3 Must Haves for the Perfect Fall Mantle

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

Whether you’re a vintage girl or modern girl or somewhere in between we all can agree that a perfectly styled fall mantle is the key to transforming your space from summer to oh so cozy!

I’ve researched (aka insta-stalked) the feeds of my favorite designers to share with you my absolute favorite fall mantles. My thorough study of all things fall concluded that only three items are needed to create the perfect fall mantlescape no matter your style or budget. Not only have I gathered the mantle decor inspirations I have included links to re-create the look (some affiliate links included but don’t worry it costs you nothing but helps me turn this blog into a paycheck). Lastly, before the big fall mantle reveal each interior stylists’ account is linked so that you can discover all of the other lovely things they design beyond the mantle.

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

Nothing says it’s cozy like candles so of course the first fall mantle must have is a bunch of candle sticks.

LIZMARIEGALVAN

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Now, there are so many style to choose from when it comes to candle sticks. It’s important to match the candlesticks to your home style, the other decor elements on and around your mantle and always always work with odd number groupings.

WALNUTHARBOR

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect vintage fall mantlescape

MISDIY

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern farmhouse fall mantlescape

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The beauty of candlesticks on mantles is the simplicity they can offer as well as the height variation.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

I love how these are super ornate and mixed together with a cohesive colored candle to tie it all together.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern fall mantlescapeRound mirrors are always a great addition to any mantlescape design. They add a focal point and anchor to the rest of the decor elements. Adding a touch of greenery will give your mantle a more natural and organic touch.

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In these images the candlesticks can be used alone or in combination with other decor elements. They can be evenly spread across the mantle for symmetry or clumped to one side for an asymmetrical design balance.

WOODSANDIVORY

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern farmhouse fall mantlescapeTobacco baskets are another farmhouse mantle staple kind of like the round mirror mentioned above.

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Mantlescape design is a process. I like to first decide on a design direction. Then I will shop my house for possible items that I already have that will work for the design. Next, I will go hunting for the remaining pieces I need either on Amazon, local decor stores, small shops or vintage markets depending on the items I need. Many times I end up on Pinterest for DIY tutorials and take a trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

Must have number 2 is of course the pumpkin! It isn’t fall until you see pumpkins! Load up because the more the better as far as fall decor goes. Pumpkins are showing up EV-ER-Y- where! In regards to mantles, pumpkins are on the mantle, next to the mantle, under the mantle and even pouring out from the fireplace!

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern fall mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect rustic country farmhouse fall mantlescape

Using warm, medium woods with traditional pumpkins gives your room a more rustic, country touch.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect colorful fall mantlescape

Adding in blues and creams over traditional fall colors keeps a space contemporary and relaxed.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern farmhouse fall mantlescape

I love how Jessica layered pumpkins on pumpkins with the greenery across her fall mantlescape. The large fall sign and two glass vases anchor the wall space giving it oh so much drama!

BEAUTIFULINSPIRECO

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse faux mantlescape

There is so much goodness happening here! I love the faux fireplace and the use of the scroll in the middle. I don’t think it’s possible to over do the pumpkins after seeing this mantle. The silver pewter candlestick dance between the pumpkins and greens with that gorgeous wood sign above.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse faux mantle mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern fall farmhouse mantlescape

Besides being way too obsessed with the faux exposed brick and gorgeous floors I love the tall black candlesticks she mixed in with the traditional orange pumpkins.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse faux mantle mantlescape

Another beautiful faux mantle just goes to show you do not need a real fireplace to enjoy styling a mantle.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect boho vintage fall mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall blue pumpkin mantlescapePumpkins offer an organic natural feel to the other design elements. They can be used to add color or texture among the backdrop of your mantle wall.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect rustic modern fall mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect traditional contemporary fall mantlescape

This dining plays on contrasts. Dark and light. Relaxed and traditional. I enjoy seeing spaces like this that really speak to a person’s authentic style.

MYTEXASHOUSE

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall modern farmhouse chic mantlescape

Proof that everything really is bigger in a Texas! The contrast of the black mantle with all the whites and creams is genius and it also takes the attention away from the tv. This space is perfect for gathering with family and friends.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect vintage fall mantlescape

If thrifting, junking or vintage shopping is your middle name you will be so inspired by this account. She effortlessly blends old and new to create a unique fall mantle every guest will talk about.

