I think this year more than any other year I am in denial that Fall is here. I have always loved fall – a crsip fall morning where you can see your breath – riding a horse and seeing all the beautiful colors on the hillside – hot apple cider or apple crisp are some of my favorite things…. But I really enjoyed the ease of summer living this year. Just throwing on a pair of shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops for the day was so refreshing. This was the first time in a long time I was home with the kids this summer – and well I don’t want that sense of ease to go away; or the sunshine!
Well, the kids are back in school and it is already mid Septemeber so I need to face the fact that Fall is here.
So when I was changing out my mantel I wanted to keep some of that summer lovin’ in the mix and not the “traditional” fall colors even though it would look awesome in my livingroom.
I wanted my mantel to have hints of fall without saying FALL – if you know what I mean. I really have fallen in love with my oval mirror I redid last Spring – you can see how I did it here.
So I decided to go with a gold and white color scheme. When I was at Marshall’s I saw this cute little owl in white and gold that really inspired my color scheme – isn’t he cute?
Then I found these awesome gold pine cone candle holders that I can use for Fall and even over the holidays too. I picked those up at Homegoods.
Then I found this arrangement of wheat – my son Peter was with me and he said “Mom why are you buying hay?” Too cute. I thought the neutral color of the wheat balanced out the gold and white and added some texture too.
I found this interesting candle stick (I guess you would call it that) with this gold/silver pumpkin on it that just adds a little hint of fall to the fireplace.
Then to anchor the whole space I remembered this red steel vase we brought back from Australia. i paired that with these leaves that I found at Michael’s. There is a fair amount of red and that is something I was trying to avoid, but there is some gold as well and it does bring your eye down to the fireplace level.
I like to try different design ideas and you can bring fall into your house in so many ways and colors…
When you are thinking about a design think outside the box – how can I say fall without saying fall – what other colors represent fall other than red, yellow and orange…?
So here is my fall mantel – reminds me of what is to come but also reminds me of the nice relaxing summer we had as well. A nice blend of colors and symbolizes all things fall to me this year.
Are you ready for fall – what items remind you of the season?
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