This is the current state of the mantel in the living room.
I’m kind of excited about it.
Mostly because I shopped my attic and cut out some leaves and stacked some books and went all pumpkin on the corners.
I’m going to show you EXACTLY how I decorated it.
I’m going to decorate it by the numbers.
But first, can I ask you a question?
Are you an English professor? Or a grammarian? Or took grammar courses or understand the difference between a complex sentence and one that’s simple? Or just know someone within a five-mile grammar radius that you could ask?
I need to know.
Is it mantel or mantle?
I’m going with mantel here, but I’m not sure.
Which one do you wear and which one do one you decorate?
Here’s where our mantel journey started.
This is where it went all Julie Andrews and started at the very beginning.
Just ready to get its fall on.
It looks like this.
The mantel and I had a discussion and we went with neutral this year.
If you want to create a similar look, no worries. It’s so much easier than it looks.
Let’s break it down by the numbers.
If you are ever looking for a way to add height anywhere—a bookcase, a hutch, a side table or a mantel.
A book is your friend.
If your pumpkin looks too low? Add a book.
Quick cute book tip. If your book isn’t cute—just turn the spine inward.
The side with the pages is always so much cuter.
I got the wood pumpkin on the left at Hobby Lobby last week.
The pumpkin on the right came from HomeGoods last year.
Vary the size of your pumpkins and you want to make sure you have an “anchor” pumpkin on either side of the mantel.
3. cutting boards
Some people use their cutting boards for recipes.
I use mine to decorate.
These are just cutting boards that I’ve collected over the years.
The big one on the left came from my collection on Painted Fox.
I found this at a yard sale years ago.
I’ve seen similar ones at any craft stores.
I went all decorating rogue and hung it off to one side.
This was just a piece of wood I found in the garage and I just lettered happy fall.
It’s a little rough around the edges.
I just taped some leaves around it to distract from my pencil lines.
My sister made these wool felted acorns several years ago.
They are white with stitching at the top.
I layered them on the mantel next to the pumpkins.
To finish it all off?
I just cut leaves out of book pages and scattered them all over the mantel.
Some are taped with scotch tape.
Some are just crinkled for texture.
I just had them lying around left over from this project.
PS If you needed a little more inspiration for fall, be sure and check out the latest Better Homes and Gardens Fall Decorating.
You might recognize the farmhouse and a few familiar pumpkins. 🙂
Happy day rock star.