A perfect fall mantle can be an understated whisper that fall has arrived or a loud colorful punch in the face that FALL IS HERE! Prepare yourself for a punch of autumn color.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

The ambers, oranges and creams of autumn bring an ease of comfort and coziness.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

  1. TATERTOTSANDJELLO

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall colorful boho mantlescape

Dont be afraid to break out your own fall color scheme like these accounts! Hot pink, turquoise… why not?!

KAILOCHIC

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall colorful boho mantlescape

And the last fall mantle must have is T E X T U R E. You can add texture with vintage books, woven baskets or leafy foliage. Texture makes the eyes bounce around and creates more visually interesting vignettes.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect neutral fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect neutral fall farmhouse mantlescape

I hope you feel as inspired as I was by all of these beautiful fall mantles. For more mantle decor inspiration make sure to follow me on Instagram  and follow the hashtag #anothermantlemonday and also check out my mantlescape Pinterest board. Please like, share, pin and comment to let me know what you think about this post.

To shop my favorite mantle decor from Amazon clock HERE and for all handmade and custom home decor visit my etsy shop!

Sweet endings lead to fresh beginnings #anothermantlemonday

Happy 2018! Looking back on 2017 my heart is full. It was the best year welcoming our baby girl and finally tying the knot. So many wonderful adventures and time spent with loved ones. This business is getting bigger and continues to evolve…. its a beautiful thing.

Somehow it went from November to January in a blink of an eye. I know I’m always a bit sad to take down the holiday decor but as soon as I start it’s super cathartic ….just the clean simplicity and blankness left behind. I decided to keep the mantle slightly wintery since in most places it’s still cold and well, winter. So even though it’s in the 70’s here in the desert I kept a greenery color scheme using some of the leftover faux eucalyptus from our wedding. I spread out my Hearth and Home by Magnolia nesting houses and Ikea candles in between the leaves. I love the warm light the led candles give off in the evening to replace the magical Christmas tree lights that make the space so cozy.

I really love dressing up my mantle with garlands. I kept the natural wood bead garland from my Christmas mantle and added the silver metal “peace on earth” garland I picked up last holiday from Target. I found a faux evergreen wreath on super clearance at Joanns so I just stuck in some of the eucalyptus stems in it and voila! I didn’t even take the time to secure them with floral wire I just wove them in so I can easily pull them out later on.

I’m always excited looking forward to another year. It’s like a new chapter with 365 new pages yet to be written. 2017 was the year I got everything I ever wanted so here we go 2018 I’m ready for more🖤

XOXO

Jen

The DIY Mantle #anothermantlemonday

When you live in Arizona fireplaces are not too common as you’d imagine but I absolutely love mantles and the endless options to decorate them. My style started off very Fixer Upper Farmhouse inspired but as trends change I incorporate and evolve my style to what speaks to me. I find that if I stick with a neutral palette it’s easy to add in trendy pieces.

I’m really into mixing modern elements like the gold and greenery as well as the boho trend of mudcloth and macrame with my core farmhouse style. This mantlescape captures a lot of home decor trends at once.

The DIY mantle shelf

I found the two corbels on one of my junking adventures and knew they would be exactly what I needed to create the mantle I dreamed of. I enlisted my Dad to build a floating shelf inspired by one of Shanty to Chic’s diy projects I found on Pinterest for floating shelves. The plan was that it would rest on top of the corbels to complete the faux mantle. I gave everything a coat of Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint to make it look like one piece and voila!

Decorating the mantle

I’m one of those people that just buys things I like and then figures out where it’s going once I get home. A lot of times I decorate my space by shopping in my house and moving furniture around. Decorating truly is my cardio! This photo captures my mantle dressed in a neutral year round look. The pieces are a mix of new, vintage, small shops and DIY projects.

