Fall Mantle

by Kimba on October 5, 2009

in Seasonal Projects

Sigh. I love the transition from the clean simplicity of summer to the lush, warm beauty of fall.

The greenery (or should I say fall-ery) on my mantle began it’s life as a garland that I found on clearance. I don’t usually use fake garlands (unless it’s Christmas) but this one looks so real that I love it!

I cut it in half and used one piece on each side of the mirror. There are two 3M Command Hooks on the mantle behind the mirror. The ends of the garland are wired to the hooks to hold them in place.

A bunch of pinecones filling my favorite lanterns.

And some candles to light up one of my easy DIY botanical prints.

More fall mantles:
The Start of my Fall Decor @ Pewter & Sage
Fall Mantle Makeover @ Blue Cricket Design
Autumn Mantle @ French Garden Farmhouse
Autumn Mantle Decorations @ Classy & Sophisticated
Fall Mantle @ Life is So Delicious

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1 Jennifer Juniper October 5, 2009 at 4:55 am

Great minds think alike? I have my Fall Mantle scheduled for tomorrow 🙂

2 Lynn from For Love or Funny October 5, 2009 at 5:09 am

VERY pretty. Now I will try to make my mantle look like yours…

3 Beth Peele October 5, 2009 at 5:17 am

looks great! I'll have to go find some soon!

4 Shelia October 5, 2009 at 5:20 am

Your mantle looks fantastic. Don't you just love Fallness?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉

5 Liz October 5, 2009 at 5:22 am

Lovely job! I love the colors in the garland and it does look real. A+++ well done!

Happy Fall!

Liz =)

6 Vanessa October 5, 2009 at 5:23 am

Absolutely gorgeous!!

7 pk October 5, 2009 at 5:31 am

It looks beautiful Kimba! I love the pinecones in the lanterns. \ Have an awesome Monday!
pk @ room remix

8 East Coast Suburbanite October 5, 2009 at 5:31 am

Looks great. Love the lanterns on either side. I just decorated mine. I love Pewter and Sage's mantles. She does such a great job for every season.

9 Laryssa Herbert October 5, 2009 at 5:33 am

Wonderful job Kimba! So lovely. 🙂

10 Leigh October 5, 2009 at 5:34 am

OK – I am not one to change my mantle for each season – I have my year-round look, and then my Christmas mantle… but yours is so classic and clean – I love it! I'm inspired!

11 Laura Trevey October 5, 2009 at 5:35 am

LOVE the Fall leaves!!
Have a super week ~~

xo Laura

12 Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic October 5, 2009 at 5:46 am

First off your fireplace is SO beautiful! I love how you decorated this space. I'm also happy to see I'm not the only one that will combine silver and gold together! (I used to always think you couldn't). TWO THUMBS WAY UP!

13 Laurel @ Ducks in a Row October 5, 2009 at 5:48 am

Totally beautiful – I love the garland, it's so lush and pretty.

14 Tara October 5, 2009 at 5:51 am

So pretty!

15 Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful October 5, 2009 at 5:53 am

Hi Kimba! Your mantle looks beautiful. You're right, those leaves leaves look so realistic. When I first saw the photo I thought- where does she live that the leaves have turned already?

16 Carmen October 5, 2009 at 5:55 am

Looks great! Simple, pretty, classy.

17 southerninspiration October 5, 2009 at 5:59 am

Your fireplace = gorgeous…..love the stone, and those lanterns that used to be green are fabulous!! 😉


18 Rona's Home Page October 5, 2009 at 6:01 am

How beautiful. I'll have to get some fall decorating done in our apartment.

19 Beth October 5, 2009 at 6:05 am

Beautiful! I love fall.

20 Nadir @ Hodgepodge October 5, 2009 at 6:09 am

Beautiful! I love it!

21 Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage October 5, 2009 at 6:10 am

I've been fall fluffing for days now, and I'm moving to the mantle soon. I love the simplicity of yours, it's very pretty!

22 Brandy @ Loving Blakely October 5, 2009 at 6:20 am

I'm loving it!!! Check out my mantle!

23 Amy October 5, 2009 at 6:22 am

Ok, now come over and do mine.

24 Jane (Frugal Fine Living) October 5, 2009 at 6:31 am

Gorgeous mantel! I love the pinecones in the lanterns. Those leaf garlands do look real, too.


25 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality October 5, 2009 at 6:45 am

Beautiful, kimba! It really looks inviting.

26 arkie October 5, 2009 at 6:57 am

Loved your mantle! Thanks for the links to see the other mantles!

27 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions October 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

Thank looks great! I really like the way you used one garland and put it on either side of your mantel.

28 Lettered Cottage October 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

GORGEOUS as always Miss Kimba!
We've got so much BACKDROP work to do on this place, I don't get to do much seasonal decorating. Oh well, I'll live vicariously through you! 🙂


29 Sarah October 5, 2009 at 6:59 am

It looks gorgeous, Kimba!! I'm such a sucker for lanterns…I love them with the pinecones, great idea. I'm with ya on the fake garlands, but that one is definitely a step up, love the color and texture and fullness of it. So glad you brought out one of your DIY botanicals, it looks so good there! Gasp! Thanks for including me in your mantel list!!! You're the best, have a great Monday:)

30 Lee Laurie October 5, 2009 at 7:06 am

Very pretty! I love the fall colors.

31 Insomniac Mummy October 5, 2009 at 7:14 am

Very pretty.

