My Fall Faux Mantle

Living in Arizona we don’t get much opportunities to use fireplaces, in fact many homes don’t have them.  Mine is one of those homes.  I live in a 1958 ranch home that had been updated wonderfully when I purchased it 3 years ago.  But one of the things I wish it had is a fireplace.  I see so many pictures on Pinterest and other blogs of beautifully decorated mantles and I’m so envious!  So to satisfy my need of seasonal decorating I use the top of my entertainment unit in my family room

In the family room I decided to go with a more traditional fall color scheme. The centerpiece of my Faux Mantel is this decorative plate flower I created last year.  Originally I made it to display in my garden, but I thought it would be more appropriately placed inside.  Last year I displayed it on my dining room table, but since I’m going with a different color scheme in the dining room this year, it is now in the family room.

This little woven basket is to hold wine bottles originally, it’s very unique and I’ve never seen one before.  It now holds some fall berries and foliage.

This soft pumpkin is a Michael’s clearance find and the perfect size.

I wanted to add the unexpected, but items that look like they perfectly belonged.  The ceramic pitcher is a planter and I thought the colors were just right.

This gourd pitcher was a Goodwill 50% off day find for only $2.00.  The rest of the year it is displayed in my kitchen, but for the next couple of months it is here.

The small tealight holder is glass and has embroidered linen in the glass sides.

The twig and leaves garland was used last year in some of my craft shows and I updated it with a burlap ribbon twisted through it.

This is my favorite piece in the family room. Another Goodwill find (can you tell I spend a lot of time at Goodwill!) and I scored with a $8.00 purchase.  It fills the awkward space above the entertainment unit and is very unique.

So, until I have a home with a real fireplace this is a wonderful alternative.  I’ve actually thought about purchasing an electric fireplace in the meantime.  One of the things I do in the winter is watch the cable channel that has the crackling fire scene that plays with Christmas music.  I’ll have to share that with you soon.

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14 thoughts on “My Fall Faux Mantle

  1. Jan says:

    The plate you made – how awesome is that! Wish I had one just like it. I love the Goodwill gourd, too. What a score — both are perfect for fall/autumn/Thanksgiving.

  2. Jeannie Marie says:

    I love your plate flower!! I have fun making these too and I’ve found I enjoy them indoors like you have just as much as outdoors! I’m lucky enough to have a mantle as we have a fireplace in the tropical state of Florida but we have been here two years and it hasn’t been cold enough to use it yet. The previous owners used it a lot as it is sooty, so I have hopes.

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Carmen, I love the stacked plates and that gourd pitcher was a fabulous find! Your entertainment center works great for this beautiful display! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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