Sunday, October 4, 2009

Seasonal Mantle Makeover


This is the mantle before the makeover. I usually change it for the seasons. I am having a hard time this year deciding just what to do for it. I sure wish I had a wonderful winter scene for the picture change...no such luck...I always have the picture leaning instead of hanging to make it easier for me to change...





























Another picture of the mantle before the seasonal makeover. My husband says the picture looks like autumn to him, he may be right, I just wanted something more colorful...you know just a little warmer...








I waited a long time to have this wonderful mantle built, and I still love it just as much. The wreath on the front reminds me of the wreath on the center of the bed frame , you may remember from the bedroom makeover.....












I just love the rope detail...











I can't believe my husband bought me this wonderful gift, boy will this make my life easier. It was from Best Buys and was 39.00. I am so excited to use it....

















Yeah for husbands....




This is a lot of the stuff I am going to use on the mantle. My sister Bobbie gave me some items I have had for some time and some things are new...

I especially love the acorns, as you know from my other postings....
These are gonna be nice with the leaves to bring that autumn look I think it came out looking similar to what I was thinking. I like the little quail standing around and looking for food....
I'm just not sure if I should change the picture back to the leaf picture or leave this one? Let me know what you think....




Maybe I will just look for it awhile and see what happens. By the time I decide on something different, it will be time to set up something for Christmas.....






I Hope you had an enjoyable visit, I'm so happy you like to come Around the House...Please feel free to leave a comment, I read them all and always love to hear from you....Thanks Susan @between naps on the porch for hosting today

75 comments:

  1. You have done a beautiful job on your mantel. This looks wonderful. Certainly looks like Autumn! You have set a Autumn atmosphere with gorgeous Fall colors.
    Glad to be able to see what you have shared on your nice blog,
    d from homehaven

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  2. Hi Phyllis~ ~~ Lovely job on the mantel and it's so beautiful. I love the wreath too.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  3. Very pretty! Love the bird you added.

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  4. Gorgeousness. All around! Thanks for stopping so I could find your blog. I'll be afollowin' :o)

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  5. Phillis
    You have a wonderful creative way about you. I love the transformation, right in front of my eyes. The birds are very interesting... Beautiful. Your dinner looked wonderful also. YUM

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  6. It all came together beautifully. I love the quail, acorns and leaves. So fall.

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  7. I think it looks great, your birds are awesome ! Thanks for stopping by !

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  8. Love the birds! They really make your mantle unique!

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  9. Love the Fall Mantle! Thanks for stopping by Double Delight...I will definitely be back to check out some more of your goodies:)
    Tamera@doubledelight

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  10. Your mantel is just beautiful and the Autumn decor is stunning! Very nice job!

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  11. Hi Phyllis,

    Thanks for stopping by and following my little blog. I just started following yours too. Oh my goodness you have a really awesome sense of decorating style. I can't wait to see what you do next. LOVE the mantle!

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  12. Love your pretty changes -- you just "went to town"!

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  13. Nice changes to the mantle! Your photos are proof that Fall has arrived!

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  14. Hi Phyllis, Guess what! I bought a tripod tonight but your looks fancier...I may take mine back and go to Best Buy. :-) I didn't know they came in digital...gotta check that out! Your photos are stunning, btw! :-)
    Your mantel is gorgeous! I LOVE wreaths so I absolutely love the design. If I ever get around to getting my "library" built, I may have my mantel built from scratch...so yours is giving me some great ideas!
    Love your new fall vignette...the little quail are adorable with those little tuffs on top of their heads. :-) Cute, cute!

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  15. Hi Phyllis,
    That mantel of yours is so gorgeous, I love the wreath and all the detailing. The fall scape is really pretty too, I think the new painting works well - I like the colors. But you're right, by the time you're really sure about it, it will be time for the Christmas decor!
    Thanks for visiting, hope you'll stop by again.
    Have a wonderful week.
    XO
    Heidi

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  16. Hello! Nice job on updating your mantle with fall touches. I think I like the leaf pic best but it just fits my style a little more. They both look good - you have to go with what you love! Thanks for stopping over - please stop over again!!

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  17. You really do have a beautiful mantle. I like you colors in the picture that you have up now, although the other one really did look "fallish", but this one has the right colors. The whole thing looks really nice! Hugs, Cindy S.

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  18. Hi Phyllis! Thanks for visiting my blog this evening! I love the picture you wound up putting on your mantle and the decor looks fabulous! I like how you put the one glass holder on top of books and the quails are a cute touch.

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  19. Good morning Phyllis,
    I just wanted to tell you that your mantle looks absolutely beautiful and oh so autumny. I think you should leave the picture with the store fronts and the prettly little red doors. It think it ties in better with all the reddish-orange you have on the mantle. By the way, your mantle is gorgeous. I LOVE IT. Great job.

