Monday, August 13, 2012

A Little Pre-Fall Mantel Fix-Up

I posted earlier today on the winner of the giveaway but also wanted to do a quick post of a little mantel fix up.

I told you earlier in the week that I am doing a little pre-fall prettying up.  I also told you that I am trying to add some touches of blues and reds here and there.

I decided to bring my beautiful 1953 American Walking Horse Trophy from my bedroom into my living room so it would be a little more visible. 

I brought my one and only demi-john in from the dining room and pulled out some books that were different shades of blues and reds.

I ended up with this simple pre-fall mantel…

mantel 1 yes

This little white bench, made from what I think was an old ammo box, sits in front of the fireplace to help try to lighten the oak up just a little.

bench 1

The biggest pillow is just an old sugar sack and the smaller one is the one I showed you the other day that my friend Kim made for me. 

full 2

I know I shouldn’t be rushing time away, but I really am looking forward to the arrival of fall.  Here in Tennessee, the weather has been so pleasant the last few days that  it has really made me think more and more about the changing of the seasons.  I feel like fall is teasing us just a little bit around here.
Just a reminder to be happy with what you have. 

If you have carpeted floors instead of hardwood…embrace the softness.

If you have an oak fireplace instead of white…embrace the fact that dirt doesn’t show on it.

If you have oak kitchen cabinets..embrace the fact that you have a place to put your dishes.

If you live in a traditional brick home instead of a beautiful old farmhouse…embrace the fact  that you can make it be anything you want it to be.


I am thankful!!!

Linking up at Uncommonly Yours Party and Faded Charm


must love junk said...

I love it!! I always smile at how many of the same decorating 'things' we have! (the ceiling tin, wicker bottle, trophy cup...:)
You've put everything together perfectly!

Olive Cooper said...

Amy, the trophy is wonderful on the mantle. You are so right about embracing what you have. I have a very simple kitchen but it works for me. hugs, olive

p.s. I left a message for Kim on Etsy.

chateau chic said...

I LOVE your pre-fall mantel!! You hit a home-run on that. Great trophy and putting the white bench with the pillows in the opening is the perfect touch!
Mary Alice

elizabeth said...

I'm really liking your simple, fallish mantel decor! I too have an oak fireplace surround. The oak cabinets throughout the house have been painted white, but since the surround was hand made especially for us by a dear man in our church, I just didn't feel right about changing it. I figure some warm wood tones mixed with the white is fine.

LLH Designs said...

I love your words on embracing what you have. So good! Big hugs to you!

Mary Ellen said...

Love your mantel Amy!!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

such wise and thoughtful words, dear Amy. your mantel is wonderful, 1953 was a very good year.

pballard said...

Lovely post, lovely things, lovely blog.. Have a great night.

Sherry said...

Love this post! Wonderful and true advice! Love your mantel. I cut the legs off of a white bench yesterday so I could put it inside my fireplace to lighten up the dark brick. I plan to put candles on it. So cool to see someone else doing something similar.

On Crooked Creek said...

The addition of the hydrangea in your trophy is stunning! I adore the mix of textures on and around the mantle. Autumnal weather is here (just a tad) on the Prairie, and I am grateful!For weeks I've been praying for the return of double digit weather and for 2" of rain. Little by little I am seeing glimpses of Autumn.

Grammy Goodwill said...

I always enjoy pictures of your things, but your thoughts on being thankful really hit home with me today. Thanks for sharing them.

{annie_loo} said...

Love the mantle!

Loving this fall weather too! It has been so wonderful for August! I'm ready for scarves adn leggings....but NOT winter! ;)

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Amy,

I love your pre-fall mantel!!! I also enjoyed what you wrote about being happy with what you have...I have to remind myself of that often - esp with all the things that one wishes to it's nice to just be able to step back and just be thankful for what you do have! :) Wishing you a lovely day!


BECKY said...

Love your mantel...and love your thoughts on contentment. To have all we need should = contentment. To have some of our wants = icing on the cake!!

Love your heart, girl!
Have a blessed day, and know how much you're appreciated for being you!

Anne said...

Your mantle looks great! I am going to put off on my fall decor.I am not planning on doing much anyway.I need to wait for my hydrangeas to change color! I agree be happy with what you have and embrace it!

Susan said...

I just LOVE that trophy Amy! Your fireplace vignette looks amazing, and I appreciate your words to be thankful for what we have. :)

A Thrifted Market said...

I am thankful for his Grace everyday! Your mantel looks beautiful and fall weather sounds so great right now. Don't see any of that happening anytime soon in Texas. Have a beautiful week girl!

Green Willow Pond said...

That trophy is beautiful, especially with the gorgeous flowers and in front of a mirror! The whole thing makes a stunning focal point.

Trisha said...

How I wish I had a mantel like yours-so beautiful!!


Katherine Wolak said...

I adore what you did for decor!!!! You cant ever get anough of shabby cottage and your way of doing it is fantastic! :D


Becky C said...

Oh my sweet "sister", you have put together another gorgeous mantle display!!! The trophy adds a beautiful warm touch with the books.
I love so much that Fall is just around the corner there in Tennessee! Maybe we should pick some apples together??? hmmm...

You sure make great use of all that you have...and how encouraging to embrace the things we sometimes dislike about our homes.

Congrats to Olive on the giveaway :)
Love to you all & SEE YOU SOON

carolinapoulter said...

I like what you said about trying to be happy with what you have. Maybe sometimes we concentrate to much on what we don't have instead of being thankful for what we do have.

carolinapoulter said...

I like what you said about being thankful for what we have. Maybe sometimes we concentrate to much on what we don't have and not enough on all the blessing we do have.

Debbie said...

Well, I love your fall look. You never have to worry about rushing a season because yours always is subtle hint of season with a large dose of Amy. That's something I really love about you.

I loved and needed what you said at the end. I get frustrated because my house isn't the old that seems to "go" with my style.

Keeping it Cozy said...

Love the trophy and the stack of books... a gorgeous mantel with lovely touches of fall.

Love your words of being thankful.

Guess what project we started on this week? Ceiling...

Dori @ Bell Jar Vintage said...

Such wise words! And it felt like you were talking directly to me. :) Love your layered mantel, too!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Looks wonderful!! I'm ready for a little change of season here too. I'll be sad when summer is over...but I LOVE fall so it "softens the blow" :) Thanks for the visit...have a great weekend! Laurel

Tricia said...

I love your thoughts on loving what you have. Your mantle looks wonderful, Amy! That big, old piece of tin is such a pretty backdrop. Hope you have a good weekend :)

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This is such a beautiful display! I love the trophy and the books. Really makes me think of Fall! Thank you so much for sharing this with us this week! So pretty!

Take care,


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Amy your mantel looks gorgeous!

The Summer Porch said...

Amy you have such a beautiful touch! I love your pre fall look!
I agree the weather has been so humid all summer.
I hope your keeping well these days.
Have a lovely week,
Hugs Rosemary...xo