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Thursday, September 6, 2012

And, We're Off ...

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Okay, soooo .... a show of hands please as to how many of you are staring at your empty mantels right this very moment, with that *glazed over* look in your eye, agonizing over how you're going to decorate it for Fall this year? 
 
Well, that was me last week ... actually, even as I took these pictures.  Second guessing ... moving leaf no. 14 to the right just a tad ... tilting one pumpkin just 1/8" more to the left ... you know how it goes!
 
This is where it stands for now ... I thought I'd share before I change it all over again.
 
 
This year, I really wanted to add lots of pops of vibrant orange:
 
 
Michael's had just what I was looking for as far as simple, yet colorful branches.  Thankfully, they finally went on sale (40% off).  And, as a side note ... for those of you with smart phones ... did you know that there is an app for Michael's?  You simply load the app and whenever you're at Michael's, open the app, select coupon, and the clerk will scan the barcode appearing on your screen.  It's awesome and saves you from having to look out for coupons in your mail or newspaper or hoping that one of the staff members will be kind enough to give you one!
 
 
Baby pumpkins, acorns, leaves and pinecones are having fun all mixed together in this glass apothecary (all of which I had on hand):
 
 
I grabbed up this simple platter at Wal-Mart ... love their Better Homes and Gardens seasonal pieces!
 
 
Making a return appearance for the 3rd year in a row is the garland I made out of wooden craft beads ... I just couldn't leave it in the storage box until next year:
 
 
One of our colorful pumpkins sits comfortably on a "bed" of burlap, tucked in an urn I had on hand, as well:
 
 
The one thing that I did splurge on was this pretty Fall artwork that I stumbled up at Tuesday Morning.  It was just what I was looking for to serve as a focal point.
 

 
Annnnd, down below, I found this sweet ladderback chair at a local consignment shop for $10(!), and I didn't even have to paint it.  Will I sit on it?  Um, probably not because the chair will crumble beneath me, BUT, it serves as the perfect spot to rest a couple of seasonal pillows, pumpkin and throw:
 
 
Speaking of pumpkins, I knew I wanted to add a few more in a basket to the hearth, but, nothing I had on hand was large enough.  Of course, Home Goods came to the rescue ... isn't this a fun, metal basket?  Love the vintage feel and burlap liner!
 
 
And, there you have it.  I do love our little Fall mantel for now ... especially the ambiance the lights give off in the evening:
 
 
I can't wait to see everyone else's mantels!

I'm off to party with:

2805/Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
From My Front Porch to Yours/Treasure Hunt Thursday
Kristen's Creations/Share your Creations
Funky Junk Interiors/SNS
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Stone Gable Cottage/Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits
52 Mantels/Thursdays Are Your Days
Centsational Girl/Autumn Mantels Link Party
Fox Hollow Cottage/Octoberfest Mantel Party
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Becca

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68 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Becca, it looks gorgeous. I love it. So pretty. All the pumpkins are so lovely and the bead garland is perfect. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said...

Becca-That looks beautiful- absolutely beautiful. I hope to get my own done this weekend- I guess it's time!!! xo Diana

Dawna said...

Becca, ok your mantle has made me feel fall. It was in the 90's here today so getting in the spirit has been hard. Off to the garage for the search. Dawna

L said...

So very pretty! Love every detail.

I had to laugh at your comment about moving leaf #14 a little to the right just a tad and tilting one pumpkin 1/8" more to the left. ha-ha I can relate! =)

Allyson Pecilunas said...

I can so relate to you!! I have changed a table in my entryway oh about 5 times already and I am not even sure if I like it yet! I cracked up at your moving the leaf and pumpkin haha! Do you know how many times I stand back and look and say oh that needs to be moved just a little! Anyhow love your mantle and those beads definitely deserve to be used time and time again! :)

Debbiedoo's said...

Looks gorgeous Becca! You do the best Fall mantels!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Everything is beautiful as usual, Becca! I started today, and all I have to show for it is a bunch of boxes scattered on my floor. I started on the mantle, then took it all down and threw it back in the boxes, lol. I will come up with something.

Anita said...

Oh I wish I had a mantle!! Yours looks just beautiful. I love the orange!!

Judy said...

yes ma'am, i got my mantel all "becca-fied" last sunday before our company came and we went out of town...garland, lights and all! without your inspiration i would never have thought to use lights and fall garland!

will be sharing my fall decorations soon!

Gina said...

