Monday, November 8, 2010

My Fall Mantle


Hello everyone!
I hope you are all having a great Monday.
I finally was able to upload more pictures to my blogger.
I have a number of fall ideas to share with you this week... I feel like I should have shared them
in October, not November, as I think everyone is now thinking about Christmas.
Sorry about that!  Maybe next year I will be a little more with the program. 
I thought I would share my fall mantle with you anyway....


For my fall mantle I basically just added some vintage french clay pots and some antique books, I was trying to make it feel like fall by adding some warmer colors to my mantle.  I actually have a large quantity of these clay pots, and you will probably be sick of them by the end of the week, because I used them in every fall decorating post.
I think they help add a little bit of warmth to the mantle.



I piled a few of them on top of my french compote dish (a flea market find).
I like to mix something delicate with something rustic.
I filled one of them with some little letters.
I grabbed some hydrangeas from the garden.


This little antique lamp remained on the mantle.
I am not sure where it was made, but it has the sweetest delicate painted porcelain flowers climbing up the little pole.






The W was already on the mantle.
It is a french zinc letter that is coated in porcelain.  
I chose that letter because it wasn't in perfect condition.


The bottles on the right are milk glass perfume bottles that say G. W. Laird Perfumer New York.
I actually found another pair of those at a flea market, and now regret passing them up.


The purple books are a grouping of french books that have been tied together with twine.
I used those to add a little bit color....
I used to have a green bucket sitting where the ironstone pitcher is.
If you look closely my kids spelled out the word Love with my little letters.
Try not to notice how crooked the #2 is on my clock : )


I found a bunch of these letters made out of plaster at a flea market.
They are so much fun to use around the house.
I threw them inside my little clay pots for fun....
I think numbers and letters help give a modern feel to a room...
I could be wrong though...


I added this set of vintage books to the mantle, I chose this set  because of the pink page with the pretty monogram...

I was really hoping that they would have a grouping of french books, but they didn't.
So I found a bunch of antique french books at a used book store that I will be doing this to very soon.





I piled a few of my favorite red grain sacks on a bistro chair....
I should have used one of my white bistro chairs.... kind of a Christmas color combination... not fall...


topped with a rustic bar of soap and a few clay pots.



You can double click on images to see the full picture....My blog isn't set up yet to take extra large pictures...
so the right side is always partly cut off on the extra large pictures..... 




I just wanted to share a few paint colors with readers who are new to my blog....

The wall color of my living room is called Gray Pearl, a Martha Stewart color, from Lowe's....
Lowe's doesn't sell Martha Stewart colors anymore, but they should still have the formulas stored in their system.
I always use the Valspar Signature Paints, when I purchase paint from Lowe's.
Just a warning about this color... It can look more taupe then gray when painted in a room that doesn't have a lot of natural light coming into the room....

I painted my mantle a Benjamin Moore color, called wedding veil... I used a satin finish.

Hope you all have a great week!
Thank you for stopping by...
Take Care,
Maria

P.S.

70 comments:

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Gorgeous. I love your autumn mantle xox

A Cottage Muse said...

Those little clay pots are so cute! Your mantle looks wonderful and I can't wait to see how you dress it up for the holidays!!

Signe said...

That lamp is just amazing!! And so is your chandelier!

sissie said...

Hi Maria,
I just love your mantel. It looks wonderful. The little clay pots and numbers are the perfect touch.
The folding chair is making me drool.

hugs
Sissie

Fräulein Glückspilz said...

Hallo!

Soooo beautiful pictures and the clock is great!

Love,
Nicole

Polly said...

It's gorgeous! Love the little letters!! I have a whole box of those but mine have sharp pins in the back so I use them as tacks on my bulletin board.

traci said...

i love those little letters. they are so cute. everything looks gorgeous as always maria.

Between You and Me said...

love your fall mantle...everything looks so beautiful!

LOVE {love,love,love} those clay pots!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...
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Chrissy said...

Simply stunning....love the jar from Tracey(she is so sweet)Enjoy your fall mantle...won't be long now till Christmas! Chrissy

Joyce @ Quilted Nest said...

Gorgeous, creative and non traditional. Love it!

MommaHensCoop said...

stunning. I am the biggest fan of "unexpected decor" I'd love for you to join in on my linky over at my blog!

mo said...

Your photographs are better than any I have seen in a magazine. Exquisite. Breathtaking. Stunning. *hugs*

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

Hi Maria,
Your fall mantle is just gorgeous! I love how all the little bits fit right in together. It probably looks so pretty because the mantel itself is stunning!
Thanks for sharing - I always look forward to see little corners of your beautiful home. :)
Can I ask where your tv is - I need a way to disguise mine and would love to see your inspiration on that.
Have a wonderful day!
Sarah

Heather from Post Road Vintage said...

