I guess like most everyone, I really don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands lately. Pretty much every project I take on, and every photo I take, ends up on the blog– good results or bad. I completely forgot I had these shots sitting in my iPhoto library!
A little ways back, I realized that I hadn’t changed our mantle decor in a really long time. This is how it’s looked for the past… 16 months? or so.Two broke kids living in small apartments for the last four or five years, David and I really haven’t amassed a large collection of tchotski yet. We buy things with purpose. And none of that stuff really is suitable for lush mantle decor.
I love the mantles you find on Pinterest.
But let’s be honest here. I don’t dust, so my house is never going to look that clean. I don’t have spare cash, so I’m never going to hit that balance of “quaintly cluttered but not mentally unstable hoarder” that we all strive for.
After some editing of stuff and shopping from the shelves that are scattered around the house, this is what I’ve got (so far) for fall.
What do you guys think? I picked up that tall bushel of wheat from Michael’s for $5, but everything else is recycled stuff we’ve had for ages. And I finally put all of our wine corks to use. But it still feels a bit empty.
But in LA, I think leaves and deep fall colors are a bit disingenuous. Our yard doesn’t have any deciduous trees, so we don’t get to witness those gold and orange hues I’m so used to being from leaf-peeper territory.
What do you think is essential for fall decor?
Update! I added a bit of Halloween decor here!