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Fall Festival Blog Hop: Welcome Fall Mantel


Welcome dear friends to the Fall Festival Blog Hop! I am honored to be joining Kendra at Joy in Our Home and twenty-three other creative bloggers for this hop. We will be celebrating the beauty and joy of fall by sharing different fall themes each day this week. Today’s theme is mantels!

If you are coming over from my dear friend Stacey’s beautiful blog, Poofing The Pillows, or you are just visiting today, I am so happy to have you here! For this hop I am sharing my simple, vintage French inspired “Welcome Fall Mantel” and a little sneak peak of how I am transitioning to my Halloween mantel. 


To welcome fall I have styled a very simple, neutral fall mantel with touches of chic and glam gold. As always I have incorporated my thrifted finds and found vintage treasures. A couple of years ago I bought this little French “welcome” sign on clearance at Jo-Ann Fabric and I really love it. I normally keep the sign in my dining room but I wanted to change things up and use it in the living room on the mantel to welcome my favorite season. Beinvenue automne!


This year for early fall I have decorated with lots of yellows and greens to add some pops of color to my every day neutral decor. Since I am an avid vintage and antique collector, our home is full of curated vignettes that are on display here, there and everywhere. To prevent things from looking cluttered and too busy I usually keep the mantel styled simply.  Two vintage brass candlesticks topped with “baby-boo” white mini-pumpkins anchor each side of the mantel while a few vintage and thrifted treasures fill the space in between.


This year I decided to try something new by painting my mini-white pumpkins’ stems gold. Just a little acrylic gold paint transformed the pumpkins to give them a bit of gold glam. I love how the gold stems coordinate with the gold in the vintage brass candlesticks.


The dining room is adjacent to the living room and the mantel is in clear view from the dining room table, so I often  keep the rooms similarly styled with colors and themes.  For the dining room centerpiece I have used several more mini-white pumpkins with gold stems and wheat displayed on a vintage French style pedestal urn (recent thrift score!)


I just love all the pumpkins with gold stems! You can see all the details of my current fall tablescape in my Vintage French Farmhouse Wheat and Pumpkins Tablescape post.


Vintage French Farmhouse Wheat and Pumpkins Fall Tablescape


On the right side of the mantel I have styled a vintage books and vintage brass vignette. I stacked a small brass tray filled with shredded vintage dictionary paper, a white pumpkin and a vintage brass candlestick on top of a trio of vintage books. A single pale sunflower and a few magnolia leaves fill a small vintage brass vase. Mercury glass votive holders add a cozy fall ambiance when lit.


Vintage fall vignette old books, white pumpkin, vintage brass tray and vintage brass candlestick


I used several different shades of gold on the mantel for variety and interest. The gold striped candle holder was a recent $1 yard sale find, and the candle holder is a .50 yard sale find. I painted the plain black candle holder with white chalk paint followed by gold acrylic paint. I distressed it a bit with sandpaper to let just a small bit of the black paint come through. Insta-new glam gold decor!



Last week the talented Marty from A Stroll Thru Life shared a guest post here with budget friendly ideas for creating DIY Gold Accessories: Dipped, Dyed and Taped. I have been painting more things gold ever since! In the past I have always used tarnished silver in my fall and Halloween decor but the gold is a fun change.


Fall Home Tour Beautiful historic mantel details book page leaf garland fall mantel ideas

While I adore mantels filled with lots of greenery, leaf garlands and florals, I have found that “less is more” when it comes to our mantel. The mantel itself is 97 years old and I absolutely love the intricate carvings and molding. I usually just style the top of the mantel so the pretty details aren’t covered up. I still wanted some kind of simple leaf garland for the mantel for fall so I made my own using just a few faux leaves and some of my DIY book page maple leaves attached to thin gold wire.



Touches of gold on the mantel look so “fallish” on days when the living room is filled with warm, golden autumn sunshine.




Lighting the candles makes things seem so cozy and definitely helps create a fall mood.




Welcome October! Since my favorite month has arrived that means it is finally time for little bits of Halloween to very slowly start creeping into the decor! We have had this “Mr. Bones” skeleton for about 10 years and he is always the very first Halloween decoration I put out each year. For now he sits on the mantel to help welcome fall and the transition into the Halloween fun.


As I have gotten older I just seem to enjoy general fall decor more than Halloween decorations, so I save the all-out spooktacular decor until about two weeks before Halloween. Mr. Bones is ready for fall with his plaid scarf, and he is neutral enough to be on display for early October until I start really decorating for Halloween. I will share a newly styled “hauntingly beautiful” Halloween mantel for my Halloween home tour later this month.


