October 2, 2011

Fall Mantel and Dining Room

Although I didn’t get to post my fall mantel in time to join a few parties, I still wanted to share it.    Better late than never, right?   

 

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I didn’t buy anything new except a strand of white Christmas lights.     I loaded up the mantel with a fall garland I bought last year (at 1/2 off) at Hobby Lobby and added the Christmas lights.    Everything else was already on my mantel so I just worked around it.

 

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If you would like to see how I made my “Fall” banner you can read about that here.

 

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Here’s a close up of the faux garland….berries, gourds, leaves, I love it!

 

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I recently found this lantern at Kirkland’s for $9.99!   I thought it would work on the mantel because it’s narrower than most lanterns and fits better on my somewhat “skinny” mantel.    Of course, I added more of my PB inspired book bundles

 

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I bought the pair of white ceramic pumpkins a couple of years ago at Hobby Lobby after Thanksgiving.     There is also another stack of books topped with a black lantern and a mercury glass pear I picked up at TJ Maxx for $9.99!    I’ve been temped to buy the mercury glass pumpkin from Pottery Barn (I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket from PB) but I can use the pear year round and wouldn’t be able to do that with the pumpkin….plus the price was right!

 

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On the coffee table I just put a candle ring inside my lantern and added bronze and leopard print bows….nothing fancy but I’m trying to simplify…

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Sometime last summer I was in a local flea market and found a bunch of gourds….I had been looking for some for quite a while and none of these were more than $1.50!   So I bought all I found with the idea to use them somewhere this fall.    I just put a Dollar Tree garland in my huge dough bowl and then put some of the gourds on top of the garland….instant centerpiece!   

 

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As you can see, in trying to stay true to my “less” is more decorating this year, I didn’t do anything on my sideboard but add two pumpkins to the candlesticks

 

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That about wraps up my indoor fall decorating around here.     When I can get some good photos of the outside, I’ll post those too.

I have a busy week coming up….dr. appointment for my mom and dentist and hair appointments for me…but we’re leaving for the beach on Friday with daughter and her family!   

P.S.   I haven’t forgot about posting the sunroom….just need to do a few more things in there (is anything EVER done?)   However, I did add a little fall “bling” in there too….you’ll have to come back next week to see it!   

 

I’m sharing this post over here….

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…and here….

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…here too!

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and over at Coastal Charm

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19 comments:

Carol said...

It's all so beautiful, Judy! I LOVE the lights with the fall garland!

Smiles,
Carol

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Everything looks so lovely! Your gourds are wonderful...

Love the lights on the mantel.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Lovely, everything is lovely! Like you I enjoy decorating fall instead of Halloween. Love your bowl of gourds!

Cheri said...

Judy...everything looks stunning...really. Your decorating looks like it came out of a magazine, just beautiful...come to my house.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Now you can just hop on by that flea market and pick me up some of those awesome looking gourds and I will come by on my way to the AUBURN/FL. and pick them up:) It all looks GREAT Judy!!! Come by and join us this week at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY.

Blessings,
Linda

Melissa Miller said...

Judy that looks really pretty! I never would have thought to add white lights. I love it.

mtashie said...

I love it! I've been thinking about adding lights to my mantle....you just convinced me to go get some of those white lights tomorrow!!! Everything looks lovely!

Sara said...

It is just beautiful and has given me new ideas for my mantle. My fireplace looks almost identical to yours, except my mantle is stained instead of painted.
I LOVE the gourds!!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Judy, everything looks just wonderful! Love the addition of the white lights!! The gourds make an awesome statement on their own! You did a great job!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Judy your fall touches look amazing! I love your mantel and how you added the lights to that pretty garland and the Fall banner is so cute! Martina

AshTreeCottage said...

Your mantel looks so festive ~ love it!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful Fall, Judy!! Loving the lights and animal print!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

It all looks georgous! The lights add a special touch and both the lantern and the gourds are perfect! Have a great day.

simply brookes: said...

love the burlap banner and the pumpkin in the urn. well put together friend. keep it up.

debbie~refreshrestyle.com said...

Your fall decor is beautiful, love the lanterns! I saw that one at Kirklands....should have got it!

Becca said...

Beautiful, Judy! That is one lovely Fall mantel ... you know I LOVE the ambiance by adding the lights ... the lanterns is awesome and the pumpkins below (especially the one in the urn) are the perfect touch. Love how you filled the dough bowl, too (I SOOO want to find one of those)! xo

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I'm all about "less is more" this year. Everything you did looks wonderful. I especially like the gourds - really pretty! Linda

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

I just love your mantel!! the lights add so much...it is just beautiful!

One More Time said...

It all looks fantastic!

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