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Today's theme is mantels, and I'm sharing some simple ideas with you and showing you how I decorated our family room mantel with mostly found, vintage items. Almost everything here was either free or found at a thrift store or yard sale. And it's quite an eclectic collection.
I wanted to use soft, muted, fallish colors in this room and honestly didn't know where to start. The first things I decided to use were these vintage watercolor prints I found at a thrift shop a couple of years ago. I've always loved the colors in these prints. And even though I don't love the frames, they work with fall colors.
I knew I wanted multiple vases of some type to hold single stems or branches. I've got enough milk glass vases, but they were too white. Hmmm. What to use....Vintage German amber beer bottles? Perfect. Different? Yes, but that makes me like them even more. I'm such a rebel (nerd), lol.
One of them even has the original label. Sweet! And you know what makes them even better? They were free from a long time family friend who used to brew his own beer. He's in his 90's now, no longer brews beer, and needed to purge some items. Lucky me!
I love dried hydrangeas and these looked perfect with the watercolor prints. And they were free. The pitcher came from Michaels last year and it's crackled finish has the perfect vintage vibe for the mantel.
I bought the dried wheat grass from Home Goods 6 or 7 years ago and use them every year. I really like using natural elements whenever possible. And I found that cool striped feather while I was walking through the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago.
Our dogwood trees are the only ones with any fall color right now so I clipped a few small branches for the beer bottle vases.
All of my old books are from yard sales or estate sales. I usually buy them because I like the covers. And sometimes when I'm flipping through them I find chapters like "How a Witch Was Caught." Hmmm. I thought it was a fun page to open the book to since Halloween isn't too far off. And I found this little feather in the back yard a couple of weeks ago. It makes me want to go outside every day and look for feathers!
Some of the few things I actually bought this year are faux pumpkins. I love the small white real pumpkins but they're not available here yet. I found these white and green ones at Michaels last week. And they were 50% off so of course I bought them. I've had the copper boiler and old wooden Arm & Hammer box for years.
Another old book, this time a dictionary from the late 1800's. Almost every page has a sketch. Mr. Skeleton is perfect for this time of year.
I added this funky mid-century modern office chair just for kicks. It was a freebie and I really like the shape of it. I did purchase the pillow this year and the plaid throw, which is actually a blanket scarf. I've been trying to revamp my wardrobe and was looking at scarves a couple of weeks ago and thought this would be a perfect throw. And honestly, I'd melt if I wore this as a scarf (thanks, hormones).
More old books and more faux pumpkins. I've had the orange and green ones for several years.
Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting with me today. What's your favorite way to decorate for fall?
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Sources (some links are affiliate links)
Copper Tub Newer version found on Amazon
Plaid Blanket Scarf - Amazon
Amber Beer Bottles - etsy
Pillow - Marshalls
Wall color - Benjamin Moore Pismo Dunes
Trim Color - Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois
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