Fall mantel decor elegant Halloween mantel ideas Skeleton dressed for fall

On Friday the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Link Party begins! Please join me and my co-hosts Angelina of Petite Haus and Larissa Jenkins (IG) for this fun on-going link up from 10/5-10/31. Check back each Saturday at 7:00 p.m. for our weekly party features. If you are looking for classy and elegant Halloween decorating ideas, you can find all of the beautiful link-up from last year’s party here.



I hope you were inspired by my simple, neutral “welcome fall” mantel with bits of glam gold! To see more of my early fall decor don’t miss my Vintage Cottage Style Early Fall Home Tour.



Now it’s time to check out the rest of the beautiful mantels on the hop. Next up is City Girl Meets Farm Boy. I can’t wait to see Kelly’s awesome farmhouse fall inspiration!

Don’t forget that the hop continues all week long. You can find the full schedule below.


Mantles on Monday

Joy In Our Home | County Road 407 | Poofing the Pillows |

Follow The Yellow Brick Home | citygirlmeetsfarmboy

Tablescapes on Tuesday

The Latina Next Door | My Creative Days | Elizabeth Joan Designs |

The Crowned Goat | Farmhouse Flare Designs


Recipes on WednesdayCherished Bliss | Countryside Cravings | Love In My Oven |

Chocolate with Grace | Making It In The Mountains


Vignettes on Thursday anderson + grant | DIY Beautify | Timeless Creations |

The Painted Hinge | Rain & Pine


Front Porches on FridayLantern Lane Designs | Little Brags | Chatfield Court

Camelot Art Creations | R and R at Home


Thank you so much for visiting today, and have a beautiful fall!


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  • Reply Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    Amber, when I grow up, I want to decorate like you! It’s all so gorgeous!

    October 1, 2018 at 7:47 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Your mantle is beautiful and the French touches are just charming!

    October 1, 2018 at 8:57 am
  • Reply kelly ballard

    You did such an amazing job and I love seeing all your creativity!!!

    October 1, 2018 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Mr. Bones brought a big smile to my face! His scarf is so chic. Love the layering of neutrals too.

    October 1, 2018 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Christine Vandormolen

    Hi Amber, wow I don;t think I’ve been to your blog before, So glad to meet you. You did a wonderful job arranging your gorgeous mantle. The golden frame leaning on the FP is such a great idea and I love the cut out fall leaves. Super pretty! Christine from Little Brags

    October 1, 2018 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Kendra |

    Your home is so beautiful and cozy, Amber! The fall decor on your fireplace just adds to the prettiness! Thanks so much for joining me this week!

    October 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Carol

    Amber, I love how you decorated your mantel! In fact, I love your mantel, itself! Very beautiful!

    October 1, 2018 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Annette Brickey

    Just simply beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest of the weeks pictures.

    October 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Kristi

    What a wonderfully cozy living room space! And that beautiful mantel is so full of character and charm – I love how you’ve decorated it for Fall!

    October 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply CoCo

    Only you could make a skeleton chic! I love all the gold accents on your mantel and how it plays so well with your wheat inspired tablescape. You have such a pretty style. I love it all! Great job, as always, lady. Hugs, CoCo

    October 1, 2018 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl

    I love everything you added to welcome fall! It is so pretty! Thank you for sharing it with us! So much fun to be on this hop with you!

    October 2, 2018 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Yami | The Latina Next Door

    Everything looks so warm and cozy. I agree, those pumpkins look great with their stems painted gold. You styled your mantle so lovely!

    October 2, 2018 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Cindy@countyroad407

    Love your sweet mantel. And I say sweet because of the thought that went into it. Even the little slivers of paper making a nest under the pumpkin is adorable. And I learned something new today! I’ve seen signs with that word on it but had no clue. Thanks for letting us know! Always love being on a hop with you.

    October 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Amber, I love your mantel and how you decorated it for fall! I love how you layered neutrals and using sunflowers to give it a little pop! And Mr. Bones is adorable! I can’t wait to see your home all decorated up for Halloween. So happy to be part of this hop with you!

    October 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Malinda Linnebur

    This is so pretty and I love how you painted the stems of the pumpkins gold, clever! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!!

    October 3, 2018 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Snap

    Love your mantel, especially Mr. Bones and DIY book page maple leaves attached to thin gold wire. Lovely!

    October 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply kelly ballard

    I just appreciate all the goodness you share and the creativity you have! I love sharing this blog hop with you! Thank you again!!

    October 4, 2018 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    I love your mantel. The gold stems are beautiful. I thought about doing that.

    October 4, 2018 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    I have those wheat dishes! Thanks for sharing your lovely fall mantel and fall decor at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    October 6, 2018 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I’m so happy I stopped by today…I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the post and your lovely decorated mantel and the rest of your home. I really like the white pumpkins’ stems that you painted gold. Thank you and I’ve pinned.

    October 8, 2018 at 11:06 am
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