With fall in full swing I’ve keep a neutral fall fireplace mantel for the season with simple art, decor and foraged dried grasses.
I always feel that I am a little behind with setting out fall decor because I’m still in denial that summer is over (summer is my favorite). With Covid; I feel like I’m still waiting for summer to begin. Seems we lost out on so much this year that mentally I’m even less prepared for autumn.
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As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more and more minimal in just about every avenue of my life. Years ago I would drastically change my decor, but now I opt for simplicity. I “shopped” my house, foraged for dried grasses in order to change a few items around on the mantel to make it feel more like fall.
Anchor the Space
I am leaving up this lovely arched mirror that I purchased this summer to anchor the space. With such a large fireplace (floor to ceiling) you need a piece that’s supportive enough to provide an anchor for other decor items. I added this mirror after my daughter and I painted the fireplace this summer; check out our fireplace painting tutorial.
My next update is the art piece. The mirror anchors and the artwork balances. I found this vintage oil painting at an antique store this past summer while visiting a friend in North Carolina. I think I scored it for $15 and when I purchased it I wasn’t sure where I would place it. Then came fall…perfect for the mantel! It has lovely fall scene and colors making it perfect for this time of year.
I swapped out my summer greenery for some fall grasses that I found on the side of the road. I love foraging for items to use in my home; not only do they feel real (because they are) but they don’t break the bank…free is nice. These grasses dry great too. I saved some from last year and they preserved perfectly. Look around your yard, where you hike, walk or along the roadside; you will be surprised what you can find to stick in a vase. You can also find some dried grasses here in case foraging is not your thing.
I added just a couple of vintage brass candlesticks that I’ve had for a while; originally from the thrift store, but you can find some similar ones here. Keepings things simple is so much easier and I am truly loving the less is more approach for my neutral fall fireplace mantel.
The white brick fireplace can feel a little cold, but the white also provides such a great backdrop for any decor you chose. By adding warm elements of decor it makes the space the feel warm and cozy even with all the white brick.
What are you doing or have you done to transition your house into fall? With so many options the creative possibilities are endless.