We've had some overcast days here lately, it's been possible to wear a sweater or a scarf (or both), in the evening, if you don't mind feeling a little warm ~ hooray!
So it's time for a little mantle-tweaking, re-arranging, fall-ifying fun.
This year I kept it simple, no pumpkins, no turkeys, no cornucopias ~ just a little bit of warmth from the rusts and golds I found when I shopped the house.
Oh, and some leafy branches from an overgrown shrub in our backyard.
Don't underestimate the decorating power of weeds and random cuttings.
This arrangement has lasted over a week and still looks good.
I painted the oil painting when I was in college. It's a study of a Van Gogh.
We've done a lot of work on this wall since we moved in six years ago.
The lower half of the bookshelves were here when we bought the house, but there was a big empty space in the middle and nothing on the upper half of the wall.
I designed the mantle and the upper bookshelves and our handyman-carpenter friend Louie built them.
What do you think about my solution for hiding the T.V.?
For the surround, I ordered salvaged antique majolica tile on ebay
(in keeping with the time period our home was built).
I'm not sure how happy I am now with that choice. Kinda wishing I'd gone all white
for the flexibility it would give me in decorating.
In the upper bookshelves I'm trying to capture a quirky collected naturalist look (that's a look, right?).
My sister sculpted the mini bust
~ that's a little quirky ~
and so is the venus fly-trap painted on the Portmeirion vase.
And those light tan books spanning the width of the wall (below) are one of Scott's best deal finds ever.
He bought a complete set of Harvard Classics (copyright 1937) at a garage sale for $5.
That's a collection of the greatest works of the Western cannon, from Plato to Luther and more,
originally advertised as "The Five-Foot Shelf of Books."
They are beautiful, most had never been opened, and we actually use them!
It's kinda fall-ish, right?