These simple, harvest-inspired fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas are pretty and functional! 

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.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

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.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

Like leaving room for Star Wars action figure battles on the hearth. And display space for random custom Lego creations.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

Or positioning your lovely lanterns just so to camouflage the Wii Skylanders Portal of Power, without interrupting video game play.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

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.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

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.)

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These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

I’ve already started with the Halloween decorating on my front porch, so I moved the vintage mailbox fall door decor to the fireplace.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

It inspired the traditional color scheme I used on the hearth.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

To add texture, I used two cotton boll garlands on the mantel and along the top of the cedar fireplace screen.

These fall fireplace mantel decorating ideas combine cedar wood, cotton bolls, pumpkins, lanterns and colorful fall leaves. The design is inspired by a rustic fall harvest.

And you can never have too many faux pumpkins!

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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.

For more fireplace mantel decorating ideas, check out these posts:

How to decorate a mantel using traditional fall colors and natural elements.

Fall 2015 Mantel Decor

Rustic Fall Mantel with Mason Jars

Aqua and Cream Fall Mantel



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  1. Love everything about this mantle decor! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared.
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