It looks beautiful, Becca!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your mantel is beautiful, Becca, as with all the things you do!

I have pulled out Fall decor, that's all. It's difficult to get in the mood with temps at 104. But blogland doesn't care, so I must get busy!

Thank you for sharing your lovely Fall mantel at Potpourri Friday!

Kristens Creations said...

Wowzers Becca! Your mantle is gorgeous! Love the picture, leaves, pumpkin...ok everything! I'm going to pin it right now. Great inspiration...thanks for linking to the party! Kristen

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Fantabulous, my friend! I love all of your fall accents...the orange is so vibrant and festive for the season. Love the BHG platter! They really do have the best stuff! And the picture is perfect!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You did it again my friend,BEAUTIFUL!!

chateau chic said...

Your fall mantel definitely gets me in the mood. Great inspiration for us.
Mary Alice

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Such a pretty Fall mantle.

Stacey said...

So BEAUTIFUL!!! You inspire me...I have picked up those wooden beads & put them back down 1,000 times! WHY???? Every time I see them I fall in love all over again! You out did your self this time...

Margaret said...

Becca, it is stunning!! I love all the colour and pumpkins. You have inspired me to stop procrastinating and start decorating:)I love it!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Truly love your mantel....your bead garland is truly fabulous...the mantel shows that you have put much thought and creativity to achieve this gorgeous mantel...Have a wonderful weekend.

Shelia said...

Hi Becca! Now don't you touch another thing on your mantel - it's perfect! Oh, how pretty and I love the little beady/seedy garland. The lights look so pretty lighting every thing up.
You did good and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CAS said...

It looks beautiful, Becca, which is what we've come to expect from you....lol I did my mantel a few days ago, but haven't posted about it yet, probably next week. Love that cute ladder back chair!

CAS

Jemsmom said...

Love the bright oranges with the white pieces! So different from your others, but GORGEOUS as always! I love how you can mix it up and change each year where you keep elements, but it looks so new! AMAZING!!!!

Brooke said...

Love the mantel! Thanks for reeling me about that app !


Brooke

Suzy said...

I just love it Becca! I love the wire basket that you filled with pumpkins too. I'm the one in the back raising my hand and hanging my head in shame. All of my fall stuff is out of its box, but is just waiting for me to do something with it. Hard for me to decorate for fall when it's still so hot and humid outside!

Barbara said...

Becca your mantle looks wonderful!!! I know I agonize over my mantle everytime I change it for the season. I love the white woodwork your mantle has...so pretty with the beautiful festive fall colors of your display! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!!!

Maria Elena said...

Becca, another year and another amazing mantle! You always do the best, most beautiful displays! I love it all! The picture is gorgeous and it makes the rest of your Fall decor come together so pretty!!! My friend told me about the plates from BHG. I need to go check them out! Love, love your new chair. The pillows and throw looks gorgeous on it! Just the perfect mantle!

KATHY said...

Your mantle looks gorgeous!! I love your new picture,and your chair looks perfect.It's all beautiful.

Kathy

JP said...

BEAUTIFUL! I , so , wish that you had an e-mail button to get your posts asap!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Becca, it's gorgeous! I love the bead garland! It's looks like a magazine cover!

Melissa Miller said...

Wow, it's all stunning and gorgeous. Love that family platter!

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

Stunning.

Jan @Door251

One More Time said...

This is Beautiful! New Follower.
Would love it if you you would like to share it at Share It One More Time linky party
http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/share-it-one-more-time-party-and.html

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Becca! I love all the different elements you've used from your beaded garland to the leaf branches on either end. I have added in a few things I just got recently and took the white slips off our dining chairs, but that's about as far as I've gotten. I'm hoping to get up in the attic this weekend to find all my stuff. Of course, I have no idea what I'm putting where anyway, so that will probably be a week long project!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Becca,

This looks amazing! I love it! The last picture with the candles burning is amazing!

Thanks so much for inspiring me today :)

Have a great day rock star!
karianne

At The Picket Fence said...

Sigh...I WISH I was staring at an empty mantel instead of ones that still had seashells on them. LOL! Yours looks marvelous of course and reminds me of the very first time I ever saw your mantel in all of it's gorgeousness! :-) Thanks for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Just beautiful!
Love the deep rich colors against the white...

Hugs,
Debbie

Savvy Seasons said...

