Simple Fall Mantel

10.07.2013

Well, at first it didn't start out simple.......

At first I had filled it full with all this stuff.

I was wanting to use these little glass yogurt jars from Normandy that I am using as votives. Yes, the yogurt came in tiny cute glass jars and we asked if we could take them home since all they did was throw them out.

They are the perfect size for votives. Did you notice my vintage French baguette basket? I didn't get it in France. No, some others had snatched all the good ones, but that's okay. I found this one in an etsy shop at a fabulous price and had it in two days!

But after looking at the mantel filled to the brim for a couple days I just didn't like it so I paired it down some.

I have had these faux greenery with fall fruit pots for years. I just wrapped them with some burlap and jute string to add texture.

The little owls are candle holders that I found at World Market last year.

I took down some of the faux fruit branches and filled my vintage French baguette basket with red apples.

So instead of this....

I have this.

I think I prefer the simpler look.

Happy Monday and enjoy your week!

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44 comments:

  1. Looks amazing Kim. While I think both are beautiful, I too prefer the simpler one. Love the yogurt glasses.

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  2. Beautiful in it's simplicity, Kim!

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  3. Simply beautiful! Love those yogurt jars... so jealous of all your French finds! :)

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  4. That's a really good example of where 'en masse' - massing just the apples all together - has much more display impact than when the fruit is spread out. I like that simpler version better also!

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  5. Yes, I agree, the simpler look is just perfect. I think simpler is a trend this year. Love the little yogurt jars. I would have wanted to bring them home as well.

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  6. Yes, I agree, in this case simple is better! The yogurt jars are adorable!

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  7. I think both are pretty, but yes, go with the 2nd. Or if you are like me, there will also be a 3rd, 4th and possibly 5th, and then Thanksgiving turkeys will make an appearance and you'll start all over again!

    Oh, the trials of a creative soul!!!!!


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  8. Looks great! Love the apples.

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  9. Both are pretty, but I find myself going simpler this fall too

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  10. Both were/are attractive, I think. I am inspired to get mine done now.

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  11. Actually, both look beautiful! But I agree, sometimes, a little toned down is easier on the eyes! Love the yogurt votives, great souvenir and free too!

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  12. They both look great...but I do love the simplicity of the apples...

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  13. Love the simpler version, Kim. I'm feeling paired down decorating this year too and even plan to do Christmas that way.

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  14. Morning, Kimmie! Oh, your mantel is beautiful - both ways. You do have such style and I love it. Thank you for your kindness.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. Much better! Love that basket. My mantel is very simple too. I started out with faux leaf garland etc and then paired it down. I will have to post mine.

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  16. Yep...I like the simpler look too...but then I love those yogurt cups...I think they thought we were crazy eating our yogurt and taking those cups....Now, I did not get a baguette basket...just a bread basket!!! :)
    I love your lining with the red stripe!!

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  17. I agree with you, Kim. The simpler mantel is better -and very pretty!

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  18. I've found myself going with a more simple look with my mantels lately too Kim! I think yours looks absolutely beautiful! :-)
    Vanessa

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  19. Yes, those apples really make a statement! Perfect!!

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  20. I love the French baquette basket you found! I'd like to find one of those too. I'll have to check out Etsy. I really like how you used apples in yours on the mantel. The simple look really makes them stand out.

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  21. Looks great!! I wish I had one ounce of your creativity!

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  22. Simple but makes a big statement - Very Pretty! Like the yogurt jars used as candle holders.
    I have a few individual salt/pepper shakers that were throw aways and keep saying I am going to do something with them but haven't yet.
    Have a great week.

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  23. Very cute Kim...love the apples in the french basket!

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  24. I like the simple one too. Gorgeous.

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  25. Very pretty Kim. Luv the French basket filled with apples.
    Hugs, Gee

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  26. love the apples in the simple french container. simple yet interesting.

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  27. Good call, Kim. That is simple and perfect for Fall. I love the graphic quality of it. That is a wonderful faux container, too. xo Diana

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  28. Just perfect. I prefer the simple design, too. The apples make quite a statement.

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  29. I would've had to bring home some of those cute yogurt glass jars, too! I just recently found the BEST and thickest yogurt at Walmart called The Greek God's Greek Yogurt. It's sweetened with honey and all the flavors are good. If I had those little glass yogurt jars, I would dish it out into them and pretend I was in France! Love the 2nd version of the mantel!

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  30. I love mantels, but in neither of my houses do I have one you can do much with which is sometimes so frustrating. I recognize the French yogurt jars. I brought some of those home, too.

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  31. I agree...the simpler look is more outstanding and distinctive. Such cute jars...I carried little wine servers home from Greece once...won't even talk about all the other stuff I carried home!

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  32. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Kim!
    I've enjoyed reading of your travels! So much fun . . . and so many beautiful photos.
    Thanks for taking us along :0)
    And your mantle . . . Both styles look great! It would be hard for me to decide.
    Have a beautiful day,
    Suzanne

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  33. Love the jars - and both looks actually! I went simple this year as well.
    -Shelley

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  34. I love this and the use of the apples are perfect!

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  35. Love both but those apples in the wood baguette dish are so pretty!
    ~Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  36. I love the second version with those pots and I adore the owl!

    Cynthia

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  37. I agree Kim I too love the simpler look.I am tweaking things around here and making things a little simpler.Your mantle looks gorgeous either way...beautiful fall inspiration!
    xx
    Anne

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  38. A perfect example of less is more.

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  39. I like your simple to. It's more you! can't wait to have coffee or tea at your new table!!

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  40. I use those yoghurt jars for candles all the time... But where I live you can bring them back to the farmer so they don't get wasted.

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  41. Kim...love the changes...you simplified it and it works so much better....:)

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  42. Both ways were very pretty, but like you, I think I prefer the more simple look of the apples arranged like that. It looks perfect. My mantel is only half done, but at least that is progress. It is still so warm around here that fall feels like it is not going to be here any time soon.

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