rustic autumn mantel

Rustic autumn mantel

I have started decorating around the house for the Fall season and the mantel is always a fun project.  The super talented Courtney @French Country Cottage just shared some Autumn mantels and she totally inspired me.  Here’s my attempt to channel some Courtney even though I can’t come even remotely close to her subtle perfection.

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I have not seen real pumpkins around here yet so I will start the season with grapevine pumpkins, big and small, which paired well with some dried hydrangeas, making for that muted color pallet that I love.  I know some find this boring, but I tend to lean towards the monochromatic.  I find it peaceful.

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To continue with the peaceful feeling I kept the different types of elements to a minimum.  Besides the twig pumpkins and hydrangeas I added some pine cones and lanterns.  That’s it.Rustic autumn mantel 3
It’s rustic and natural and organic and easy.  I am enjoying the relaxed Fall feels.Rustic autumn mantel 4
It will stay like this for awhile.  After about a month or so I’ll probably change it up for some Halloween happiness.

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I still have not been able to age the mirror the way I would like.  You can read all about this mirror here{mirror, mirror on the wall}.  The Rub ‘n Buff is not the right product for the job.  It’s my fault since I had never used this before, but I think I’ll have plenty of other uses for it.  I am still trying to figure out alternate ways to antique the mirror frame.  Stay tuned.

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As far as my Fall decorating goes, I have other projects that I will share real soon.Rustic autumn mantel 7
For now I am enjoying the mantel decor, which is putting me in a Fall-ish mood.  I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season yesterday and football games are on TV so Fall is creeping in.

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We are a little over a week away from the Autumnal Equinox or First day of Fall so it really gets serious then.  LOL.

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The air quality has been horrendous due to the fires so I have pretty much stayed inside but at least the temperatures have dropped which feels nicer.

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The fire haze though has caused a really eerie and weird climate around here.  I shared a bit about this on insta @masterpiecesofmylife.   We had a pink sun, we had an “amber” day with a yellow cast all around, we had a day that looked like night.

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Seriously, if zombies started walking around I don’t think I would be surprised at this point at all!  Weirdest.year.ever.

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My thoughts are continually drawn to all the poor folks directly impacted. My heart breaks as I send prayers.  Not only is California ablaze but so is Oregon and Washington.  I am more and more concerned to take Master M, Sebastian, to University of Oregon shortly.  It’s hard enough when your first born leaves the nest, let alone in these extenuating circumstances.

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There’s lots to ponder about.  There’s lots to pray about.  There’s lots to be thankful about.  There’s lots to talk about.
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Please stay safe and sound everyone.  And that’s one of the many reasons I focus on my home and homemaking because it makes me happy and keeps me balanced.
“You do not find the happy life.  You Make It.” ~ Camilla Eyring Kimball

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