One of the easiest ways to add seasonal touches to your home is by decorating a fall mantel. If your mantel is already dressed for impact, all it takes is a few simple changes to bring the fall season into your living room.My mantel has a French feeling to it with an ornate gilded clock and a carved onlay, so I decided to take a simple approach. I kept the mantel clock as the central anchoring element and moved everything else out of the room. Then I added just 3 components to tell my fall story.1. Bronze cups – I started with 6 bronze cups to line my mantel. I love the look of repetition of items and I was looking for the fall version of a mantel lined with julep cups. These bronze cups fit the bill perfectly.
2. Orange flowers – I used pale orange roses to fill my cups. They add a note of elegance, but for a more casual look, you could also go with mums or gerber daisies. I really had my heart set on blush dahlias, but they weren’t available. For added interest at the ends of my mantel, I added tall Chinese lanterns for variation in height.
3. White pumpkins – for the final touch, I balanced the orange and bronze with tiny white pumpkins. I was going for a symmetrical, classic look so they are placed between the cups.If you want to go a bit further than the mantel, you can also play with additional elements. I have two french chairs flanking the hearth. Between them I keep a fireplace candelabra and a little antique stool. I love to use aroma in addition to visual decor, so I placed a bowl of fall potpourri on the needlepoint stool. It adds color and a delightful spicy scent. For the final touch I changed my chair pillows, bringing in a tweed and fall floral from Ralph Lauren Home.This little fall vignette took nothing more than a trip to the grocery for flowers and pumpkins and a switch up of a few items I already owned. All that was left was to light the candles and enjoy a cup of tea by the fire.
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