I think it's very elegant! You did a great job! Every detail is great! Your mix of different elements is perfect! Love that clock there too...it looks like it was made to be there! Your whole fireplace is beautiful!

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  32. Definitely not too late to decorate for Fall! Love your decorations! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_09_10_archive.html

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  33. Maria, I'm loving everything! Please drop by on Marty's party and see my latest at #102. Helen

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  34. Not too early at all! It all looks beautiful. Great job!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  35. Maria everything look so beautiful! Thanx for sharing at THT. Hope your week is going well.

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  36. Maria Elena, Your matle looks wonderful. I couldnt resist that little speckled pumpkin at dollar tree either : ) I love that you used what you already had, the green looks perfect with the burlap. Great Job!

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  37. Oh my goodness this is has to be the most beautiful mantle yet! Would love it if you would come link up to share it one more time....http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/share-it-one-more-time-party-and.html
    Tammy

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  38. Very pretty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  39. Very nice! You did a great job! I love the Fall stencils, you pulled everything to together very nicely. Is it great when a plan falls together!

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  40. You are featured today on Potpourri Friday!

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  41. I am so glad you came by and shared your beautiful mantle...Just wanted to let you know you have been featured at Share it One More Time. Head over and grab your featured button and I hope you come back and party again. http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/are-you-in-mood-to-party-share-it-one.html Looks like your mantle is a real big hit...Congratulations on your other features too!
    Tammy

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  42. Visiting from Shannon's Pinning Party. Your mantle is gorgeous! Love! I'd pin it, even if it wasn't in the party. LOL! Beautiful!

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  43. I just saw your feature over at The Dedicated House, Maria Elena ~ this is just beautiful! I love it as you have it now, but I have been there with the tweaking. : ) I love your clock. It makes for the perfect backdrop.

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  44. Now this is the perfect mantel. Gorgeous. I love all the special touches and those fall blocks are perfect. Great idea.

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  45. Hi Maria Elena, I am doing a double feature on you today. Loved this post also! Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  46. Your mantel is stunning! Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing it, it's a beauty :)
    Happy Fall ~ Shannon

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  47. That square clock is complete perfection on your mantel, Maria Elena.
    Looks fantastic --- every little detail!

    xoxox
    A

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  48. Such a gorgeous mantel! Thanks for linking up to the party!
    XO
    Kristin

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  49. What a creative and pretty mantel. I found you at 52 Mantels' Link Party. 'Now following your blog, also :)

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  50. 'Not sure my other comment worked. Beautiful and creative mantel. I especially love the burlap letters. Found you on 52 Mantels' Link Party. Now following your blog :)

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  51. Your Fall mantel is just lovely. The clock is an amazing piece. Glad to have found you via the mantel party. Enjoy the fall season!

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  52. I love how beautiful and classic this mantel is! It's absolutely breathtaking! Just wanted to let you know that I am doing a round up post on Fall Mantels tomorrow and yours is included!

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  53. Beautiful mantel! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas. Where did you purchase your clock? I'm looking for something very similar for our den mantel. Thanks!

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    1. Whitney, did you find out where she found the clock?? I am in love with that!! Thanks!!

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  54. Yes, add me to the list of people wanting to know where you found the clock! LOVE IT!! B.E.A.utiful mantle!!

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