Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Subtle & Thrifty October Mantel

I've been slowly working my way around the main living areas in our home adding in fall touches.  I'm much more of an autumn decorator than a Halloween one.  I love dried corn, twigs, pumpkins and all those little things that you associate with the season.  However, I did want to add a subtle touch of Halloween to my mantel this year.



I placed a mini orange pumpkin on an antique wooden candle holder. The dark layers of dripped wax add a spooky feel.  The handful of white tapers are sitting in an old glass beaker; also perfect for holding potions.

 
 
 



The white, ceramic skull normally sits in our classroom, but I thought it was the perfect nod to the season.



I used a regular wall stencil and sidewalk chalk to add the chandelier to my antique chalkboard.  A quick tip is to dip the chalk in water before using as it gives much deeper coverage.



I know the bittersweet weren't quite ready to be harvested as the berries aren't their usual red, but I just couldn't wait!  Luckily, after a day or two the majority of the berries started to turn.


My mantel transformation consisted of items that I pulled from storage or other areas of my home. The bittersweet was found in my neighborhood, making this update completely free! You just have to love that!

To see how my autumn decor flows throughout my house check out the following related posts:  A Collected Autumn Corner, My Autumn Coffee Table Styling, {Frugal Fall} Entry & Tutorial, and Autumn Art & Decor.

For more ideas be sure to check out these boards on Pinterest:  Autumn/Halloween Inspiration, Mantel Problems! and Wreaths, Buntings & Banners.

Angela

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38 comments:

  1. I love it!! Stopped over from the Open House Party:)

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  2. How creative. Love your ideas. Might borrow the one with the candles in a jar.

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  3. Love your mantel. I love how simple and classy it is. So great to 'shop' your house. x

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  4. I love that! I never would have personally thought to pair the two together! It looks great!

    =)


    Brooke

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  5. I love your style! Your mantle is rustic and beautiful. I, too, put a painting over my large mirror that's over the fireplace. I'm glad I stopped by for inspiration!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  6. I'm stopping by from Delightsome Life! I love the chicken wire cloch with the pumpkin sitting on a rustic pot. Hugs, Penny

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  7. I love the chandelier stencil on your chalkboard. Great tip about dipping chalk in water. I'm stopping over from the Happy Hour Link party at the Craftberry Bush.

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  8. Love your mantle! Brilliant to use a stencil with the chalk! I am hoping that my bittersweet will be ready when I get back from vacation! I always love to decorate with it! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  9. Your mantel looks great! I love what you did with the chalkboard and the stencil.

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  10. The mantel looks great. Love the chalkboard.

    Cynthia

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  11. Love that chalkboard, so pretty! I'm inspired :)

    Claire @gypsyslowdown.blogspot.com

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  12. GREAT MANTEL! I love the wire cloche, the pretty lamp and the chalkboard idea.
    FABBY

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  13. Beautiful, Angela. Your chalk chandelier is fabulous ... and, I love your little skull mixed in, too! :)

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  14. I love the chalk chandelier. Fun mantel. I am your newest follower.

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  15. Your mantel is so pretty. I love all the elements you used especially the chalkboard with the very clever stencil idea!

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  16. Lovely, Angela--I really like the stenciled chalk chandilier--very cool idea!

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  17. Angela,
    visiting from Brambleberry Cottage, love all the elements you pulled together for your mantle! Simple and effective, especially the little skull you added. Looks great! Have enjoyed browsing thru, am your newest follower and would love for you to visit me.
    Rebecca

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  18. pRETTY Mantel!! Need to do something fallish with mine after seeing yours!

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  19. Hi Angela, LOVE that wonderful chalkboard and that chandy stencil is perfect for a wonderful feel of Halloween!

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  20. Everything looks great Angela! Love all the "dripiness" going on! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF!

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  21. Hi again Angie...I think I discovered a new emotion today...bittersweet envy.
    ha....I just love how it looks draped over your mirror and to know that it's real....yup...bittersweet envy....;)

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  22. Your home looks lovely! I love the chalk stencil and your tip on that.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  23. What a fantastic mantel. I've been awway and I have yet to decorate mine. I love all the simple, inexpensive...yet, elegant touches you have used!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Carolynn

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  24. Love it all Angela. Thanks for linking up this week at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  25. I love it! So pretty. Like your chalkboard chandy! Thank you for sharing. Saw you over at Boogieboard. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  26. Awesome idea's. Love the chalkboard with the chandelier.

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  27. Very pretty, I love your choices. Came here from Make it Monday.

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  28. Your mantel looks perfect for Fall with a little bit of halloween! Great chalkboard.
    Mary Alice

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  29. Love the chandelier in chalk! What a great idea to use a stencil!! I'm now following your lovely blog! =) Deanna

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  30. Your mantel turned out lovely. I found you via the Fox Hollow Mantel party. It's always nice to find a fellow New Englander. I have become your newest follower and look forward to reading your future posts.

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  31. Your mantle is amazing! Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  32. So very beautiful and so very clever - love the chandelier on the chalkboard - your pictures are just marvelous - I think you've inspired many! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing this creative October mantle on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love how the chandelier looks on the chalkboard.

    Jody

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  34. Bittersweet is one of my favorite, natural elements to decorate with this time of year (regardless of the color!). Pretty mantle. Thanks for sharing with the Clever Chicks!!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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  35. Your fall mantel looks perfect for the season! Thanks so much for joining "The After Party"!

    René

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  36. Beautiful fall mantel. I'm so jealous of your fresh bittersweet. Mine is plastic!!! ;)

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