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We are really excited for today's post. We love decorating our home for the different seasons and holidays through the year. It stems from the desire to make our home a warm, inviting place for our family and our friends. From candles to wall art to the finishings that help pull the room together, we find joy in making our house a home.
Today's post is the first in our new Home Decor category of the blog. Last week we shared a post titled, Getting Ready for Fall, that talked about how we were decorating for the season of Fall. In that post we promised a detailed update of our fireplace mantle, the first and only area of the house that is done. So let's jump into today's fall decorating post.
HARVEST WORD ART
The first piece of we find on our mantle is our Harvest word art. We picked this piece up back in the Fall of 2012. We had just stepped into a lead pastor role at a church plant in the Pittsburgh area. The church was called Harvest, based on Matthew 9:37&38, "37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvestis plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
We had just moved into a new house and we were looking for some new fall items that we could use in the new house. We found the Harvest word art, along with a few other items, and thought, 'how appropriate."
This year, we spray painted the word white, to help it stand out on the mantle. We had painted it black after buying so that fit better in our old house. We think it looks great in white.
What was it's original color? Honest, we can't remember.
SUNFLOWERS IN A POTTERY JUG & WOOD PUMPKINS
Behind the Harvest word art we see four medium sized sunflowers situated in a brown-glazed jug. We wish we would've taken a picture of the jug before placing in on the mantle. Not only is it a cool piece of pottery, but it was handmade by our second-born son, Nate.
Nate has made a number or bowls, mugs, pitchers and plates that we use in the kitchen and around the house. He is crazy talented and we are thrilled to share his talent in our decor.
The sunflowers we have had for a couple of years, and can't remember where we picked them up. But they look amazing paired with Nate's pottery.
Next to the flowers, tucked in towards the back, you'll see three wood pumpkins. We picked up the pumpkins a number of years ago at a yard sale. They're super cute and look great squeezed into scenery of the mantle.
Get You Fall, Halloween, & Thanksgiving Tees
COLORFUL PUMPKINS & GOURDS
Lining up across the front of the mantle we have an assortment of foam pumpkins and gourds. These adorable pumpkins and gourds not only provide a pop of color, but bring a whimsical feel to the mantle. We have a bunch of these little pumpkins scattered throughout the house, so you will see them again and again.
MINI INDIAN CORN
Here we have three ears of mini Indian corn. We have had these little ears for years. And, we do mean years. We think these might go all the way back to our early years of marriage. If you look closely, you'll notice we're missing a few kernels on the tips of the ears. A little proof that they've been around for a while.
TIN PUMKIN LANTERN
We love this cute pumpkin lantern. This one came as a gift from a dear friend a number of years ago. We have used it every year since for the Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving seasons. We usually drop a candle inside, which lights up the jack-o-lantern features of the lantern. We're currently looking for a little LED flameless candle with a timer that will fit inside the lantern. When we do, our little friend, Jack, will shine again.
SOUTHERN LIVING at HOME DRAKE LANTERN
Back between 2005 and 2010, Amy was a Consultant for Southern Living at Home. We absolutely loved Southern Living at Home. During those years we collected a ton of items from Southern Living. Above is the Drake Lantern, a staple in our decorating. We use the lantern year round, partly because of how versatile it is.
Here we added one of flameless candles, a few faux leaves, and voila! The perfect piece to balance out the mantle.
The centerpiece of the mantle is this 16" fall wreath. Like many of the other items, we have had this wreath for years. Don't look too close, you'll notice the wear and tear the wreath has endured. This wreath has spent many a fall season hanging on our front door. But noticing how the wreath has been weathering, we decided to bring it inside.
Now it fills the space above the mantle. We love how the colors of the wreath contrast the stark white of the fireplace brick. All together, the colors come together so well.
Finally, we have leaves, lots of leaves. Scattered across the mantle our these faux fall leaves. Amy picked up these leaves a couple of years ago and we have used them every years since to provide a little rustic foliage.
At night, the mantle lights up with three, LED flameless flicker candles. We picked up these candles a couple of years ago. Battery powered with an internal time, these candles turn on and off nightly.
We also took our battery operate string lights wrapped them around the various pieces and the wreath. When lit, the candles and string lights real warm up the room.
We'd love to share links of where everything came from, but we've had so many of these items for so long, it's almost impossible to find them.
We hope you have enjoyed this quick look at our 2021 Fall Mantle. We had a great time picking and placing each item, and absolutely love how it turned out. We want to invite you to come back as we continue to share our 2021 Fall Decor with you.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below, we'd love to chat with you!
Until next time, make your house your home!
- the higham family
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