Happy Tuesday!! Time for another round of "Tuesday's Top Three"!!
I was discussing with Marla (my mother-in-law) decorating for fall and we both agreed our favorite thing to decorate is the mantel! It's usually the major focal point of the living room, so it's kind of a big deal! Anyway, we were chatting about it and it gave me a great idea for a little Top Three post about decorating your mantel for fall. We came up with three tips...
#1 Use a VARIETY of textures.
My mantel is pretty much a hot mess of things but it totally works! haha! I love the glass from the lantern mixed in with candles, wicker pumpkins, and sparkly gold pumpkins as well. Choose a variety of textures when you're decorating your mantel...we totally think it makes it look so much better.
I found this image on Pinterest (but couldn't find the original source), and I love it! It's super simple...pumpkins, a stump, and leaves, but all those textures make this mantel FUN!! I'm going to remember this image for next year!
#2 Keep your mantel balanced (on the sides) but not matchy-matchy.
Don't get me wrong...some people have super balanced mantels and they are GORGEOUS!! This list is just about what we do...so we keep plenty of items on each ends, but we don't match the items. Marla's mantel is above. (Don't worry...lots of you guys asked about a home tour and we have it down on the list! You'll love Marla's house.)
We've probably all seen THIS image on Pinterest. Check it out...super balanced, but not matchy. :)
#3 Make it personal!!
Use things you LOVE on your mantel. For me, I love having that big canvas with my family as the main focal point. I also love the lantern and the "pumpkin" sign. They might not have a sentimental meaning, but choose some of your favorite things.
Marla is GREAT at making hers personal. Her father was a cotton farmer in Arkansas, so she has cotton up on her mantel representin'. The pheasant is one her father actually shot and I think she somehow snuck it home (without her parents seeing..haha!) knowing it'd look GREAT on her fall mantel. See?? She's making it personal!!
I hope these tips helped someone just a little bit!! If you have any others PLEASE leave them in the comments. We'd love to all read them and share. I promise a "Marla's House Tour" post coming soon. Here's a little tease...
The buffet in her dining room...love it! :)
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