Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Mantel-An All Day Affair

Yep, The Fall Fairy decided to finally make a stop at our house! Let me tell you it was an all day affair! I was arranging things and thinking how I needed a few more things so I started digging thru all my stuff and forgot I had not one but two bins full of fall goodness in the pretty closet. Yes, I said pretty closet! We have his and hers closets and well mine is full of what my boys call my pretties!;) Some gals go for shoes I go for decor.

My fall mantel display was created pretty much with stuff I already had. This cute Autumn sign I got last year at HomeGoods.

I used the architectural piece bookends I purchased last month from HomeGoods to flank the wreath.

The wreath is the only new piece! I just could not pass it up when I saw it at yes, HomeGoods on Thursday! It hopped in my cart and refused to get out. I paid $40 for it and tried to reason myself out of it since I usually make my own wreaths but I was adding up what all was in the wreath and by the time I purchased all the garlands and picks I would have been pretty darn near that $40 in the first place even with it all on sale.  

I needed some taller items on either side of the mirror so I pulled the topiaries down from the front door ledge and just stuck some fall leaves and a pumpkin in them. The shutters I just finished painting and were a gift from my mom. She got them at an estate sale. I have another set out in the garage that I am thinking of painting and selling.

And here is what took all day! I did it layer by layer and would get frustrated so I would walk away and come back to it. I am not one that can just throw stuff together in a flash. It always takes me some time to achieve the look I am going for.

Down on the hearth I pulled out my twigs I have had for years from Target and my candle sconce from a store called Illuminations that sadly closed up shop. It was divine! The only light in the entire store was by candles!

For the lantern I just threw some picks on top with raffia ribbon.

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. This is the first year to decorate for the seasons with the new fireplace surround and flooring! And yes that is blue painters tape you are seeing! I am still working on caulking and repainting the baseboards!;) 

The Fall Fairy is not done and has left a few messes along the way. The dining room is still in progress as well as the landing and as soon as I get the trim painted behind the tv cabinet I need to decorate the top of it so there will be plenty of fall yumminess yet to come!

Speaking of yumminess!! You MUST go out and get these tart warmers from WM! They are beyond yummy and our entire house smells delicious!
Hope your weekend is going well and thanx for stopping by!

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  1. Everything looks beautiful and I am a sucker for HomeGoods too. Sometimes, it's a GOOD thing it's a 2 hour drive away.

    Everything really came together. The new shutters are darling. What a great mom =) The empty frame on the hearth looks perfect.

    Glad to know I am not the only one with baseboards to finish. I just keep walking by them and hope no one but me notices that the nail holes need to be filled. Dread!

    And I know they won't be getting done today either... lol

  2. Everything looks lovely. I need to get my fall "pretties" out too but since it is still really hot here I am not so inspired. Lets hope for cooler weather.

  3. Love what you did with your mantle Pam..
    would you mind telling where you got your BLESSED plaque. I'd love to have one for my family room.. thanks

  4. Wow, I just stepped into a magazine. Amazing girl!!!
    I think if I had a HomeGoods close by I would be living there. I guess for hubby's sake the store is about an hour away from us.

  5. Oh Pamela! It looks so gorgeous! You just know how to put things together so beautifully and I love the idea of using the bookends to flank the wreath. Well done friend!

  6. Your mantle is beautiful...I love the topiaries with it...very colorful and very Fall! Enjoyed seeing it!

  7. It looks great, Pamela! I love the way you draped the leaf garland!

  8. Everything looks fantastic Pam!!! I love those wax melts, for $2.00 they are the best that I have ever tried.
    Have a great week.

  9. Really pretty, Pamela. Soft, sweet and very elegant. The perfect touch of Fall.


  10. I stopped by and wanted to let you know that I really like the two shutters either side of the mirror... cool idea and may copy you on it! You did a great job on it all...and yes..Fall decorating just gets you ready for Christmas...ha!

  11. Pamela, thanks so much for stopping by my site today and leaving such sweet compliments! I just had to come over and visit you, too! Your fall decor is just stunning! Everything is so beautiful and warm. (I miss Illuminations, as well. It was a great store!) I am a newbie to the blogging world and your newest follower. I hope that you will follow back! Many blessings to you!!

  12. Sooooo beautiful. Your work is magazine worthy.

  13. Very pretty, love the colors you choose. I like the pumpkin in the chair and the empty frame. I also am a decor ( pretty's) girl. Looks wonderful!

  14. Oh I just love all your fall touches! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

  15. Pam it is just gorgeous and look so great on your new fireplace and floors!
    Enjoy your week!

  16. Everything looks so beautiful. I am still working on my mantle. Actually I haven't started that yet, but that's the only thing I have left to do. I think??? Anyway, love your mantle. It looks scrumptious. Speaking of scrumptious, I got WM tart warmers in the Cranberry Chutney scent. IT IS TO DIE FOR!!! I love it. I haven't tried the Ginger Spice Cake yet, but that's on my to do list. lol

  17. What a glorious and magnificent mantle! And dining room too!

  18. The Fall Fairy did a GREAT job! love the bundle of sticks and that great big frame!

  19. Wow, your had an amazing fall fairy visit you. Everything looks so warm, inviting and beautiful! Great job Pamela!

  20. Pamela, Your Fall decor is gorgeous! Love the sign and your mantle is beautiful.

  21. Oh just so pretty Pamela. I have that scent too, you are right yummy yummy!

  22. Love the mantle! I think you did a great job, even if it did take all day :)

  23. The mirror and shutters are so pretty and I love how you used your corbels in a different way! Thank you for your nice comment on my blog.

  24. Your mantel looks beautiful! I love everything about it.

  25. Hi Pamela...

    Oooh...your autumn home is gorgeous, my friend! Please give my compliments to the "Fall Fairy"...she did a fabulous job! wink! Hehe! Seriously though...your autumn mantel is one of my favs this year! First of all, I love ALL of the beautiful architectural pieces that you used! And...your new autumn wreath is simply gorgeous! I certainly can understand why you brought it home with you! It's sooo full and lush...just like autumn! Love, love, LOVE how you decorated your hearth as well! Your entire fireplace is sooo very beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely autumn with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  26. Love everything you've done, so pretty! I love the garland!

  27. Spectacular Pamela. Your mantel makes a grand statement. Of course I love the architectural elements.

  28. What gorgeous decoration!! Love your style very much :)
    Fancy Frugal Life

  29. This is my first visit and i just love your fall decor! Eerything is just so welcoming and besutiful.
    Happy fall,

  30. Pamela you did a fabulous job decorating your fall mantel! I love your Happy Autumn sign, the wreath and the large lantern on the hearth. It all came together so well. I feel the same way, I can't just throw stuff together quickly, it takes time...and makes a mess in the process. Your dinning room is so pretty as well. Your mirror and the rooster lamp are great! Can't wait to see the rest of your fall decor.
    Your newest follower,

  31. Oh, I try not to be envious when people talk about Home Goods. The closest one to us is 3 1/2 hrs. away where we used to live. We do have Walmart here in our little town though! Haha! Thank you for the tip on the tart warmers! Everything looks beautiful and inviting!

  32. There are SO many things I love about this mantle! The twigs are one of my favorite elements but I just love the architectural book ends and the way you have the hearth decked out with the leaf garland!


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