If you see a 5’3″ girl out there with brown curly hair and a goofy perma-grin it’s probably me. Why am I smiling? Because it is almost FALL! I love Autumn. My absolute favourite season of the year. As a westcoastie rain lover who is allergic to the sun (seriously – I get a major rash) I am so over summer by about June 22.

But alas – September is here! Yay! And with that, cooler weather, raindrops and time to decorate my mantel for FALL!

 Pulling back a bit…

After painting the mantel black last summer, decorating for Fall has had a fun new spin on it. I did a  slightly more rustic look last year so wanted something fresh and crisp this time ’round.

First I pulled out anything I thought may work and lined ‘er up on the couch.

Then I began by hanging the wreath that I made last year. I’ve never been a fan of the ‘traditional’ fake leaf and poppuri type fall wreaths so decided to make my own simpler version.

Then I focussed on the two ‘anchors’ – the white tree trunk vases which I filled with some funky things that looked like pussy willows on steroids who had gotten their hair dyed. I found them for $6 at Pier One! Score.

To make the steroid willows stand up straight (versus splaying out and flopping to the vase edges) I did a simple scotch tape grid – like I did here and here.

Then I layered in the other elements…

My large orange glass pumpkin (which has an opening in back for a candle)…

A green pumpkin to tie in/pull the green colour out of the wreath…
I also added in some adorable owl tealight candle holders and a ceramic white pear and apple which match the tree trunk vases.
Joining the glowing oil is a wire mesh black pear… Is anyone else getting hungry with all this talk of fruit? 
In front of the black pear is a sparkly gold pear that my parents brought me back from a trip once. He is joined by his identical twin brother pear and rounder younger sister – sparkly apple. (No relation to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple).
I had a hand in doing all this ‘work’. It came in the form of a 3.5 year old bundle of cuteness. And to prove it, here is a little time lapse video of the event – complete with 3.5 year old bundle of cuteness photobombs.

How about you? Decorated for Fall yet? Love it? Hate it? In the fetal position breaking only to pray to the Sun Gods? Do tell. I’ll be digging my rain boots out of storage and humming a happy tune.
linking to:

Serenity Now
The Life of Faith

Lil’ Mrs. Tori
Cherished Bliss
Centsational Girl