Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fall Fireplace Mantel Ideas


Hi everyone! I took out my three boxes of fall decorations today. I'm so glad I organized all that stuff during the summer! Anyway, I'm playing around with my fireplace mantel in the living room today. I took a look at what I've done in the past. Which is a good idea. Then you know what works and doesn't, what you liked what you didn't like so much.



Here's a fall banner I made last year. The following photos are all before I painted this mantel white.



In 2007 I piled all sorts of faux fruits and pumpkins on my mantel...I really like the way that looks!







This year I wanted to find an old fallish picture at the thriftstore and use that on my mantel. I didn't find exactly what I was looking for. Of course, a few weeks ago I remember seeing such a picture but I didn't have the idea to use one then! Of course!



I found this one at Goodwill for a $2.35 & sprayed the frame apple green.



Then I just reused what I already had. You'll recognize things from previous posts. Those red containers that the apple topiaries are in are just candlestick holders that I found at the thrift store long ago!



I'm not sure I'm going to keep it this way. I may take things off or I may add more stuff! Maybe larger pumpkins on the tall red candlesticks?



If I find just the picture I'm thinking of, then I will probably change it a bit!



So I did this in the morning than in the afternoon we went to see "GI Joe" which was a a fun movie if you like action flicks (which I do)! Tomorrow I'm planning on spending the day in my jammies doing absolutely nothing! I went to the library and got some movies and books. It'll just be my daughter and me tomorrow so dinner will be something I have frozen and reheated. I plan on just relaxing all day! I'm having a lovely weekend so far and I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend too!


61 comments:

Brenda said...

I love your blog! I love your ideas and your decorating. Visiting your blog just makes me happy.
Brenda

Love the Decor! said...

What A Pretty mantel! Love the use of fall fruits besides the pumpkins we all usually think of.

Beth said...

I like the white pumpkins!

alexis said...

How lovely! Get's me inspired for fall!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your Sunday plans sound like the perfect day to me, Manuela! I'm almost hoping it rains here again tomorrow so I can play around with the stuff I bought at Michaels today, finish my newest Dexter book and maybe grab a nap ~ that would be a good Sunday in my book. I expect I will be on my own tomorrow, as hubby's working. Today I spent with my daughter, which was nice since she left the nest last year.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I forgot to tell you that I liked the mantel with all the pumpkins and such! It looks like a cornucopia.

Constance said...

You have a great blog. I really like your decorating style. Where did you find the print of Flaming Autumn? I looked for one for years when I was in the old house. I think it in one of the most beautiful paintings ever. I look forward to visiting again.

Terri and Bob said...

Beautiful. I love it.

Ally0005 said...

I like all the faux fruits and pumpkins on your mantel, cute!!!
Enjoy your day!!!
I have a sick child we will be resting also.

Ally

Darlene said...

I love your different mantle arrangements! They have all been fabulous!

Have fun lounging with your daughter tomorrow. It has been very relaxing around here this afternoon...it has been raining most of the day and still is!

Kathleen Grace said...

I always enjoy the change of seasons at your house! You think up the most imaginitive ideas:>) Have fun lounging in your jams with your dughter, sounds like a great idea.

glorv1 said...

Yes thank you Manuela. Tomorrow I am going out in back to pick pine cones where they lay all over the ground. I'll wash them out and leave them natural and some I'll spray paint. Enjoy your day in jammies.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I really love it. That mirror looks great with all your decorations around it.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Manuela! I really like your Fall mantel! It's non-traditional, but still very Fall. Love the apple green! Isn't that the way it always is with GW?...You find something and then don't think about what you could do until it is too late! lol Enjoy your relaxing weekend!...hugs...Debbie

matty said...

These are precious ideas! I have a new mantel that I have struggled to dress as it is on an angle and is very deep! I think you have inspired an idea! I will post it for your advice! Lovely, as always!

Happy@Home said...

I really like the way your fall mantel came together. Very pretty!
The day you have planned for tomorrow sounds wonderful ~ enjoy.

