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How to decorate for Fall: Oodles of Fall Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas

These fast and easy fall-inspired fireplace mantel decor ideas are a simple way to bring the bright colors and textures of the season into your home. fireplace mantel decor

 

With the craziness of school drop-offs, after-school activities, and packed social calendars (not mine, my kids’!), it can be difficult to get dinner on the table not alone decorate my home for the seasons. Like you, I’m strapped for time and energy, and I’m making a tremendous effort to be more mindful of this. I just can’t put forth hours and hours of decorating time like I once did and still keep all the balls in the air.

However, I love the feeling I get when I take a few minutes to add some cozy elements and quintessential fireplace mantel decor into our great room. As a result, I count on less decor making a more significant impact but still giving me the same comfy, cozy, homey feeling that I crave at this time of year. Fireplace mantel decor is a great place to put my efforts – it’s a small area, and it’s a focal point. A few minutes spent here is doable!

To spark your creativity, I’m joining my friend Amy of My Life from Home, and a great group of (equally busy) ladies, in sharing our favorite fall fireplace mantel decor ideas and inspiration. No mantel? No worries! Use these ideas in any corner or gathering spot in your home that can use a bit of fall love.

SIMPLE FIREPLACE MANTEL DECOR IDEAS FOR FALL

COLOR

When thinking of fireplace mantel decor, color is an excellent place to start. There are the typical fall colors – rich plums, reds, yellows, oranges, caramels, and browns. However, they aren’t the ONLY colors of the season.

fall fireplace decor ideas

fireplace mantel decoration ideas for fall

Begin by looking at the elements and colors you’re already using in your home, then add in complimentary fall colors. For example, I like to leave the bold fuschias, teals, navy, and bits of red, of my room and work in caramels, deep browns, and bright oranges. This cuts down on decorating time (I don’t have to redecorate) and also gives the room a unique twist that is entirely my style.

SHOPPING AT HOME

Use anything from around the house – items that work well at this time of year include textured baskets, soft pillows, thick, heavy blankets, and home accents in the colors of the season – think rustic wood and warm metals such as copper, burnished brass or antique gold.

fireplace mantel decoration

Once you’ve decided on a color theme, it’s easy to go on a gathering spree – Put away your summer linens and bring out your warm, chunkier knit, faux fur, or microfleece throws and pillows.  Look to the outdoors, too – leaves, acorns, grasses and signs of the harvest, like pumpkins and gourds.

ARTWORK

Artwork is one of the first things I change when redecorating. If the center of your fireplace is home to a TV,  lean art on either side or flank each side with a large print that reminds you of the season.

fireplace decor

If you are the lucky ones who’s fireplace is entirely dedicated to fireplace mantel decor, first, A) I’m SO jealous and B) this opens up SO many possibilities for easy decorating. Layer art pieces of different sizes as a fun focal point or hang a round mirror for an up-to-the-minute look.

I found colorful, digital download prints on Etsy that I loved. Mounted on white poster board, leaving lots of negative space keeps the saturated colors and bold patterns from being overwhelming. Inexpensive poster frames in 16″x20″ make this a cheap, super-easy project with big impact. I like how the large picture-frames balance the larger accents objects on the mantel but aren’t overpowering. And, I love the burst of vibrant color! These are the specific images I used.

Autumn Abstract Print by Momo Digital

Fall Tree from LottiOMara Art

 

ADD LIFE  

mantelpiece decor

An easy way to add a touch of the season to any space is with seasonal plants. This bright and lively fuschia Aster proves that fall colors don’t always come in oranges, yellows, and browns!

fireplace mantel decorating ideas

When I styled this mantel, pumpkins weren’t quite readily available, so, I used various faux and glass pumpkins in different textures and materials. You might remember the bold and bright orange pumpkin from last year! The easy tutorial to make your own can be found here.

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In past mantels, I’ve used other fruits such as apples, pears, dried beans and corn and even kiwis for their fuzzy brown skin. Be creative and again, work with your home’s color scheme. And, hey, if you get hungry, you’ll know where to find your next snack – win=win.

