Sunday, September 23, 2012

Natural Autumn Mantel

Some might say that I am somewhat of a natural girl
I love fresh product and whole grain breads
and think a lunch date with my husband at the salad bar at
Fresh Choice or Whole Foods is pretty fantastic.
;)

When it comes to decorating my home
I tend to like everything a bit more natural and fresh too.
Whether it's florals mixed with fruits, birds nests or simply branches from a tree
I seem to gravitate towards decorating with nature


For Fall, sometimes it's  just a basket of white pumpkins on the sideboard
 or an Autumn wreath above the mantel
or maybe a couple little pumpkins tucked into an existing vignette.


Out in the little cottage
 the  fireplace mantel is covered in dried hydrangeas
 and sprinkled with a few pretty pink roses.
It is simple and natural.


A vintage inspired statue that takes center stage was a HomeGoods find.
It took me a little bit to get this  big. solid. concrete. statue  into my cart
but I knew right away he was coming home with me.

A scattering of pinecones gathered in the Santa Cruz mountains 
 and just a few little white pumpkins bring the first touches of Autumn


I love the mix of subtle greens, blues and golden yellows
with the pink in the roses and the soft white pumpkins.


It certainly doesn't shout Fall- it's a bit more simple and quiet
but it is perfect for this room.


I have had a hard time finding white pumpkins  this year and have only found a few small ones so far.
This mantel might get a little tweaked as I find more but for now
 I am liking it.



69 comments:

  1. Courtney,
    Love your nature inspired mantle!
    xx
    Anne

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  2. Courtney, if you have a Safeway close try them. They have (at least the one close to me in Sacramento does) a wonderful selection of white pumpkins for .59

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  3. Your mantle looks beautiful Courtney! That last shot is stunning! Happy Fall!

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  4. Pretty Pretty Pretty! Loving the colors.
    xx's

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  5. Been catching up some blog reading and saved yours for last!!!
    I knew I was going to want to re read :-) and look at the pictures slowly.. again! I really luv your soft French Country style.
    Thanks for sharing Courtney :-)
    Pop on over and see me at my place..
    www.simplymedesignsbygee.blogspot.

    Cheers, Gee

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  6. So pretty! I love it! We have tons of white pumpkins here... but that might be just a midwest thing.

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  7. That is beautiful! I've not found one white pumpkin in my area. About to break out the spray paint! Your mantel is gorgeous. I love the natural elements.

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  8. Just beautiful Courtney...need I say more????
    Hope you are enjoying a wonderful first Fall weekend!

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  9. just beautiful, Courtney, and I agree, nature always does it best!

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  10. YOU are a great stylist and GREAT photographer!!!
    Absolutely beautiful.... I like the way you do Fall Decor.
    I am so glad our mutual friend Sandy Bryan told me about you:)

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  11. Courtney, this is so pretty! I love your soft interpretation for fall.

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  12. I love the softer side of Fall too. I'm not big into orange and always look for white baby boos before the orange pumpkins. Love your mantel; very pretty! Have a delightful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. This is just lovely! Beautiful mantle. I love your pretty, soft take on "fall".
    Julie

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  14. It's so pretty! I love the colors. White pumpkins are my favorite.

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  15. I love it Courtney! I love the quiet simplicity and how it's not "traditional." It's beautiful.

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  16. Courtney: The mantel looks beautiful. Just perfect for your little cottage. I love the soft colors. One thing blogging has taught me, it's not just all about orange! I'm slowly catching on to the idea. Happy Saturday..Judy

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  17. The mantel is just gorgeous. I am a fan of the soft colors for fall and I think you did a beautiful job on your mantel.
    Kris

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  18. Love the natural simplicity, Courtney! Your mantel is gorgeous! Have you thought of painting some orange ones white?? Adore the dried roses, too.... :)

    oxo laurie

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  19. I am LOVING this mantel...just lovely!

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  20. The statue's crown is wonderful. I like how you used the dried roses mixed with the hydrangeas and pumpkins. The local green produce stand has white and 'blue' pumpkins, but they are expensive. I'm going to look at our local Safeway as suggested by another reader.