I have to say Maria..
If I didn't have my baby er.. literally attached to me right now.. I would be bolting off my chair to decorate right now!!
You inspire me :)
And keep the fall posts coming!!

Tracey said...

Hi Maria!! There is nothing about this mantle that I don't LOVE!!! It truly looks beautiful!!!!!!!!! You have a special way of making things look so pretty and welcoming!!! I LOVE it!

Big hugs ~

:) T

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Maria you must have read my mind because I was wondering what color your walls were. They look like a color I just picked out for my dining room, a nice warm grey. Your mantle is beautiful and I am in love with the green chair...the same on Fifi's cover?? Wondering though, do you ever have any window treatments?

Becky C said...

Hi Maria,
Your mantle is beautiful. I absolutely adore the little pots, and can't wait to see what else you've done. I'm keeping an eye out for some of my own. Thanks for the paint names. I just chose Fresh Cotton for my house, and it's working. Are you opening an online shop soon?
Blessings,
Becky C
Buckets of Burlap

Cottage In The Sun said...

Your mantle is fabulous! Now, of course, I can't take my eyes off of the 2! I love your neutral palette.

Jacqui said...

Everything is so beautiful! What a lovely post, thank you!

chasity said...

beautiful....
love the subtle little hints of color you use.

NanaDiana said...

It looks great. I really love those little clay pots! Diana

Cottage In The Sun said...

So lovely! The little letters are so sweet!

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Maria, I love your little green bistro chair. I have white ones, but my older bistros were a dark green at one time, I got such a good deal on them years ago, and painted them when I brought them home, I freshen them each summer. I love your piles of fabric. I had a peek at the new cover of Romantic Prairie Style, with another of your settings, it's so pretty, and very hard to chose which I like more.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

As always, inspirational and beautiful. How do you get your kids to leave everything where you put it so beautifully?

{ L } said...

It looks straight from a magazine. So peaceful and stunning.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Just so beautiful, I'm in love with that little rosy lamp!
xo,
Debra

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

The clay pots are just perfect, and I think the letters add a whimsical yet sophisticated touch.

Ahhh, to have so many beautiful grain sacks like you do!!! :-)

Hugs,
Anne

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your fall mantle display looks absolutely beautiful, Maria! I LOVE the vintage French clay pots filled with hydrangeas atop the white compote... just perfect!!
Wishing you a wonderful week!!
xoxo,
Jo :)

Shannon said...

Your mantle looks beautiful, I love the french pots. I just cleaned mine up and brought them inside to use for decorating around the house. Thanks for the inspiration!

P.S. Was wondering when your shop was going to open, I was hoping to do some Christmas shopping???

Irene b said...

your images are always so beautiful... they show you r lovely soul... I'm dreaming about an your book!

Sofies Haus said...

Your images are great! You don´t need lesson!!!!I love your home and your decoration so much! Hughs Anja

Air Kiss said...

This is absolutely stunning, Maria! I love love love everything about your photos and interiors!! The tones are so soft and elegantly delicious, too. Those little white letters are too cute. Thanks for the reminder about the giveaway; I will sign up right after this. :) Love that so very unique clock of yours! I would've never noticed the 2 was off unless you pointed it out. I'll bet blogger will hit me up for my $5 real soon; I have been using XL photos lately so I think it's about time, argh! Your already incredible photography is going to be soooo wonderful in big photos!! It was such an easy tweak~ looking forward to your changes! Have a great week!
:)
Lara

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~**~Absolutely DREAMY Maria!!~*~* Hugs,Rachel :)

Madelief said...

Love your mantle. It looks beautiful!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Claudia said...

Hello,

It looks just beautiful. Love how you put everything together. Lots of inspiration.
Thank you for sharing.
Claudia

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Maria, Your photographs and mantel are beautiful. I love the little antique lamp..gorgeous.
Hugs, Sherry

Fräulein Klein said...

I love the way you decoroate all this beautiful things! It looks so wonderful!
Have a great week,
hugs, Yvonne

chickie said...

You have the touch. Looking forward to what ideas you will come up with for Christmas.Which is right around the corner.You do keep the creativity flowing.
Fun Finds 2 U...Chickie

Janine said...

Looks absolutely fabulous! I always love your ideas. Keep them coming!!!!

Meeling said...

Lovely...simple and elegant. Looks wonderful and serene.

Hopping over from Lisa Roy's blog....

Kristin said...

Dear Maria, I loved your post!!! Your photos are amazing and so beautiful!

