It can be daunting to decorate a home for every season and holiday. A tight budget and lack of time and energy can often get in the way from changing up the décor multiple times a year. I remember a few occasions when putting up our Christmas decorations after a busy semester of piano teaching felt like an unwanted chore. I realized then that it is much more important to enjoy and connect with the people around you than to deck the halls with a resentful heart. I am currently in a very busy season of my life and I need our seasonal/holiday décor to be simple, inexpensive and not overly time consuming. It also needs to transition well from one season/holiday to the next. As I mentioned in my previous post, we do not have a fireplace in our house. We do have a wood burning cook stove in our kitchen and a long mirror next to it. I call it a ”mirror-mantel”.Our fall mirror-mantel was very simple to put together. I used only four elements: ironstone tureens, heirloom pumpkins, mums and a chalkboard. Actually, the chalkboard was originally a cork board. I will be back this week with a tutorial on how I transformed our cork board into a chalkboard using milk paint. Our fall mantel was also very inexpensive. I found the cork board for $1.00 at an estate sale and I picked two ironstone tureens from my collection. I only had to purchase one mum that I divided among two pots and some heirloom pumpkins. Our fall mantel will transition well through Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will only be swapping the pumpkins and the mums with other seasonal produce and change the writing on the chalkboard.This is the recipe I used to decorate our fall mantel this year. I started by using a chalkboard as the focal point and I placed it in the middle of our mantel.I added symmetry and anchored the focal point by adding two identical painted terracotta pots on each side of the chalkboard.I transplanted mums in both flower pots to add some life to the space.I broke up the symmetry by putting two kinds of ironstone tureens at a different distance from the chalkboard. Repeating the same element on both sides of the focal point gives balance to the mantel and the different heights help to keep the eyes moving and engaged.This fall, I chose to decorate our home with a soothing color palette of whites, blues and greens. I found some beautiful heirloom pumpkins in those colors and could not resist using them on our fall mantel. I chose different varieties and sizes of pumpkins with various shades of blues and greens for added interest.There you have it! A simple recipe for a simple and inexpensive fall mantel! I wish you all a wonderful week and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by our blog. It really means a lot to me!
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