Special message to my regular readers: Yesterday ABP received a record number of hits thanks to Sherry. She’s so popular. It’s funny that we are friends because I’m not really the popular type…I tend to stick my foot in my mouth too often…and I make weird jokes…and I was homeschooled. I guess I was popular at home. But everyone was popular there (except my mother – who dished out the homework & discipline so it made her totally uncool) so that doesn’t really count. All that to say – if you tried to check in yesterday and got a strange message, I am so sorry. And I missed you. Apparently the influx of people ‘throttled’ my site. I was throttled. Yes, that is the technical term. But if you are reading this now, all is well and I’m glad you (and I) are back. Yes, that’s right…I got booted too. from my own blog 🙂
Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
I wanted to share our fall mantle. Here she blows:
I love looking back to see how our den fireplace has evolved with each portion of the year. As you can see, each one really reflects the mood of that particular season. You can click on each photo to see the oldie post that explains each one. (or you can check out our den in a post from long LONG ago here.)
But back to our current arrangement on our mantle.
It started with clearing out the old summer inspired stuff…everything except the mirror. Then I added a pair of candle hurricanes that I picked up for uber-cheap at Goodwill. I added a footed hurricane on the left side and threw in some neutral filler. To balance that out, I needed to add something glass on the other side too. So I grabbed one of my Hobby Lobby cloches and then looked for my seasonal elements. Since the left side had two items already that were high, I went with the squatty white pumpkin to create flow (from long long ago). The stack of neutral books visually balanced out the other side and created another grouping of three. Then I chose textured white apples and pears as well as a little traditional clock to finish things off.
My cheap little craftiness for this would definitely have to be the mini acorn filler I used to boost up the candle. I love using free stuff as vase filler. Like the time I used rice for a base for candles or split peas for a Christmas table.
And speaking of filler…isn’t that natural stuff great? I think I got it a long time ago at Walmart. I love the texture it adds. Especially in comparison to that glossy white pumpkin.
And is just me or is it incredibly difficult to find small neutral colored books? I scout out Goodwill for them…usually only pickin the ones with interesting titles…because let’s just be honest…there is no way that I have time to read a book. Even skinny ones. Unless they have one word per page…with an illustration…like COW. Those are my current hardbacks 🙂
And just to see how it looks in the dim light – here it is with only the candles lit. Isn’t it totally warm and inviting? Perfect for the fall season.
That isn’t the only area that got a little update in the den for fall. I also dressed up this storage chest with a grouping of votives and my other cloche…this time holding another woven candle. Which is pretty smart if you ask me because I can just imagine lighting these candles and walking away only to see this apple go up in flames. But with the glass hood, it is totally protected. For more height to the apple, I just slipped a candle holder under it and wahla – more substance. Beside the votive village is one of my favorite fall items – the woven pumpkin. It was only $6 last year at Target! whoopwhoop! (that’s my excited sound just in case you didn’t know).
Now let’s talk about this little golden gathering for a second. Do you see those patterned cups? They were actually drinking glasses that called Goodwill home not too long ago. They were there for months. Literally months. And everytime I walked past them I wanted them. They don’t show it alot in the photos but they are totally sparkly with the best flecks of gold making them look like someone painted on the design and then added golden fairy dust. Unbelievably pretty. And only 77 cents each. Well, a month ago I decided it was time to call them mine. Now I can’t believe I would ever leave them on the shelf. They are one of the single most inspiration things I have bought there. And perfect as votive holders.
Oh and do you see the other Goodwill votives? The flower ones? Do you remember them? I know flowers aren’t typically used in fall decor but this time the white color is neutral enough for the browns to take centerstage. The other two hail from an after-christmas shopping excursion at Target (the short one) and Pottery Barn outlet (it’s actually West Elm and was only $2).
The matching Target votive was placed on the other side table in the den. It’s perfect with the pumpkins and the small frame because it allows the table to look like it has substantial decor without taking up the whole table. Gotta leave room for a coaster and a glass of sweet tea, right?
The last but certainly not least decorated area in the den is the coffee table. I like centerpieces on this table that are contained. It makes it look less cluttered…which already happens in this room so I try my best to reign it in. This time I used an old carrying wooden crate thingie (what the heck do you call that thing?) to corral some books, a pitcher, a candle holder and some other decorative items.
I guess I could even use the pitcher to plop (heehee) some flowers into if I wanted. But they would have to work with the rest of the color scheme…because I believe that is what ties this arrangement together.
Speaking of color…I switched out the pillows in the den too. And I went back to the old throws. You may recall that I tried to use those pillow covers in the basement bedroom. They just didn’t work for that space. But I think they totally work in here. again – whoopwhoop.
In addition to my red stripey pillows, I added a furry brown throw on one of the far leather chairs. I looove it. It’s soo soft and warm. Like a bunny. Except without all the hopping and pellet pooping. My mother gave it to me. Actually it was a gift for Will. But I confiscated it for the greater good. He doesn’t know a good decor item when he sees one. yet.
So that is my fall den ya’ll. I thought I would share that before we went hardcore into our Halloween post. Afterall, technically autumn starts before Halloween, right? Which leads me to my next question….do you decorate for Halloween then fall? Or fall then Halloween then fall again? Or perhaps you just skip fall and go straight and only to the spookfest? Or vice versa? It’s a complicated issue…it’s like that chicken and egg thing.