Fall Mantel 2011

So, here we are again, fall mantels.

Whoo, that went fast.

I knew I wanted to work with owls and feathers, kind of obsessed with them lately.

But, other than that, I wasn’t sure.

It was actually my sister’s idea to use the door as the back drop – Thanks!

Owls, Feather, Vintage Door

I started with the large gold frame with the intention to use it like a shadow box / wreath center point.

Except, that chose to put it off center.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel

Then, I remembered that I had a box of gilded framed mirrors that I had bought an auction and I began layering them.

Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them when I got them but I sure am glad I had them.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

Then I added feathers, owls, pinecones, mirrors, candles and a few white gourds.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

This frame was in the box as well with the amazing playing card already in the frame.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

There were also a few raised silhouettes, almost like cameos.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

I added a few small books, an old skeleton key and some brass door knobs.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

I changed up the pillows on the sofas and chairs bringing in a more fall vibe.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

I hung one of the mirrors on a ribbon and hung my Parisian skeleton key, a favorite treasure of mine.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

I also lit the candles tonight and tried my hand at photographing in candle light.

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

Owls, Feather, Gourds, Fall Mantel, Vintage Door

I am sharing this project at

Layla and Kevin over at The Lettered Cottage are hosting a Fall Mantel Party – Stop on by!

I will also be sharing at some of the Link Parties you can find here.

And here

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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36 thoughts on “Fall Mantel 2011”


  1. It looks great! Love the last few pictures you took in the candlelight. You always decorate with such beautiful detail. I enjoy looking at your gorgeous home 🙂

  2. Laura it’s beautiful! You have such a gift for layering objects. The owls and feather are such a funm, unique touch which I am falling for – hard! I just love the look.

  3. Oh my…I have checking out lots of fall decor tonight and I must say…your mantel is my FAV!!! LOVE that old door:)


  4. Gasp! This is awesome! You’ve got so many wonderful layers going on here, there’s something new to spot every time you look at it:) Love the gilded frames, the key, the doorknobs, the books…and it looks beautiful with the candles lit!

  5. Oooh I love this… especially the feathers and the owls. The fuzzy one is perfect… And that old door is awesome… what a great idea. The candlelit photos are gorgeous! Happy Fall!

  6. Gorgeous fall mantel! Love the door and framed card and oval ‘cameo’ guy….it’s late, can’t think of what he’s called…knight, maybe?

  7. This is stunning! I love the owls and the golden frames. It is always good to have a lot of something, isn’t it? The feathers looked like a plant when I first glanced at the picture 🙂 You have a really beautiful room and an unique style. Love it!

  8. Beautiful! I was debating what to do to change mine up for fall and love the chippy paint on the door. I’m totally inspired now:) Thanks for sharing over at the Lettered Cottage Mantel party!

  9. Hi Laura…

    Your autumn mantel is fabulous, my friend! I love, love, LOVE the old chippy door that you used for the mantelscape background! I also really like all the gold frames of different sizes and shapes! It’a all very beautiful…thank you for sharing your autumn home with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. So of all the mantles on The Lettered Cottage party, I chose yours to look at first. And so glad I did! Love all the textures and layers, yet all very neutral and not overdone. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Oh my! this must be my favorite mantel. Love the layering, and the door, and the color of the door, and the feathers…. I could go on and on! Thanks for sharing

  12. wow! the whole look is dreamy! love every little detail. the colors are wonderful, subtle and soothing, so much to look at in this vignette. the door…love. the owl…love. so much texture and depth. you did great!
    i’m hooked…love this blog!