Fall 2011 Mantel with ruffled burlap garland

Ever since I decorated for my coworker’s rustic elegant bridal shower, I’ve had in mind to use those similar decorations for my fall mantel.

Fall mantel living room fireplace

Rather than using the traditional orange/yellow/burgundy colors of autumn I wanted to use more muted tones with blues and greens to coordinate with my house.

Fall mantel with ruffled burlap garland

Here is my best attempt at interpreting the shower decorations on a 6″ x 72″ ledge.

Fall mantel with ruffled burlap garland

I found this muted blue wrought iron piece at Homegoods. It’s been all over my house but for now it found a spot on the mantel. I flanked it with my new Biltmore Inspirations vase, acorns and compliment jars.

Fall mantel with ruffled burlap garland

On the right is a wheat bundle I bought at Homegoods and two scrolly tealight lanterns that were used as centerpieces at my fall themed wedding in October 2004.

Fall mantel with ruffled burlap garland

On the left side of the mantel is my leaf vase from Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg and my cheapo birch bark candles from the Target clearance section. I added a log slice to the back for some layers of texture and my little silver leaf from our honeymoon trip to the Biltmore.

Fall mantel decorations with ruffled burlap garland and alewine pottery leave vase

On the far left is my Willow House Galveston Hurricane with all types of colored corn inside. The corn reminds me of my trips to Vermont in the Fall. Man, I love this time of year. Lots of memories on this mantel!

Willow House Galveston vase with corn

I DIY’ed the ruffled burlap garland that is weaving in and out of the mantel. I absolutely love how it turned out!

diy ruffled burlap garland

I’ll save the post on how I made it for Centsational Girl’s Fall Craft Themed Link Party in a few weeks. Check back soon for more burlaped goodness!

autumn mantel decor with ruffled burlap garland

Down below I stacked up some pumpkins on an urn.

stacked pumpkins on urn with reindeer moss

I tucked in reindeer moss underneath the Cinderella pumpkin to soften up the edges. Looking at that picture reminds me I need to tuck some more into the holes. 🙂

stacked pumpkins on urn

Here is the other side- just a few real pumpkins mixed in with a fake Funkin, fake pears and a ceramic pumpkin. I like to mix real and fake pumpkins together to get more bang for my buck.

Wishing all of you a very happy Fall season! How do you dress up your mantel for Fall?

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  1. Kelly Williams says:

    Love that burlap… it add just the right touch to the other decor items!

  2. Carla @ All That Mathers says:

    LOVE! I love how the burlap turned out, Beth! Everything looks great as usual!

  3. Very cute.. love the mantel and the beautiful glowing Christmas tree on your side bar. Only 3 more months. I know I know..


  4. Love it! It looks great, reminds me why I love Homegoods soo much 🙂

  5. Ann @ makethebestofthings says:

    What a pretty mantel and I love your burlap garland! I’m making one out of muslin asap. So clever!

  6. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    It looks so pretty! I love all the textures and elements. And that burlap garland is so great. I have (had) a natural tree for Christmas and I’m thinking I’ll have to try some burlap garland on it for Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Love your fall mantel! Very natural and beautiful. I have a .wrought iron piece from HomeGoods very similar to yours. It hangs in our office. A great piece to have.

  8. Beth,
    I love everything! Your mantle is gorgeous!

  9. that is just beautiful beth, I love what you did with the corn. it’s an awesome touch. Love the burlap too. especially how pale it is. Gorgeous1

  10. Hi Beth! Your mantle is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see how you made the ruffled burlap piece…it adds so much. The wedding shower that you decorated for (and used some of these same elements) was one of the best I’ve ever seen. I saw your post over at the “It’s Fall Yall” mantle party.

  11. Lakeshore Cottage Living says:

    Oh, it is all wonderful! Love the burlap, the pumpkins, the ruffles..everything is so pretty!

  12. Diapers and Divas says:

    Great job! I saw that wood/iron window at Home Goods and love it! I might have to go pick it up after seeing how lovely it looks on your mantel! I love those twig candles too. I think I’ll have to find the ones I bought. Good ol’ Target!
    Stopping by from The Lettered Cottage. Happy Fall!

  13. the cape on the corner says:

    that looks fabulous! i can never seem to make the muted tones work for me, and who am i kidding, the colors of the leaves are what i most love about the fall!

    i love the creams and the textures in your space.

  14. Gorgeous! I love everything about it! This is definitely going on my Pinterest 🙂

  15. Nana Moon Shop says:

    Your mantel is just lovely! And your ruffled lamp shade is beautiful!

  16. Parents of a Dozen says:

    Beautiful mantel! I am your newest follower.

  17. I like the iron pieces and how you re-used centerpieces from you wedding! Great idea =)

  18. Lisa notes... says:

    Oh my! I couldn’t even begin to decorate that elegantly. Your mantel is absolutely lovely. So glad you shared it. You definitely have a gift. Maybe that’s what happened to my share of the decorating gift. ha. I have NONE.

    (Visiting from Alabama Bloggers.)

  19. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says:

    Just beautiful, Beth! There’s a lovely quietness about your mantelscape…with just the right amount of orange below.

    I would love to have you link this pretty vignette to my party – Time Travel Thursday. The current link is up until Monday night, and the new link goes up on Wednesday. 😉

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  20. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Beth, it all looks great! Your mantel looks so Fallish & way to show off the Biltmore stuff. I love those honkin acorns too & got myself some of those. Thanks for sharing & telling me about it. I miss SO much out there!

  21. Karen At Home says:

    It looks beautiful Beth!!! Great job!

  22. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    your mantle is amazing you have some serious decorating talent!!!

  23. retriever says:

    Gorgeous,Lovely blog , greeting from Belgium

  24. http://findingsecrettreasures.blogspot.com says:

    Wonderful display! I love the burlap ruffle!



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