Is it wrong if you forget to celebrate your own anniversary?! I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since I started this blog (I published my first post on September 21, 2011). Tastes change and styles evolve over time so I thought it would be fun to not only create a brand new fall mantel using nothing but vintage but to also look back at the past 11 years of my fall mantels to see just how much my decorating style has changed and to give you some fall mantel decorating ideas.
What’s more fun than the change of seasons? Changing up the decor in our homes! I had fun coming up with a fresh and fun fall mantel this year using all vintage finds (no surprise there)!
It’s all started with a mirror that I found at the thrift store a couple of months ago. The shape reminds me of this Target mirror I’ve been seeing all over the place. I love that my old mirror is faded and mottled which gives it lots of character and texture plus the green frame color is gorgeous.
Once I propped my mirror, I scoured my house looking for things to complement it. It’s important to have varying heights in a display so my old fishing basket filled with dried eucalyptus was the perfect solution. I love the wild look of the eucalyptus and the way it twists and turns.
Now I needed to balance out the right side of the mantel so I added an old loving cup and filled it with feathers. It was still too short so I added one of my favorite things for adding height … an old wooden box (books would be great too).
Nice, but still missing something and I had just the piece in mind!
You know I have a thing for vintage landscape paintings and my collection is growing. I added one to the mantel for a bit of color and layered it over the mirror for an informal look.
Look at the mirror to catch a peek at my vintage landscape painting gallery wall!
I could have stopped there but I wanted to add a bit of quirkiness so I stacked two carved gourds I found while thrifting and think they add just the right amount of whimsy.
Don’t forget the hearth!
I propped two antique grates against the fireplace opening then put one of my favorite things to decorate with in front of them … a plant. This one is especially fun in this mustache man pot I found on FB Marketplace along with a few smaller ones that are in another room (I named him Rhett)!
Using all vintage finds ensures that this is a one-of-a-kind look!
Let’s channel the Great Pumpkin to bring us back in time to check out my mantels of falls past …
2021 – A trio of seascapes propped against my huge old chalkboard combined with a pair of vintage Tonola pottery birds are all it took to create this simple fall mantel. I gathered all of my old demijohns (wine jugs) to add interest to the hearth.
2020 – It doesn’t get easier than leaning vintage landscapes against the wall. The artists model is out for a run through the fall foliage! You know I hate the big black dark hole of a fireplace so when it’s not in use, I love covering it up and the terra cotta pots are the perfect fall color.
2020 part 2 – This was the year of two fall mantels because of a really cool thrift store find that cried out to be put on the mantel! What goes better with bird art than a brass peacock and real feathers?
2019 – This mantel is a lesson in less is definitely more. I really enjoyed making my huge hydrangea wreath and love the natural look it brings to my living room. A trio of plants add color and texture to the hearth.
2018 – I am a color lover but sometimes a gal likes to embrace her neutral side and I did just that with last year’s mantel. The old chalkboard I got for free at a garage sale is the only thing on my mantel and it leads to a pumpkin patch in everything from driftwood to tree bark to twigs and more. I used an old blue chest to elevate some pumpkins to really help disguise the fireplace hole.
2017 – This is the first year I had the huge chalkboard so I was super excited to have this beautiful chalk art featuring my dog Sushi! I loved it so much, I hated to erase it so before I did, I made sure to turn it into a free printable! Dried hydrangeas in a vintage milk crate sit on top of an old Whitman’s chocolate crate that mimics the color of the chalkboard frame.
2016 – From my demijohn (old wine jugs) collection to an old green croquet box to a worn and crackled landscape painting right down to the little brass quail, I love that every single thing on this mantel is a thrifted vintage find. This is where the basket of dried hydrangeas started and you can see I really love that little hedgehog!
Take my 2016 Fall Home VIDEO TOUR here
2015 – Let’s look past the bad photography (and the fact that my blog had a different name as you can see from the watermark) to this chalkboard printable I tacked onto an old tabletop. An old window covers the ugly fireplace hole but I wish I would have ditched the burlap under the pumpkins. I think it’s missing a pop of color too.
2014 – I love the fabric-less chair as a “fireplace screen” and the simplicity of an old window as a backdrop to a heavily textured wreath. I wish I had added a bit more color to the mantel. I like the color that comes from the hydrangeas and vintage bottles.
2013 – This is where things start to get embarrassing ! Obviously I have a thing for old chalkboards and I do love the green schoolhouse board but those fake leaves probably need to go and not sure how I’m feeling about that branch!
2012 – Let’s not discuss the bad photography of this mantel filled with real pears and jars filled with big brown branches. It’s not my finest work!
2011 – There are no words!
Do you have a favorite?
How has your style evolved over the years?
Share in the comments so we can all get a good chuckle!
Thanks to everyone who has been here from day one or since today! I appreciate every single one of you!