Raise your hand if you’re loving the crispy fall air and the excuse to wear giant fluffy pajama pants and make piles and piles of desserts just because the recipe calls for both chocolate and pumpkin.
Ooh ooh! ME! That’s me!
I always forget how much I love fall until the trees start changing – just that moment when the leaves on the outside of the tree turn deep red but the middle is still green so the whole tree looks like it’s on fire – and suddenly you find an excuse to drink pumpkin spice lattes and mocha hot chocolate.
Welcome, fall. Welcome.
And an enthusiastic “HELLO LOVER!” to the abundance and richness and deep burgundies and oranges of fall…
For seasonal mantle updates, I like to try to shop my house and spend zero dollars when possible. This mantle was no exception. My trusty ol’ sunburst mirror has been around forever, cycled in and out of my decorations, ready to be called in at a moment’s notice to make any empty wall spot feel happy. It’s been living in storage for a few months so it’s happy to see the light of day.
Hydrangeas = Happiness producers. The green pumpkin came from TJ Maxx last fall. The pears are vase fillers that I got at a yard sale last year for a buck.
The maroon leaf garland has gold sparkly flecks, and while I love it, it wasn’t sure I was going to use it until this happened:
Whoever was removing the pictures that were on the wall there before –
(Ahem. There’s no way to know who that was.)
– must have gotten a little overeager and pulled off part of the wall. They probably didn’t mean to do it and must have decided to quickly camouflage it with that leaf garland. But this is all speculation.
The apothecary jar and green apples are long-ago TJ Maxx finds, and the little white vase I found at Goodwill is full of berries I picked from the Heavenly Bamboo in my yard.
Now that there’s autumnal goodness happening on my mantle, I’m thinking chocolate chip pumpkin bread might be in my near future…
Have you made any updates for fall? What’s your favorite part of the season?