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  21. The crown on the statue is wonderful. I like how you used dried roses with the hydrangeas and pumpkins. The local green produce stand has white and 'blue' pumpkins but they are expensive. I'm going to look at our local Safeway as suggested by another reader.

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  22. Your mantel is gorgeous with the soft pinks, whites and browns. It looks wonderful!

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  23. Your mantel is just beautiful. I Love all of the natural elements and the different textures ~ just lovely

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  24. Love all the natural elements. Very pretty Courtney! Linda

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  25. Stunning! And I never would have guessed home goods for the statue. Totally inspired!

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  26. Beautiful, Courtney! Love the natural elements.

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  27. Your vignettes are always magazine ready!!!!!

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  28. Love everything! Your mantel is beautiful and that mirror is stunning..I want one!

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  29. I love the colours, so beautiful : o )

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  30. Your mantle is so stunning! I usually don't like the typical fall decor for my home since orange is usually what you see. However the way you mixed the materials on your mantle gives me a whole new outlook and is so inspiring!
    ~Des

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  31. What a gorgeous fall mantle! I never would have thought of combing roses with white pumpkins, it is stunning! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  32. Beautiful! So Fallish yet so elegant. You did a great job.

    Judy

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  33. With the gorgeous kitchen and now this pretty mantel area, your guests will not want to leave your lovely little cottage. So very pretty.

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  34. Gorgeous!!! LOVE the colors, love the naturalness and just love it period!!

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  35. This is just perfect, Courtney! You have that magic touch that makes simple look extraordinary!

    XO,
    Jane

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  36. What a great blog!

    New follower from Thee Networking Blog Hop. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. I am hosting Mom's Monday Mingle later tonight. Love for you to network with some other mom blogs ;)

    www.thenaptimereview.com
    Julie @ Naptime Review

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  37. I love it, unusual and just beautiful!

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  38. It is gorgeous, Courtney ... I would expect nothing less from you! I love your new statue and the "natural" elements you used. The white pumpkins nestled in are fabulous!

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  39. Sooooooo pretty!
    I have been looking for a crown for years. Where DO you find them?

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  40. Oh I love your mantle for fall. However, I really want your whole fireplace for my home :)

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  41. Courtney! This is beautiful! I love how soft and romantic it is and then that statue and crown just puts it over the top gorgeous! Such a nice job!
    Sherry

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  42. This is so stunning! I want to live in your guest cottage LOL! That statue came from Home Goods? Argh! Wish I'd found one, it's gorgeous!Thank you for sharing! I always get so much inspration from your posts and they always make me smile! Hugs, Leena

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  43. Oh this is just lovely. Nicely done. Happy Autumn.

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  44. This is a gorgeous mantel! I'd love to have you come over and link up your lovely mantel at our Pumpkin Party. Take care, Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/09/thirty-days-of-pumpkins.html

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  45. Courtney- simply stunning doesn't go far enough. Your mantel is breathtaking. Absolutely, truly, romantic.

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  46. oh wow, you just keep getting better and better!~this is fabulous Courtney!

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  47. I always love the photos of your gorgeous home! I think I need to find me some white pumpkins! What a beautiful mantel.

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  48. It is divine! I love white pumpkins too.

    Marie
    Xoxo

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  49. What a lovely Fall look, in a totally unconventional color palette. Well done.

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  50. Very distinctive and romantic, love the statue with the crown. Can't get enough of your beautiful blog !
    Blessings,
    Bee

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  51. Looks lovely! I just finally found some little white pumpkins myself!

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  52. It's a beautiful mantle Courtney, just amazing.

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  53. Just magical...such a perfect vignette for the mantel....!

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  54. So...this is my favorite mantel of all time. I've always wanted a statue like this on my mantel, so it's nice to actually see it displayed on someone else's.

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  55. It's beautiful. Simple and elegant. Love that statue!

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  56. There is so much like like about your vignette, Courtney. The statue and mirror are both scene stealers! I love the hydrangea and pink roses, and those pinecones you gathered are huge and beautiful.

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  57. This is stunningly beautiful!!! I'm a slight bit jealous here. Wow!

    Sacha.

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  58. A beautiful mantel Courtney. Thank you for linking up this week at Shabbilicious Friday.

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