Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Mantel

This Fall's mantel was totally inspired by an e-reader who has become a very special e-friend.  She created velvet pumpkins and velvet acorns which she generously shared with me.  I was thrilled when I opened the package she sent and these wonderful velvet pumpkins and acorns spilled out. When you see them in the images notice that she used real acorn caps and pumpkin stems.  They mixed perfectly with items I had and were the inspiration for this year's mantel.  

This first image is a view of the whole family room mantel.

Next, a closer look of the mantel.

I love using feathers.  I placed them in a pewter vase.  A crackled plaster mirror is a backdrop.  The reflection in the mirror is my bookcase on the opposite wall.  Notice the pumpkin under the cloche and the acorns cascading down the animal print books.

Vintage metal frames lean against the iron grate.  The acorns top twisted pewter candlesticks. I always use vintage books as risers.

This covered bottle is the perfect Fall accessory.

I put the Santos on the mantel because he was the perfect height and color.

Notice the stack of mini leather books supporting the pumpkin under the cloche.

I have several of these brass birds.  More acorns tumble from pewter cups. My small nest and egg fit perfectly in the other cup.   A large brass mirror completes the vignette.

I think that this is the only time of year that my ugly cedar mantel works for me.

I'd love to see what you've done for Fall.


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  1. the iron gates are my favorite! love the color on them!

  2. Love the cloche and the vintage books.

  3. Kathy, Beautiful! I especially love the Santos. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

  4. Love your vignette and your choice of elements.LOVE, LOVE the pewter vase with the pheasant feathers. I,too, have an ugly cedar mantel. Yours is prettier. :)
    Visiting from No Minimalist Here,

  5. Thank you for sharing, Kathy. You certainly know what you're doing; everything is just right!

  6. It's all so attractive!

    Susan and Bentley

  7. Oh how pretty. I love your velvet pumpkins and acorns and the feathers in the vase are gorgeous. Beautiful vignette. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty