FALL MANTEL DECORATING IDEAS USING BLUE AND WHITE DECORATIONS
I love fall, but I have a hard time decorating with reds, yellows and oranges. I have no idea why. I am a blue and white girl for life I guess. When I originally put those blue and white prints on my mantel this past summer I kept thinking in the back of my mind what I was going to do come fall and Christmas. How the heck was I going to incorporate these nautical prints with orange pumpkins??
I am not a rule follower though; fall decorating doesn’t have to look like the orange and red fairy came for a visit. You can easily decorate your home for fall with non traditional fall colors. And so I did.
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I decided to switch out my DIY marbled vases I originally had on the mantel for clear vases with some eucalyptus stems. I love decorating with eucalyptus, especially this time of year. I have a hard time finding the real deal so I like using dried eucalyptus from Hobby Lobby. If you have an IKEA near you, their faux eucalyptus is two thumbs up as well. Just a little tid bit for you. And I hear Trader Joe’s has great real eucalyptus. I just haven’t made my way to a Trader Joe’s yet.
And the cute little pumpkins came from the dollar spot at Target. The second I saw them in the store, I knew they had to come home with me. I grabbed as many as I could and then went back for seconds.
On a whim, I made the paper leaf garland with left over scrapbook paper I had on hand. The garland wasn’t really ever supposed to be part of my fall mantel but it hasn’t moved yet…as in, my oldest daughter hasn’t swiped it yet for her room. I purposely added in some buffalo check to my leaf garland for fall though just in case it ended up staying here.
I wanted to balance out my fireplace since it was seeming a little heavy on the right side with the paper leaf garland and found the cutest little paper bats. I never was a bat person but I am now. Well, fake paper bats are cute and all. I really have no desire to see the real deal. And I love mixing navy with black. So while these bats are supposed to be a Halloween decoration they are visually adding in some black to my navy mantel.
Just a few small and inexpensive changes and I think I have myself a fall mantel.
I can take the bats down after Halloween and keep the rest of the mantel as is until I am ready to pull out the Christmas bins! But I really love those bats…would they clash with my Christmas stockings??
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