Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Mantel Is FULL of Fall

Most of my adult life I have lived in a home that could be considered decorated for fall year-round. Red, butterscotch, copper, wheat, all manner of greens - that's my palette. I've mentioned a few times that my mind is sneaking up on a color palette transition. My ideas, time, and budget haven't quite caught up to my mind yet so I'm just going to sit back and enjoy living in my Autumn/Christmas colored home for one more winter. If I can catch up on a plethora of unfinished projects over the winter perhaps I can reward myself with the beginning of that color transition.  

I love a fall mantel but I've been putting off taking down my spring summer mantel and going house shopping for what I might use for fall. Yes I admit that I never did a summer mantel. In fact, up until this year of blogging, I only changed my mantel at Christmas and then put it back the way I had it before. I liked it that way - so why change it? This whole blogging thing is teaching me a lesson or two in flexibility . . . and I must admit it is kind of fun.

So when I woke up at 5:30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep I thought "today is the day!" Seven (yes SEVEN) hours later I was taking pictures. 


 
It wouldn't have taken me quite so long but I decided not to wait another day (I've already waited about 350 days) before I stained and built those wooden side extensions on the sides of the fireplace. The top and side extensions are my attempt to make my very ugly fireplace my friend.  


I was kind of excited to get the brainstorm to hang these wrought iron pieces from the molding at the base of the coving. 


 
I've had them for about seven years and haven't had many opportunities to use them.


It was fun to collect together all my thrifty finds from the spring and summer - everything except the pine cone tree, the two candlesticks, the wrought iron and the mirror.  Those were finds from yesteryears. Oh and the cut glass pitcher was a gift from my late maternal grandfather.

I pulled my old tool box out from the corner of the room.




The mantel and the front porch.  That's about as fall decorated as it gets around here.  Oh yea, I also printed and framed one of my favorite photographs - taken during a wine tasting trip to the Old Mission Peninsula in northwest Michigan.





Actually, maybe I will just show you the picture . . . silly me!



This is an orchard across the road from the 2 Lads Winery. Ahhh pretty!

Enjoy fall and -

Make something wonderful today

Karen

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18 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

You mantel is gorgeous! I love the rustic elements yet it looks so elegant too.Happy Fall!

Karen said...

Your mantle looks great. I don't think your fireplace is ugly love the rustic feel. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathryn J Cain said...

I like yur mantle...rustic and has character....and your details are yummy

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh that is fabulous! I love it all! You sure have an eye for balance and style!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Karen,
That looks wonderful! I really like the added side extensions on the fireplace. Looks great! (I have an ugly fireplace too - bad proportions and all- sigh). Love all your little touches - especially the old toolbox!

Heather Benton said...

It was worth the seven hours - the extensions are gorgeous!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

The tool box set up is my favorite!! So rusticly awesome!! And the view from that vineyard leaves me yearning for fall. You have the perfect eclectic mix of fall goodness!

Designing Domesticity said...

What a great idea to hang the metal work. Really love it - adds so much character and depth. Nice work. thanks for sharing, liz

Bliss said...

You mantel is full of fall and my belfry is full of bats.

~Bliss~

Donna Wilkes said...

I still have my spring/summer mantel up, also. I might have to take it down next week - it being October and all! The mantel turned out very lovely, but the photograph of that view is spectacular

Distressed Donna Down Home

D said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your mantle and I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
D

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your mantle is just breathtaking!!
I absolutely love it!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Tami Rebekah said...

Love these colors as well!! So warm!! You are so talented!

Can you believe its October!!?

Little Miss Maggie said...

Those wrought iron pieces are fabulous. They look right at home above your fireplace. Everything looks so fall like. I bet your folliage outside is changing too and there is a chill in the air. It's 106 in L.A. today and our leaves are dead, not turning. Enjoy the season.

Jenny said...

I am crushing on your fireplace...big time!

The way you decorate is quite charming...that color palette is what I'm always drawn to as well!

Happy Fall.

Ya'll.

Becca said...

Fabulous mantel !! I love the iron pieces ... they frame your stunning mantelscape beautifully !!

Danice said...

What a beautiful Mantel! I love Fall orange colors!
Found you on Fox Hollow Cottage's link party :)

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

awesome as ALWAYS!!!! hugs...

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