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SOUTHERN LIVING INSPIRED


Southern Living decorated mantels always inspire me.
Full, elegant, natural... I love them.

This year I was thinking a more natural Autumn mantel for the bedroom.


Leaf covered branches and sprigs of eucalyptus
Chunky mossy pinecones
and pale green dried hydrangea blooms
I found most of my inspirations just outside in our backyard
and while on walks with my daughter.


I brought the cast iron urns in to the bedroom
and found the leaf covered branches on a tree in the backyard
Snapping off a few bunches of them-
they are wonderful in the urns and their leaves are a fantastic shade of green.


The arched 'window' was a Home Goods find.
It was a perfect backdrop for the Autumn wreath
covered in muted tones of the season.
I'm not sure this mantel will be staying this way...
not 100% loving it yet - but I do like it
:)

I am working on the living room mantel next and
will be sharing it soon.
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!!
Happy Monday!





55 comments

  1. I love the natural look, Courtney. I'm a big urn fan, so of course I love those. You've created a beautiful vignette. I often find things around me to use as decoration too.

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  2. So sophisticated and pretty!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  3. This is prettier than anything I've seen in a Southern Living Magazine in a long time! They should hire you!

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  4. Beautiful inspiration! P.S. Checkout my giveaway I have going on this week!

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  5. GORGEOUS Courtney! I saw that arched window on one of my many pit stops to HG! I love the way you have it displayed with the fall wreath! Martina

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  6. That is beautiful! I love the arched window as a backdrop. Most people don't pay enough attention to the master bedroom (when i say most people, I mean me!!) so it's refreshing to see that you started there first! Love it!
    ~Michelle

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  7. Perfect! Love the use of natural things for seasonal decorating.
    Best,
    Susan

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  8. Yep, Southern Living is very inspiring! Love, love your mantle! Your use of the muted tones is very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. You make Fall look amazing!

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  10. Courtney, I love this mantel! Isn't it great to be able to just step outside and find so many natural elements to incorporate into your decor? This looks beautiful!

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  11. So natural and rich looking! Beautiful!

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  12. I fell in love with this as soon as I spotted the real branches! Beautiful, Courtney!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. Well I love it Courtney! I think it looks very "Southern Living" The window from Homegoods is fab! Why oh why can't we have a Homegoods here? *sighs* Vanna

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  14. Its natural and elegant Courtney, just gorgeous!

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  15. SOOOOO gorgeous Courtney! You really knocked this one out of the park and I just love all of the natural elements and those large urns up there. Absolutely beautiful! :-)
    Vanessa

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  16. Thanks for visiting and your kind words. I'll definitely try to remember to link up on Fridays. You've got a good party going. Your mantle looks beautiful. I love the window or door that you've used as a backdrop.

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  17. I'm envious of your ability to go out side and pick eucalyptus. I have family in Ca. and love how many of my favorites are year round there. I like the combination of pale greens with the white pumpkins, maybe add some sparkly crystals & candlelight.

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  18. Courney - Love the mantel and all the natural elements. Really love the urns also.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment on my fall porch. I will definitly be back for the Featherd Nest Friday Party, and back later to look around. Enjoy your week.

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  19. Oh I think it is stunning. Love the window, it is amazing and the wreath is beautiful. I love the urns and being able to bring a few branches inside is just such a great treat. Can't do that in the desert. Everything is so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  20. Beautiful mantel! And, i love the cute eucalyptus tucked in there. I bet it makes the room smell wonderful!

    Cindy

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  21. So very pretty!! Pinning on my "fall inspiration" board!

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  22. BEAUTIFUL~ You did such a great job Courtney~ xoxo

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  23. The soft pink and grey neutrals in this are a nice spin for fall. andrea@townandprairie

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  24. Just saw your feature in Romantic Homes, Courtney, congrats! it was wonderful!! love your mantle, xoxo

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  25. Courtney, I love your mantle. It looks so elegant, I love the natural things you used to complete the look.

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  26. Absolutely beautiful Courtney!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  27. I love it. I wouldn't change a thing. Home goods is the best. I would have nabbed that neat window in a heartbeat, Courtney, it's awesome! Your urns are also great. Take care and enjoy your week.

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  28. I love it! The urns are so fallish and I love the arched homegoods find.

    ~Shanon

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  29. Very pretty soft and faded fall mantel. It reminds me of faded old velvet.

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  30. So elegant! I love your mantel! I do love your white pumpkins!

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  31. I love the look of this Courtney! The window as the centerpiece is great with the wreath on it~very pretty!!

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  32. Courtney,
    Your mantel is beautiful. Love the urns and the window frame and what a gorgeous wreath.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  33. Oh this is stunning! I have just discovered your divine blog and can't wait to read more! Warmest of wishes from a 500 year old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxx

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  34. Hi Courtney...

    Ohhh my gosh, Girlfriend...I think your bedroom's autumn mantel is GORGEOUS!!! I love the soft, muted colors! The white pumpkins, soft green leaves, and mossy pinecones are my favorite!!! Love, love, LOVE the arched window too! My friend, you are such a gifted designer! I always love coming to your place...you inspire me everytime!!! Thank you!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  35. Courtney, I definitely have mantel envy. Simply stunning, my dear!

    xoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  36. Love your mantel Courtney! It is gorgeous!

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  37. Looks beautiful, Courtney! I love the pumpkins nestled into the eucalyptus.

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  38. Hi Courtney...

    Well my friend, I just had to come over to let you know that I just seen the article about French Country Cottage in my latest issue of Romantic Homes magazine. It just came in the mail yesterday. I was thumbing through it when I seen the photo of your fabulous frenchy bedroom...and thought...hey, I recognize that room! Hehe! It's on page 12.

    How very exciting, dear friend! Congratulations!!! I'm just tickled pink for you!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  39. Very beautiful, Courtney. I love, love the "window" with the wreath. Months ago, I saw a similar window at Hobby Lobby and didn't buy it that day. Of course it sold before I went back and I've always regretted it. Seeing how you put yours together makes me wish I hadn't been so cheap that day!

    You did a great job of literally bringing the outdoors in. I love to see decorating like this that looks so elegant, but doesn't cost a lot to pull together.

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  40. So pretty Courtney...especially love the window as the back drop!

    Also, congrats on the Romantic Homes feature...I saw you on the blog love/site seeing section! ;-) Made me smile!

    Nancy

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  41. Beautiful, Courtney!...Christine

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  42. Eucalyptus is one of my absolute favourite. I planted one in our garden a couple of years ago.Apparently you can cut them down small every year, and the leaves stay that gorgeous grey-green. That's my plan anyway!

    Thank you for linking up again to Modern Country Style's Fall In Love link party!

    Sarahx

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  43. Your beautiful home just smiles Autumn:) Wonderful job!
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  44. I love those urns on the mantel. It all looks so lush and full. Really pretty!

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  45. I like the symmetry and balance of the display! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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  46. Oooh, I think the mantel is beautiful! I love the abundance of natural elements, & that window is such a perfect backdrop.

    ~Smiles~
    CAS

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