I’ll be really honest here…
The only reason I decorated my living room for fall was for this post. And there it is.
Before you bail on this post, though, let me tell you something more…
As I started clipping eucalyptus and tucking it in around pumpkins, grabbing apples from the bowl in the kitchen and mini pinecones from the dough bowl in the dining room, there was a joy discovered that went beyond having a styled mantel for a blog post.
I haven’t had a mantel for at least 15 years and I hadn’t even thought about the decorating possibilities beyond hanging stockings for Christmas. I even had a “duh” moment when I was wondering where I was going to put the greens and gourds I bought.
I fiddled and played and, when I stepped back, our mantle, and the whole room by extension, looked cozy and ready for autumn. I wouldn’t have done it on my own. I’m laser-focused on getting my kitchen painted and catching up on aspects of my business that were set aside as I was moving.
I wouldn’t have slowed down to do something as frivolous as decorating a mantel.
The point is, there are times we do things for a “show”, but we end up getting more out of it than we anticipated.
It’s sort of like getting dolled up, so you’re not sporting greasy hair and a bare face at the gym or dropping the kids off or to make an Instagram Story, but the styled hair and mascara end up giving you confidence throughout the day.
This mantel got a little bit of mascara and the whole room has been elevated.
(Since so many people asked, the white flower was purchased in the dried flower section of my local Hobby Lobby. It’s not an actual flower, but one that was made from a dried natural material…not sure what it’s even called!)
And working on the mantel made me want to do more, so I stacked some pumpkins on the hearth…
…and arranged some pears, apples, and small pinecones on the side table.
I even got a little help…
It’s simple. It didn’t take much time. It didn’t cost a lot. And it will be dissected as we eat the fruit, but it’s given this freshly painted, new-to-us room, a little more confidence as we make it truly ours.
Speaking of painting…I really need to paint this spot I missed!!
Can you believe I didn’t notice that for like a week?!
If you’d like more fall inspiration, check out these gorgeous rooms…
PS – When you don’t have a mantel for 15 years or the occasion to write about one, you don’t realize it’s spelled mantel, not mantle, until some nice person points it out to you! You learn something new everyday, right?