Today I took part in the Thrifty Style Team, which is a group of talented ladies who get together once a month to bring you thrifty DIY projects and decor inspiration that won’t break the bank! Thrifty Style Team is hosted by my awesome and talented friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate!
My contribution for this month is mixing natural and faux elements on a fall mantel!
This is our gas fireplace in our master bedroom. We gave it a much-needed makeover a while back and now I love decorating it for the seasons and holidays!
So you might be asking yourself – how is mixing natural and faux elements on a fall mantel thrifty? The faux elements are obvious – since it’s faux, it can be re-used every year. But what about the natural elements?
Natural elements can be “re-used” as well, but not quite the same way as faux elements.
Almost all natural elements can be composted and then used in your garden to fertilize the plants, trees and bushes you pruned the natural elements off of to grow more for use in your decor in the future.
Natural elements such as flowers, corn, leaves, nuts, and small fruits can be dried or otherwise preserved for use in your decor in the future.
Natural elements such as pumpkins, gourds and flowers have seeds which can be planted to grow more of said elements for use as decor in the future.
I wish I could say that I took my own advice as far as growing all the pumpkins you see here! Unfortunately I didn’t get around to planting any this year. But here in Central California pumpkins and gourds abound at fruit stands and pop-up pumpkin patches this time of year. That was good news for my mantel, but for my wallet, not so much.
The faux leaves and berries are from Hobby Lobby. The faux flowers are from Amazon.
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That’s it for me! Don’t forget to check out all the other fabulous Thrifty Style Team projects through the links below!
Redhead Can Decorate – Thrifty Glass Fountain
The Painted Hinge – Mixing Natural and Faux Elements on a Fall Mantel
DIY Beautify – Decorating with Inexpensive Amber Glass Bottles
2 Bees In A Pod – Chalk Painted Rocking Chair
Postcards From The Ridge – Fall Table with Thrifted, Gifted, and Foraged Finds
The Creek Line House – The Secret Formula for the Perfect Painted Gold Frame
The How-To Home – Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins
The Tattered Pew – DIY Faux Pumpkin WIth Floating Votives
Sweet Pea – Amazing Ideas for Fall Outdoor Decor
What Meegan Makes – Unique Fall Decorating with Vintage Pieces
Cottage At The Crossroads – How to Disguise a Chest Freezer
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – How to Make Hand-Poured Candles
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I always enjoy seeing how you decorate your master bedroom mantel for each season. Your fall mantel is gorgeous! I have successfully saved small pumpkins from one year to the next. They lose some color but not their shape. It doesn’t always work, but every fall I save them to see if it will!
Thank you so much Paula! I’ve never tried saving the small pumpkins for the following year because I didn’t know they would last that long! Thanks for the tip – I’m going to try it this year!
It’s always fun to visit your blog, leaving inspired with a refreshed creative outlook.
Thanks for sharing your incredible Fall ideas.
Thank you so much Meegan! I feel the same after visiting your blog!
Cindy LONG says
Your Fall mantel is so pretty with the mix of faux and natural elements! I’ll bet it’s beautiful when the fire is lit! Pinned 😉
Thank you so much Cindy! We definitely enjoy using the fireplace in the colder months!
Mary Beth says
Michelle, your mantel is decorated beautifully. I love the colors and tones. Such a perfect and calming display. I also LOVE that frame…..gorgeous!
Thank you so much Mary Beth! That frame is my favorite!
Marie-Interior Frugalista says
First, I’m so jealous that you have a fireplace in your bedroom. It looks absolutely gorgeous and magazine worthy decorated for Fall. I’m swooning over the rustic decor you have hanging above the fireplace too.
Thank you so much Marie! I don’t think you can give another blogger a higher compliment than “magazine worthy” – always music to my ears!
First, I love the idea of having a fireplace in the bedroom and I really love how you have that arrangement hanging in the oval frame. I have thrown those little pumpkins in the compost bin and have had them come up from seed the next year!
Thank you so much Jane! We compost too and have had the same thing happen. It’s always neat to see what kind of pumpkins grow from the volunteer plants!
Kelly Radcliff says
I have always dreamed of a fireplace in our bedroom! Yours is just beautiful and so is the way you decorated it for Fall! Pinning!
Thank you so much Kelly! We definitely enjoy it in the colder months!
Angela Kraeske says
This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the cozy feeling and colors. And the way you mixed it all together is perfect!
Thank you so much Angela!
Your mantel is truly stunning, Michelle. I’d love to curl up in front of that fireplace with a good book. xoxo
Thank you so much Kristi!
Girl… you are amazing!! Your mantel so beautiful!!! XO
Thank you so much Julie! And thank you for hosting this awesome blog hop every month – it’s always a blast!
I love love love how your mantel turned out! The mix of woods and whites is perfect. You have that decorating magic touch! Pinned 🙂
Awe thank you so much Cindy! I just throw stuff together and sometimes it turns out 🙂