If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably know that the mantel is my nemesis. Asymmetrical, off-center and with a vaulted ceiling, I am never really happy with the mantel.
In this case, I just opted for a simple styling: I have had these tortoise shell glass vases for a long time, (probably a find in the clearance section at JoAnn’s or Michael’s) some faux olive branches, (because you never know when you might need to call a truce) two chunky wood frames (curbside treasures that get painted over and over again) and a big metal key, hung from a ribbon and secured to the top of the frame with thumbtacks.
And a wooden chicken. Because I still like chickens. (I cannot help it.)
The frame on the left is Valspar’s Spruce Green and the frame on the left is Valspar’s Peacock Green with a light misting of Rustoleum’s metallic gold over it for a little sheen. Still loving my little green tray with succulents and big wooden acorns on the coffee table. The tutorial for the cream colored, distressed planter is HERE.
This beachy bookcase was full of shells and coastal decor all summer, but those things all went away to make room for the fall decor. Poor Bambi. Handsome Hubby is a hunter, and while I won’t go for a full blown head on the wall, antlers propped on the shelf is a good compromise.
A little sparkle from some silver and mercury glass is always a must for me, and a few more earth tones and some green help me feel like cooler weather is on its way. (Even if the forecast says otherwise.)
The funny thing? Come October 1st (which, yes, I know is only a few days away) I will pull this stuff down and hose the place down with Halloween decor. I. Can’t. Wait.