Decorating a Mantel for any Season and a Fall Gourmesso Coffee Recipe

When it comes to my decor, you know I have two requirements; cheap and easy.  After all, if it breaks the bank and takes too much time, then decorating becomes a chore. Anyone else feel this way? You have probably noticed that I’m the queen at moving decor items around the house to re decorate rather than buying new.  “Ain’t nobody got time or money for that,” right? Right. So I wanted to share a few simple tricks on how to decorate a fireplace mantel, or shelf, for any season. Also, while I’m sharing some fall decor why not share a fun fall espresso recipe too.

Tell me the truth, are you overwhelmed when it comes to styling a space?  I used to be. And then I learned a few easy tricks. Let me show you with an photo from Country Living;

how to decorate a fall mantel

  1. Use a large piece of decor in the center.   It’s always important to create an “anchor” piece, or a large visual object of interest. This can be a mirror, clock, or large vase. This blogger pictured above used a large painting.
  2. Use different layers of varying heights. This is (in my opinion) the most important part. When you start to add your smaller pieces of decor, stagger them by varying height. For example, if you have a large or tall piece, set it next to a smaller or skinnier piece.  Continue with varying the heights and weights of the objects to balance the space.
  3. Use different textures with different colors. This is also important to create visual interest, or in other words, create an exciting space to look at.
  4. Create balance on either side of the mantel. I said it was important to create different textures and create varying heights and weights, but more importantly you need to balance it all out. When you step back to look at the mantel, make sure the “weight” of the objects on the left equals the “weight” of the objects on the right.  For example, the picture below she added two different decor pieces on either side of the plate, but they both have the same “weight.”
  5. Most importantly, have fun. There isn’t an exact “science” to this, just a few loose guidelines to follow if you need a little help creating a visually exciting decorated mantel.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to create a visually exciting fireplace mantel decorated for any season. I hope my foolproof tips will help a few of you decorate a mantel or shelf with more ease.

I used the principles that I listed above to create my own fall mantel. What do you think?

Here are more photos of my antique fireplace mantel decorated for fall.

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how to decorate a mantel for fall

Alright, on to the fun part now; how to create a yummy fall gourmesso Latte recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Gourmesso coffee capsule – I like the Messico Blend
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream
  • pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  • Brew your  espresso with your Nespresso machine
  • Pour the espresso into a larger mug
  • Fill about half of the cup with milk
  • Spread whip cream to the top of the mug
  • Sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice over the whip cream                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now you have a yummy pumpkin spice latte! My favorite drink for this time of the year.

How to decorate a mantel for fall

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve been inspired to create a beautiful styled mantel for any holiday.

If you enjoyed this post I would love for you to Pin the image below to Pinterest.

How to Decorate a Mantel for any Season

Lindsey**

 

51 thoughts on “Decorating a Mantel for any Season and a Fall Gourmesso Coffee Recipe

  1. Great tips! It took me forever to find the balance and an arrangement I liked on our mantel. Who knew these areas could be so creatively challenging?! Visiting from Think Tank Thursday party.

    1. Thanks and it took me a while to figure out the styling part, so I figured I would share my thoughts.

  2. I love this! I love decorating my mantle for the seasons. Although, with young and wild little boys at home, I learned how to be creative with nonbreakable things that are in hands reach. I can’t wait to try the coffee recipe, and so loving the mug!

  3. I love this! I wish I could have a personal decorator come help me with these things. I’m saving this to Pinterest so I can look back on it as a guide. Thank you!

  4. What a lovely mantle! I’m trying to decide what I like best, the clock, the pumpkins, the books, then antique mantle itself? I love decorating for every season, but lately my fall decorations are looking pretty tired. Rather than buying new things, every year I find a pretty piece I already own and incorporate it into the seasonal decor – love it so much more than buying something new!

  5. Gorgeous pictures and ideas here! I have a terrible eye for interior design so need all of the help I can get. You’ve given some really clear and easy steps to follow to get a beautiful result! Thanks so much for sharing with #fortheloveofblog

  6. What a beautiful mantelpiece! We have a lovely fireplace, but I do feel a bit cheated that our mantelpiece is just that bit too narrow to really put much on. I have a big mirror, but anything else needs to be draped underneath rather than sitting on the top. Yours looks stunning though – autumn is such a lovely season! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  7. Some great advice here! Our mantle place has been looking decidedly bare since we moved to our new house – my sister-in-law is painting us a canvas to be our “anchor piece” but, as it’s not finished yet, it really does make the room look bare, even with everything else in place #sharingthebloglove

  8. I love the idea of changing your mantel to suit the seasons, such a simple and effect thing to do. It looks beautiful and I’m not wishing I had a mantelpiece. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  9. Beautiful. I would love to have a fireplace because it’s always a great starting point to decorate for any season. Thank you for sharing your tips and inspiration at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  10. Oh just Wow! What an awesome looking mantelpiece. You’ve done a fab job Lindsey! I love doing things like this. We are moving home shortly and was so glad to have another large fireplace to decorate for Christmas 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

  11. Your mantel looks lovely! Thank you for the great tips on how to decorating a mantel.

    Thanks for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  12. Beautiful mantle, Lindsay! Love your blessed mug too! Featuring you at our party tonight! xo

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