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Monday, October 15, 2018

Get out your pumpkin spice candles, heavy blankets and flannel shirts because it's fall and time to decorate mantels and front porches. Holiday decoration always falls into the "don't spend too much money and just figure it out" category unless it gives me serious value and I can probably use it for multiple seasons/holidays/parties! And with the less-is-more inspiration, I focused on what we already had and one new purchase to pull off a simple and natural mantel.

The wheat wreath was the focal point of this year's fall mantel because I wanted limited colors and just something simple enough to signal seasonal change (an end of season purchase at Orchard Supply Hardware a few years back). This is the first time hanging something heavy on the shiplap wall above the fireplace and I used 3M Command brand 7.5lb jumbo hook. Two weeks in and no problems holding on to the wreath.

The dried leaf / corn husk / cotton / pinecone garland is the new purchase from Michael's, and under $20 with a coupon (and now on sale for less than $12!). Surprisingly, the leaves don't break apart when moving it around; it's quite durable when you can't decide exactly how you're going to style it.

The mercury jars are also an end of season purchase from Kirkland's a few years ago and live on the mantel year round. For the fall season, I add these orange berries, pieces from an old garland, around the top for pizzazz (here's a similar one).

Like the mercury jars, the cotton plants are 12 month residents in this house but I did add the Orange Celosia Bush filler for more color in this space.

Although the wreath and mercury jars are no longer available, here are similar finds:

Want to see how our fall mantel has evolved over the years? Check out 201120122012 Halloween2015 mantels. My favorite is from 2014 when "the girls" joined the family and the print made this mantel fall ready.

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