Kristin xx

Gaia said...

Wonderful images as usual...you are so good!
the first one is my fav, if I had to choose just one!
How are you !?

Grow Line said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Truly a blog site with everything beautiful!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Cute, cute stuff, Maria. I may have to bring in some of my french pots from the shack and decorate in the maison here. Thanks for the inspiration, always in abundance here!
xo~Tracie

Robin said...

I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one finally getting around to decorating for fall. I have Halloween decorations and then I have fall/Thanksgiving decorations. I'm hoping this will help me not push aside Thanksgiving so much in the decorating department. My mind keeps taking my towards Christmas decor but I'm determined that not a single Christmas like item will be seen in my home until the day after Thanksgiving!
Love your fall mantel - once again you are an inspiration!

Love of the Sea said...

That is one cool looking little lamp.

Priscila Peters said...

Nice! Beautiful images. Yes, thinking about the holidays already and we just got this morning that white thing called snow. Fall is almost gone...

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I love your mantle! It makes me wish I had one Maria. It looks so pretty.

Emma Burgess said...

Hi Maria,

Just love the mantle and amazed by the light in your home- it must be divine to live in such a bathing of sunlight! So lovely to catch up on your blog again after having little Charlotte.

Hope you are well!

Emma.

Sweet Peas and Seashells by Michelle said...

Love it all, so dreamy!

Emily said...

There are just no words for how gorgeous you've made your home. You have quite a gift! You are such an inspiration to me...I'd love it if you could pop over to my blog/store to get your thoughts. It's still a work in progress, but a start for sure :)
Have a blessed day,
Emily
http://crispinteriors.blogspot.com/

Jenn said...

I love your mantle! It is actually just beginning to feel like fall in Oregon, so this post is perfectly timed. I really enjoy how you mixed the white milk glass with the terra cotta pots. Great texture!

Lana said...

Your mantle is so lovely Maria! All the little things make such a difference!

Shorely Chic said...

I love your display, and am going to pass it along to my facebook and twitter people!!

http://shorelychic.blogspot.com

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

I. just. love. your. style.

period.

Ok, but there's more! I just love YOU, too!!

i have to say that I'm more ready for Christmas than I was last year, but I'm still wanting a lot of fall between now and Christmas, so I'm doing my best to take it slow...I feel you - fall is still here!! Lets not rush it...it will get here! Hugs ~ Tracy. xoxo

jenna @ alittlebleu said...

ok your mantle is amazing... but seriously i love your wall clock!!! i want one!!

{ the vintage wren } said...

Lovely changes Maria. I just went out to cut some of my fall hydrangeas today, I love the way they are tinted with pink right now. Hugs- Carrie

Reinspire said...

I just love your wall color! I also got a sneak peak of your published living room over at Nada Farm! You are so talented!
Lisa

Ness Lockyer said...

As always sweet Maria your vignettes are stunning. I like the crooked #2, adds to the look and I honsetly didnt notice until you mentioned.
Hope you are having a great day.
Ness xx

Georgetown Fresh said...

Love the sweet green chair. It adds a wonderful pop to the already beautiful setting. I agree, the letters are a nice contrast. They freshen the look a bit. Fabulous!

laura said...

love your pain colors so glad you shared with us. Love your sweet little apple votives..your blog is the perfect name my visits here are always dreamy. xoxo Laura

itsrainingcake said...

I was so busy drooling I barely noticed that the mantle has no fireplace! Unless I didn't read it- what happened to it? :)

LOVE YOUR blog. Ahh to have such beautiful (clean) white things. Not going to happen with my hubby. :)

Alice said...

Beautiful! I love your images. Thank you!
Alice from mon-alice

Heather from Post Road Vintage said...

Hi Maria,

I couldn't figure out how to email you (that function doesn't work on your profile page)

But I would love to do a giveaway on your blog! Let me know if you're interested.. my shop is
http://www.postroadvintage.etsy.com
email..postroadvintage@yahoo.com

Keep the inspiration coming! You're great!

Thanks!
-Heather

Sarah said...

How did you make the clock? I love, love, love it.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who inquired about the wall clock, it is from Sundance Catalog...

http://www.sundancecatalog.com/product/code/50646.do

Alison said...

Love your mantel!!!!

I just linked back to you and posted a pic of it on my blog: http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/2011/03/diy-fireplace-mantel.html

Thanks for the great ideas!!!

Jen at Little Cottage Chic said...

Stunning! I can't wait to have a home with hardwood floors that I can create this style with....love the colors, love the textures, love the romance...everything about your home!

MaterialGirlGreen said...

So pretty!