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Fall is in the air

Yep, it's definitely feeling a bit 'Fall-ish' over here.
There is a chill in the morning air, sweaters making appearances 
and I even put a pair of gloves on for my morning walk the other day

But even with the chilly start to the day,
the sunshine comes out by mid morning to warm everything up 
and the Fall afternoons and evenings are absolutely amazing

I have been doing a bit of decorating over here for the season-
as well as working on a few other things.
For our Lowes Creator project this month- 
it's a Fall mantel makeover going on over here.

Pretty much the minute I walked into Lowes and saw these gorgeous Cinderella pumpkins in 
their outdoor pumpkin patch- I was picking them up and placing them in my cart.
Here is the mantel as it was dressed this Summer

I started by cleaning it up a bit and since I didn't want to paint that gorgeous dark wood
but it needed a bit of refreshing- I rubbed it lightly with a dark wax stain
 to fill in the nicks in the finish that were showing~ simple and easy fix.

The mirror was replaced with a chalkboard that I made out of a vintage frame
and a piece of wood painted with chalkboard paint.

A few super large pinecones (about 20") were placed into the 'fireplace' and
then it was pumpkin time

I picked up 5 large Cinderella pumpkins- in greens, whites and this gorgeous muted orange
a few smaller white pumpkins
a bag of gourds
I also brought in a few drying roses and greens from the yard to use as well.

I love Cinderella pumpkins with all their chalky greens, grays, creamy whites and pale orange colors.
Mixed with a few of the little white pumpkins and a bag of gourds-  also from Lowes
 they were the perfect pumpkins to give the cottage fireplace a fresh Fall look.

The gourds and small pumpkins were tucked into the bookshelves here and there

This year my daughter is inviting a few friends over for a 
Halloween party- so there will be a bit more creepiness going on with the decor in the coming weeks
and this mantel will easily transition to Halloween with just a couple changes
which- yep, I got at Lowes too... I'll share it soon.

For now,
 I am loving the simple charm of how it turned out.

You can find more inspiration over at the Lowes Creative Ideas blog
and by signing up for the Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine~ it's FREE and filled with 
tons of great ideas. They even have an app for it in the app store now too
where you will find some of the Creative Ideas Bloggers projects featured from time to time.

I am thrilled to be a member of the Lowes Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers Network
and am provided with gift cards for my projects & for my work.
All ideas, opinions and designs are my own of course!

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  1. Very pretty! I love the pastels!

  2. Beautiful! I love your entire home, so soft and romantic!! The touches you added for Fall are absolutely perfect.

  3. You have such a beautiful touch to everything you create! I love those Cinderella pumpkins so much,they are just dreamy x

  4. Nicely and simply done, Courtney! That is such a beautiful mantel. I wouldn't be able to paint it either. The wood tone just goes so beautifully with Fall and makes a great anchor to the room.

  5. I LOVE the chalkboard idea!

  6. Your festive decorations are looking oh so pretty!

  7. So pretty and fall-ish Courtney! Love the pumpkins and the pine cones idea.

  8. Your mantel is very pretty! I just love the color of those pumpkins.

  9. Lovin those Cinderella pumpkins, and the pinecones look cute too... I need to make a trip to Lowes today, before all the good ones get gone!


  10. Beautiful! I love the pumpkins colors and those large pine cones.

  11. It looks so welcoming - a lovely Fall mantle .....

  12. I love your combination of pumpkins, roses and pinecones with their colours together! Definitely a lovely fall mantel with a vintage feel so pleasing to the eye!!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous Courtney!! Your mantle is perfect for fall!! I always love your style!!
    Wishing you a lovely evening.

  14. It looks so beautiful, Courtney. I love the way you mixed the roses with the dusty looking Cinderellas. You are such a talented stylist and such an inspiration to me! Thank you, too, for the comforting words you left on my blog this week. You're an angel.

    xoxo laurie

  15. I love the color of the pink Cinderella pumpkins against the wood! Your mantel is so pretty and the entire room is warm and cozy:)

  16. I'm LOVING those oversized pine cones !!!
    Your mantel is just lovely :)

  17. Absolutely love the way you've decorated your mantel, so pretty!

  18. I was thinking about natural decor the other day and was needing some inspiration...and knew the perfect place to find it-right here!! I wish I had some dried roses, but I will hopefully find something that is similar feeling. Anyhow, LOVE all your fall and look forward to the Halloween decor!

  19. I love those soft pumpkin colors, too. What a lovely autumn mantle!

  20. I just pinned this picture! Love everything about it, the wood tones mixed with the white contrast and pops of color from the Cinderella pumpkins. Very lovely!