I finally did it.
Cleared the Legos, lightsabers and video game figures off the hearth and turned off the TV long enough to dress our keeping room fireplace for fall.
I love sharing my fireplace mantel decorating ideas every season. But besides being pretty, there are important things to consider when the fireplace focal point happens to be in the most lived-in room of your house.
Like leaving room for Star Wars action figure battles on the hearth. And display space for random custom Lego creations.
Or positioning your lovely lanterns just so to camouflage the Wii Skylanders Portal of Power, without interrupting video game play.
And that cotton boll garland, while pretty, should not hinder the opening of the TV cabinet doors . Nor should it obstruct the beam of the remote control because no one in 2016 wants to get up off their butt to change the TV channel.
The struggle is real.
This is decorating for real life!
Since it will be weeks, if not months, before it’s cool enough to light a fire, I built a lovely cedar fireplace screen as the centerpiece of this rustic, harvest-inspired vignette. (Come back tomorrow for the full tutorial.)
I’ve already started with the Halloween decorating on my front porch, so I moved the vintage mailbox fall door decor to the fireplace.
It inspired the traditional color scheme I used on the hearth.
To add texture, I used two cotton boll garlands on the mantel and along the top of the cedar fireplace screen.
And you can never have too many faux pumpkins!
Shop the Look
While many of the items used in my fall mantel were purchased at local shops, yard sales or antique stores, you can recreate the look by shopping these affiliate links.
- birch candles
- vintage metal mailbox
- cotton boll garland
- wooden lanterns
- CedarSafe planks
- Green metal garden basket
- green milk bucket vases
- metallic bronze pumpkin
- plaid blanket scarf
- plaid pillow
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