A charming little fellow arrived the other day and inspired this autumn harvest mantel.
Can you believe we are halfway through October already? It seems like we just got started on a month full of colorful leaves and pumpkins- and it is zooming on by. Before you know it (ahem-next week over here) there will be twinkling trees and merry & bright popping up everywhere. One of my favorite things about this mantel styling- is that this can last right through Thanksgiving. Here is a closer look at the 3rd autumn mantel styling in our series. Something fun to note about this one? I have never used a turkey in decor before. I think he looks so cute on the mantel (and somewhere else) and he would be so beautiful on a sideboard also. I definitely encourage you to think outside the box and try something new too. 🙂
From little pumpkins and scattered leaves- harvest mantel brings to mantel the feeling and colors of the seasons. We have looked at moody with dried branches, natural touches with apples and leaves and today we are going a bit more elegant with a beautiful golden turkey, wheat and white pumpkins. While most stylings incorporate several layers- there are just three main elements in this one and the rest are ones that you can play with and change easily.
Did you know that we had a Mr. and a Mrs. turkey when we lived in Minnesota? We got them both when they were just chicks and they grew to be absolutely huge. We were already vegetarians so we brought them home to be pets- and when I would walk out to go get the mail at the end of the long driveway we had, Mr. Turkey would follow me there and back and do a little dance and gobble for me.
This Mr. Turkey is a handsome boy too. I love the golden tones and the beautiful details -and he is a big boy as well. A perfect size for making a statement on the mantel or a table (more on this coming soon)
Just a few baby boo’s and heirloom white pumpkins stacked on the mantel were enough to bring in that ‘autumn’ feeling.
Golden Wheat Wreath
This is a wreath I have had for several years – and it is definitely a favorite for simple, natural autumn stylings. Full and lush- and yet subtle and soft in color.
In the Details
I left the leaves and branches that we used in the other two mantels so that you can see how they add a different feeling to each one. I am loving those natural touches as a base layer for the looks- and it really brings that autumn feeling for me.
I also left the same brass candlesticks as before and added a few vintage silver trophies for a little bit of interest. Of course, these are things that you can add and remove easily to get the perfect look for you.
In the firebox- the birch logs with birch LED candles are glowing away again. I am in love with how this looks and how much warmth and glow those candles bring. I also lit the candles in the cast iron lanterns. You might remember these are favorites to use on the porch to welcome guests- I love to also bring them indoors and enjoy their patina and charm inside too.
Shop the Look
You can shop the look below- and I wanted to share an EXCLUSIVE French Country Cottage discount code that you can use at Balsam Hill for anything you would like as well.
Use Code COURTNEYFCC15OFF to take $15 off any purchase of $150 or more. That includes twinkling trees, a beautiful wreath, those glowing pumpkins I shared earlier this week, ornaments, birch candles, Mr. Turkey – you name it!
And I want to encourage you to place your orders Now for the holiday decor and things you have your eye on. As you know- supply delays are a big thing this year and impacting all kinds of stock everywhere. So if you have your eye on something for Christmas- go grab it.
Coming your way
Oh the mantel series is so much fun isn’t it? I have another harvest inspired mantel coming your way and maybe another with this handsome fellow too (along with that table styling idea as well) And stay tuned for all things Merry & Bright starting to pop up here.
If you haven’t joined the French Country Cottage Holiday Decorating Community on Facebook- come on over! We are in full fa-la-la-la-laaaa inspiration mode over there already and it is such a fun place to connect with everyone.
Happy Friday all.
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