I love autumn. Feels all warm and rich and cosy.

Makes me want to drink hot chocolate and snuggle under a blanket reading a good book.


32 Melanie@The Old White Cottage October 5, 2009 at 7:22 am

Perfect timing for this post. I'm in the process of installing a mantle and trying to decorate it. I've never had a mantle to decorate so its nice to see what other people do with it. They all look great!

33 Southern Fried Gal October 5, 2009 at 7:46 am

Simple and pretty!

I'm with you on the garland. I used some on my mantle as well and went way more over the top than I usually do! I even got outside myself by not going symmetrical! Love it!

34 Ellen October 5, 2009 at 7:51 am

This is awesome. I would so do this if my decorating budget was not currently taking a backseat to our trip budget. Instead, I just put out my little fake pumpkins and my fall wreath today. =) I will be looking for one of these garlands on clearance to implement this idea later!

35 brudcrew October 5, 2009 at 7:52 am

Your rock fireplace and mantle are just like the ones in my new house! Love what you did with it!

36 Sandy October 5, 2009 at 8:05 am

Hi Kimba! Love your mantle and I just love Fall! Except the cold came to fast here – we're all freezing! 🙂

Happy Monday, friend!

37 The DIY Show Off October 5, 2009 at 8:22 am

Beautiful! I love your lantern filled with pinecones. Great job as usual! I just decorated my mantel last week – stop by to see it in Fall Festival #4 if you get the time. 🙂

Have a wonderful week!


38 jenjen October 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

So beautiful and earthy Kimba!


39 anhesty October 5, 2009 at 8:26 am

lovesss it! i can't decorate my mantle cos my hubby installed his flat screen above it. i will have to decorate in front of the fireplace 😀

40 Becky Brocato October 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

Yes, the fall is so calming, but with some spice! Love the mantle, beautiful job!

41 Rambling Girl October 5, 2009 at 8:36 am

Love your fall mantle Kimba! Simple but so cute!

Have a great week!

42 Ashley Schott October 5, 2009 at 9:16 am

I love, love, love it! I love the picture of leaves, the garland, the pumpkins… It's all so pretty.

43 Chari October 5, 2009 at 9:31 am

Hi Kimba…

What a gorgeous fireplace and it's all dressed up in its fall finery…so pretty!!! I love your new autumn leaves garland…the perfect touch for your autumn mantle! I also love how you leaned the mirror and pretty autumn leaf picture against the wall of the mantle…really pretty! Ohhh…and can't forget the pretty lanterns filled with pinecones!!! I love your beautiful autumn look, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes and Happy Fall!
Chari@Happy To Design

44 Jill October 5, 2009 at 10:21 am


45 REbekah October 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

This looks great! You really rosked that leaf garland!!! Love it!

46 Katy October 5, 2009 at 11:29 am


47 Nellie's Cozy place October 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

Hi Kimba,
Loved your mantel, very beautiful
yet simple and elegant. You did a great job on balance as well.
Love your blog girlie, it's always fun.
Thanks for sharing,
blessings, Nellie

48 Willo October 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

I LOVE the garland! You are right, it looks so real!

49 Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick October 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

Gorgeous Kimba! Love the pinecones in the lanterns. I'm going to have to bring mine in from the deck to do something fun with them.

50 Amanda @ Serenity Now October 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Lovely, Kimba! 🙂 Your pretty mantel inspired me to haul myself up to the attic to FINALLY get the Fall decorations down. 🙂 Now I'll have something to post about tonight!

51 grannyann October 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Love your Fall decorations.

52 Connie Weiss October 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I love a good mantle. Fall faux leaves are my favorite things to decorate with!

53 Sherri S October 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

LOVE it! And I love that you used pine cones in the lanterns.

54 darnold23 October 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm

REally pretty. I had my outside pumpkin, croton, mum scene set only to come home after being away all weekend and find that the better part of it had been eaten by our "resident" groundhog! I think I'm heading out to buy some of your "fake." Perhaps he/she won't have an appetite for it:)

55 Audra October 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I wish I had my mantle up already. Maybe by Christmas…but until them I will be inspired to recreate a fall plant shelf or something! Thank you for the inspiration.

56 Richella October 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I have to admit that I'm a little jealous of your ability to change your mantle for the seasons. I'm such a stick-in-the-mud. I change my mantle for Christmas, but that's about it. I guess what I'm jealous of is your ability not to be a stick-in-the-mud.

Anyway, my jealousy aside, I must say that this looks wonderful. I love the way you've layered things. And I really like that you filled the lanterns with pine cones and then lit the small candles. Unexpected, and very pretty. Thanks for the inspiration!

57 Aura October 5, 2009 at 7:33 pm

My favorite thing to decorate it my mantle! I just stuffed mine full of fall goodies and I love it.

58 Kate Coveny Hood October 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm

As much as I love our little house (when I'm not hating it) – I really wish we had a fireplace!

59 Marcy Tate October 6, 2009 at 8:20 am

Kimba, I love your fall mantle designs! So beautiful. View some more mantle ideas for the year-round at my site http://www.networx.com/article/make-the-most-of-your-mantel

60 Rachel@oneprettything.com October 6, 2009 at 10:56 am

Very nice! I love how that can last from October to November. I've been looking for pretty fall decorating photos, I'll be linking to this.

61 Living With Lindsay October 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Very nice!

62 Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates October 11, 2009 at 3:17 pm

That looks so cozy!

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