For my At Home post for this month, I chose their Harvest Mantel challenge. I love decorating fireplace mantels, the fireplace is usually the focus of a room and one of the first things you see when entering a room so a beautifully decorated fireplace is always fun. I called one of my longtime clients, I decorate her home every year for all the major holidays and help her with her parties as well as any interior design work she does in her home. I told her I wanted to decorate her formal living room mantel because I wanted to do something different, I wanted a mantel that was more contemporary in look as well as use fall decorations in a neutral color palette. At Home has lots of Fall merchandise in white and gold which works so well with the grays, creams, taupes, and whites that so many people are using right now. I’ll stop talking and share pictures with you and explain my thinking along the way. Enjoy!!!
Here is the fireplace before I added anything to it for the Harvest Mantel challenge. As you can see it’s a traditional mantel in shape and decoration but my client loves contemporary decor. When she and her family first moved into this home she bought the two contemporary urns on each end of the fireplace as well as the crystal candlesticks and this is what stays up here most of the year, and it all works well with the contemporary painting.
I kept coming back to the painting in my mind while I was shopping for fall merchandise and decided to play off of the white and black in the painting as well as the gold on the urns on each end.
Voila!!! Here is what I created.
I knew I had to use these gold and white pumpkins as soon as I saw them, so I made them the centerpiece of the mantel and filled in around them.
What could be more fun and elegant than gold polka dots and gold stripes and the fact that the pumpkins are white is the icing on the cake.
I always like to have a natural element when doing something like this mantel and I didn’t want to use artificial flowers, so when I saw these miniature hay bales for $1.99 each I grabbed five to soften and add interest to the display.
At Home as lots of these beautiful blown glass pumpkins in all sizes, shapes, and colors, they add interest, sparkle and a whole different texture to the mantel.
I also picked up several of these little guys, they’re ceramic pumpkins painted white then the bottom of them are dipped in gold.
I kept my client’s lidded urns on each end of the fireplace as well as her candlesticks. The candlesticks added height to the display and while it’s hard to tell in the photo the tall candlestick on the right is gold mercury glass. I used black and white candles we already had at my client’s home.
You can see here that I added several crystal candlesticks that my client owns and again used her candles.
This shot gives you a better view of everything going on.
One bonus to these pumpkins besides them being beautiful is they have a message on one side of them. I have the blank side turned outwards now, then after Halloween, we’ll turn them around so the “Thankful” and “Give Thanks” are showing the month of November.
I have to say this is one of my favorite things I’ve done with At Home so far. It’s fun, it’s elegant and everything can be saved and used again for years to come.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this as much as I did putting it together. Check out your local At Home store for all your Fall and Halloween decorations, they have tons of wonderful stuff.