Home Decor/ Interior Design

Thanksgiving Mantel

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  • November 13, 2015

Well, guys, if you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife), you’ll know that I’m feeling pretty Christmas-y already. I blame IKEA. We were there earlier this week and all their cute Christmas stuff totally pushed me over the edge!

But before I totally move on to snowflakes and reindeer, I thought I’d share what our mantel is looking like these days. It’s still decked out for fall/Thanksgiving (at least for a few more minutes;))!

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

The copper ‘Give Thanks’ banner is from Target. Isn’t it cute?! They have Christmas ones, too and I’m sooo tempted to go get one!

Thanksgiving Mantel

The window was a yard sale find – only $10! It’s a fun way to show off my bebes! Oh, and Roarke insisted that Captain Hook get in on the shot 🙂 #kidstyling

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel | Lemon Drop Life

That basket on the left is sneakily hiding our internet box and Time Capsule. Gotta hide that ugly stuff when at all possible!

So what about you guys? Are you decorating for Thanksgiving or are you already in Christmas mode, too?!


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A Touch of Fall

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  • October 18, 2012

Last night I finally drug out all of my fall things. I haven’t touched my mantel since spring, and it was crying out for a change. It seems like home projects have definitely fallen way down my priority list lately, so it felt good to dust off the ol’ decor chops and change things up.

I didn’t want to go too over the top, so I just worked with things I already had and played around until I was happy.

Several of the items were things I’ve DIY’ed in the past (the antlers, the wreath, the circle garland, which was made for our 2011 fall mantel), and everything else are just things I’ve collected over the past few years.

I’m loving all the brown and golds mixed with the orange and turquoise…not necessarily a traditional fall color palette, but enough to strike my fancy!

{Sidenote: do any of you photographers out there have any tips for better photographing my mantel nook? It never gets direct light at any point of the day so I always get weird shadows. Blah.)

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It’s Fall Y’all: Fall Mantel

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  • September 27, 2011

I’m so excited for today because it’s the start of the “It’s Fall Y’all” linky parties put on by these lovely ladies:

So, today I’m sharing my fall-themed mantel with you guys! I kept it pretty simple, trying to mainly use things I already had on hand and/or could make relatively cheaply. Frugal is the name of the game, people! So without further ado, here she is:

My main element was various glassware pieces. The amber jars are from Midland Antiques in Indy and they were only $2 each! They were my jumping off point for the rest of the mantel. I filled them with some branches (which I tied together with a rubber band in order to keep them in a bundle) from the backyard in order to add some visual height to each side of the mantel. I also got the small milk jug at Midland for $3.

A while ago, my mom gave me several colored vases that belonged to my sister (thanks Jules!) and I spray painted a couple of them white so they’d tie in with the neutral color scheme better. I love the intricate detail on the bottles.

Pretty, right?

I picked up this small tumbler at Hobby Lobby for $1 and covered it with some twine (using hot glue) that I already had on hand to add a little more texture.

The focal point of the mantel is obviously the window painting that I picked up for last weekend at the Country Living Fair. Love!

I wanted a couple pieces to punch up the personality and color, so I added my cute little deer planter on the right side and a vintage wooden box on the left, both filled with clippings from a bush in our backyard in small bud vases (I have no idea what kind of bush it is, any guesses?).

I topped it off with some of my LED candles so that it would have a lovely glow at night. Can I just say that I LOVE my LED candles? You can set them to come on at the same time every night and they “burn” for 5 or 6 hours. Totally awesome for people who forget to blow out real candles (ahem, like me).

I wanted to add just a bit more color to the mantel so I made a quick garland in some nice subdued fall colors using construction paper. It was SO easy to make, I just used my circle punch and then strung each circle on some twine. A lot of people do it using paint chips, which I think would be better..they’d be a little sturdier than construction paper. But again, I was just using what I had on hand.

Check out the linky party here to see tons of other great ideas!