    Blessings and Smiles,
    ♥Ana

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  20. What a lovely fall makeover for your mantle. I love the birds. Tripods are a wonderful thing! How sweet of your hubby :)

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  21. Hi Phyllis -- gorgeous mantel! It's so pretty, I wouldn't change anything ... except I might try the first picture, the leaf one (which I really love) and see if you like how that looks, better.

    I like the second pic, but the only thing that jumps out at me is the blue in that picture -- I think with all the beautiful fall color in your mantel decor, that the very neutral and calm leaf print might work. But -- you are the best judge of that!

    I have to admit, that driving around Newport Beach and Balboa, and seeing beach houses decked out in autumn decor was a hoot!

    Because our daughter is in CA now for at least another 4 years, we'll be frequent visitors.

    Best ... Cass

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  22. PS forgot to say, I love how you elevated one of the hurricanes with books! :-)

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  23. Quail, pheasant and acorns!!!! Gorgeous combination (amongst the other items.) so warm and inviting!!!

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  24. Hi Phyllis....I like the leaf picture ...to me it does look more fall. But your mantle is lovely either way and I do love all the roping on it. Thanks for visiting today. Talk to you soon!!

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  25. Hi Phyllis,

    The branch picture looks fall/winter to me. That's a gorgeous mantel and you've done a super job in deocorating it for fall!

    Manuela

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  26. Have to say I'm with your hubby on the picture. Love the leaf and branch one for fall and winter. I just love your mantle!! The warm colors of fall are picked up with the sprays and garlands you put on top. Those little quail and pheasant look real. My dog Rocky just might be standing there pointing if I had those!! You'll love a tripod. Makes life easier!!!

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  27. Phyllis,
    Your mantle looks just beautiful! What a perfect look for fall. Your photos are simply stunning. How do you get then so large without lots of pixel destortion(sp)? What a sweet Hubby to get you a tripod.
    Dee Dee

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  29. Phyllis,
    You have done it again...you have captured the warmth of fall in your "mantle-scape". It's beautiful!!! I love the little quail and pheasant. They look so real!You have such a wonderful "eye" and you have captured it with your camera. Well done!

    Thank you for your kind comments about my photographs. I have so much to learn, but it sure if fun!!!

    Hugs,
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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  30. Phyllis, I have mantle envy! Yours is spectacular with all its beautiful touches & you've decorated it marvelously. I like the new picture with all your autumnal decor. It feels right.
    Well done!!

    Now I must go wander through some of your older posts. You have a lovely home & a really sweet DH, too! :D

    ♥ Rettabug

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  31. Your mantel is so pretty, Phyllis and you decorated it so beautifully. Good job!...Christine

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  32. Hey, I agree with your hubby...I thought the first mantel looked like fall!! I love those quail!! Either way looks fine! Oh and your mantel--fireplace surround looks so pretty!!

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  33. I love your mantel with our without the quail ... but since I love game birds .. I probably add more quail! All your posts are beautiful ... your home certainly is ready to entertain with a big fall gathering! Thanks for dropping by to visit with me.

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  34. You have a beautiful blog. Your photos are amasing. Is it that new tripod? I added your blog to follow.

    I actually like the brown leaf print.

    I love the fall tablescape on an older post. You said you were looking for large acorns. I saw large wooden ones at Pier 1 last week.

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  35. Phyllis - thanks for dropping by my blog.
    I love your autumn decor, the mantel will add charm to any seasonal decorating you do.

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  36. ooh..this is very inspiring phillys!!
    thank you for the idea...when the autumn will come over here...I think I will copy you ;)
    baciusss

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  37. Wow this is just gorgeous!! You DO have a beautiful blog with gorgeous photos! I am just starting...thanks for coming by:-)

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  38. Hi Phyllis,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad to have found yours, it's like the pages in Traditional Home Magazine! I just had to follow. I like how you lean your pictures against the mantle, it does make changing the look a lot easier. Thanks for all the inspiration. I look forward to more!

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  39. Hi Phyllis! It's so nice to meet you and how gorgeous is your Fallen mantle! Oh, what a beautiful surround and I do love the Fallness you've added to it. What a beautiful home you have. I want to see more! :)
    Thank you for your visit and being a follower. I've just become one of your followers too!

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  40. It's GORGEOUS!!! Really Gorgeous!!

    I need to get a tripod! Maybe I'll head over to Best Buy too!

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  41. Phyllis-thank you for visiting me, and following. I will be doing the same. I'm very new to blogging and I love it when I meet someone who has a style I admire. Your mantle is beautiful. I like both pictures, although I think the lonely leaf is a bit more "fall". They both look nice.

    Sue

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  42. Your decorations and your hubby are adorable. Love the architecture of your mantel and the way you styled it.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  43. Thanks for sharing your fall mantle makeover. I never know what to do with my mantle, so most of the time I do nothing. You have inspired me to try something new.

