Thursday, September 26, 2013

~ A Little Fall Home Tour ~ Vintage with New - Decorating the Fall Mantel

 
Fall Mantel 2013

Fall is in the air, even way down in the South. We too are being coaxed to embrace the new season, ever so gently as each morning is a bit cooler,  just a little bit.  

The Fall Mantel reflects our Autumn. The large sycamore leaves are just starting to turn and lots of green ones are already covering the ground. Shades of rust are still mixed with the beauty of green, and yellow is showing off,  too.

It seems like just about everyone is eager to see Fall this time of year. The days are shorter,  but the evenings are cooler and the promise of stunning colors of leaves and sunsets woo us into the new season. I am no different except I walk slowly into this time of year relishing the last days for summer, and the evening walks with the sun still shining.  But Fall is one of my most favorite times as well. 

 


 Several years ago, an artist created 2 custom paintings for me, this one with the terracotta pot and chipmunk (I'm not a farm girl if I have my critter wrong) and another one with a pretty baby blue bird. He asked what animals and colors and I wanted and this is what he painted. They were perfect for the way I decorated years ago. Sometimes when you put something away for a while, it is extra special all over again when you find it. And so it is with this delightful painting. 

The mantel is a charming mix of vintage and new. New leaves, both real and faux, playfully accent the fabulous handmade pottery pieces, vintage green pottery, silver and antique books. The peachy colored gourds were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and other acrylics last year. The colors are still perfect for my fall decor. 

Bowing to the beauty of nature, there is a real bird's nest in the center with the original white cottony type element that the bird used to build it. This was a rescued, abandoned nest we found several years ago and which I use very often just because I love it so  much .

 

This vase is the last piece we collected. The sister vase to this one was purchased more than 20 years earlier. When we found the same artist at a large art show, we fell in love with this lidded vase and added it to our art pieces. At that time I was using a lot of brown as an accent color. Bringing it out to a new setting and time  makes it special to us all over again.  Here is is shown with vintage silver and milk glass, and ASCP painted  pottery gourd,  a moss ball and some sycamore leaves.

 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some Fall decorating with me.
I have a few more Fall decor pictures, so come by again.

See Y'All Soon~

12 comments:

  1. Donna, you sure have a lovely way of decorating your home. So sophisticated with a good eye for balance. And I love your velvet pumpkin! I just bought "Winter" Cottage magazine and there is an article about a woman who makes them to sell to retail stores.

    Happy Fall!

    Becky

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  2. Hi Becky,
    I so enjoyed stopping by your home to see your pretty Fall decorations and I'm happy you had a chance to come by and visit me. Happy Fall!

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  3. Oh my word, that painting is fantastic. I love it and the frame is stunning too. Gorgeous mantel vignette. Hugs, Marty

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    1. So nice to see you Marty. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Donna- I t looks absolutely beautiful and I LOVE those pumpkins. They really add a nice touch. Love the picture, too. Happy Fall!!! xo Diana

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    1. It is the season of pumpkin love isn't it Diana? Thanks for your nice comment.

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  5. that chipmunk painting is perfect for me. they are such fun little guys and I feed them every day. such a wonderful painting! love your wonderful mantel!

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    1. Hey Debra, I thought he was a chipmunk! They sure are cute, but I didn't know they were little critters that you might see in your own yard. Thanks for your sweet comments.

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  6. Your fall mantel is just gorgeous! Although, I spend a lot of energy trying to get rid of chipmunks... :) Love the copper tub that's full of pumpkins!

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    1. Hi Manuela, I wondered if there were a few people who spent a few hours or so keeping the little critters out of their gardens. Kind of like how I love rabbits and deer, then someone tells me how much of their veggies they eat. So nice to see you!

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  7. Boy that is beautiful, love that picture you have hanging. Lovely vignette and the fireplace is so gorgeous!!

    Cynthia

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  8. Hi Cynthia, Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little Fall with me.

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