There is a fall mantle linky party going on at The Lettered Cottage. We don’t have a fireplace and therefore, no mantle. But I have put out a few decorations in the foyer and on the dining room table.
I brought out the rustic wood tray that I found at Goodwill last year again. I also pulled out the brass quails that my dad bought for me after I mentioned wanting the ones they used to have in our living room when I was growing up – we think they were a victim of yard sale zeal. I used the same piece of burlap from previous years to help lend some texture and rustic-ness to the collection.
Here is what it looked like last year:
And this year:
I like the beefed-up look with the addition of the full, feathered fern under the cloche and the candlestick lamp. I finally came up with a way to run a lamp cord from the foyer to an outlet in the dining room. I wish I could just snap my finger and have an outlet anywhere I want at any time.
In the dining room, I pulled items from every nook to create a full tablescape of greens, browns and creams. I used the wheat bundle from last year in a vase with some quail feathers I got from ebay. The african violets always live on the table, but I added my CB2 astro balls, some decorative etched filler balls (from Target), moss rocks, a few dried pieces from an old bag of potpourri and the three succulents I haven’t managed to kill yet. I am still using the chocolate beaded runner (from Bed,Bath and Beyond) from years past, but layered it over a cream tablecloth this year.
Plain-Jane orange and chocolate tablescape two years ago:
Beefed up, green, chocolate and cream version this year: