12 Beautiful Fall Mantels to Inspire You

Fall is a versatile time of year as far as decor goes. You don’t have to stick to orange pumpkins and leaves (although that’s always a classic).  Here are a few of our favorite fall mantels to inspire your decorations this year!

12 Beautiful Fall Mantels to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThis fun wreath adds so much character to this fall mantel.  It’s a different take on many typical fall wreaths, but the colors used still convey that fall feel. eighteen25 shares a great tutorial on how to make this easy wreath and details on the other items they used to create this beautiful mantel.

12 Fall Mantels to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comDiane at In My Own Style admits that she used to go crazy with the fall decor, but realized that sometimes a few simple changes for each season can have just as big of an impact.

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If you’re wanting to do something totally different this year, head over to Shabbyfufu.  This jewel-toned mantel could be just the thing you’ve been looking for!

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Fall decor lends itself so easily to the use of antiques that you may have sitting around. Little Vintage Nest simply added a few white pumpkins to this vintage cubby to create her fall mantel. She also shares a link for this adorable pumpkin sign, you’ll definitely want to check it out!

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No mantel? No problem! It All Started With Paint decorates her radiator cover in the same way she would decorate a mantel.  Sometimes a bit of creativity is all you need to get the job done.

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If you already have the farmhouse theme going on like My Life From Home, you may simply need to grab a few pumpkins to complete your fall mantel!

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Although white pumpkins and neutral color schemes are trending this year, some people just can’t get into fall without a few leaves and pumpkins! Check out AKA Design to see how she creates her mantel using a simple shelf in her living room.

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Houseful of Handmade shares some great tips on how to create an upcycled mantel along with a tutorial on how to make these cute watercolor leaves.  This mantel is a great example of how to slowly transition into your fall decor.

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Here’s another mantel created using items found around the house. Fox Hollow Cottage also likes to use her chalkboard wall to add interest to her mantel decor.

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If you’re lucky enough to live at the beach, you might not feel right throwing up the typical fall decor. Green With Decor decided to keep her driftwood and aqua accents up but add some cute white pumpkins to bring in a touch of fall.

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Jen at Tatertots and Jello loves the whimsy that is added when unexpected colors are used to decorate for holidays. She shares how to create these fun pumpkins using supplies found at the dollar store!

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If you’re looking to replicate this trendy fall look, head over to So Much Better With Age for some tricks on how to create these beautiful heirloom pumpkins. She did all the time-consuming research so that you don’t need to!

What’s your favorite fall decor? Maybe you have some new ideas to send our way! 

 

Still looking for some fall inspiration? Check out these other articles that you’ll love:

20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Fast & Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

 

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20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Halloween and fall festivals are right around the corner.  Costumes are so fun, but they can get expensive fast.  Here are 20 of our favorite DIY kids costumes for this fall season. 

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Coordinating costumes can be so fun! However, they only last for so long. Pretty Plain Janes created these cute spider and spider web costumes for her children (plus, the tutorial is amazing).

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This costume is just too much! I don’t think anyone besides a cute little girl could get away with this one. Check out hello, Wonderful for all the details on this Cotton Candy costume.

20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comMy Modern Met shares some great tips on how to transform your little guy (or girl) into a regal knight.

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Doc McStuffins is such an adorable costume. Bonus, you might even have everything you need for this costume already! Green and Gorgeous made one quick trip to Walmart to complete this look.

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Speaking of easy costumes, here’s another one! DIY Danielle decided to make this costume for her son who isn’t a huge fan of the whole costume thing. Great compromise!

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This costume is a cute one, and also looks incredibly comfortable! Head over to April Golightly for all the details (plus some free printables)!

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Dr. Seuss will always be a classic. Homemade for Elle made this easy (and I mean EASY) costume that will only take a few minutes to whip together.

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A Mad Scientist costume with an easy badge? Rays of Bliss did a great job on this fun look!

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Here’s another costume you may be able to create from things at home. This Magic Man look by DIY Candy might be one of the easiest costume ideas we’ve come across.

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A tiny little chicken, what could be cuter?! Lovely Morning shares all the details for this cute look over on her blog.

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Lots of little boys love Star Wars (and girls too), here is a fun Luke Skywalker costume from More Than Thursdays.

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Do you have an extra mens t-shirt laying around? Then you have just about everything you need for a witch costume! Dazzle While Frazzled created this cute costume using less than four items.

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Birds that are similar to this have been popular for a few years now.  But most of the time, popular means expensive.  Here is a cute look alike made by The Home I Create to save you a few dollars.

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Is your child requesting a truly unique costume this year? Look no further! This DIY Octopus from Giggles Galore is the answer to all your searching.

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This costume took less than 2 hours to finish, and that’s including dry time! Design Dazzle has all the details over on her blog.

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Buzz Lightyear looks like an impressive costume that took lots of effort to put together. But, you don’t even have to like sewing to create this one! Fun at Home With Kids also includes lots of helpful pictures to make this costume creation a breeze.

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A bull in a china shop?! This is the perfect costume for a toddler (especially one that doesn’t have an opinion on what they dress as). Merriment Design decided that this costume was perfect for her rambunctious 2-year-old.

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Every little boy seems to go through a Thomas the Train stage.  If you have a tiny fan in your home, this is perfect! Little Red Window did all the hard work for you, so you don’t need to put in unnecessary work to create this costume.

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Rainbow Unicorn, how cute! This costume is perfect for your little girl, especially if she already has a ballet leotard. Check out the excellent tutorial over on Shwin and Shwin.

Have you created a cute halloween costume for your child (or yourself)? We’d love to see it!

 

Check out these other fun roundups:

15 Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

 

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Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling medallions are part of old house character. Our old house was missing some of that old world charm. Painting a Sunburst Medallion was just what was needed. This post was sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

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Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

This is week 2 of the six weeks One Room Challenge. If you aren’t sure what the ORC is you can read more about it here on Callingithome.com.

My original design plan for the dining room renovation called for stenciled walls, which was scheduled to be the project this week. After much consideration I decided to let go of this idea. The walls are really too small for any type of stencil. We have two large windows, several doorways and a huge built-in hutch that take up most of the wall space in this room. Hang a picture or two on the walls and we see even less of them. It just wouldn’t make much sense to stencil it.

The other thing that I changed my mind was the fabrics I am using in this room. The stencil idea no longer worked with the new fabrics that I purchased, but I will tell you all about that next week. IT WILL BE FABULOUS. Be sure to stop back!

To see the original design plan, check out this post. 

Last week we painted the walls and trim, you can read about that here.

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Designing the Medallion

I briefly thought about purchasing a plaster medallion for the ceiling, but after searching the internet I couldn’t find one that I liked. Here we are with another DIY opportunity!

My idea began with a Sunburst/floral motif and some lovely Soft Gold Paint from Deco Art. I have been dying to try out this new paint color and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

After sketching out my idea on cardboard and cutting it to size, I made my own petal shape stencil. The cardboard template was a good idea, it’s easy to hold it up to the ceiling and trace around it where a traditional stencil made from thin plastic would be much more difficult.

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The first step was to trace around my template with a pencil in multiple positions around the base of the light fixture. This creates a layered look for the petals. Then it was easy to fill it in with the gold paint. Easy peasy, right? Well, there was a bit more to it. I decided to put into video for your viewing pleasure. You can see more if it on my Facebook page.

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Painting the ceiling is not easy. My back hurt, my arms got tired. I painted, rested, then painted some more.

My family gave me comments like: “You are ruining the ceiling! Why can’t we just have white?” Sigh.

The Finished Medallion

I used two different sized ladders and multiple types of paint brushes to finish the medallion.I had to scale the ladder a million times to see how the design looked from the floor.

I had crooks in my neck and got dizzy at times. Being close to the ceiling it’s hard to see what the design really looks like from a distance. I can’t imagine how Michelangelo ever painted the Cystine Chapel for three years on his back!