SCALE AND BALANCE

Be mindful of size. It is better to have one or two large items rather than ten small items. The former looks chic, while the latter seems cluttered and disarrayed. The large lantern first anchors the space then acts as a vessel for seasonal items. Multi-purpose items are always helpful!

mantel decor ideas

Balance doesn’t always mean having identical items on each side of your fireplace mantel.  Although that is fine, ensuring you have things with a similar scale (height and width) on either side and varied heights of side-by-side items, you can use unmatched items as well. I find an unmatched look to be more exciting and unexpected.

geometric candle holders

Geometric Candle Holders

In this vignette, the eye travels from the highest object and moves down to the smaller one. It flows -and flow is good.

fall fireplace decor ideas

To recap, there are a billion and a half ways to decorate with fireplace mantel decor. There are neutral themes, pumpkin themes, all white themes, minimalist themes, and traditional themes to go with any decorating style.  As you gather ideas for your fireplace mantel decor, considering these things will maximize your decorating endeavors inexpensively and effortlessly – you might even be able to fit it in before your next activity!

Check out all of these beautiful mantels and see if any inspire you-you’ll be sure to find something in every style and theme!


 

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Oodles of Pineapple Home Decor for Pineapple Lovers

Posted in DECOR, SUMMER: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS
on May 25, 2018
If you’re a fellow pineapple lover, today is your lucky day. I’m sharing the 40 of my favorite pineapple home decor products for every room in your house! 

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During the most recent round of the One Room Challenge, I made over one of our teen daughter’s bedroom from an outdated, tiny closet of a room, into an updated boho bedroom dream! Said daughter is a huge pineapple lover. One of the requests she made for her room – pineapple home decor! I also love pineapples and have done a craft project or two around the fruit. I can’t say I blame her for loving them – there is just something so sweet and summery about this tropical fruit and these days pineapple decor is EVERYWHERE.
During the make-over, I put in a lot of time sourcing pineapple decor for the home and thought I’d share some of what I found. I had NO idea, so many pineapple-shaped home accent options existed – can you say pineapple diffuser or speaker?
 If you are a pineapple lover or know someone who is, this is the list for you!

40 Pineapple Home Decor Products for People who love Pineapples


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PINEAPPLE DECOR PRODUCTS

 

