Elegant Fall Mantel with Neutral Accents

Transitioning to fall decor is probably the toughest season for me because I just love summer so much. It’s a little hard to fully embrace the cozy vibes of fall when I’m hanging onto summer as long as I possibly can! This would explain why I got a little behind this year and literally didn’t pull my mantel together until the night before I was supposed to shoot it.  I’m happy and relieved to say that it did indeed come together (it always does, right?!?) but not without some bumps in the road and a last-minute DIY that saved the day! Sharing my Elegant Fall Mantel with Neutral Accents today and excited to be joining some blogger friends for the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Mantel tour today too, so be sure to visit them all listed at the end of this post. Ok, let me show you my mantel!

Elegant fall mantel with neutral accents

I wanted my fall mantle to be soft and neutral and to incorporate a mirror(s).  This began a rather lengthy search to all my favorite stores with absolutely no luck at all.  I even checked some of the same stores twice! It was my daughter who convinced me to try a DIY and I’m so glad she did!  We made a last-minute visit to our local thrift and hardware stores and completely transformed the look of these two mirrors.  I’ve never had mirrors here before and I love how elegant they turned out.

Elegant Fall Mantel with Neutral Accents

Searching for pumpkins before the farms are open and they’re available in stores also made things tricky.  I tried some faux pumpkins but they just looked, well, fake.  Thankfully I did find some beautiful white pumpkins at my local floral shop!

elegant fall mantel with neutral accents

Elegant Fall mantel with neutral accents

You’ve seen these wooden pillar candle holders on my mantel before.  I’ve had them for years but keep coming back to them because they’re so versatile.  It’s a good idea to have a few classic decor pieces like this that never go out of style and you can use them season after season with just a few new additions. The juju hat on the wall above the mantel is similar in that even though it’s a statement piece, it’s neutral so it works well in any season.


elegant fall mantel with neutral accents

In addition to spray painting the mirrors, I added wood appliques to the bottom corners and top of the gold mirror for a more elegant look.  They come unfinished at the hardware store and you can spray them the same color as your mirror and then just glue them on. So easy to do!

elegant fall mantel with neutral accents

I finished off my fall mantel with this modern vase and dried florals. I’m honestly obsessed with dried florals right now and you’ll be seeing more of them in my fall home tour next week.  See how I used them to create a Dried Floral Fall Wreath DIY that is perfect for indoors or out! Finally, I added these faux peach-colored leaves to the base of the mantel and I love how it softens up the edges. You’ll also be seeing more of these next week too!

I’m so glad you stopped by today and hope you enjoyed my Elegant Fall Mantel with Neutral Accents. While it did have its challenges, in the end, it all came together even better than I expected. Be sure to check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing my cozy fall kitchen and make sure to visit the rest of the bloggers sharing their mantels below!

Judy xx

The Happy Housie ** Tatertots and Jello ** The Handmade Home

Modern Glam ** Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Craftberry Bush ** Cassie Bustamante ** Cherished Bliss

My Sweet Savannah ** The DIY Mommy

Amidst the Chaos ** She Gave it a Go ** Life is a Party

Clean & Scentsible ** This is Our Bliss

Finding Silver Pennies ** House by Hoff ** Rambling Renovators

Jennifer Maune ** Maison de Cinq

This is Simplicite ** Lolly Jane ** Life is Better at Home **



  1. September 16, 2020 / 6:47 am

    this is just beautiful! love the muted tones and how soft and earthy yet bright it is!

    • lifeisbetterathome
      September 16, 2020 / 9:53 am

      Thank you so much Cassie! I really wanted something soft and neutral but cozy too 🙂

  2. September 16, 2020 / 7:48 am

    This is gorgeous! I love the grandeur of your fireplace and the way you’ve decorated it!

    • lifeisbetterathome
      September 16, 2020 / 9:56 am

      Thank you, April!! Happy to be joining you on this tour 🙂

  3. cleanandscentsible
    September 16, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    Your mantel is just stunning! Love the pampas grass with the cute pumpkins too!

  4. September 17, 2020 / 5:48 am

    I love how soft and pretty this is Judy. Gorgeous styling and love seeing pics of you! pinned.

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