You already know that I am a huge fan of non-traditional colors for autumn.
Well… that is a different story.
More bold. More pizazz. More ooomph.
More ‘pump you up’ type colorful – like on the mantel.
But when you are more soft and faded blush and simple greens and whites
in the scheme of things.
I am definitely feeling like walking a bit more on the traditional side of autumn.
Bring all the orange pumpkins and warm and cozy wool throws.
I smell pumpkin spice and the smoke from the fire
embrace all the colorful leaves on the trees and underfoot
and feel the crisp air and warmth of flames from the fire on my face.
And honestly, I love those chunky, long stemmed orange pumpkins in that setting.
It is like a cozy Hallmark movie set in a little vintage town surrounded by mountains covered in trees that are ablaze in colorful leaves.
That create a perfect cozy backdrop while you sit in an old coffee shop sipping away
when that guy walked in and spilled on you. But who knew that he was THE ONE and you would fall in love. With a clutz. That was cute and charming.
Am I right?
Not sure how pumpkins brought that to mind…
but I will have to share the story of how my husband and I met one of these days.
Let’s just say I was on a road trip and stopped in a town where the temperature on the sign outside said
and I thought it was broken. Until I stepped out of the car.
But back to this mantel in the cottage.
And I have a confession.
This was styled in August.
And I went with grapevine.
so I can’t go too crazy and put decorations in every corner.
It would probably make you dizzy.
And make you feel claustrophobic. Or maybe that is just me.
But either way, I concentrate on just a couple areas-
and the mantel is always #1.
Totally not French Country Cottage traditional- I know.
But, I kind of like it.
(and did you notice I snuck a couple of dried roses in. 😉
And the best part?
All of these grapevine pumpkins are available at HomeGoods inexpensively
and are great for using right on through Thanksgiving.
And the chalkboard?
A thrift store frame that I made into a chalkboard.
So this mantel styling is inexpensive as well.
(And the throw is from HomeGoods as well if you are wondering)