Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Mantel


I love


because it feels like hope.

There are no worldly strings attached


no pressure to bear.


        It is about family and food

and gratitude



It is that long missed

breath of fresh air

after a long hot summer.


My mantel this year,

that is being featured at

Andrea’s blog,

The Ivy Cottage Blog,

for her Magic of Autumn series


is a mix of those things that

say fall to me this year:


Woodland Spode, burlap,

and burnished gold .


I added antlers and feathers just for fun.




Thank you for the motivating

invitation Amanda-

it got me moving.


Linking to:



The Lettered Cottage


Deb said...

Love your is masculine and femine at the same time...very fall...

Unknown said...

Very pretty mantle ... poor Bambi! Chuckle!
Have a beautiful weekend.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Your words are always just as "pretty" as your images!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your mantel looks beautiful Laura!! I love how you draped the burlap around and those plates are perfect! Looks like a page out of a magazine! Martina

Melissa said...

Very well done, I love the color tones that you used. The burlap is a great idea, and I love the feathers!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your mantel is absolutely gorgeous. I love the touches of gold and the feathers are fantastic. Just perfect. The Spode is beautiful. I really love the look. Hugs, Marty

Marigene said...

Your mantel is so pretty, Laura! I just love the urns...are they metal or ceramic?

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Love all the interesting elements on your mantel, Laura. Also, I love your writing style....but then, you were an English teacher....I'm sure you taught your students well! Linda

Debra@CommonGround said...

Laura dear, this is just so gorgeous! The spode transfer is one of my favorites for Fall. Everything looks just perfect. Glad you're having some cooler weather down there! xoxo

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How stunning! What a wonderful autumn welcome.

Bonnie said...

I was pleased to see a new post from you. You always inspire.

Unknown said...

Your mantel looks fabulous. Fall colors are my favorite. Those Spode (I think) plates look great with burlap.

Katie said...

This is definitely getting me to do something with my mantel. Stunning and what are the dishes?

Heather said...

Laura, what a beautiful post! I love your mantel! It's a gorgeous mix of rustic and classic. XO

Patty Marker said...

What a gorgeous mantle Laura. It makes me want to add some burlap to mine! I love the touch of nature with the antlers and feathers. Patty

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Beautiful. Fall colors just flow together to nice. I too enjoy the break from the heat of summer. Bring on fall!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Very pretty! Love the use of burlap! :)

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Love the mantle Laura! It is just beautiful. Fall is my favorite season. I have one mantle done and hope to post it this week.

Theresa said...

Love your Fall mantel! The feathers are a gorgeous addition! Have a blessed day dear Laura, HUGS!

Always Nesting said...

Gorgeous. I love the burlap layered with your beautiful accents.

Stephanie said...

LOVE the burlap and antlers - looks wonderful!

Pondside said...

Wow - gorgeous! I'm a little slow this year, and I don't think I'll end up with anything even approaching this!

Karen said...

I LOVE your fall mantle with all the natural elements, burlap, and brass! It looks very classy!

Can do mom said...

Such a handsome fall mantle! I love fall, too. I think it's my favorite season. :)

Gail Dixon said...

Gorgeous! You do have a nice flair for decorating. The feathers are really beautiful!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Love your mantle!

Kary Ross said...

burlap, feathers, antlers and brown are my kinda gal! Love it all! Thanks! BTW, I've pinned all your lovelies!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, I love the transferware and your mantel is beautiful! I love the feathers in the urns.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laura...

I have always loved the Woodland spode pattern and it's perfect for autumn! What a fabulous use these gorgeous autumn plates on your mantel...sooo perfect! I also love the tall urn filled with pheasant feathers and the beautiful gold birds (pheasants?)! It's all sooo GORGEOUS!!! Your beautiful mantel is one of my favorites this year! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Unknown said...

This mantle is gorgeous!! The woodland theme, the feathers and the bronze touches are perfect for fall. I have a bronze quail like yours... only mine is much smaller.

Just lovely!!
(and p.s. as a white spray paint addict... I love the name of your blog, too!)


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