Amanda said...

I always get so excited to see a new post of your yours. I love your style and really enjoy your posts and pictures! Your mantle looks great!

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela! I love your mantle. The picture is perfect and the color you sprayed the frame is great! Everything you do turns out so pretty!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda said...

Your posts are always such an inspiration. I love that apple green with the red. Thanks. Linda

Sarsafrass said...

I just wanted to say, I LOVE the Flaming June painting from the 2007 display. Where did you find it?!

Paula said...

I love this year's mantel! Your Goodwill picture with the apple green frame was a good base to work around. Enjoy your mother/daughter time!

Jennifer said...

I really like the look of your mantle this year! You have always been clever with your decorating and really think so much out of the box! Thank you for the bit of inspiration.

Enjoy your weekend and day with your daughter. Those moments are my very favorites and to treasure greatly.

xo, Jennifer

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

I just started decorating for Fall. Thanks for the ideas! I'll have to incorporate them into my "design". Love the banner!

Jane

Adrienne said...

Hi, Manuela -
Your fall mantel is always a delight to my eyes! I look forward to your blog posts each day. What you've done this year is lovely!
~Adrienne~

Storybook Woods said...

Cute mantel Manuela, have a fun relaxing day. I think it will be the same for me xoxoxo Clarice

Julie said...

Oh I just love them all! I'm glad I'm not the only one getting the fall decor out. I cleaned the house last night and then decided to get my Halloween stuff out. No pictures yet still working on where to put stuff.

Kelly B said...

Hi, Manuela!! Of course, you have the perfect mantle!! I am going to do my best to copy you. Then I know mine would be gorgeous... just like yours!! Every time I read a new post of yours, I get so inspired. Thanks!! ;)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your mantel looks great! Sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday - enjoy.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very nice! I am doing a post tonight about my fall/autumn mantle. I love the pop's of red! I added on to your blog list too! Cindy

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Manuela.....beautiful.......I love the little red topiary holders with the polka dot and striped bottoms...did you make those? I bet you did! They make me smile!

Victoria said...

Love seeing your fall decor! I have to tweak things as I go too.

My sweet girl & I pulled out our fall decor and she was so serious for a 4 year old about where things should go!!!

I love action flicks too! I might have to see GI Joe too.

Enjoy your restful cozy weekend!

I'm going out to plant some $5 clearance trees. :)

Stacey said...

I'm so glad you did this post! I spent hours online looking at mantel pictures the other day. Your pictures are more inspiring than any others. :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love the way you mantel is looking!! I am not decorating my mantel here at my old house....and my new house fireplace is all torn up. Hopefully it will be all ready to decorate when we move in some time late October....
Hugs,
Penny

Sandra said...

Very nice! You always have great ideas!
Blessings,
Sandra

jenjen said...

You always have the BEST ideas Manuela. I am busy putting my Fall things up to It's so fun!

XOXO
Jen

Melissa Miller said...

Very cute mantel ideas Manuela!

Love the red candlesticks and topiaries. It seems all of your red items at your gorgeous home are my favorites.

~Blessings, Melissa ;)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

The little pumpkins on the candlesticks is a great idea, and I love those apple topiaries. Of course, I've never seen anything on this blog that I didn't love. laurie

She'sSewPretty said...

That looks so pretty Manuela. Sometimes I think I am decorating challenged. I have all the components. I just don't always know how to put them together.

Suzanne said...

Love the mantel, Manuela...I need to pull out our fall decor. Maybe the cooler weather will come if I do? :)

santamaker said...

I wish I could have a mantle in every room....so much fun to play with.... Yours looks great. I was playing with mine in the family room yesterday and debating on weather or not to do the same thing as last year....Love your mantle painted!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Love your ideas and finds.

My blog has been growing like gang busters and while that is great I haven't had much time to visit my blog friends. I decided I needed to make some time for some visits, cuz I just missed everyone too much. Come back over for a visit as well.

Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Angie said...

Love the green and red combo! CUTE! That is a great picture. I need to find something like that for my mantel for fall. I haven't started decorating yet. All my stuff is pulled out in my attic. I am ready though! Looking forward to more inspiration from you!

My Cozy Cubby said...

I'm so looking forward for fall!!My favorite season!! I have some glass jars, but right now they are still filled with green foliage, I might just have to get the apples and pears out of my seasonal storage this week...Absolutely love the round mirror!!Do you mind me asking where you found it?
I know what you mean about a clean house, but I've realized it's impossible (especially with four kids) I'm lucky if I can enjoy a clean kitchen floor for more than 30 minutes. Must I say again how much I enjoy your blog?! It's trully inspiring and adds a little bit of loveliness to my day! Hope you had a relaxing weekend. Sometimes nothing is the best thing to do!

Pamela

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

I am always inspired by all the loveliness you create in your beautiful home! I love what you did with the mantel. It looks beautiful and very Autumnal! I look forward to seeing what you add to it.

Thank you so much for your kind comment!

I hope you and your daughter had a wonderful weekend!!!

Love, Paula

Carla said...

Love this spray painted green!!! Really makes it current. You also just gave me the idea for a mantel!!! Thank for the inspiration:)

MelMel said...

What a wonderful blog!
Very inspiring!x

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Mantel looks lovely...... but I am not ready to give up summer.... the heat yes....... love your plans for Sunday..... perfect...
HUgs
Linda

Tanya said...

Your mantel looks great Manuela. But sounds like you're a lot like me. It will change up before it's all over! I also like action flicks as long as they aren't too graphic. I'm a big Sci-fi fan but unfortunately a lot of what they put out these days is more along the lines of horror. Have a great week. I'm cleaning and decorating like a maniac before my in-laws get here!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I'm going to try to get started doing a few things here at home, now that we're back again. I seem to be a tad behind.

Your mantel is gorgeous Manuela!! Happy Fall!

Nancy said...

Oh I love all the looks!! I always love everything you do, Manuela!

Nancy

salmagundi said...

Both of the mantle decorations make me smile. You have a way with simple, but effective decorations. Happy Fall. Sally

Manuela said...

Love how you change your mantel! I'm so in love with white pumkins now. Don't know if I'll have time to decorate for this fall, as I still have a WHOLE house to put together!
BTW, that painting with the girl taking a nap? I have that same one! I adore that print! Where did you get yours? We got ours at one of the Smithsonian museums here in DC.
Glad you had a relaxing weekend!!

Sandy said...

Don't you just love Fall? I sure do.

Lovely post!

Mimi Sue said...

Very very cute Manuela. I love that picture. Mimi

Pen Pen said...

Love the apple green frame. did you make the apple topiaries? Very pretty!

Tracey McBride said...

Oh Manuela, I love the way you share all your creative ideas...I especially like how you compare and contrast the past decor with the present and take us along for the journey! It's so inspiring and you do such a lovely job. I just love your blog. I always leave inspired.
Thank you for all the hard work and generosity.
Love,
Traceyxox

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Friend, beautiful mantel pics! Had to move your post up to today, so it will go up around noon. They switched dates around on me for my upcoming giveaway. Just wanted to give you a heads up so you can switch things out from your end if you'd like.

Christina said...

Love the fall touches. I love fall and do my deep cleaning in the fall also. Fall and winter in Ga are my favorites.

Love the apple green color you used. So pretty.

*Ulrike* said...

Goodness! I better get busy with my fall decorating although yours is so pretty! Such great ideas too.

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Hi! Came over from Rhoda's to have a peek. Love your new mantlescape... especially the striped and dotty bowls under the topiaries... very clever... and the new painting is great.
I'll be back for more!

diXymiss said...

Wonderful ideas. You are so creative with combinations I never would have thought of on my own ~ thanX for the inspiration. My mantel needs a makeover. Wish you could come over for a cup of coffee and friendly consultation! ;-)