Fall Mantel Styling

A friend recently challenged another friend and I to style a fall mantel without spending a dime.  We styled at her house, and it was a nice change to work with items she had already.  To get started, we cleared everything off and wiped it down.

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Next, we shopped her house, digging items out of her stash and pulling pictures off the walls.  For the first round, we set out a trio of framed items, an old window, a mirror and a black and white cow print.

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With our center focal point created, we added a rustic galvanized bucket of sticks for height.  On the other size, for a bit of color, a vase of red poppies.

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Lastly, we filled in the empty spaces with candle sticks, a potted succulent, and a metal E.

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For kicks, we played around with other arrangements.  Whether you like a more full look:

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Or a bit more sparse, there’s no right or wrong so long as you like it.

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Ultimately, we landed on this arrangement.  It has it all, height, softness, wood, touches of black and greenery.  A few personalized items round out the arrangement, creating a neutral fall arrangement.

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If you’re feeling stagnant with the items in your home, ask a group of friends to corral items they’re tiring of and do a swap.  It’s a fun and free way to shake things up.

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