Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Mantel

Well Friends, here it is...the fall mantel I have been lovingly preparing to welcome yet another season.

As usual, I tried to use inexpensive items that with a little work become little treasures.  But only time can create such perfectly imperfect patina on that silver plate and the chippy wood on that old window frame.

I used a dollar store dictionary and dyed the pages with tea, allowing them to dry before ironing them to restore their crispness.  I then glued them onto a large sheet of very thin plywood that was laying in the garage.

 On my previous post, I  showed you how I
converted these pumpkins from the Dollar Store.

You can never go wrong with old shabby books...

 I used raffia and moss to add an organic feel to the mantel...

The silver cup at the back was given to hubby by his grandmother when he was born; the urn with the gorgeous patina was found at our local thrift store and it was originally a trophy of some sort.  While in line at the store, a gentleman was giving me tips on how to clean the silver.  I smiled and thanked him, but the patina was exactly what I am most in love with.

Real sterling silver will always clean to its beautiful original shine, yet plated silver, if left for too long, will acquire that bluish tarnished patina and might need to be re-plated in order to be restored to its original appearance.  The number 925 or a stamp of a lion are two easy ways to recognize if an item is real sterling silver.  There are only three sterling silver items on this mantel...can you guess which three?

 I had originally hung the plates in this
configuration but found it too sparse...

 So I decided to add a few more plates...





I will be replacing the branch in the urn with a large white pumpkin, creating more balance.  Balance is always important when decorating.  Notice how the darkness of the camera on the left is mirrored on the urn and ever so slightly with the bird on the right? 

So my dear friends, that is my fall mantel...at least for now.  I am sure I will look at it a few days and change a thing or two (does that ever happen to you?), but in the mean time, I hope you like it and can draw inspiration from it. 

Thank you once again for stopping by...can't wait to see you again soon.

much love,
Lucy


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73 comments:

  1. so dang pretty! I love the silver and the book pages on the plywood.

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  2. This looks fantastic -- I love it!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  3. Very beautiful mantel! If I had a manetl in my home I would want it decorated exactly this way..I love it!! Visiting from My Romantic Home.

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  4. I love your Mantel, you did such a Beautiful job! I am in the process of finishing up mine and hope to post Finished pictures next week, stop by and have a look!

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  5. It looks beautiful. I'm like you. always tweaking.
    Laura

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  6. Your Fall mantel is beautiful The colors and textures are just wonderful.

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  7. Oh I LOVE it!!!! This is so my way of decorating for this time of the year. Now I just need to get the darn stuff out of storage and up!

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  8. Seriously beautiful! This looks just like the display I was drooling over in Pottery Barn - so awesome!! I featured you (again) today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites.

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2011/09/friday-im-in-love-week-18.html

    xoxo
    Jenn

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  9. that mantel is stunning! think i need to go to the dollar store. awesome work.

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  10. I just saw your post on Show and Tell Friday; and your mantle is gorgeous! I love the mix of elements that you used! I am a newbie and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Be blessed!

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  11. Stunning mantle! Love all the elements/things you used. Stopping by from Whipperberry :)

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  12. Wonderful job! My guess on the sterling is your husband's urn, the trophy-type candle holder and the small plate on top and to the right? Right?

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  13. Beautiful mantel! I love the coloring and textures. I would love it if you would share this at my link party over at Rustic Crafts ~ http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=2152

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  14. Oh my gosh, Lucy...this mantel is amazing...it really is just gorgeous. Now just pack everything up, drive it on over to my house & set it up here...mmmkay? ;)

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  15. Lovin' it! All the silver looks great!

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  16. Your mantel looks beautiful. Had I not read your previous post, I would have thought the pumpkins were real, or at least purchased that way. Your transformation is amazing.

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  17. Your mantel is beautiful! I love that you used the silver with the book pages and the white pumpkins! The tarnished silver is beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a happy weekend!

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  18. Hi Lucy! This is my first visit and with just one look at your mantel, I am hooked! I'm going to follow along because I need to see more!

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  19. this is perfection! holy moly!

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  20. Beautiful! Great vignette, with fantastic ideas.

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  21. I love all the silver platters! Well done! Found you via French Country Cottage. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/few-finished-projects.html

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  22. Gorgeous!!! I would love it if you would stop by and share your mantel at my linky party!

    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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  23. Just found you and joined as a follower, love your wonderful vintage mantle. Great bookpage background!

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  24. Wow, Lucy! This is kind of blowing my mind, its so cool! Can't get over all the beautiful layers here, starting with those book pages, what a great idea! Love all the depth you achieved with the contrasting texture and subtle color.

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  25. Gorgeous. I'm a huge fan of vintage silver and I love how you've incorporated this into your fall mantel. I'm a new follower!
    Mary

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  26. This is just stunning.
    You did a great job-
    I am off to read more posts and I am a new follower.

