Decorate your fall mantel with a beautiful combination of old and new Accessories. a vintage door makes a great architectural backdrop.
Decorating the Fall Mantel is a great way to start your seasonal decor. If you combine vintage and new accessories, you’ll create a beautiful layered style. Using part of a vintage door or other architectural backdrop will anchor your vignette. Then you can add other textural layers like pretty baskets and Fall foliage. Hopefully Decorating the Fall Mantel with a Vintage Door will kick start your Fall decorating!
I’m joining my Pinterest Challenge friends today, led by my friend Cindy at County Road 407. If you’re visiting from Bluesky at Home, I’m sure you enjoyed Carol’s Fall basket styling ideas; she’s so creative. I’ll have the rest of the post links at the end.
Design Inspiration Photo
Every month Cindy chooses an inspiration photo for us to design around. This month’s pretty picture comes from Janelle Trinette. Janelle shares how she styled a Fall basket in a few easy steps. But what really caught my attention in this pic was the amazing, chippy background! It looks like an old door. And you know I love my vintage junk:)
Our theme this month is a Fall basket, but this pic inspired me to decorate the whole mantel! Hopefully this will inspire you to get your Fall decor started, too! Here are the design elements that I noticed.
Design elements from Janelle Trinette‘s Inspiration photo:
- Large, woven basket with handles
- Log slices
- Variety of faux pumpkins
- Fabric hanging over basket edge
- Fall grasses
- Chippy, vintage door
Decorating the Fall Mantel with a Vintage Door
Styling a Fall Basket
While Mr. Fix-it was digging out the chippy door from the garage, I got started styling the basket. Large baskets are very “in” right now. They’re perfect for stylishly stowing a stack of cozy throws and blankets for the chilly season. In fact, my Happy Girl had recently taken mine to her apartment for her living room. Bummer…had to get a new one for this challenge;)
My new basket’s woven texture is great for Fall, and I loved the addition of the macrame roping in a trellis pattern. To get a similar look to the inspiration pic, I hung a fringed Fall throw over the basket edge. To fill up the extra space so I could put a pumpkin on top, I crunched up packing paper and filled the basket.
The pumpkin went on top, but to cover the packing paper, I scattered small log chunks and slices. I tucked in moss to give it a forest floor look. Placed on our hearth, it’s a textural treat for the eyes.
At the base of the basket, I placed a couple of 1/2 log slices and a few of my DIY fabric pumpkins. Fresh mini mums in galvanized buckets and a spray of faux Fall leaves top off the look.
A Vintage Door on the Mantel
Last year I picked up this chippy, orange door when I was Spring junking. My thought was to use it for Fall decor, but I never got around to it last Fall. Thanks to this inspiration pic, we dug it out of the garage and revived it! Mr. Fix-it cut it so I could use part on the mantel and part down below. Combined with my old green bedspring, it would be the perfect backdrop for Fall.
For more ideas for using architectural salvage in your decor, see HERE.
A simple wheat wreath is the perfect, subtle texture combo for this pretty, vintage door.
Combine Old and New Accessories in Layers
A mix of old and new accessories is the best mix. A couple of vintage candelabras that were my mom’s provide scrolly structure and a spot to add faux candles. Old wooden crates, vintage books and duck decoys add varying heights and interest. More log slices, pumpkins, fall leaves, feathers, and chinese lantern sprays add color and texture.
Finish Decorating the Fall Mantel with Vintage and Texture
Decorating the mantel also includes the wall spaces around the mantel at my home. It’s kind of a package deal. The vintage suitcase display got a new look; I stood quite a few of them and featured the fall-colored ones (suitcase jenga:). They’re topped off by a lantern with a faux candle for night-time glow.
Sunflowers fill a wall basket that echoes the texture of the hearth basket. Baskets are a wonderful texture to decorate with in the Fall. A brown glass bottle and norway pine plant add texture and color, too.
The other half of the vintage door is seen in front of the fireplace opening.
This Fall basket challenge really got me kicked into Fall decorating mode, and I couldn’t be happier! This pretty spot will be inspiration to keep decorating the rest of the house for Fall. Sometimes getting into the groove of a new season can be challenging, and it’s helpful to start in one area.
For more Fall decor inspiration, visit Julie at My Wee Abode next. Her Tiny Entryway Fall Decor Ideas might be just what you need for your home. Hopefully you can visit all the great posts down below!
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