1 HELLO FALL MANTEL-A fall mantel is easy to create. Use natural fall elements. I'll show you how!

The mantel is the first thing I decorate each new season. So hello, fall mantel! Let the fall decorating begin. This year my mantel takes on a neutral and natural look and feel! Don’t you love all the natural wood tones and colors from blond to burnt sepias that come with this time of year? My early fall mantel is a salute to naturals!


Today on our podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about BEST WAYS TO DECORATE A BEDROOM. And since I am in the process of making over my master bedroom I have lots of ideas to share!

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Here at StoneGable, the leaves are just starting to turn and are not quite ready for the blazing show they will put on in another month or so. That’s one reason I like to “transition” into each season. It feels much more organic to start decorating with the elements I see going on outside my front door!

By October I’ll change my decor up a bit to include more vibrant and saturated fall colors.

I’m seeing the corn fields around my home start to take on a beautiful flaxen color with hints of brown and green. It is the color of the corn that inspired me to decorate with unfinished wood tones.

I found the rustic turned candlesticks at a local shop and knew they were just the right color for the mantel. They also bring that beautiful texture that makes fall decorating so interesting!

In our podcast about FALL DECORATING HERE, Kelly talked about cotton bolls and magnolia leaves and I thought it would make such a gorgeous autumnal statement! So I used my summer cotton bolls and added Christmas magnolia stems and a tad of fall “fluff”. WHO KNEW the result would look like fall! Thanks so much sweet friend!

I really was not going to decorate with pumpkins just yet, but when I saw these small, textural, natural, braided, twine-wrapped, twiggy pumpkins I could not resist! 

I perched the trio of them in the center of my mantel on wood blocks. 


The right side of the mantel is balanced with a wonderful faux potted plant. I love a great faux… in plants only! Haha!


I’ve never used candles on my mantel before. We have the candlestick lamps that we turn on almost every evening. So adding the candlesticks was new for me. I can’t wait to light them too!

Usually, I keep the mantel decor within the boundaries of the lamps. But recently a stylist and photographer came to take images of StoneGable for a book and the stylist decorated the entire width of the mantel. 

It was a lightbulb moment. Funny… how we get so set in our decorating ways.  So I’m expanding the decor to the ends of the mantel this fall!


I hope my fall mantel has inspired you to decorate yours! And if you don’t have a mantel make any horizontal space into a fabulous fall display!!!!!


I’ve been learning how to create some fun videos of my images I hope you will enjoy my Hello… Fall Mantel Video!

Mantels on Monday

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Postcards From the Ridge / The Chelsea Project / The Everyday Home / Shabbyfufu /
Atta Girl Says / Stone Gable

Tablescapes on Tuesday

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Vin’yet Etc. / What Meegan Makes / Home is Where the Boat is / Making it in the Mountains

Wreaths on Wednesday

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Worthing Court / Dukes and Duchesses / Cupcakes and Crinolines / My Creative Days /
Virginia Sweet Pea

Printables on Thursday

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Inspiration for Moms / Hunt and Host / Domestically Speaking / On Sutton Place / I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Porches on Friday

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Petticoat Junktion / Housepitality Designs / Hymns and Verses / Cottage at the Crossroads /2 Bees in a Pod


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  1. Such a beautiful collection of neutrals and textures. Love your little pumpkins! The texture sets off the mantel so perfectly. Lovely mantel, Yvonne. Wishing you all the best this Fall. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. Love your mantel……you have the great “bones” in the background and then have placed your accents and items that really stand out in front! Those pumpkins are darn cute and I love what you did with the cotton and the magnolia in the vase. And that faux plant….how great does that look!

  3. Marilyn S. says:

    This is so simply beautiful. I’m in love with the pumpkins…. please tell where we can get them.

    1. Marilyn, please see some of the comments above. Thanks so much. These little pumpkins sure are popular!

  4. Janet @shabbyfufu says:

    Those twine pumpkins are the cutest things ever and would go well with any color for fall! Fun posting with you today…

  5. Love your mantel. Those pumpkins are so cute! Thanks for inspiring me and getting me moving. Enjoy your day.

  6. Beautiful mantle! Love those braided pumpkins! Where could we get some of those? Everything you did worked so well together! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Karen, I found the little pumpkins at a local shop. Sorry I don’t have a source for you!

  7. Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is says:

    I love the neutral, rustic and chippy details of your fall mantel! The water hyacinth pumpkins presented on your tree branch rounds are the perfect additions for early fall!

  8. Your fall mantle looks great. I love the little twine, twiggy pumpkins on the wood blocks. They look so festive. Fall decorating is the best.

  9. Rita C at Panoply says:

    This is a very handsome fall mantel, Yvonne. I love your use of subtle color play to transition the season. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage from my magnolia and cotton bolls, and I’m sure you will too.

  10. So pretty! After the hot, humid summer on Long Island we are ready for the cool days of fall. The transitional colors. I love your mantel and the video is darling! You nailed it! Happy Fall!

  11. Karen VanLoo says:

    I love the mantel, so natural and beautiful for early Fall! I love your chippy shutters, and those pumpkins are fabulous!

