I’ve been working on fall-ifying my house this past week. No pumpkins in sight yet, just bringing some cozy textures and pillows into the mix. Today, I thought I would quickly share my neutral fall fireplace mantel decor. I used to change my mantel decor drastically for each season, but these days, I like to keep it simple. I like keeping this large mirror up here to anchor the space and then I just swap out little accessories here and there.
And yes, I was totally justified in having the fireplace on when I shot this, it’s actually been really cool here with temps in the 50’s in the mornings. ;)
I traded out the fresh summer greens in my vases for some grasses I clipped from the side of the road. Pro-tip; wash your hands after playing with these if you have allergies like me. My eyes promptly swelled shut after I arranged these perfectly – still totally worth it! Pro-tip number two; I actually cut some of these same grasses last year and dried them. They stored perfectly in our storage room in a vase and I was able to pull them back out this year.
I shopped my house and stole these aged brass candlesticks from our bedroom to add some more warmth to the mantel.
I mentioned this artwork in my fall Friday Feels last week and I love the subtle colors. I was planning on buying a smaller mat to show more of the art but I never got around to it. I still like the cropped version.
After I figured out the mantel I took my fall zhushing over to the bookshelves. Again I kept my same key players, namely my great grandmother’s old books and some fave vintage children’s books. Then I just tuck in a few seasonal items.
When I’m styling shelves I always think about having similar colors for your eye to follow. Since I switched out the white frame on the mantel for a black one I wanted to add black to the shelves as well. I’ve had these black and white prints forever. The Mr. and I bought on Napa trip a million years ago. Adding them to the shelves up here balances the black a bit. I picked up this Tradescantia Zebrina at my local nursery because the muted tones of the plant fit right in with the direction I was going for the living room.
This little black vase used to be white and I just hit it with a coat of black spray paint (I can spray it white again in the summer if the mood strikes) for a cozier fall vibe. Then I stuck a handful of cut grass in it. This time I used Karl Foerster from our yard.
Our dining table got a handful of clippings too!
Again, I really just shopped my house to keep things simple. Sometimes all you need to make your house feel fresh is to swap things around a bit.
I think that’s it, I’ll be sharing the rest of the room soon!
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Mantel beam – this was the original mantel beam of the cottage we knocked down to build here
Stone – J&N stone – Style Quartz, Color Price
Art – Juniper Print shop
Brass Bowls – no longer available
Table – from a local store that unfortunately went out of business
Dining table vase – no longer available, this is a similar one
Wall Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams