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Last week on the blog, I added a new kind of post about how I have been decorating around the house for fall.

Nope it’s not a spiritual message, nor is it a teaching, but I think to some it may be inspirational, and kinda fun.

I started last week by showing my front porch decor, and this week, I am spotlighting my mantle.  Next week, I will share my dining room table.

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It seems that I have been beyond overwhelmed lately, and staying in bed all day with a good book wasn’t gonna help.  I thought about what else I could do to recharge, and yet still be active and moving…  so I decided to get creative and do some decorating for fall.  I actually made it to the end of September before taking down the spring/summer decorations and breaking out the fall items.  Partly, because, I just didn’t have the time to do so before then, but secondly, becasue I was just not quite ready to give up on summer.

I am always on the lookout for unique pieces that speak to me.   When on vacation, I always try to bring a souvenir home that reminds is uniquely me and will remind me of that trip.In fact, several pieces of my mantle decor where found on separate trips to visit friends in South Carolina.

Since many people have been commenting and asking me questions about it from my Instagram pictures, I decided to dedicate a fun filled blog post to the decor around my home over the seasons.  We have only been living in our lake house for a little over 2 years, and I have never had a front porch or places to decorate around my home besides my table, so I have been having a blast being creative.

Here is what the Kitterman Fall Mantle 2016 decor looks like.


I just love fall and all the bright bold array of colors.  Like my front porch, I have many pieces on my mantle that are “staples” and get used for every season like the lantern, candles, clock, and candlesticks.


This is a close up view of the right side of my mantle .  I use battery operate candles with timers in as many places as possible so I don’t have to remember to turn them on each day.  I also like to use candlesticks for other things besides candles to give different elevation.



The lighting was hard to fix with the lake light behind it, but here is a close up of the lantern.  I have an owl statue sitting on top of an amber candlestick, some amber colored battery operated lights, and some burlap and pumpkin floral pick filler as well.

kitterman-mantle16-sideviewThis is the view of the left side of the mantle.  I have a a mix of pumpkins, including mercury glass pumpkin, crystal acorn(which was a great find in a store in Grenville, SC).  The clock is a ‘staple’ on the mantle and I work it into the seasonal decor.  I also have these great amber colored crystal decorative finials  that I found at a great little antique store in Simpsonville, SC.


Here’s a close up view of the crystal acorn and the pumpkin stacked on top of  books.

Instead of just candlesticks, to give them varying heights, I used books.  These books are actually readers digest books with fun decorative designs and covers on them.  You can find an amazon link below.



Here’s a side view of the left side of my mantle decor.   I just love this squirrel statue.

I have also  included some amazon links for you, just in case you want to find items to match mine, or even some that are similar.  I am always on the hunt year round for little additions that I can add to my porch for the following year.

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