Going Neutral for Autumn

monogram wreath autumn mantel a delightsome life

I had a completely different look when I first started decorating the mantel for autumn. When I was finished, my daughter said she didn’t like it. I sat back on the couch and stared at it for a while. I had to agree with her. The typical autumn colors of orange and red was fighting with the colors and pattern on the wreath.

My Challenge

2014 autumn mantel decor a delightsome life

Self imposed. I began the year using these three wrought iron candlesticks, the wreath and the lady bust. I’d worked around these three items for winter, spring and summer. I liked the original look and wanted to see if I could keep those elements throughout the seasons. Everything worked o.k. until this autumn. 

No orange leaves or pumpkins

centerpiece autumn mantel a delightsome life

Since I decided to go a different route, I took several of the pumpkins and changed them over from orange to white. They needed a little help! 

Adding various Elements

burlap books with lady bust a delightsome lifeOn the right side I casually covered books in burlap.

book page pumpkin with burlap pumpkin centerpiece mantel a delightsome lifeI made another book page pumpkin- using part of the book’s spine as the stem and added burlap pumpkins.

autumn mantel candelabras a delightsome lifeOn the left side I added book page leaves to the candlesticks and a couple of the French Stamp fabric pumpkins. 

autumn mantel burlap pumpkin with wooden acorn a delightsome lifeLast year I picked up a few carved wooden acorns on clearance – I added them for more neutral color and texture.

A Look Back


Autumn Mantels of the Past


book page pumpkin autumn mantel a delightsome lifeIt is a lot of fun creating different looks for the different seasons. I am really liking this look and am thankful for the good advice my daughter gave me – I do like this neutral look – who knows which direction I’ll go next year!

I am leaning more to neutrals. So, I used various elements to bring together a beautiful, neutral Autumn mantel decor

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