rustic autumn mantel

Rustic autumn mantel

The super talented Courtney @ the French Country Cottage blog just shared some Autumn mantels, which 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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design details of the rustic autumn mantel styling

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.

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It’s rustic and natural and organic and easy.  I am enjoying the relaxed Fall feels.

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The mantel will stay like this for awhile.  After about a month or so I’ll probably change it up for some Halloween happiness.

other thoughts about the mantel & the season

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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.

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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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on a personal note

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 instagram @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 and pray about and to be thankful about so much 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.

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“You do not find the happy life. You Make It.

Camilla Eyring Kimball

sharing @ between naps on the porch



  1. Naush Samama says:

    Your mantle and fall decorations are lovely, Maryjo.
    We host Meraki Link Party weekly from Monday thru till Thursday at
    We’d love for you to share your posts with us.

  2. Thank you so much Naush for your sweet comment. I will make sure to pop into your party and link up. Have a great day!
    XO- MJ

  3. annafromskylarkhouse says:

    Hi MaryJo – I just saw that you shared this post in a link party. I love how you incorporated the dried hydrangeas into the display. Yes, I remember those fires well. My Dad, who lives in Marin, said that ash from the fires would fall on his deck even though he was miles away from the fires.

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