Friday, September 5, 2014

Easing Into Fall Mantel

If you have read my blog at all, you know I have declared my love for fall and indeed September is not disappointing.  It was a frosty 33 degrees this morning and 70 degrees right now--perfect!  But, while I adore the season, I am not quite ready for pumpkins and gourds, but my mantel (aka, built in shelf) was ready for a little fall decor.
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 Last year I shared 5 ways to use junk in your decor when I shared my pumpkin filled shelf HERE.  I used those same principles to decorate my "easing into fall" shelf.
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1.) Use junk to create height--here I used an overturned apple basket.  

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A vintage cocktail to go case also adds height and reminds me of fall tailgate parties.  My parents had one that was always stored with the brown, wool plaid blanket and I would take it out and place house with it.  I don't think I mixed up pretend martinis, but probably juice or coffee.
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2.) Reclaimed wood to add texture such as these reclaimed and old wood frames.  I added the globe for a bit of blue and because it is also a great back to school prop.
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3.)  Rust --A rusty pulley 
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holding a goofy picture of me (I must say, it seems weird to display a picture of myself--I don't usually do that, but it did make me smile.),
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and a rusty metal fry basket full of apples from my trees (the trees are loaded and a lot of these were on the ground) add the perfect touch of industrial.
4.)  Old Books--I love these school books and nothing says fall and back to school like some old text books.
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Look at this lovely Aesop's Fable book, swoon--I will never get rid of it!
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5.)  Nature's "Junk"--Apples and branches from an overgrown bush are the perfect natural touches for this time of year.  I added a little water to a mason jar filled with the apples and branches.  Hopefully, it will help them last a few weeks.
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Look around your home today.  If you are like me, you are bound to find some great junk to use in your fall decor. 
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 Happy hunting! Linking up at Funky Junk Interiors!!

3 comments:

  1. Love everything about this! The frames, the books, the special touches like your picture! Beautiful!

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  2. Loved the photo holder among other things!

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