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Monday Inspiration | The Fall Mantel

Monday, August 18, 2014

This is the week of summer that takes on a more serious tone.  Just between us, it is my least favorite week of the summer.  We start gathering school supplies, try to get back into a "school's in session" sleep pattern, and rush to complete summer reading assignments.  This time around however, it will be a little different as we take our oldest son to college for the first time.  Our dining room is full of dorm room supplies waiting to be boxed up and labeled.  We leave Friday morning.  Sigh.

Fall mantels are a phenomenon that pop up about this time each year on the blogs.  If I'm being honest, I'm usually the last one to change out our mantel with fall decor - if I even do it at all.  I do like to see what everybody else is doing though.  One common thread in my favorite fall mantels, which I'm sure will come as no surprise, is natural elements.  Take a look at some oldies, but goodies.





What I love is that each mantel has something green and something wood to complete the look while still looking fresh.  What about you, do you change out your mantel each season?


For more fall inspiration go here.

Images:  1, 2, 3, 4

14 comments:

  1. I have been thinking about you and this big change in your life this Fall. Good luck with your son's move in on Friday! This is such an exciting time for our college bound kids, hope he has a fabulous year!

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    1. Aw...thank you Cathy! Yes, an exciting time for sure! He is ready so I guess we are too :). Best of luck to your back to school send off!

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  2. Love the mantels! Good Luck with back to school! laura

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  3. Oh my gosh, I think I'd break into tears every time I passed the dining room! :( Glad to see you're trying to distract yourself with pretty fall mantles!

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    1. Believe me, tears have been shed Pam. Bitter sweet :)

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  4. I'm always late to the game in changing out my mantel for the fall too. Maybe these inspiration pics will inspire me to get a move-on a little earlier this year! Good luck with back to school!

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    1. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one Kris! Thank you!

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  5. great picks! i adore cg's so much!
    and good luck, my friend.... thinking of you!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! BTW, I had a dream about you the other night. I was talking to you on an old wall princess phone with a super long cord, haha!

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  6. This is making me want to change my mantel for sure!

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  7. This is my least favorite week of summer as well. I put so much pressure on myself to get as much fun family time as possible which never ends up how it should. I wish you the best on Friday! What a change!
    I'm not a fan of fall so I tend to skip the change. I love the images you've presented - the natural elements are perfect!

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  8. Crikey....the fall mantel pressure! What can I drudge up that hasn't been done:)

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    1. If anyone can do it, you can Sherika! ;)

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