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Early Fall Mantel

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One of the ways I like to introduce a new season in our home is by changing up the mantel decor. Because it is usually the focal point of a room, it makes sense that it gets done first. Of course, everyone’s style is different and some may choose to leave things as they are. But I do find the possibilities of decorating a mantel endless and find a bit of joy in changing it up seasonally.


My kids are always asking “When is Fall” or “Is Fall here yet” because they are too little to understand the times of the seasons. To help them gain some kind of understanding as to when Fall begins I decided to bring Fall to our fireplace mantel. I call it an Early Fall Mantel because I most likely will tweak it as the season continues. 

This post is part of my monthly inspiration collaboration with At Home stores. You can find so many lovely affordable seasonal and anytime decor by checking out their products here. There is also a giveaway at the end of this post so be sure to leave a meaningful comment to be entered. 


My base decorations for this early Fall fireplace mantel are Fall foliage and pumpkins. After all, these are the staples used for Fall decorating right? I used faux Fall foliage because I have not seen much of the pretty changing real foliage yet. The pumpkins are a mix of real and faux. I was able to find a few real pumpkins to mix in with the faux.

While the colors of the mantel is already painted in typical Fall colors (not by choice), I wanted to still keep the orange color scheme with the decor. Because let’s face it, the kids associate a pumpkin with orange more than any other color. Remember one of the key reasons for the way the mantle is decorated at this point is to help little minds understand when the season begins. But don’t worry, I have a few other uncommon shades of pumpkins that I may use as I eventually switch things up.


It took some playing around to get it to look right. Because like I mentioned earlier, the possibilities of mantel decorating are endless. And the paint colors were not helping the situation either. But I am glad it all came together.


At the bottom of the fireplace I used a big faux pumpkin and a simple large jar with more Fall foliage. And of course, a big basket of blankets because Fall calls for it. Can’t have too many blankets out during the Fall. 


Can we talk about this beauty of an accent chair for a minute? It looks like the perfect spot to curl up in front of the fireplace with a cozy throw and a good book. My kids love climbing on it and getting cozy.


Check out some of the deets; I am really in love and want to have a few of them!! fireplace-mantel-accent-chair

A cozy throw blanket and a beautiful throw pillow completes the look. Notice the basket of blankets is strategically placed right next to the chair. Talk about getting cozy you all!!


Unfortunately, the paint colors in the room coupled with some of the lighting do not seem to cooperate well from this angle. But you can see a full shot of what it looks like in this image. So that is how it is decorated for this beginning of Fall – clean and simple with just the right touches to bring early Fall indoors.


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Want to see how I am decorating some other rooms in our home for Fall and how I may switch things up on the mantel? Join me and some other wonderful ladies as we open our homes to you for the season and talk about our reason for decorating for the holidays.


How do you introduce early Fall into your homes? What is your reason to decorate for the season? Leave a comment letting me know your reason and you could be one of two winners of $25 to get your own Fall decor from At Home stores. Or pop on over to my Instagram page and follow the instructions there to enter. Note that winners must be able to use the gift cards in an actual brick and mortar At Home store since online purchases are unavailable. Be sure to share your awesome Fall decor with us and use #MyReason to decorate so we could find your photos!!


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12 thoughts on “Early Fall Mantel

  1. I love how simple your mantle is! I am so bad at decorating my mantle during the seasons but I love all the mantles I see! Yours may inspire me because I think I can handle getting a few pumpkins, not too much but just enough to bring the fall inside!

  2. You simple mantle is just perfect for fall decor. I love everything about it. Fall colors are my favorite and how could we possible not have pumpkins, right! I just enjoyed shopping in my At Home Store yesterday and I’m looking forward to the Fall Home Tours!
    I’m so ready for our temps to get out of the 90’s so it really feels like fall while I’m enjoying all these gorgeous fall home tours!

    1. Yea, at this point I am keeping it simple and clean. It’s early Fall so I plan to tweak it a bit. So glad you got to buy some of the fabulous products from At Home. Your home will be beautiful, I know!!

  3. I’m crazy about accent chairs and yours is a beauty! I would love to curl up on that chair in front of the fire with that beautiful throw. What a cozy room and the mantle decor is perfect – not too much and not too little – just the way I like it.

  4. So cute! You know how much I love pumpkins, but all of your other touches around the room are so pretty too. Makes me want to come for a visit. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

    ps. – Love the new look of the blog and that gorgeous picture of you. Very nice!

  5. So perfect! Love how it all came together!!!

    You know I can use help with decorating around my house so that $25 gift card could come in handy! Ha!

    Love the accent chair!

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