Natural Rug-Overstock

Kilim Rug- Target

Bench- DIY project

Pillows- the dotted bow

Lamp- Target

Rattan Floor Seats- Ikea

Mudcloth Throw- Vintage Market find

Black Basket- Target

Knit Blanket- Artizen Home

Macrame garland- Macramania

Mantle- DIY project

Woven Baskets- Target

Metal wall basket- Hobby Lobby

Plants- Ikea

Wreath- Hobby Lobby

Hi Poster- Hobby Lobby

Sugar Mold-  Vintage Market find

Window- Vintage Market find

Tobacco Basket- Decor Steals

White Vase- West Elm

Helpful tips for creating your own DIY mantle

  • Search local vintage markets, small shops, flea markets, wood shops or etsy to find old original, ornate, chippy corbels for an authentic Joanna Gaines farmhouse feel.
  • Get creative with “corbels” make your own from reclaimed wood or think outside the farmhouse box and use leather straps to hang your mantle shelf or metal piping for an industrial look. See some ideas on my Pinterest board
  • Make sure the corbels and the shelf are the same depth to make it look like one piece.
  • Plan ahead to ensure the shelf is deep enough and strong enough to hold all of your layered decor pieces.
  • Check out Pinterest for DIYs and inspo for mantle styles and then afterwards for decor ideas.
  • Choose a wall for your faux mantle that will be a focal point since you’ll be decorating and mantlescaping as seasons change or just because.
  • HAVE FUN! It’s your mantle it’s your decorating rules do what makes you happy- simple- overfilled-whatever makes your heart happy!

Here are some of my other favorite DIY faux mantle inspirations decorated for the holidays!

My farmhouse Christmas mantle

Mantle- DIY

Family Tree Farm Sign- the dotted bow

Christmas Barn- Heather.thewhitefarmhouse

Olive Wall Buckets- Decor Steals

Nesting Houses- Hearth & Home Collection Target

Natural Rug-Overstock

Berber Beige Washable Rug- Lorena Canals

Pillows- the dotted bow & Decor Steals

Blanket Ladder- DIY

Rattan Floor Seats- Ikea

Ana White has this awesome DIY faux fireplace mantle with storage project.

I love so many things about this faux mantle from Thrifty & Chic. It’s so simple to start … just a stained wood floating box shelf and using molding and trim the faux fireplace is created.

A free standing mantle is a great heirloom piece that will get everyone talking like this one from The Rustic Life Blog. There are DIYs and store purchased free standing mantles or if you are a junking antiqueing thrifting Queen like one of my faves, Liz Marie Galvan you could have something gorgeous like this (gasp!)

An original farmhouse all the chippy goodness mantle!!! Read here how she styled it for Christmas with Target dollar section finds.

Until next Monday find more Mantle inspo and DIYs on my Pinterest account . Make sure to follow me on insta and post your mantlescapes with the hashtag #anothermantlemonday

Happy Monday!

XOXO

JEN

FALL INTO THANKSGIVING MANTLES #anothermantlemonday

Here we are headed into Thanksgiving week and the hustle and bustle of the season is starting. Whether you’re hosting or house hopping tis the season to be busy. Take time for yourself, breathe through the chaos, enjoy the moments with family and friends and hopefully these mantles can help inspire you’re decorating.

Mantles are my new obsession. So easy to dress up and so easy to change the entire vibe of the room. Even if you don’t have a fireplace you can create a faux mantle with a shelf and corbels. Depending on the materials, finished and colors you use your mantle can be Modern to rustic to farmhouse to industrial and then the items you put on your mantle can change the overall aesthetic too. I’m not one to stick with one style for too long. I like to mix and match, trendy and timeless and just stuff I’m currently in love with.

For fall MODERN, SIMPLICITY. PUMPKINS and GREENERY were the biggest trends I was noticing on Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve collected some of my favorite mantlescapes to share with you below.

@nellyfriedel is giving me all the Joanna Gaines “German schemer” vibes with her gorgeous white washed brick fireplace! Such a beautiful elegant rustic feature dressed up with simple greenery and vintage books.

This beauty is from @onekingslane loving the all white brick with black trim! Also isn’t it funny how we get so obsessed with things that have been around forever like EUCALYPTUS 🌿 I know I can’t get enough of it and it wasn’t on my radar a year ago.

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pkin points for creativity from these two ladies! @idreamofhomemaking is probably my personal favorite of the season the way she layered her fall signs and that barn door is beautiful. I love the waterfall of pumpkins Erin from @cottonstem created along with a gorgeous green garland and big wood sign wall art. As much as I love a collage wall I'm equally enjoying one BIG mantle sign. The pumpkin patch signs from @Harpergrayce have been very popular among the mantle scene for a reason … the craftsmanship and beautiful wood she uses are one of a kind.

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lesticks are returning and I'm loving them. Cynthia from @harperandarrowmarketplace displayed her vintage candlesticks with simple greenery and hoops while @jordandunaway used a wood bead garland with her modern black candlesticks.

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le from @alliececilblog makes a this cozy space ready for loved ones to gather for a thanksgiving meal.

The last mantle on this Monday is a beauty. It's a hybrid of thanksgiving and Christmas which is just round the corner eek! Making your spaces and mantles flexible and easy to change really allows for your creativity to flourish and decor to flow from season to season.

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XOXO🖤

JEN