Happy Tuesday everyone!
I hope you all had a great long weekend and celebrated the last few days of summer. We hit the waterpark and Mr. Fix-it and our big guy dined on hotdogs and smores while camping on Sunday. We also were busy this weekend getting ready for our big guy to start school. How did that happen already?? Even though school doesn't start until mid September, he still has a couple of meet-and-greets with his teachers and classmates before the big day! He's excited, I'm terrified!
While Mr. Fix-it and our big guy were camping, I decided to switch up the mantel. Even though the hot sun still feels like summer, there is definitely a breeze in the air that tells us that Fall is on its way.
Switching up your mantel seasonally is a GREAT way to update your rooms. It gives them a refresher and it doesn't have to break the bank or stress you out in committing to anything permanent. Often, if you just take a good look around your house, you will find objects here and there to move around.
Here is what my summer mantel looked like....so long beach.
To me, Fall is about fresh crisp mornings, raking leaves, pumkins, hot apple cider, earthy tones and the sound of crunching leaves. Of course, who can't forget Halloween. However, its only the beginning of September...I'm not exactly ready to decorate our house in carved pumpkins, spiders and witches.
Over the summer, I slowly added to our summer mantel and so when it was time to do this one, I felt the need for it to be less "full" and spaced out a bit more. Before you go out shopping for any accessories, look around your house. What about candle holders that you have in other locations, would they work on the mantel? Maybe all you need to do is switch up the colour of the candle inside? Or, I added this "faux" leaf inside my lantern that sits on our front hall table (although by the light of the photo...the glass needs cleaning!).
Keep it simple, think textures and similar colour combinations.
Here is what I came up with...
I took a little trip out to Homesense and found the pumpkin and squash/gourd/not exactly sure what it is?! I also picked up the accents in the vase (again not exactly sure what they're called, "sticky things"). While visiting Ikea last week, the straw decorations jumped into my cart! I took a look around my house and just re-located the cork "R". I made that a few months ago out of a bunch of leftover wine corks (mmmm, wine) and added a few other things here and there. Voila...Autumn mantel.
Remember to use your room's paint colour to your advantage. The colour of my living room is mostly grey but I find when I add pops of blue (ie: in the tip of the squash/gourd), the room takes on a blue tone that then works well with the oranges and greens that scream Fall colours.
Also, textures and patterns are your friends. As long as you stay in similar tones, adding different textures creates dimension to your space, anchors the room and will be fresh.fabulous.sophisticated.
My Nana had this great Fall square wreath at her house. It now has a spot on our coffee table. Think outside of the box, wreaths don't always have to be on the front door. I added candles in the middle (they were in my fireplace all summer) and instantly it creates a centrepiece and reminds me of Nana (I actually can't take credit for this idea...it was my mum's - but now I stole it ;)
Happy Autumn decorating everyone! I have a couple of urns outside that have neglected summer flowers in them (I get excited to plant in the Spring and by the time August comes, my green thumb becomes brown) and are in need for some Fall mums.
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