Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall Mantel

I know why people put fake mantels in their homes, because they are so homey and ground a room.  The mantel is the best part.  A ledge to change with the seasons.  I googled the original purpose of mantels was to keep smoke out of the room.  I guess they helped the air draft into the fireplace.

Before - It really didn't seem that boring... till I took this picture.

I started the change by removing the Italian restaurant picture and replaced with a print that I love, but my kids hate.   I can't wait for their reactions when they see it over the mantel.  It is a black and white called Morning Meditation, by a New Orleans photographer, Johnny Donnels.  I can just see the priest heading out for morning mass through the mist.  (My kids just think exorcism)

Then kept adding layers.

Candle true color is cranberry.  See below pic.

Happy Fall Y'all


  1. Your mantle looks the print - it does give off a spooky feeling!

  2. You did so well with your mantle. I love that it turns the corner too. Your print is nice and does look like fall! Silly kids! :) Mine would say the same thing!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Love your new fall vignette on the mantle. It looks really good and love the artwork.

  4. Love all your fall decor. And how neat about the history of a mantle. I never thought of that.

    I'm doing a tiny little give-away that's near and dear to my heart! Check out my latest blog post for details!

  5. Wow! That is a big difference! I like the picture. Makes me think of Europe when we would see the monks, priests, and nuns walking around the churches. Love all your fall touches!

  6. Your mantle looks very cute! Love the picture! :)

  7. Your mantle looks lovely. I really like all the layers !

    thanks for sharing !


  8. The painting is great. :O) It would be fun somewhere with a collection of black and white crosses...or is that even closer to the excorcism your daughters are afraid he's performing? Regardless, it goes well with the fall!

  9. Your mantle looks perfect for fall now! Great job!! :)

  10. Your house is really starting to feel all warm and cozy for fall!

  11. The mantel looks great. I like the different heights of the items and the layering that you did. It really gives the mantel a lot of interest.

  12. Hi! I found your blog through Marty at A Stroll thru Life and just had to tell you what a great job you did with your mantle! I love the painting you have and I loved that you shared some history of the mantle. So great! I'm a new follower!

  13. you have such good accessories. i need to collect some more. i've stopped buying that sort of thing because of 3 little ones. but i miss having them.

    your pic above the mantel does sort of give that mystic feeling. very appropriate for this season though!

    thanks for linking up again at the FALL FESTIVAL!!!

    take care.

  14. Don't photos sometimes help us see things from a new "light"? Your Fall mantle looks really great!


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