Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our "I Give Up" Fall Mantel ...

Happy *official* Fall Y'all!  Deep rich colors are popping up alllll over blogland now, and I.love.it.  Too bad it's still hot out!

Okay, after our mantel from last year was selected to be featured on Better Homes and Gardens website (BHG.com) as part of this year's Fall inspirational slideshow, admittedly, I found myself thinking "no WAY" will my creative juices be flowing this year.  So, after tweaking ... and tweaking ... and tweaking, I gave up!  Alas, here is our "I give up" Fall mantel:


I have to give the initital *shout out* to the bee-you-tee-ful iron piece that stands center stage on the mantel ... what can I say(?), Home Goods rocks!


I added lit branches to this simple arrangement in a cream pitcher (which I also wrapped twine) ... LOVE how they glow at night.  And, I found this handsome birdie at Hobby Lobby ... I was instantly attracted to his beautiful warm colors:


This "Welcome Harvest" sign was also purchased at HL ... and, the garland below is much like last year's, except I removed the lights and added larger pumpkins:


This cloche, containing lots of smaller pumpkins/leaves, is perched on old books, which I turned so that the pages are facing out:


I hot glued an apothcary jar to this tall candlestick ... threw in some corn, a battery operated monogrammed candle and large bow (with Fall sprig) and call it *a day:*


Down below, our chair now has a coral pillow and simple cream pillow, which I added a burlap bow:


And, woohoo, I discovered this vintage tool box planter hiding at Tuesday Morning (my apologies to whomever hid it to come back and purchase later ... you see, I'm one of those sneaky "hide while I think about it" shoppers, too ... do NOT hide items like this ... I will find it.)  LOL !!


Annnnnd, lastly, a simple white pumpkin topiary sits atop a grapevine wreath, raffia and leaves:


Oh ... and, I did bring back the wooden bead garland that I made last year:


I can't wait to see everyone's mantels!  I'm linking up with:

The Lettered Cottage

Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
Coastal Charm/Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
DIY by Design/Fall into Fall
2805/Potpourri Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
My Romantic Home/Show and Tell Friday
No Minimalist Here/Open House Party
Savvy Seasons/Autumn Arrives Party

Thanks for stopping by!


59 comments:

  1. It is beautiful and you know what caught my eye? That bird! Gorgeous- I have not seen one like it yet! Great job..I'll take your I Give Up Mantle any time! xo Diana

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  2. AHHH!!! SO GORGEOUS Becca! I absolutely love every single detail and just realized that I need to do something down around my hearth like you have done to give it that extra "umph". I think we posted our mantels at the same time today! You did an amazing job on yours my friend and I am so thrilled for you about the feature at BHG.com. You knocked this year's way out of the park too and it doesn't remotely look like you "gave up"! :-)
    Vanessa

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  3. Becca, you need to go over and look at my white pumpkin topiaries I posted last night...I swear we think alike!!! You are going to crack up. I even put them on top of a grapevine wreath. WEIRD!!!!! I love, love, love this mantle. I swear I like it better than the one last year!!! I think it is totally fabulous!! I'm not happy with my mantle from this year, but it will do. Yours is GREAT!

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  4. P.S. I think we were leaving comments on each other's posts at the same time! LOL!
    Love, V

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  5. Looks great, Becca. I didn't even try to go over the top like I did last year.

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  6. Becca, your mantel is GORGEOUS! Girl, you come up with the most beautiful vignettes ever! YOU AND KIM ARE MY FAVE!!! Both of you ladies come up with the most original, eye-catching, oh-so-good for my eyes vignettes!

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  7. It must have been doubly hard to try and come up with a mantel to top that fab one last year that made it to BH&G but I believe you've done it! GORGEOUS! But I think the part I like best is that it isn't just the mantel, it is the total look of the whole mantel/fireplace/hearth area that is so pleasing to the eye. You've coordinated it all perfectly! I especially like the white pumpkins in the urn!

    DD

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  8. Becca, your "I Give Up" mantel is better than most people's very best efforts! Your mantelscape is just beautiful--all those layered elements look lovely together, and I especially love the iron piece you use to anchor it all. Way to go!

