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16 September 2012

Morphed Mantel

Here, in all its 'plainness' is the mantel as it appeared here last week.  All stripped of its summer-ness and waiting for fall.

I started looking around the house (and basement and chicken coop) to see what was available and started adding things...

First, a throw from Scotland with rich red and gold...

Next, a pillow with the same hues was added to THE CHAIR...

Gasp!  I almost forgot about this!!!

I was so happy to find this great vintage olive bucket locally for a fabulous price; they're all gone now.  Why, why didn't I buy two, or three while I could??

A bare grapevine wreath will lean against the hearth; can't attach it to the brick!  (And I did remove the tag!!!)  It will have a bow if/when I can find ribbon I like!

Also added was this print of a watercolor (it's just 'leaning' in a frame for now).  I love the colors...very fallish, and it goes so well with everything else!  It's also a horizontal print and I'm very 'into' vertical.  Tomorrow it will be framed vertically, to add height. 

Since the mantel has an outlet, of course I had to add...lamps!  (These, however, have been replaced with some shorter ones)

This garland from HL was added; I've had it for years and have not been able to find another like it...

And here is the finished product (by the way, pumpkins ARE coming...just a little later!):

I love the blue shades in this brick!

The olive bucket was going to hold a bunch of 'naturals' but when I added them, it was just too much 'stuff.'  The addition of the asparagus fern (from the deck) looks much neater!

There was also a secretary in the entry way involved:

And of Donna's ravens came to visit!

Next I'll work on the door, and then it will be time to haul out Mr. Scarecrow!

It's been just beautiful the last several days; I hope you have all had a great weekend and will enjoy an even better week!

I'll be joining some of these fabulous gatherings!

Fall Mantel Link Party ~ Design Stash
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Making The World Cuter Monday @ Making The World Cuter
Mingle Monday @ Add a Pinch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses
Bedazzle me Monday @Everything Under the Moon
Creative Mondays @ Judy H-J's Thoughts - A Twinless Twin
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
Dear Lillie Link Party @ Dear Lillie
Just A Party with My Peeps @ How to Nest for Less
Cowgirl Up @ The Farmhouse Porch
It's Show Off Monday @ Kampen Lane
Mosaic Monday @ The Little Red House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm 
Time to Shine @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea@ Antiques and Teacups 
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Talent Tuesday @ Vintage Wanna Bee
Twice Owned Tuesday @ Creating a House of Grace
Tuesday Link Party @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Anything Goes @ Type A
Club G.W. @ Charm Bracelet Diva 
Show Me What Ya Got@Not JUST a Housewife
Inspiration Board @ Homework
Rock 'N Share @ The Shady Porch
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Works for Me Wednesday @ We are THAT Family
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Wednesday Link Party @ Very Merry Vintage Style
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style 
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Create and Share @ Trendy Treehouse
Link It Up Wednesday @ Junk in Their Trunk
Sugar & Spice @ Seven Thirty Three
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely

No Orange Autumn Decor @ Homastyle
Share Your Creations @ Kristen's Creations
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
Catch a Glimpse Thursday @ A Glimpse Inside
Creative Things Thursday @ The Vintage Farmhouse
Vintage Thingie Thursday @ The Coloradolady
Pearls and Lace Thursday @ Faith, Grace, and Crafts
Pin'Inspirational Thursday @ The ArtsyGirl Connection
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales from Bloggeritaville 
Cute & Creative @ Dumpster Diva
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Coffee & Conversation @ Passionately Perfect
Thrift'n On a Thursday @ Savvy City Farmer 
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party @ Debbiedoo's
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Creative Thursday @ Michelle's Tasty Creations and Crafty Ideas

Potpourri Party @ 2805

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Everything looks so beautiful! I wish I could find an olive basket!

    1. Pamela: I was sooo lucky! And I'm kicking myself because I didn't buy more than one! Good luck to you in your quest!

  2. Your mantle is just gorgeous. I had the same color brick in the last house we lived in and it looks so pretty with the colors of Fall. Love the garland and the lamps you added. (You could probably even sneak in some pumpkins) The raven is perfect, too! Happy Fall!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy your visited. Please be sure that pumpkins ARE coming...just a little later!

  3. Wow your decorations are beautiful. And it give me an inspiration to make my own wreath too. ^_^


  4. It looks so cozy and welcoming. Every room needs some red, I think. Beautiful job!

  5. Looking so pretty Nancy. Just the right touches for Fall. thanks for sharing with my party.

  6. Very pretty, I love the basket! Beautiful decorations, thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

  7. I love your mantel and the mosiac you made.

  8. Love the mantel it loos beautiful


  9. Love your pretty new fall look. It must be so nice to have an outlet on your mantel that allows for lamps. It looks great.

  10. I love to decorate for fall. It is the only time I enjoy it as the colours of fall appeal to me more than any other time of the year. I love how your mantel turned out. Valerie

  11. It is all so beautiful! I love your gorgeous mantel. Visiting from the Newbie Party. :)

  12. your mantel looks very pretty. Love the garland. I want an olive bucket but never see one where I shop. Someday !!!.
    Blessings and Happy Fall.
    Audrey Z.

    1. Thank you, Audrey. I stumbled into that bucket quite by accident; soooo wish I had bought a couple more! Good luck with your quest!

  13. Very pretty! Those touches of red in the pillow and throw and beautiful and so is the garland!

  14. So pretty! I love the lamps casting light above the mantel and that tapestry chair is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday!

  15. Looks fantastic! Nice job! Stopping by via Savvy Southern Style.

  16. It's coming along so well. I need to get it in gear and get some Fall decor up! Love your blue walls. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Primp. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you Kathryn! I'll make every effort to get there!

  17. What a wonderful transformation for this colorful time of year. You have added so many warm touches...thoughtful details and varied textures.
    I enjoyed seeing your room start from the beginning and end with a flourish of style and charm.
    Have a pleasant day, my friend,

  18. Thank you so much, Carolyn, for your very kind comments!

  19. Such pretty fall touches! You have done a lovely job!

  20. Beautiful. Amazing how a few things can make the room more cozy. enJOYed

  21. Beautiful inspiration! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  22. Hi Nancy! I love your garland! The steak knives in my tablescape are Laguinole, I think that's how you spell it! I purchased mine from Marshalls. They are the best steak knives that I have ever had and, of course, the prettiest!

  23. What a beautiful room! Love the berries on the mantle and the olive bucket. Visiting from the Newbie party and now your newest GFC follower.

  24. What a picture perfect scene! I love the rich, warm colors. And that olive bucket is to die for! I wish I could sit by the fire with you.


  25. The Olive basket is sure a keeper. It looks so good there and how great for Christmas too. I love the chair with the red pillow. Super mantel.

  26. All of your touches look just wonderful. Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  27. Hello Nancy, love the rich colors in your autumn display - the throw and the pillow are gorgeous! The artwork, olive bucket and beautiful rose-hip swag are just perfect! I just collected a few rose hips from my garden - they do make wonderful autumn decor. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  28. Very pretty!
    I would love to invite you to Homa Style's No Orange Autumn Display Link Party going on now. Here's the link...
    Hope to see your mantle there! Bit of orange is okay...after all rules are made to be broken!

  29. Thank you so much for linking to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party. Those little birds are incredible and you did a wonderful job on the mantle. I was excited to show it to my readers. Homa Style will be hosting a Simple Holiday Handmade Gift Idea Link Party {Please no sale items} on Oct 31. Hope to see you there. Thanks again!

  30. Beautiful! Love the berry garland! Stopping by from the Fall Mantel Party! =)

  31. Great transformation indeed!


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