Hi Everyone! Here we are, back at Monday again. How was your weekend? Mine was crazy, but full of time spent with family and friends and of course, decorating my house! I finished my fireplace mantle this weekend and I am so in love with it! I only bought three extra pieces for it this year, everything else was stuff I already had around the house. I love doing that, it makes it that much better to enjoy when you don’t have to break the bank to make your house cozy. So, onto the reveal!
I finally got the chance to display my Hobby Lobby letters! I bought these a few years ago, and could never figure out the exact spot that I wanted them on the walls yet. Since they weren’t hung up, I got to put them on the mantle! They’re so pretty, and they are the perfect height to work well with the picture and the bottles I had.
The canvas picture is part of a two-piece set from Target that I also bought a couple of years ago. I decided to put only one of them up, but the gold on the blossoms picks up on the gold-distressed parts of the letters perfectly. It also adds that little bit of reflection that, if you have been following me for a while, you know I’m obsessed with.
I originally had this whole display set up, but I realized it needed a touch of something else to warm it up before it felt complete. I took a quick trip to Joann Fabrics and bought 2.5 yards of burlap, and draped it over the whole thing. I tied it off on the ends, and then I took a needle and thread and pulled the two pinched spots together to create a subtle tufted look. The burlap was naturally wrinkly, and I didn’t iron it out because I liked that it didn’t look perfect. Everything else was arranged, so I wanted to keep the organic aspect to it. I love how it turned out! It warmed up the entire display!
I continued to ‘shop my house’, and I grabbed some books and bottles and candles I already had and started arranging. The laser-cut candle holder is from Walmart, and the green bottles are from Joann’s…both pieces I have already had for a couple of years. I had them in other parts of my house, but it’s so nice to see them in a new space! Another item I bought other than the burlap were the cotton buds. I found those at Hobby Lobby, and they are so cute! I’m definitely glad I grabbed them!
I had these sprigs in another vase and I took them out, split them up, and they were just what I needed to add some height to the arrangement.
I kept the picture of our wedding party on the mantle, because we were married on September 18th…eight years ago today! The trees were so beautiful where we got our pictures done, so that adds another great fall element to the mix. I also added more books and my favorite glass pumpkin on the end!
Finally, I bought these hand-carved pumpkins from a craft show in Houghton Lake a few weeks ago. They’re imperfect and wonderful. Their little plaid bows are the cutest little addition! Fall and plaid…that’s a match made in Heaven right there.
Total expense for this year’s mantle: $15.99. That’s it!
The burlap, cotton buds and carved pumpkins were the only new additions. I like to challenge myself every year to come up with a new design, and not spend a ton of money while doing it. It forces me to get more creative! I hope you all love it! I can’t wait to see all of your mantles. Make sure you hashtag #housegonepretty on Instagram so that I see it! I would love to talk about what you’ve got displayed in your house this year!
Have a great Monday, everyone!