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  9. Becca, your fall mantel is bee u tee ful! So many gorgeous details. Love the lighted branches, the iron grate, and the toolbox planter. That was a sweet find!

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  10. Becca, Your mantel is gorgeous! Love the iron piece and the bird is perfect for Fall decorating. The pumpkin topiary is fabulous. Nothing in your beautiful home looks like you gave up and I expect BHG will be contacting you again wanting to feature this mantel.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  11. Looks every bit as gorgeous as last years. Love the hide and find box too:)

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  12. You must have "ESPN" (LOL!) b/c hubby finally got my stuff out of the attic this afternoon and I've been fluffying my stuff! I always keep in mind your gorgeous mantle from last year so I can copy cat it somewhat (okay, a lot!)...but I see the one from this year has some great ideas to copy too! As always, you've done a great job Becca.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  13. Wow! I LOVE it all Becca! The bird is my favorite thing. Gorgeous colors and style.

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  14. Are you kidding me? That mantle is GORGEOUS.I love everything about it.
    No doubt they will be calling you again this year.

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  15. Beautiful! So many great fall touches!

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  16. Becca, everything that you do is always beautiful! Your mantle is magazine worthy, as always. And the tool box....Oh I love it! Hubby made me two this week-end after I showed him some pics. I think I am going to line one with mums and place at the front door, we will see.

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  17. Your mantel is so beautiful! The iron scroll piece is the star of the show!

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  18. Wanna come decorate my mantle?? Seriously. . .

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  19. Beautiful, beautiful! I love that iron piece taking center stage there on the mantel. It is very pretty. I love those pretty twiggy lights. I can't seem to find them here. Well, I did find some but they were 40" tall and I didn't need anything quite that tall.
    You always put things together so wonderfully, Becca. LOVE it all!
    have a great evening

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  20. Love it, Becca!! It is so gorgeous! You never dissapoint. I'd say your "give up" mantle is SOOO pretty!! :)

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  21. Hi Becca-
    What a great looking mantel. The size of it is fab and the way you decorated it - Divine!

    My best- Diane

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  22. Hi Becca...

    My friend, your autumn mantel is GORGEOUS!!! Seriously!!! I love all the warm, rich colors that you are using in your beautiful home this season! I totally agree...the large wood and decorative metal piece in the center is fabulous! It really does make a GRAND statement! I'm going to have to look for something similar...I love that look! I also love your cream pitcher and that you wrapped it with twine...sooo perfect for autumn! It's all sooo pretty, Becca! And...I love, love, LOVE your old wooden tool box filled with autumn pretties! Ohh yes...if I had seen it...it would have gone home with me as well! It really looks great on the hearth! The entire picture...fireplace, hearth, and surroundings look sooo classy and dressed for the season! You did GOOD, Girlfriend!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari

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  23. Your "I give up" mantel is so much better than most out there!!! You are so good! I love the new bird! He is so elegant looking! The vintage tool box looks so neat filled with harvest goods, but I have to say that I am DIGGING the white pumpkin topiary!!!!

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  24. If this is your "I give up" mantel, I can only imagine what your not "I give up" mantel would look like. It's beautiful & I think you did an amazing job!

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  25. Looks so good! I love your home goods find :) The garland is awesome & love the color scheme! The "I gave up" came out pretty good :)

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  26. So pretty Becca!
    Love the urn arrangement... oh my word! :)
    Gorgeous.

    I need to get my butt in gear and get busy! You are all ready for fall and I am just starting to get my "fall" on!
    :)
    xx
    A

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  27. So pretty!!! I love how everything about it. I may have to steal your pillow idea though!! I hope you don't mind. Great job.

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  28. Oh wow, I love your mantel decor. So pretty. I love the iron piece, and the lighted sticks are fantastic. Beautiful bird also. I think you did a wonderful job of decorating the mantel, absolutely gorgeous. I also love your previous post with the fall decor in your sitting room. Stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  29. I guess I should start giving up more often then because this is stunning. You have a beautiful home to work with and you decorate her just right =)

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  30. wow! Just love it Becca! Especially the grate on top, our HG's is at least and hour and half away...so sad, and of course HL's are only in the southern parts of the US so I never been to either!
    You really made me laugh when you said you look high and low so don't hide things because you will find them...me too!
    Thanks for following Becca, of course I have followed you! I be BHG snaps your mantel up again this year!