Thirstystone Wood and Marble Pineapple Coasters with Gold Stripe (Set of 4) • Thirstystone • $24.99
Safavieh Kelly Table Lamp in Yellow • Safavieh • $124.99
Bulbing – Pineapple Lamp – Glass/Plywood Birch • $108.49
Fenella Smith – Flamingo & Pineapple Useful Jug • $35
Thirstystone Marble/Mango Wood Pineapple Serving Board • Thirstystone • $46.99
Deny Designs ZW Day Pineapple Twin Duvet Cover in Green • Deny Designs • $96–180
Illume Coconut Milk Mango Pineapple Candle • $28
Anthropologie Pineapple Doormat • Anthropologie • $42
Opalhouse Pineapple Peel & Stick Removable Wallpaper Disco Brown/White • $29.99
Deny Designs Pineapple Farm Ceramic Coffee Mugs (Set of 4) • Deny Designs • $45
Urban Outfitters Reversible Sequin Pineapple Throw Pillow • Urban Outfitters • $29
Tooletries Pineapple Toothbrush Holder • $18
Threshold Pineapple Bookends, White/Gold • Threshold • $19.99
Thirstystone Tropical Pineapple Single Square Coaster • Thirstystone • $2.99
Pier 1 Imports Tropical Flowers Pineapple Tea Towel • Pier 1 Imports • $12.95
Pier 1 Imports Be a Pineapple Wooden Tray • Pier 1 Imports • $24.95
Cost Plus World Market Mini Gold Pineapple Frame • Cost Plus World Market • $9.74
Cost Plus World Market Gold Pineapple Micro LED Battery Operated String Lights • Cost Plus World Market • Sold Out
Lilly Pulitzer Pineapple Mirror • Pottery Barn Teen • $129
Pineapple Crown Wall Art by Minted®, 24 x 24, White • Pottery Barn Teen • $44–300
Pineapple Life Tea Towel • $15
Slant Collections Pineapple Trinket Tray • $16
Lc Lauren Conrad LC Lauren Conrad Pineapple Coaster Set • Lauren Conrad • $10.40
Lilly Pulitzer Swirling Floral Pineapple Ring Holder • Lilly Pulitzer • $30
Anthropologie Pineapple Bookends • Anthropologie • $48
Artfully Walls Pineapple Wall Art • $278
Anthropologie Pineapple Kids Sham • Anthropologie • $28–44
Deny Designs Dash and Ash Pineapple Paradise 16″ Square Decorative Pillow • Deny Designs • $75
Stradivarius Pineapple Jewelry Stand • $21
Stradivarius Pineapple Light • $26
Audiology Audio Technology of New York Pineapple Bluetooth Speaker • $34.99
Birch Lane Pineapple Candle • Birch Lane • $37.99
Marmont Hill ‘Purple Pineapple’ by Shayna Pitch Framed Painting Print • $88.99
Intelligent Design Gold Pineapple Painting Print • $17.96
Rosanna Patio Party Pineapple Accent Tray • Rosanna • $33.99
Ready2hangart ‘Fiesta Pineapple’ by Sarah LaPierre Painting Print on Wrapped Canvas • $37–88
Southern Tide Pineapple Sheet Set • $34.99–49.99
Brewster Wall WallPops Pineapple Wall Art- Set of 2 • $47
One Kings Lane Pineapple Outdoor Pillow – Gold • One Kings Lane • $45

 

A few things on this list are in our daughter’s room and there are a few more I may be eyeing up for myself! With most items coming in under $50, I hope you find something on this list that you can love, too!

What’s your favorite pineapple home decor item on the list? 



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How to Get a Fun {Colorful} Fall Front Door Porch On the Cheap

Posted in DECOR, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on September 29, 2017

Bring all the best of Autumn to your front door porch with inexpensive plants and decor items you likely already have. Outdoor decorating that can take you from September all the way to Thanksgiving. These ideas are fast and easy too! Fantastic autumn outdoor decor ideas for your front door porch!

Y’all, my yard and garden were a mess – still are honestly. So much so that I almost bowed out of this seasons Outdoor Spaces blog hop – thanks to Sara for hosting, by the way! PS: Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for more fantastic ideas for your Fall Outdoor Spaces!

 

Front Door Porch Fall 2017

Where was I? Oh yes, September=hiney-kicking and not one project in or around the house and home complete and the only action my front porch has seen has been my running in and out of the front door zillion of times a day. Whereas usually by now I’ve been enjoying a lovely front door porch decorated for the season it’s not the case this year! Instead, my porch was full of dust, pollen, and loads of spiderwebs – perfect for Halloween I guess?

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Rocker Upcycle

The thing is, it makes me feel cheery and happy when I see a front porch nicely decorated for the season, and it makes me feel not so good when it looks terrible. With a teeny bit of effort and cash – and a broom – I had my front door porch in ship-shape in under an hour, including plant shopping time!

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Welcome Sign

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How to Quickly and Easily Spice up Your Fall Front Door Porch with Plants

The first thing I did was to make a date with my broom. It’s amazing what a difference a good cleaning will make! After we were back to basics and fewer spider condos on board, it was time for a little styling.

Continuing with my current trend of less traditional and ultra-colorful decor, I made the following minor changes:

  • Switched out the front door porch mat
  • Add color and exotic plants
  • Shopped my home for colorful pillows, throws and blanket scarves
  • Added pumpkins – ’cause.. fall.