Becca, Becca...
You hit this mantle display right out of the ballpark. WOW!! I love the colors, the glow, the ambiance, and how everything is so well balanced. The last picture is dreamy. Thanks for sharing! You are making me want to re-do my mantle now...off to tweak! =) XOXO ~Liz

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Becca,
Lovin' that pretty platter and the feathers. I have still not done mine, guess I better hurry.

Blessings,
Linda

Buttercup Bliss said...

I always LOVE how you decorate your mantle - simply gorgeous!!! I really wish we didn't have a huge tv above ours.... It seriously limits what you can do! :-)

priscilla said...

Love your mantle ! Looks amazing !

Inspired by you said...

Just fabulous. I can imagine sitting there at sun set reading a book with a nice fall breeze blowing by. Love it!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Gorgeous - love the bead garland. Of course it needs to be brought out - nobody puts those beads in a corner!

Working on my fall mantel now!
Kelly

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

You have outdone yourself Becca! I love everything. So glad the garland made another appearance because it's perfect. Don't change it for a while!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Gorgeous fireplace and beautiful mantel!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, this is gorgeous. Your mantels always are. Sorry I haven't been seeing your blog lately. I lost my blogroll and have slowly been getting it added back. Also been super busy it seems lately.

designchic said...

wow...it looks amazing and I love seeing the fall decorations...needing to get in gear over here!!

mgeddis said...

Simply....STUNNING....as usual.

The 2 Seasons said...

Your mantel is great! We just put a tv above our mantel so I lost most of my decorating space. I am ok with this because it is better solution that what we had. However I still have these areas on the side that need something. I think the branches in the pitches would be good on each side. Thanks I am off to pin your mantel.

Kim said...

Love it Becs! You worked your magic once again and the results are absolutely stunning. Great job!
xoxo,
Kim

Ms. Redo said...

Are you kidding me, don't touch it - it's gorgeous!!!! Love all the orange, all the leaves, pumpkins, everything - totally beautiful. Fascinated by your double mantel, I'm going to have to spend my free time today reading through your blog - very excited to see what else you've got! Mary

House on the Way said...

Fall is in the air! Love the mantle!! I'd like to invite you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I think it'd make a great addition!
Leslie

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Beautiful! I love the use of the lights to really make it look like it's glowing! So pretty!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Well you know I love it~ and I'm sharing it at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Honey at 2805 said...

You are featured today on Potpourri Friday!

Holly said...

You have been featured at several parties this week on this mantel. You have many comments but I have to leave a note to you, too - It is lovely and you have inspired me to get a little "fall" on. Thank you!

Susan Herin said...

Becca, this is wonderful! I love the colors against the white. I bet your hubby and son love it, too! Happy Fall!

Marty Walden said...

Visiting from blogtalk. Your mantle really is beautiful! Fabulous job.
Marty@martysmusings.net

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I love your bead garland! Your whole mantle is amazing - very pretty. I'm in a Fall decorating mood! Loved seeing what you've done!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Becca; I saw your mantle on Wow Us Wednesday. So pretty, love it at night. I'm a new follower and I'd love for you to visit the Cottage when you can..Happy Friday..Judy

Nicole Day said...

Wow. Gorgeous! I'm still staring at MY mantle, but you've given me some good ideas. LOOOVE that BHG plate. Off to Walmart, Michaels and Home Goods :D

Patricia Hinkel said...

You have captured fall and it's on the mantel. Very pretty....
Patricia from http://topiaryrose.blogspot.com

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Gorgeous job Becca! Perfectly beautiful! I love the symmetry of the vases on each side of the fire place! Have a lovely weekend! Angie xo

Beth said...

So beautiful! Leaf #14 looks perfect. :)

~Beth at Unskinny Boppy

Samantha said...

I love love love your mantle!!!

explorenewness said...

So pretty! Thanks for the inpiration...I now have a new project!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

Came from centsational girl - love the pitchers with the tall branches and pops of orange! pinned it ;)

Kara said...

I totally love your mantel! The whole arrangement is simply gorgeous. Fall is the best!

Pippi21 said...

Becca, love the mantel decorations. Mind if I ask where you purchased the beaded garland in those Fall colors? We don't have a mantel in this house, but where we lived for 27 years before moving here in 2005, we had a large fireplace mantel. It took up one large wall and I loved it but didn't know how to decorate it. Wished Pinterest and decorating blogs were around then I'd had lots of inspiration if they'd been around back then. The Fall colors really sets off the white pitchers, etc. Love it!