  12. Where did you get your little black footstool? Everywhere you use it is perfect.

    1. Hi C Chris you are not alone in wondering about the little footstool. I found it at a local shop years ago. It kicked around the house for awhile and finally ended up on the mantel. Sorry, I can’t tell you more! Have a great day!

    2. Julie Briones says:

      Chris… I have been trying to find the same thing since I started following Yvonne. 🙂 I JUST found two different ones, very affordable, on Gin Creek Kitchen’s website. One is round and the other is square… Search “wood pedestal” on their site. Hope this helps!

  13. LOVE the shutters on the mantel…

  14. Your mantel is beautiful! I love that you used whites/off-whites instead of the traditional orange. Very refreshing!

  15. Norma Rolader says:

    Oh my my I love your decor and ideas! Beautiful as always! Love the video Thank you and God bless Have a blessed and safe Labor Day

  16. As a “Southern Girl”, it doesn’t get any better than cotton bolls and magnolia leaves! What a great textural combination…I think EVERYONE wants to know more about the little braided pumpkins!

    Happy Labor Day!!!

    1. Bunny, I got them at a local shop just for this mantel. When I saw them I knew they would work.

  17. Decorating your mantle to the ends looks great. I really like what you did with the cotton bolls and magnolia leaves. Perfect!

  18. Your mantel is lovely, especially like all your natural wood candlesticks and cotton bolls with magnolia!!! Wow! So many great ideas!!

  19. Just lovely and inspiring.

  20. Love it all! The candlesticks and pumpkins are so pretty and Love the arrangement of the cotton bolls and magnolia. I will have to visit your “local shop”, I think I know which one you mean:) I miss you!

  21. Kathy Menold says:

    Started on my mantle this weekend but still planning what to add and what to delete. So far very neutral with lots of cream which looks good against the brick. Echoes the color of the faux arrangement on the hearth.Love the planning stage and am doing it slowly like you suggested.

  22. I LOVE your sweet video!! It allows me to “read” your mantle decor entry in 45 seconds – a picture truly is a thousand words:)

  23. Hi, Yvonne! I planted cotton a couple years ago and fell in love with the blossoms!!! I now have a few branches of the cotton pods in my ironstone pitcher. I love the look of magnolia branches tucked in there too!! Have you done any research on planting cotton? I’d never heard this and ordered my seeds on-line with no problem. Love, Love, Love your podcasts!! You go girls!!! Thanks so much for all your inspiration and many blessings to you!

  24. Debra@CommonGround says:

    Yvonne, I love how you’ve mixed your cotton stems with the magnolia leaves and fall “fluff”. I bought cotton bolls last year and couldn’t figure out what to do with them. You’re giving me some great inspiration here!

  25. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    I always look forward to your seasonal mantels Yvonne….they are always so simply beautiful such as this one! Happy Fall Yvonne!!!

  26. Doris Raab says:

    I LOVE this! Great inspiration.

  27. Mildred Hoppe says:

    Happy to see your new fall mantle.
    Eager to see your master bedroom makeover.

  28. mattsgramma says:

    Really like the neutral colors and your very textural design for your fall mantel. You always have the best ideas. Have a great Labor Day Yvonne. Just received my new Heritage Lace tray and excited to see what I can find for fall “fluff” to display on it!

  29. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    Your mantel is gorgeous, Yvonne! Love the texures and neutral shades and those shutters are amazing. So glad you joined us on the tour!

  30. Oooooh, Yvonne! Such a pretty fall mantel! Love the symmetry of the chippy shutters, candlesticks, etc. with that gorgeous statement clock front and center! It’s a really gorgeous combination!

  31. Annemarie Byrnes says:

    Yvonne, I love your fall mantle and I was so excited to read your suggestion to style any horizontal space with fall decor! I don’t have mantel so I will be styling the long cabinet beneath our TV.

  32. PAT WILDE says:

    Your mantel is AWESOME!!! Where’d you get the cute braided pumpkins? Of all the things you’ve staged this is the best !

  33. barb garrett says:

    Hey friend – I knew you would create a lovely Fall mantel and you sure did. Those cute woven pumpkins steal the show. I had to laugh when you said that we decorate in certain ways without stepping out of the box until something inspires us. That made me smile because you are so right. I love how you used the full length of the mantel. Good job, sweet friend. xxoo

  34. Mary Beth says:

    Your fall mantel is beautiful, Yvonne! I love all of the chippy shabby farmhouse touches. You pulled everything together beautifully, as always! xo

  35. The little mouse makes it for me, so sweet.

  36. I’m really looking forward to this autumn series -mantels to porches

  37. Millie Comber says:

    We’ve had 3-digit temps here in Northern California all week and fall seemed so far away. Seeing your mantel gives me hope that fall will be here with cooler temps and a desire to decorate all things in autumn colors!!

  38. Vee Muller says:

    Love the mantle – the stool, pumpkins and pitcher especially!

  39. Linda James says:

    Yvonne, I can’t get enough of your style The mantle is awesome, the neutral theme is my all time favorite!

  40. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I always ooh and aah your beautiful home and thank you so much for giving the suggestion of decorating any cabinet top. I do have a couple in mind have a great evening.

  41. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    What a perfect early fall mantel – so beautiful with the muted shades.

  42. Love the different look of adding bittersweet and cotton. Lots of interesting texture here!

  43. Thanks for the inspiration. I plan to start bringing fall decor down from the attic tomorrow. I love decorating for fall, and you can never go wrong with cotton and magnolia. I have some faux cotton stems in a vase with faux lambs-ear stems and a few seed pods. I also have real magnolia branches in a clear vase with some limelight hydrangeas right now. I would like to get some good-looking faux magnolia like the ones you’ve used.

  44. I see that “Mickey Mantle” has found another perfect place to sleep through the season. Your mantle is a perfect nod to the Fall season.

  45. Beth Pozzini Putz says:

    I love every inch of it! I’ve seen those braided pumpkins everywhere…they are adorable!! Since you did it, I’m gonna do it! Thanks for giving me the decorating permission to go ahead with some pumpkins!!! ???


  46. Laurie @ VinYet Etc. says:

    I LOVE the contrast and all of that lovely texture, excellent Fall mantel.

  47. What a gorgeous fall mantel you’ve created. I love the neutral colors and those pumpkins!

  48. I love this! The pumpkins perched on wood blocks are so cute!

  49. Marian Zimmerman says:

    Left side wins ,Lovely as always!

  50. Jan Schouw says:

    It is so simple, but elegant love! Love

  51. Your mantel looks beautiful! I love that it is mostly neutral now and later on as fall progresses you plan to add more fall color. Like the others said, those braided pumpkins are a great touch. I’ll keep my eye out for them with hopes that a local shop around here might have some in stock.

    I also look forward to your latest podcast. I’ve been doing a lot of painting lately and your podcast has been keeping me company. I am officially addicted!

  52. Loving the neutral take on fall decorating!

  53. What a beautiful mantel, I just love what you’ve done. I get a little envious when I see such beautiful mantels as we do not have one. I love those pumpkins and I will be on the hunt for some. As always Yvonne, just beautiful!!

  54. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says:

    Beautiful! Love the neutrals and all the textures!

  55. Atta Girl Amy says:

    So much beautiful texture in this mantel, Yvonne. StoneGable is stunning all year round, but it really shines at fall.

  56. Like it, but, honestly, I like your usual style of not so much stuff better. Your site inspires me and your style is so classy that it is pure enjoyment to stop in for a bit.

  57. Suzy Handgraaf says:

    Simply beautiful, my friend! I never would have thought to combine cotton bolls with magnolia leaves – genius! The combination makes for a beautiful arrangement.

  58. I love the ideas!!! Yes this looks awesome. The video is fun too!!! I appreciate your instructions on the reasoning behind your thought process. I’m inspired.

  59. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    You have done it again! Your home always has me swooning. I love what you have done for fall this year! Absolutely stunning!

  60. Oo, so pretty, Yvonne! I love the little sleeping mouse under the stool…he’s adorable. Everything looks wonderful together – the pumpkins on their wood blocks, the black chippy shutters, the little faux plant, and candlesticks. Love it!


  61. What a beautiful mantel display! I love those braided pumpkins and have used them too!

  62. Colleen Rademacher says:

    Simple and natural! Thanks!

  63. Sandy Hahn says:

    Love your Fall mantle……so pretty!! I have a question for you tho. Where do you plug in your lamps? And how do you hide the cords?

  64. Ooohhh, so elegantly pretty! The little stool is a nice touch, love when you add that in! You’ve inspired me to decorate my mantel for fall also….it is mid September after all, right?

  65. Kristi Dominguez says:

    Absolutely stunning. All of the layers and textures are truly gorgeous. You’ve created my dream mantel for fall!

  66. Hi…would love to see how your decorate your bath and powder rooms sometime!

  67. I don’t get any mail from you anymore and I don’t understand why, I miss it very much.

  68. Love the mantel. And, oh those candlesticks.
    Where are the from? ❤️

    1. Hi Mary! They are from a local shop called Calico Designs. You can find them on Facebook!

  69. kim jones says:

    SO gorgeous, I love all the textures you missed and that magnolia with cotton is perfect!

  70. Those pumpkins bring SUCH a rich texture to you mantel! SO pretty Yvonne!

  71. Your mantel is amazing! There are so many elements, yet it is completely balanced and weighted. It is such a treat to recognize each detailed item and notice how creatively you used it to complete the whole effect.

  72. Your fall decorated mantal is so fabulous

  73. Julie Briones says:

    Loved seeing/reading this again! GREAT ideas, and super inspirational, Yvonne! 😉

  74. I love the neutrals on your mantle and the black shutters are such a great accent that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. Thank you for your tips!

  75. Cecilia from GA says:

    Stunning and inspiring!

  76. Beautiful!! Absolutely love the texture of those braided pumpkins – love your style!
    You’ve inspired me to bring some natural elements inside.. wish our leaves here would start turning!

  77. Fall my favorite time of year! Boxes are down and time to start decorating! Great inspiration!

  78. Roberta Johnson says:

    Very pretty. How to do it
    on a budget.