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  31. Forgot to say that I loved the idea of the twine around the pitcher, I have to remember that:)

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  32. I love your mantel! Fabulous! I love the pumpkin topiary and the bird is perfect for Fall! Great job!

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  33. Your mantel is gorgeous Becca! You have my dream fireplace.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  34. i have no words.... so very very perfect!!

    LOVE!!

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  35. Becca you are so incredibly talented! I LOVE THIS MANTLE! I really love the pillows. GREAT JOB!

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  36. You my friend amaze me every time! Thank you for breaking every thing you did.... it will make it much easier to copy you. Ha Ha. My eye was immediately drawn to the gorgeous iron and wood piece that was so beautiful placed front and center, then to the famous bead garland, and then to the lush pop of coral sitting in the chair. Everything is beautiful :D

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  37. Oh, I popped into Tuesday Morning with the whole fam and make them leave no object upturned until we found more mercury pumpkins at that fantastic price..... we found 3 small ones! thanks for the tip :D

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  38. So pretty! You may have "given up" but not until it was absolutely perfect! :)

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  39. I love everything, it looks great. Love the bird and I'm glad you found the hidden treasure! You're good girl!
    Debbie

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  40. Wow!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! I love it all!

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  41. Hi Becca!
    Your entire mantel/fireplace is gorgeous! Love your iron piece too, it sets the stage for all your fall-ish goodies and makes it all flow so amazingly together. I so enjoyed my visit!
    Happy fall,
    Lorena

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  42. Hi Becca! Oh, your mantel is just gorgeous! The bird is so pretty poked in among the fallness! Love your tool caddy and you've decked her out so well! I love your sneakiness!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  43. That mantel decor is absolutely gorgeous! Am I surprised you're featured on BHG - no!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us!

    Hugs,
    Mary @ Redo 101

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  44. The simplicity of your mantle drew me in from a linky party--it is gorgeous. I love you home too. I'm your newest follower--please stop by, we use the same blog template!

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  45. Uhmm... it's GORGEOUS!! :) Thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

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  46. It is beautiful Becca! I forgot abt your feature! I bet they will be looking to you this year as well. No added pressure or anything! Ha! Hope you have a fabulous weekend lady and again love your mantel!

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  47. Just lovely and congrats on your feature!!
    ~Debra

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  48. Your mantel is just gorgeous! That iron piece is splendid and the bird is adorable! You always amaze me with your talent!

    I am delighted that you linked to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate you and hope to see you again this Friday!

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  49. WOW!!!!!!!!! Amazing. I love everything on your mantel. Great job!

    Kathy

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  50. It sure doesn't look like you gave up to me - your mantle looks fabulous! You probably don't know it, but I totally copied your bead garland on my mantle this year. My granddaughter and I had a lot of fun putting it together. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  51. The mantle is beautiful! Everything looks so pretty around your home!

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  52. I wish things would fall together beautifully for me when "I give up" LOL your mantel looks fabulous.

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  53. You kill me with this mantle! Last year I remember it gave you fits and it ALWAYS looks absolutely gorgeous!! I love the iron piece and the bird and the...all of it!

    Not sure how I missed this but wanted to tell you how beautiful it is.

    xo
    Pat

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  54. You kill me with this mantle! Last year I remember it gave you fits and it ALWAYS looks absolutely gorgeous!! I love the iron piece and the bird and the...all of it!

    Not sure how I missed this but wanted to tell you how beautiful it is.

    xo
    Pat

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  55. I just saw your feature on BHG... Beautiful!!! Do you remember where you got that beautiful picture! My mother in law would LOVEEEE it! I will be following your blog religiously!! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  56. Thanks so much, Jennifer! I found that print at HomeGoods last year, but they may have something similar to it there now! Good luck!

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  57. Hi Becca, what a beautiful mantle. After seeing so many delightful displays I wish I had a mantle also. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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