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  44. Whoa! That is gorgeous! Pop over for a visit. Have a snuggly warm eve. TTFN ~Marydon

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  45. Wow! What beautiful fall decorations. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. The mantel is so pretty and I loved it both ways. I once did a job where the client wanted me to get 4 painting to change the mantel with the seasons. For winter I got a painting of a horse in the snow, it was so beautiful. It would look so pretty on your mantel. Welcome to my blog, I like it here and will be back often. So don't be a stranger!

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  47. Very pretty! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

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  48. Beautiful! The mantle, the pictures, fabulous! Thank you for visiting Junkblossoms! I am definately a new follower here. Blessings, Pat

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  49. Thanks for your kind visit...I love your blog, the fireplace mantle is so very beautiful and I love what you've done..I love acorns and the phesant is a nice touch! Come say hi anytime :D

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  50. Hi, Phyliss,
    Thanks for commenting on my blog and signing up as a follower. I just signed up to follow you, too.
    you have a lovely house! I just love that bay window in your bedroom. I have always wanted a window seat.
    Your decorating style is lovely.
    D

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  51. Your place is so warm and welcoming, plus pictures that are divine!
    I loved my visit!!!

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  52. Hi Phylis,
    I love your mantle and how you decorated it.Beautiful photos.

    Carolyn

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  53. Hi Phylis,You have done a beautiful job on your mantel.... Love the candle... It looks so fall!!Thanks for commenting on my blog and signing up as a follower....
    xoxo
    Julie

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  54. Your mantle looks beautiful! Very creative decor! I especially love the books with the hurricane!

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  55. Phyllis, your mantel is already for fall! I like the picture you decided on. It offers more interest to this display with its colorful scene. You did a great job of pulling all this together.
    Thanks for stopping by for a visit and leaving such a nice comment. To answer your question about my roosters. I've liked roosters (and many other animals for that matter) all my life. I'm a bit of a Francophile, and roosters are definitely a part of French culture. So I've added these through the years when I see one that calls out to me. Friends and family have gifted me with some of these guys through the years as well.
    Happy Fall to you!

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  56. Phyllis,

    Your fireplace is lovely. I love to lean pictures also because I am terrible at lining things up right on the wall and it leaves less room on the mantle to worry about decorating. I am going to keep watching what you do with your mantle because I have serious designing problems. I don't lack STUFF, just bad at arranging things cohesively...

    I will be back, I 'm off on a trip. Love your blog and wanted to thank you for visiting!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  57. So Beautiful!! I really like your idea of leaning the picture to make it easy to change!
    Have a great one...Janell

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  58. Hi Phyllis,
    What a gorgeous home and your mantle is amazing! I just adore your inspiring and pretty blog. I just found you today and I'll be back soon. I enjoyed my visit here. ~Lovely!

    Come by and visit me soon. You're always welcome!

    ~Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

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  59. Wow - what a beautiful house you have! I love the new mantle decorations. I rarely change my decor for the seasons, with the expection of Christmas, of course. I think, though, I'll see what I have and change some things around this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  60. Hi Phyllis,
    Very pretty, puts me in the Autumn mood and reminds me I have a Fall wreath up in the attic. I looked at your post about your master bedroom redo and found that we've got your cat's sister at our house. They almost look like twins, but our kitty has a white mustache. She just adopted us a couple months ago, some neighbors moved away and left the poor baby behind. I'm off to look around a little more and get acquainted.
    ~Tracie

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  61. Oh, Phyllis...I love your blog! Your pictures are so beautiful and your fall mantle is warm and homey in the best way. Thanks for visiting my blog and I am definitely signing up to be a follower!

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  62. Hi Phyllis. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I don't know how long it would've taken me to find you if you hadn't!! Your blog is so wonderful and I love all of your pictures. Your faux cocktails are the best!!! I never in a million years would've guessed that they weren't real. I look forward to catching up on your posts. By the way, your mantle is gorgeous and I wouldn't change a thing!! :)

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  63. Phyllis,
    Your mantle looks just wonderful. I love the picture up there and would not change a thing.
    Great job.
    Sandy

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  64. Hi Phyllis, Love your mantle and your displays. I am now in the mood for Fall!! Thanks for stopping by to visit! Have a great weekend! Janna

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  65. Hi Phyllis! Thank you so much for the comment on my blog - and for being a follower! Happy :)
    You have such a nice blog and Beautiful pictures! love it! Take care! /Jackie

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  66. oh wow, your house is so wonderful ! I moved to a new house almost a year ago now, and we haven't done much so far. Your blog may inspire me :)
    thanks for visitng and leaving such nice comments on my little pumpkin.
    hope to come visit again.
    monique

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  67. Hi Phyllis this is just lovely everything! looks like a beautiful home! I hope you have a wonderful fall!

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