    Enjoyed visiting-
    I linked to the same party-

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  27. So lovely! You have given me some great ideas!

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  28. I don't know where to begin...so I'll just say...IT'S BEAUTIFUL!

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  29. Always so original, dramatic, elegant, beautiful, and PERFECT!!! I LOVE it!!!

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  30. Great! Love everything, perfect fit for my house!

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  31. B e a u t i f u l! I love the colors, silver and white...And I love books anywhere, anytime! This is a winner.

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  32. Very beautiful and unique! I just love it!

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  33. Stunning! This may be my favorite Fall Mantel! Seeing this makes me want to further eliminate color from my decor and go with all white!

    Now Following! Hope you'll follow back!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  34. Gorgeous! Your vignette is gorgeous. And you take the most beautiful pictures.

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  35. Gorgeous! I love the light colours and the classy organic look! So, so pretty!
    Jo-Anna

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  36. You have such a lovely mantel! I just had to share this...you have such wonderful ideas! Thank you for divulging your little decor secrets, I plan on using quite a few of them in my wee little home. :)
    Cheers!

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  37. ooo.... love love love this look.
    I have the same metal wine goblets (as in your pictures) that I got from a thrift store, and I used them as vases for my wedding centerpieces.

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  38. I knew it was YOUR thumbnail the second I saw it! (on Layla's fall party). Gorgeous girl, just gorg!!!!

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  39. I love the silver behind the window. Great idea. Very pretty mantel.

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  40. This is a lovely vignette! I especially love that it's not all the traditional "fall" colors, but whites, neutrals, and metals plus texture. I'm decorating along the same lines this fall and it's so refreshing! :)
    Visiting from Beth's Tutes and Tips.
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

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  41. I think your mantel is absolutely gorgeous! Everything is perfect!

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  42. It is fabulously gorgeous - I love everything about it. Happy Fall y'all!

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  43. What a beautiful display--love everything about it! The different shades of white and the old window, books and trays -- stunning!

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  44. Wow...Gorgeous! I just found your blog and I am your newest follower.:)

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  45. Your mantel is Fabulous! I love the soft muted tones - you put a lot of thought and work into it and it shows!

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  46. Your mantle is so very beautiful. I would love to try this but atop my mantle sits hubby's large tv. So sad for me.

    Ruth

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  47. Fantastic! I love that it's just a tiny bit creepy in a very Edgar Allen Poe way... I'm totally inspired by the pages on the wall! Definitely going to try to work that idea into my fall mantle this year (when I finally get going on it!)
    : ) Meg

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  48. Absolutely beautiful! I love the plates & all the silver ~ gorgeous color scheme :) visiting from Lettered Cottage

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  49. Absolutely gorgeous!! I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)

    xoxo
    Jen

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  50. just stumbled on your page! so great to meet you....i'm your newest fan! oxox, tracie

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  51. Found this post via "blog hopping" and you have inspired me to make a fall mantle! Love your ideas!! I am your newest follower!!!


    XOXO's,
    Jessie

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  52. I love your take on a fall mantel. Very unique. I am a huge supporter of silver. I can't pass it without buying it. Glad I stopped by.

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  53. Loving your mantle! Simpy tres chic!! I'm now your newest follower and look forward to scrolling through all your inspiration!
    Have a wonderful Monday!
    Blessings & hugs,
    Karen

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  54. I'm all linked up and your newest follower. Your mantle is GORGEOUS!
    I'd love it if you shared something at my link party going on at www.projectqueen.org

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  55. i love, love this mantle! i'm definitely gonna be on the lookout for faux pumpkins! Esther from fleurcottage

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  56. Lucy, Gorgeous, gorgeous mantle! I can't believe how beautiful this is.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  57. This is absolutely stunning. I love the look of the book pages, the window and the serving platters all together. It's a really great look. I featured it on my blog today under fall mantel inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  58. I love your fall decor and featured it on my blog May Days
    http://ritamay-days.blogspot.com/2011/10/rdsrestless-decorating-syndrome.html
    Rita

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  59. This is magazine quality beautiful, Wow I love it.

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  60. Beautifully artistic and creative, each element more beautiful than the last...just wow!

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  61. Oh goodness. I just love this mantle. I am so inspired to begin mine! Thank you! :)

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  62. I really, really love this! So much infact, that I feautred it on my blog! I'd love for you to stop by and take a look!http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com/2012/09/falling-for-fall-mantles.html

    -Fotini

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  63. Really love the look with the silver plates. Question: how do you hang the silver plates? I have some that I would like to display, but other than using plate hangers, I am wondering how to hang them. Thanks.

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  64. Found this on Pinterest and love love love it. I know it's about two years too late, but just wanted to leave a note. I'll be including this in a web round up and linking back to your post!

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  65. ur blog is amazing i feel like i laied my hands on a treasure,,thank u for being so crafty and sharing it with us :)

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