Monday, September 28, 2015

Autumn Splendor for the Hearth

I dearly love this time of year.  Autumn...the word excites the senses with vivid colors and wonderful smells. I think of candy apples, warm cider, hay rides, apple pies, and the unforgettable smell of brisk, autumn air. I am so thankful to the Lord for the beauty of this season.

"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1.  

As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, the hearth becomes an important focal point in our homes. It's a place where the family gathers and where memories are made. Why not make your hearth a signature statement by creating a lovely autumn display?  I enjoy changing my display often.  This is my September-October mantel. I was incredibly bummed when my 11 inch mercury glass pumpkin skittered off the mantel and crashed to the floor.  I searched the internet and local stores for a replacement.  Luckily, I found one that blends in and will do for now.  My display features mercury glass pumpkins, a lantern lighted by a candle, a few books, a clock, and a little owl. A garland with fairy lights add a slight twinkle to the display.   It's still too warm to light a fire, so I put a few battery operated candles in the fireplace to create a warm glow.
Life and Linda created a mantel with frames.  Love this idea.
I would adore an outdoor fireplace. This inviting setting is from Better Homes and Garden.
Doesn't the fireplace in Neil Hill's blog look cozy?  What a fantastic place to curl up with a mug of spiced cider. The deer looks like he rules the roost! Notice the equestrian pillows.
Another terrific idea. The lanterns are especially nice.
Here is another outdoor fireplace.  This one compliments of Southern Living.
Sondra Lynn at Home has a beautiful fall mantel.  So many items in natural tones.
The Seasonal Home decorates with the vivid colors of fall.
Finding Home selected a very unexpected color palette for the autumn mantel.  The creams, blues, greens, and peacock feathers work well together
Serendipity Refined blends silver, copper, creams, and browns fabulously.  All the colors are enhanced by the gorgeous wall color.
I love the many levels in this sweet mantel from Denise in Bloom.  The use of the various heights add movement to the display.
The Frugal Homemaker decorates from the mantel down to the hearth.  This allows the eye to wander and enhances the display.
How are you decorating your mantel for this beautiful season?  Please jot me a note and tell me about your display.

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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16 comments:

  1. Beautiful---I'm just starting to add some fall color!

    Jane x

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    1. Hi Jane,
      I was hoping my early decorating would bring on cooler weather! I bet whatever you do will be beautiful. Happy Fall!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. Beautiful mantel displays. I love the more muted shades with a bit of blue or teal added. I've not done much decorating for fall yet.

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    1. Lorrie,
      I like the blue, teal and cream mantel too! I am going to do a Thanksgiving one with muted colors. I might have to add some of the peacock colors to my plan. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. You have created an elegant mantle in your home and I enjoyed all the other examples shared. Unfortunately the small house we retired in doesn't have a mantle for me to decorate and I miss this focal point for seasonal changes.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, I hope you'll come back again.

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    1. Thank you Judith! I was so sad to break my favorite pumpkin:( I did get some inspiration from the mantels featured in this post. There are so many creative people out there. I have noticed smaller homes with a mantel on the wall...without the fireplace. That could be ideal for you. I will be back to Mosaic Monday! Thanks for hosting.
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. very beautiful photos, a happy Autumn to you and have a good week

    much love...

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    1. Hi Gillena! I am so glad you stopped by for a visit. Have you been decorating for fall? As I told another visitor, I was hoping bringing out my fall decor would bring cooler weather! Hasn't worked yet, but I hear we will see cooler mornings soon. Thanks again for your visit and come back soon!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  5. What a lovely display of autumn for the mantel piece. It's comforting and cozy to draw near the fireplace this time of year. And what visions of loveliness to enjoy as you do.

    Beautiful post...
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I love to get inspiration from other bloggers, so thought it would be a good idea to share. You sound like me with your love of the hearth! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  6. Oh, Lynda, I'm so sorry about your glass pumpkin plate...I know how that hurts, In my flurry preparing Easter dinner I broke a family heirloom bowl. I tried to make l.ght of in in front of company but my heart ached,

    These hearths are gorgeous-wish I had the room to have wing chairs on each side! I need a few pumpkins and I'll be finished. I like to add little by little until Thanksgiving...keeps it fresh.

    Thanks for such a nice comment today. What a lovely person you are! :)

    Jane xx.

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    1. It is awful to break an heirloom. It makes you want to get out the super glue and get to work! I enjoy my wing backs by the fireplace...especially when the fire is roaring. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  7. Beautiful mantel! You really enjoy the things you do. :) You also have nice photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Mantels are the hardest place to decorate for me! You sure found some great inspiration. Your mantel is gorgeous without a thing on it!

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    1. Hi Stacey,
      Thank you for the sweet comments. My oldest son designed our double mantel. I wanted to find an antique mantel; however, fireplaces back then were often small. We looked at a terrific salvage place in New Orleans to gather ideas. Our son sat down and drew up the plans and our cabinet guy built it. as far as decorating mantels, I like to get inspiration from the internet. Often, I think, "Why didn't I think of that?"! I bet your mantel is lovely. I will be sharing Christmas mantels, so stop back by.
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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