So many beautiful Fall mantles are being posted on different blogs. I was inspired to create something on mine.
We built a center chimney cape with an exposed brick fireplace so you see the brick on all four sides for two stories. And our mantle itself is a very rough-hewn piece of red oak that came from a tree on our property. A flat screen TV is mounted over the fireplace and it presented a bit of a challenge as far as decorating goes.
I needed seasonal things to put on the mantle that would show up against the brick and not block the TV. So I looked around and found a couple of pieces of old crockery and bought some really cute and tiny white pumpkins at my local farm stand. Along with some wildflowers that I had growing in my yard I placed an ironstone covered dish, a few old books, rearranged it all a couple of times till I was happy and called it a day!