I got a late start on our fall decorating this year. We took a trip at the beginning of September and it has been hard to get back into the swing of things since then. Still dreaming of Disney I guess. 😉 I kept hemming and hawing about what to do for a color scheme with my mantel. While I do love neutral fall decor, it seems that I always lean towards using color in my decorating. However I wanted to stay away from the traditional colors for fall.
I was at the farmer’s market recently and saw some beautiful Indian corn that caught my eye. It always amazes me how corn can look that good! Living in the Midwest you see A LOT of boring yellow corn. Ha!
These particular pieces were very vibrant and the color combination spoke to me. Aren’t they gorgeous? I just loved the burgundy, purple, green and gold in them. The corn inspired me to decorate a burgundy and mustard fall mantel.
Of course you can’t do fall without adding pumpkins! I have a lot of faux orange pumpkins already but I wanted to stay away from orange. So that meant it was time to go shopping. 🙂 I found these cute little burgundy heirloom pumpkins at Hobby Lobby and the white ones at Walmart.
As much as I love the look of real pumpkins, I have a hard time bringing myself to spend almost the same amount of money for ones that will only last one year. With these, I know I will be reusing them in the future. So I think they are the smarter buy, as long as you have the room to store them that is!
If you really want real ones, a great tip is to use both real and faux together. It makes your faux pumpkins look more realistic and it is a little easier on the pocketbook!
The simple fall vignette on the coffee table has real pumpkins in it. These were also bought from the farmer’s market. I love the little baby boo pumpkins! So cute!
Can we talk about this wreath for a moment? How awesome is this? I have wanted a wheat wreath for a while but they can get pretty spendy. Figuring it was probably not too hard to DIY one, I did a little research and got to work. Here is my DIY wheat wreath tutorial if you are interested in making your own.
I am really pleased by how full the wreath looks. Also I love the natural element that it adds to the mantel. I think it coordinates nicely with the stalks from the corn as well.
The wreath is hanging on our DIY tobacco basket that we made last year. This is still one of my favorite projects that we have made. I need to make a couple smaller ones to decorate with. Add that to the list… 🙂
The mums were the perfect addition to the mantel. Mums are a quintessential fall element and these fit the bill perfectly. The color was spot on to fit in with my mantel! They are beautiful, right?
This pumpkin patch bucket was a great find by my MIL last year at the end of the season. I think she got it for 90% off at Shopko! Can’t beat those clearance items! I also have a bigger one currently sitting on my dining room table. You can see that in my Thanksgiving tablescape. 🙂
I added the olive bucket to the other side to balance things out. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a big fan of symmetry. It is a pet peeve of mine when things are not balanced. When they are, all is good in my world. LOL.
The olive bucket actually serves two purposes in balancing the force (#starwarsreference). With the addition of the pumpkins, it gives some needed height to the left side of the mantel. This helps to match the height of the corn stalks. The other purpose is that it adds another item of tarnished silver. That would have bugged me if I left the mantel only having the one tarnished silver item up there. Do I need to see someone about this issue I have? 🙂
The books stayed up there from our countdown to Disney mantel. It is amazing how something looks one color when paired with things of that color but then looks like another color with other items. Check out how this red book looks really red in the Disney mantel but looks burgundy with this pairing. Crazy but handy! 🙂
Lastly, I needed something to fill the space at the bottom of the mantel. I had been tossing around an idea in my head to make (or rather have Mr. Wonderful make) a farmhouse sign. Although I wanted one that I could use for different times of the year. The ‘hello autumn’ is great for this time of year but I wanted others to use for Christmas and other holidays. Also just a general one.
So my idea was to make an interchangeable farmhouse sign. I told Mr. W my idea and he literally made one up that day! He is so great! Everyone needs a Mr. W around. 😉 I am excited to share the tutorial with you and I will make the designs available to download so you can make your own!
As always, I have to match my pillows to the mantel. I made up some burgundy pillow covers real quick but the mustard brushstrokes pillow (affiliate link) came from Target. I loved it when I saw it.
These pillows were some older ones I had made previously. Maybe someday I will get around to making tutorials for those too if you are interested… 🙂
Well I hope you liked my burgundy and mustard fall mantel. Sorry it was a little late coming! Oh well better late than never!
Have a wonderful day!