Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seasons of the Home - Fall Mantel 2013

Well here it is - my 2013 fall mantel.  

It is so, so simple.  Containing some old books, a few dried botanical and some 
pumpkins, I even re-used the same book page background from a couple of years 
ago (here), which is just a thin piece of plyboard covered in dictionary pages. 

To be honest, this is only one of several versions 
(I will share others throughout next week) 

 As with all my mantels, I try to convey a story.
This mantel speaks of summer and trying to preserve its beauty.
                 
I used the same old mirror frame from my late summer mantel 
to frame some of the dried leaves and flowers I had 
collected or pressed at various times throughout the summer. 
Some made over pumpkins from last year (I couldn't find any 
baby boos in my area yet), some dried Queen Anne's Lace and a 
couple of oak leaves from my parent's backyard.  I think it makes the 
perfect fall arrangement and goes to show you don't have to spend a lot 
(or any) money to pretty up your home from season to season.  

Admittedly, I have doubts every time I post a mantel.
 I fully appreciate my mantel decorating style is not 'typical';
perhaps even a little over the top for some.  But I think my art influences
the outcome and the mantels become art displays; as opposed to
a decorated mantel, thus breaking all the interior design rules.

But I would also like to think that you could
spot a Craftberry Bush mantel by just the style. 

In this case, the art and masterpiece
is nature itself.  Beautiful and perfect.

See what I mean about beautiful? 
Queen Anne's lace - beautiful when in full bloom 
and beautiful even after her time. 

TIP: Queen Anne's Lace make beautiful Christmas 
arrangements when spray painted white or silver.  

More hydrangeas to coordinate with the rest of this area in our home.

Old books - a staple in every Craftberry Bush mantel.

And there you have it - my fall mantel for 2013. 
I hope  there are some details that inspire you in your own decor.

Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you
 visit my friends to see some of the other beautiful fall ideas. 


Here's the line-up of the Seasons of Home schedule:
Monday - AKA Design
Wednesday - Craftberry Bush

31 comments:

  1. Lucy, it is gorgeous! Love the dried hydrangeas and your book pages. So very pretty! x

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  2. well done, as usual. ;) one burning question, how is that gold frame attached to the book pages?

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  3. Turned out beautiful! I just did a mantel update, well a whole fireplace redo! Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  4. I love it. That frame with botanicals always catches my eye

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  5. It is because of your creativity that I adore your mantles.

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  6. love it, especially the books, and the understated colors!

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  7. It looks very natural and beautiful, Lucy.
    xo,
    Shannon

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  8. Lucy you are a true artist, I gasp each and every time I visit your blog. Your creations are that beautiful and inspiring to me. This mantle is no exception, it is beautiful.

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  9. Your mantles are never over the top. The 'changing of the mantle' is something I look forward to on your blog. This mantle is gorgeous and very inspiring.

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  10. Beautiful mantel, I love your creative arrangement it is simple, yet elegant! Very pretty!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous Lucy!!!
    I have a question for you. Where can I email you?
    Hope you have a lovely day!!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda
    Editor-in-chief Inspiration Vintage Magazine

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  12. Magazine-worthy for sure! I love the frame, and the whole collection of books is perfect. Found you through FNF.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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  13. I love your mantel! It is just beautiful! I like that it's not the typical orange and gold display.

    I am your newest follower.

    Judy

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  14. Your style of mantel displays is refreshing and lovely! So beautiful!!
    Mary Alice

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  15. Oh, so lovely! Absolutely beautiful, Lucy.

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  16. Stunning, love your creativity...and those hydrangeas are stunning!

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  17. Lucy it's so pretty, makes you want to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea on a fall day.
    Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca

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  18. What a unique and original design! I like the frame with the botanicals- great look! I like the mix of the hydrangeas with the white pumpkins. The books made for a great design. I bet this looks great in the evening with low lighting!

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  19. So pretty! Love all of your natural elements and that book page background!

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  20. You're so creative!! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays!! Love your Fall Mantel!

    Hugs,
    Jody

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  21. Lucy, I was so excited to see you come link up here at the party! Your mantels are always my favorites in blogland, you do "natural" like no one else. Love the gold frame with the wonderful dried flowers and botanical specimens. thanks so much for joining in!

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  22. Just beautiful !!!
    So nice to meet you Lucy - don't know how I haven't come across your site before - but am now very happily following!
    Hugs from Montreal
    XOX

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  23. Just beautiful !!!
    So nice to meet you Lucy - don't know how I haven't come across your site before - but am now very happily following!
    Hugs from Montreal
    XOX

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  24. Love it! Love it!
    I always love old books pages...those dried leaves...fantastic.
    Really inspiring!
    Besos from Argentina,
    Silvina

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  25. Love it! Love it!
    I always love old books pages...those dried leaves...fantastic.
    Really inspiring!
    Besos from Argentina,
    Silvina

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  26. Love this!! So pretty and inspiring!! :) Wishing you a happy Friday! xx Holly

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  27. Hello Lucy! I am thankful to Debra for introducing me to your wonderful blog! I love the natural color theme of your mantel. To me, this mantel decor speaks of the changing seasons and the beauty each one of them brings. The old book pages evoke a certain feel of nostalgia that is so appealing... Thank you for the inspiration!

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  28. I LOVE it...my favorite by far !!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. Simply stunning! You have totally inspired me with my fall mantel! Thank you!
    Big hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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