Doormat

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - rug

I started with this doormat from Better Homes and Gardens, which I used to set the tone and color scheme for the porch – not traditional – but who says it has to be? I had a hard time picking a mat to layer over the wide black and white stripe. I loved this one – so cute, and this one is pretty adorable as well. I, myself, decided to go full-on color instead.  If you are partial to the stripes but aren’t too keen on your doormat yelling at you, even if it is sweet, this one is extra large and similar in style without the wording.

Choosing Plants

I did a quick run to pick out some plants. Because I wasn’t doing a ton of decorating, I relied pretty heavily on plants for color, texture, and interest. You can easily spend a fortune on plants, but you can also find some good deals at this time of year with perennials (they come back every year) that are past their season and looking a little worse for wear. If you can afford them, now is a good time to buy them – they’ll be full price in the spring.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Asparagus Fern

Perennials

I wasn’t looking to do any significant planting, but I did splurge on a few perennials – this fun and interesting-looking chartreuse Asparagus Fern is my new favorite, which I came to find out isn’t a fern at all but related to asparagus! I look the spiky texture and think it will be just as fun for Halloween. The Asparagus Fern doesn’t tolerate frost – it’ll be coming inside when the temperatures drop.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - mums

Mums in violet and burnt orange are always a favorite, and I can plant them in my front flower bed at the end of the season – If I’m lucky they’ll come back next year! I picked these up at my local nursery for $6 each earlier in the month. They’ve been slow to bloom, but when they do get around to it, they’ll be spectacular.

Annuals

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Celosia

Annuals are a great way to add color and are relatively inexpensive. I used a fuschia Celosia with soft, bright spikes to contrast against the Asparagus Fern at the front door. Pansies and an annual hanging basket of Petunias and Verbena will take some frost. Ornamental cabbage in dark purples and greens will be sticking around for Halloween, too!

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Pansy Basket

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Ornamental Cabbage

You can find ideas for other fun and colorful plants on this list, available for free download. Be sure to check your gardening zone, especially when planting perennials.

 Decor

Decor cost me nothing. I shop my home, moving furniture from inside to out and reusing items where I can as the seasons change. Styling in this way saves me a fortune and keeps me from getting bored with my decor – it’s never the same twice! With a covered porch I’m pretty comfortable using inexpensive, indoor furniture like this console table outside for short periods of time. If this isn’t the case with you, use your discretion.

outdoor fall decorating ideas

This garden stool isn’t available in bright red, but it would be just as cute in white and probably a bit more versatile.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - front door vignette

I’m all about comfort and love the idea of hanging out on the front porch in either a rocker or the porch swing with a cup of hot cider on a crisp, sunny day. These throw cushions are on a constant rotation around the house.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Blanket Scarves

Table | Rocker Upcycle

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Swing

Smile Pillow 

I keep throws around everywhere to take the edge off of a seasonal chill. I love the versatility of blanket scarves  – think blank, scarf or shawl – and they come in SO many different colors!

Pumpkins

Nothing says fall like pumpkins and they are available EVERYWHERE. I’ve yet to pick any fresh pumpkins this year – remember, September=hiney-kicking – so, I relied on foam, plastic, and fabric to fulfill my pumpkin needs.

inexpensive fall decorating ideas

I thought of bringing these fun fabric-covered pumpkins out but decided to leave them on the mantle for now.

cute fall porch ideas

Other accents ideas that scream fall:

  • Acorns
  • Apples
  • Pinecones
  • Woodland critters

Enjoying the Fruits of My Labors

So, let’s take stock. September is nearly over. My porch looks great. My yard is STILL a mess. Not bad for an hours worth of minor effort and cash.

With any luck, I’ll be spending at least a few October days enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of Autumn from the comfort of my front porch. If that doesn’t pan out, seeing my porch as I run in and out of the door is guaranteed to make me happy! How could it not with such a fun, colorful, festive porch to come home to?

I hope you were able to find a few budget-friendly ideas to bring the best of Autumn to your front porch. Be sure to stop by and visit these lovely ladies for even more ideas!

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