Thursday, September 16, 2010

Simple Fall Mantel


Today I am reposting my September guest post from Remodelaholic.  I apologize if you've already seen it!


Well, it's hard to believe, but Fall is upon us and I though it was time to switch out my Summer mantel design for one more fitting of Fall.


I used the same apothecary jars I had on the mantel in the Summer.  I usually keep them up all year and just switch out the fillers to work with the season - makes it easy!


One jar is filled with wheat.  I bought a bunch, split it up into four parts, and then made little bundles by twisting a piece of raffia around it.


Another is filled with Indian corn I picked up on clearance at Pottery Barn last year.  I love all the colors!



I filled the last jar with artificial pears that came from Target.




I took one of the branches out of the vase (shown above) and glued on a few dried Japanese Maple leaves.  I dried a whole bunch of these last year just by placing them between the pages of my phone book.  They have been there all year!  I guess I don't use the phone book too often.


Just use a glue gun to attach the leaves.  I love how this looks!  I think I might dry a whole bunch more this year to use next year!


Last year I used a few of the dried leaves and put them in a frame.  This is so easy and doesn't cost a thing!


I also have a dried ginkgo leaf in another frame.


I used acorns as a vase filler around a candle.









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33 comments:

LindyLouMac said...

Bella, my arrangement for September as i do not consider it Autumn just yet is a bowl if shiny apples.

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

No, I hadn't seen this post Alissa and it is great! We just went for a fall drive here and the leaves were absolutely beautiful. I love the Apothecary jars filled with wheat. The Agronomist would love it.
Thanks for some great ideas.
Dana

julie said...

Lovely mantle...can I ask a question about your tv?

If you have it above your fireplace where do you have all your components?

alicia said...

Beautiful. Simplistic and elegant. Just my style!

AtOneWithHim said...

Seriously, knock it off. Thats too adorable. I love it, thanks for the awesome ideas!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I was so caught up in the decor when you posted this before that I missed your AWESOME fireplace, Alissa! LOVE that tile...and the hearth, too...wow!!

I wanna be you when I go back in time. :o)

Jill said...

This is sooo gorgeous!

I'd love for you to come and join my Fall link party next Friday (Sept. 24) and stop by because I'll be posting fall projects all week and featuring others too!

~JILL
http://envirocraftiness.blogspot.com

The Girlie Blog said...

You did a wonderful job!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Just a lovely and simple display! Love the maple leaves and wheat.

Nattie said...

Loving the gorgeous corn!! thanks for sharing this! :)

alissa said...

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments.

Julie - I had my house all wired for sound while it was being built. My cable box for the TV upstairs is actually in my hall closet on a shelf. I never even have to touch it - everything is controlled by a remote sensor on the TV.

Rachelle said...

Wonderful ideas! Sooo pretty. I'm stickin' around.

KasiaJ said...

Lovely! I love the leaf framing- I have plans to get around to that this year.

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Really nice. Im a big fan of using glass jars and apothecary jars with goodies. Thanks for sharing, because I wasnt fortunate enough to see it the first time.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Beautiful as always Alissa!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the jar idea. The corn and other fall things look wonderful and fiestive.

Jen said...

Gorgeous...but not simple at all for me. That set up would take me a week to put together!
Great job!

Liz said...

Beautiful arrangements. I love the corn in the jar idea....so pretty! Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing! ~Liz

M.O.T.B said...

Love the jar fillers. I have always used leaves but never thought of the obvious corn and wheat!

Mandy said...

So lovely! I really enjoy seeing how others decorate for fall...very inspiring. :)

kelley @ the eclectic owl said...

so simple and beautiful! i love the colors of the corn! i am so ready for fall :)

Lori said...

Found you at Funky Junk, great mantel. I love the indian corn in the vase. Plan to do that for Thanksgiving table with the corn tied with twine around the outside of the vase. See Pottery Barn current catalog. Have fun.

The DIY Show Off said...

It's beautiful. I have a tv over my mantel too and struggle with decorating there now. You have a perfect blend of festive and simplicity that works beautifully! I'm going to include your beautiful decor in this week's Fall Festival highlights! Thanks so much for sharing! Love it!

:)

Roeshel

Janae @ Somewhat Couture said...
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Janae @ Somewhat Couture said...

Love your fillers! I am really into the Indian corn! Great job! I love your house tour on Remodelohic! I am a big fan!

Rene said...

I love, love, love all of your natural elements! So glad you could join the party Alissa.

3LittleByrds said...

I love the wheat and corn.

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I'm visiting from the Nester's mantle party. Now I know what to do with my old phonebooks! I love the wheat filler you created too.

Alison

http://welcomesunshinehome.blogspot.com/

Low Tide High Style said...

I love your fall mantle and all of your natural decor, so pretty!

Kat :)

this blessed nest said...

i love the indian corn & the wheat in your hurricanes. but your tile around your fireplace & hearth is amazing!!!!!!!! gorgeous!

thanks for linking up to the FALL FESTIVAL!

kellie

Erica @ Decorica said...

The indian corn in the jar is adorable - totally gonna use that idea! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

So pretty, I like the leaves glued to the twigs, I may try that.

The Chambs said...

Where did you find the vases?

 

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