I had a fun and different opportunity today to style not one but three mantels at an exclusive gated community on a nature preserve here.
With all the grays and browns, I really wanted to bring light and fall color to all three mantels, but not with the usual fall mantel decor.
For the first one, I kept the painting that was there and added an antique water pump bucket, from a local antique mall, in the perfect shade of yellow filled with sour wood branches. These trees change colors very early here and will stay alive for a few weeks if kept in water. They drink water like crazy, though. I also found some baskets and gourd bowls locally to add some lighter texture underneath the painting. The barley twist candlesticks were on another mantel, and I just moved them here for height.
In another part of this room was a double-sided fireplace. This side was really dark, so I brightened it up a bit with more sour wood branches in an antique green gas can. I think green is an absolute necessity in fall decor to keep the look *alive* so I carried that through with heavy green votive candle holders as well.
I thought these gourd bowls were just perfect here, and this large one came with a hand-carved stand.
I reused the canoe, which had been on the first mantel, and added one green pumpkin inside and an interesting yellow gourd in front.
*Note to self: straighten the art before taking photos:-)
For the back side of the same fireplace, I clipped bittersweet branches and added them to a candle holder, which they already had in place, as well as more sour wood clippings to two smaller vases.
The antler candlesticks came from the first mantel, so I just moved those here since this fireplace is smaller in scale. As I was looking through these photos, I thought to myself that symmetry is apparently not something I strive for:-) I just prefer a more casual look with movement and interest, I guess, and that's what I think works best with this rustic background.
I had such a great time styling these mantels, and I *hope* the clients like how they turned out.
As soon as the hay bales, corn stalks and huge pumpkins arrive that I bought, I'll be doing six different outdoor displays here as well, so you know I'm looking forward to that:-)
I'll be joining: