Monday, September 29, 2014

my {not so} fall mantel

Over the last few weeks, I have shared a number of ideas for DIY fall projects and ways to decorate your home for the season.  So today, I thought I would share my mantel for fall...
It looks a lot like how it did a few months ago, doesn't it?
I already put out a number of fall decorations this year, and decided that I didn't want to take more time and money to decorate the mantel (or any other spaces in the house), when I already love the way it looks.  

Now, would I love to have my mantel look like this?
Yes! Of course I would, wouldn't most of us?  But, here's the thing about decorating: it takes time.  It doesn't need to be an overnight accomplishment, especially since all those little purchases throughout the home add up quite a bit.  Perhaps next year I will purchase/make a lovely new wreath for above my mantel, but for now I'm content with what I have here.  
This is the time of year where Pinterest starts (well, continues actually) becoming overwhelming to many, as the blogosphere turns into a sea of seasonal/holiday decorations for every nook and cranny of our homes.  I'm here to tell you, don't get overwhelmed!!

Our not-so-fall bedroom...
I have been told many times that Pinterest and blogs (like my own), make a lot of people self conscious about their decor (or, lack there of).  But the thing to remember is that we all have different lives and different priorities.  Maybe one of these scenarios rings a bell?

You have a house full of kids running around, and getting the house clean and dinner on the table is work enough.
Work is extremely busy for you and when you get home, you just want to kick your feet up instead of messing around with fall craft supplies.

You  feel like you should keep up with all your friends and their "perfect" houses, but to be honest, you don't give a hoot about vignettes, throw pillows and accent decor.

Right now, I have a good amount of free time, I don't have kids, and I really enjoy decorating.  However, that may not always be the case.  In a few years, I may not want to put the time/energy/money into all these efforts and the decor may stay the same, or be simplified.  You may already be feeling this same way!

Our not-so-fall kitchen...
I'm not saying that decorating for fall is a bad thing, as I do it myself.  I'm not even saying that decorating every nook and cranny for a specific season is a bad thing; not if you love it! I'm simply saying to so many of you (including dear friends of mine), don't stress about it! Because honestly, it's really not that important.

But, if you are interested and want to implement one idea into your house, or take off and decorate the whole place, that's great! That's what we're here for.  As bloggers, we want to inspire people, and show them that they can do so many things, if they want to!  That's why I shared this post last week with a few simple and inexpensive updates I made in our home for the fall season.
I hope that this has been encouraging to someone out there feeling overwhelmed by the perfect Pinterest photos we are all surrounded by! xoxo


  1. We should definitely focus on things that are a priority to US rather than what we think everyone else expects... Your home looks beautiful! Hope you're having a happy week!


  2. Great post - I've got a draft about the same general thing. And what you said was spot on as is what Sarah (comment above) had to say. It's all about your priorities and what place you are in at any given time. Good for you!

  3. I don't feel the need to buy a lot of "stuff" to put around, but I do love a little homemade Fall decorations. Love your post!

  4. Your not-so-fall decor is lovely! I think if you like it should remain that way - why fix it if it isn't broken ;)

  5. Sometimes I give up on the decor, but usually I love to do it. I do agree that sometimes looking at what others have is discouraging. That comparison mode kills us.

  6. I actually like how understated it is. Sometimes feel all the orange is overwhelming.

  7. You know, I don't like to invest into much fall decor because I have to store that away after Thanksgiving. So I have very little fall in my home. I love your home and it's beautiful.

  8. I kept my decorations really simple this year. I just get tired , because the time you get fall out its time to decorate for Christmas. I just found your blog and am your newest follower.

  9. I appreciate your approach and your words of wisdom. Currently, I am on leave from my job as a teacher due to medical issues. Some days I feel okay and I can get around to decorating, making special meals (with or without a "Tablescape"), or making a craft. Other days, I have to lay down all day (& I can read about other people doing these things). That's just the way it goes. Even bloggers don't have things perfectly perfect all the time.
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  10. I agree with your post! I've made few changes in my home for fall other than a few pumpkins and some new pillow covers. It adds just the right amount of fall without going overboard. Your home is lovely, and I love the sign over the mantel. It's beautiful!

  11. I"m so not a fall decorator and it's kinda refreshing to see something NOT covered in pumpkins =) So thank you! Found you on the Moonlight and Mason Jars link up =)

  12. Who has time to redecorate all the time? If it looks good leave it! Love that art print! I'd love you to share at our link party http://www.carissamiss.com/2014/10/outside-box-no-5.html

  13. Lovely mantel and it should remain just as you have it ;) in my humble opinion. Love your quote!
    visiting from "Craft Dictator" linky ;)
    come visit me,
    Ursula @ http://kraftmint.com

  14. It's so pretty! I really love the mantel. I decided not to do too much this fall either for the same reason. I really like the way my mantel looks and didn't want to spend time/money this year for it. You've got a beautiful home. :)

  15. Very Very nice! so many great inspiring ideas, love if you share this on Fabulous Friday Party! Thanks
    Maria http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/fabulous-friday-party-inspiring-features/

  16. Though it's not fall, I love your mantel! I love that centerpiece. :)

  17. I love your décor. Absolutely my taste. Fall signals winter blues to begin and orange is my least favorite color. Also dead leaves and corn stalks don't do it for me either. May all those who like it enjoy. I am ready for spring and pastels LOL


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