The kids are back to school, the pool is being drained, leaves are starting to turn, the temperature is a cool 95 degrees, ok ignore that last part but everything else points to falls arrival. My friend Erin at How to Nest for Less posted a pic of her beautiful fall mantel and I was feeling inspired to change mine up after seeing hers. If you want to pin this image, please head over to this post and pin directly from her blog.
It was also probably the feeling of sweet freedom as all 4 children were in school and I had
laundry and dishes nothing to do. The bub’s started pre-school yesterday, this momma did not cry, ok well maybe I shed a tear of happiness as I have 7.5 hours to myself each week but who’s counting. He needs to get out and play with some peeps his age and I need some time alone so I can do important things, like cleaning and organizing playing with fall flowers in the dollar store for 45 minutes.
Here was mantel from sometime this spring/summer. I love my Martha Stewart Sunburst mirror but I have really had a hard time finding stuff that fit around it. By the way, I have a love hate relationship with mantel decorating. I see cute mantels like Erin’s and get all inspired and then I end up getting frustrated after two hours and just throw something up there. Something like the picture below.
Today after hauling up many different accessories from my storage area, trying things, taking pictures, posting to fb for feedback and tpssing goldfish at the bub’s while he sat on the couch, I came up with this. The right side I love, the left side is ok. I’m open to suggestions so please feel free to help a sister out. Part of my problem is that I am not a hoarder and I”m actually the opposite which I guess would be a minimalist. I don’t have a lot of “stuff” to work with for the mantel. I need to hit up some garage sales for books and maybe a few picture frames.
Just for fun, this is the mantel from last fall. Granted we had only been living in this house for about four months and I was still trying to figure out what furniture for which room, where to place the tv, etc.
The family room has come a long way in the past year, the painted trim and walls certainly lightened up the space. I think even in my photography there has been some improvement, thanks in part to a better camera but also trying to shoot in manual mode and learning some skills.
I’ve also realized while talking with my friend Jen that I don’t even own a pumpkin for fall! Can you believe it? Not a ceramic one, plastic one, wooden one, raffia one, crocheted one, fabric one, nothing. Hobby Lobby might be a good place to start, I have a birthday soon, maybe I should ask for pumpkins for my gifts. Maybe I will become a pumpkin hoarder. Do you own a pumpkin? Do you decorate your mantel for the seasons?