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However, I like how it turned out. My family even decided that they liked it. Not like they had a choice or anything. I would keep it no matter what they said.

Of course the best view, is from beneath the medallion.

Still not sure if the light fixture is a keeper or not. Time will tell! See you next week for Window Treatments!

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Week 3: Window Treatments

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

I am linking up to Calling It Home, be sure to stop by and see the other beautiful projects in the ORC! 

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Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful

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Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!)

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Winter Wreaths for All Seasons

It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it.

The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long.

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Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath

  1. Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over and over again season after season.
  2. Layer different textures together. The fur and feathers blend together in this wreath. Add some glittered ribbon and some shiny pearls and everything becomes even more interesting. Contrasting textures in the same colors scheme will stand out, look unified and seem like they belong together.
  3. Add some three dimensional elements. The ornamental “Winter” sign at the top is a Christmas ornament turned on it’s side. The Winter letting is painted with white acrylic paint on a piece chalk board adhesive and applied in the frame.

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Supplies Needed:

Here’s the exact recipe for this diy project:

  1. 14″ foam wreath
  2. 2 yards faux fur garland
  3. 3 small snowy owl floral picks
  4. 1 1/2″ gold ribbon, 1 yard
  5. 2 large pearl Christmas Tree garlands
  6. Beaded frame ornament
  7. Adhesive Chalkboard sticker
  8. White acrylic paint pen or small painting brush
  9. Floral pins

Directions:

  1. Wrap the fur around the foam wreath covering the entire wreath. Pin in place with floral pins.
  2. Wrap the pearl garland around the wreath. Secure with more floral pins evenly around the form.
  3. Trim the owl picks to 2″ stems. Insert them into the wreath form, you may want to glue them in place with craft glue.
  4. Tie a bow with the glittered ribbon, secure under the owls.
  5. Write the word “winter” on the chalk sticker in paint. Let dry. Cut sticker to size and insert into the frame. Secure frame in place at top of wreath with more floral pins.

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Here are some more fun craft ideas:

31 Days of Pintrest DIY: Day 16 Christmas Wine Bottles

Felted Wool Ornaments

DIY Gold Snowflakes

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

 

 

 

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

Tile floors have always been a popular choice for the bathroom.  However, just because you bought the house with boring white tile doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Here are a few beautiful bathroom tile choices for any taste and budget.

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Style by Emily Henderson transformed her dark, outdated guest bathroom into a beautiful and bright space. This colorful tile adds just the right amount of interest in an otherwise neutral room.

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Herringbone and marble, is there a more classic combination? Shine Your Light Blog shares some great DIY advice on how to replace your tile for less.

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This bathroom is always so fun to look at.  Christinas Adventures chose to combine three different styles of tile in her shower alone! You’ll definitely want check out all the other fun details she decided to include in her bathroom makeover.

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If the thought of laying tiny tiles is intimidating to you, maybe larger tiles is the way to go! By Brittany Goldwyn explains her decision making process in this informative post.

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Leslie’s daughter was the recipient of this fun bathroom makeover.  The vertical subway tiles are such a unique touch.  Check out the entire process over on Deeply Southern Home.

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Wood flooring is always a favorite choice, although it’s not the best decision for a bathroom. My Life From Home decided to use this wood tile to achieve the same look but with easier upkeep.

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Although you may have purchase a home with boring (or ugly) tile, that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Domestic Blonde shares some great tips on how to paint the tile you have to save both money and hopefully time.

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These small hexagon tiles are always a favorite.  Refashionably Late decided to use the same tiles for an interest wall to create a beautiful flow and the appearance of a larger bathroom.

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comShark Tails shares an excellent option for a quick bathroom makeover. Although she admits that the project was tedious, the results were completely worth it.

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This bathroom is another favorite.  Centsational Style combines multiple patterns of tile to create this beautiful and welcoming room.

What’s your favorite bathroom tile option? We’d love to hear about it!

 

Still looking for more inspiration?  Check out these other great roundups:

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathroom Remodels to Inspire You

 

 

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