Sep 28, 2011 - Design Steps    2 Comments

Harvest Mantel

It is Fall and time for Harvest, well harvesting my home grown pumpkins.  This year I planted a “Baby Boo” pumpkin plant which produces little white pumpkins.  I also had two volunteer pumpkin plants in my compost pile!  Here is my humble harvest:

I decided to do an arrangement on my mantel and thought I’d share my process for decorating along the way.  The first thing I do is search my house for anything in the fall color pallet.  Do not be picky in this process.  Even if it seems odd to put a kitchen or garden item on a formal mantel, don’t worry, gather ANY thing in your colors.  Here is the start of my pile (notice a pillow…yes, anything).

 I always start with my art work.  In this case a grouping of four similar pictures.

 

Then add the largest items on each side.

If you want a basket to look full, place a paint can in the bottom.

Then add plastic grocery sacks.

Cover them with fabric or other camouflage and layer your items, in my case pumpkins, on top.

Continue to add height…

and layers…

And more height and more layers.

A few books and another bushel basket.

The different sheen’s of the burlap, glass, mirrored vase, and baskets adds a rich texture.

 

A cozy blanket by the fire and a kilim pillow on a leather chair add warmth even when the fireplace isn’t on.

Now I can’t wait for a cold rainy day to sit by the fire, admire my harvest, and drink some hot cocoa.

Linked Up with: Funky Junk Interiors, and The Lettered Cottage

The Lettered Cottage

2 Comments

  • THANKS FOR THE TIPS ABOUT FILLING A BASKET, ETC. WITH CANS, PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS AND STUFF TO MAKE THEM APPEAR FULLER.
    GREAT SITE.

  • BJ, thanks, and I have to give a shout out to C.Lowell for that trick.

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