This post is sponsored by Christmas Tree Shops
Do you remember the fireplace we made over about 9 months ago for my friends? I thought it would be fun to show you how I would style a fireplace mantle for fall! Seeing as I don’t have a fireplace and I love a chance to freshen up a friends space. I approached her fall decor in her family room/front room with the idea that she could use most everything over and over or use in a new way in a different room.
You don’t have to start completely over when you styling your home each season. I do suggest trying to work with the main pieces, especially when trying to be resourceful. But even when you are working with a lot of the same pieces still clear everything off and start fresh! Give the mantle a good dusting while you are at it!
I went shopping at Christmas Tree Shops (and had a lot of fun!). If you haven’t been there before it is an awesome home decor store that features a lot of seasonal decor, majority is everyday decor. You can also shop their products online HERE if you don’t live near one.
You ready to see the fireplace?? Let’s look at what it looks like decorated for fall and what it looked like before with everyday decor so you can see what I kept and what I changed.
Fireplace Styled with Everyday Decor-
Again here it is styled with fall decor. Do you spot the changes and what I kept? The mirror is something that looks great with whatever you put by it, that is why we went with a mirror above the fireplace. And the two jars are perfect staples for a fireplace to add some height and change out what’s inside with each season. If you have great pieces as a base then not a lot needs to be changed with the season.
Fireplace Styling Shopping Tips-
#1- Take a photo of the area you want to makeover and bring it with you. You might think “I will remember what it looks like, I see it everyday!” Maybe you have a better memory than me and can remember the general look. But having a photo will help you reference colors and the space more accurately.
#2- Measure the depth and width of the fireplace mantle. And the area from the top of the mantle to the ceiling. Trust me you will need this. Especially if you are starting from scratch. And bring that tape measure with you to measure the home decor while you are shopping.
#3- Decide before you go the main things you are shopping for. For me, I knew I was looking for florals to fill the jars we already had- that would immediately change the feel of the fireplace even if I did nothing else.
#4- Shop with an open attitude. Meaning don’t get caught up on a color- maybe it can be painted or the size can be tweaked by cutting things or layering on top of books etc. I find that typically there can be a solution of you really like it and the price is right!
For example to tip #4- the tall wheat is faux that I cut it down a lot to fit in the space between the mantle and ceiling. I also added some water to the jar to give the appearance that it is real. (This won’t really ruin the faux plant because it is plastic and it is the bottom so it really doesn’t matter).
In the white jar I used the faux burgundy sunflowers I found at Christmas Tree Shops. I followed my shopping tip #1 and referenced the room before I bought the sunflowers. I had cream in my cart! So glad I looked at the photo and went with the burgundy, it is just the pop of color we needed for her! The sunflowers came on one stem, I cut each sunflower off from the group and placed them in individually.
Another big tip to make faux flowers look better is to mix in some real with the faux. I started with a small jar filled with water and placed it inside the white pot.
Start by adding your eucalyptus, I found this fresh group at Trader Joe’s. Next I added in the faux burgundy flowers (5) and kept them all low and about the same height as the eucalyptus. Then added in (3) real sunflowers. Lastly clustered the dried billy balls ( I had saved from a floral arrangement Kevin gave me). The eucalyptus will dry nicely and she can leave it for weeks. And just remove the yellow sunflowers to replace with some cut from her yard! Pretty simple.
I added some more twinkle lights on top off the mantle for a warm fall cozy glow. I also have a grouping in the fireplace when they aren’t lighting a fire. (They do have the twinkle lights at Christmas Tree Shops too).
On the opposite end of the mantle I left the vintage candle sticks and added two pumpkins. Both pumpkins are faux. I wanted to balance out the white that is in the jar filled with the flowers. It is good to have some symmetry, even just with colors on a mantle. The white pumpkin actually says “welcome fall” so I turned it to the back. The green pumpkin felt a little blue-ish to me and brings in that color from the rug and pillows.
Remember you can easily paint faux or real pumpkins to get the colors you want!
I found those awesome wicker baskets for such a good price (from Christmas Tree Shops). I got them to bring in some warmth and gold color tones for fall. I wanted each side of the fireplace to be symmetrical so I brought her my fiddle leaf fig to keep so it matches the one that she had. Now they are reunited, I bought them at the same time originally! Maybe they will do better together- and they like to be around the light. Look at the photo below to compare the fall look to the everyday look.
Fireplace styled with Everyday Decor-
I added a basket to her hearth too and took away the iron one she had. I like how all three balance each other and add some weight to bottom of the fireplace. Bonus we can use these all year! Majority of what I got for her is not just considered “fall decor”.
Repeated the burgundy color on the side of the fireplace- look at the photo below and you can see how the burgundy is repeated like a triangle. Same with the greens and the whites. The yellow/mustard in the sunflowers is repeated with the little pop of on the coffee table in the candle.
Try to repeat colors in the room on the mantle- it will make your space cohesive.
Filled a mini jar on the coffee table with the similar flowers. Remember when styling a coffee table to keep it low, simple and looks good from every angle.
I couldn’t pass up the chance to add in the affordable pillows I found at Christmas Tree Shops– another way to bring in a cozy fall feel. I mixed in the two gold pillows for under $24 total!
I hope that gave you some inspiration for your fireplace mantle for fall! You can find sources to anything in this room (other than fall decor) HERE.
PS- if you are every around a Christmas Tree Shops I highly recommend stopping in! I guarantee you won’t walk away without finding an affordable treasure!