Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Transitional 'Rustic Luxe' Mantel

I wanted to wait a bit longer to start my Fall decor; but, the mantel was begging for a change. When decorating for any season, I always start with the mantel. It usually sets the tone for everything else. As we're hovering between late Summer and early Fall, I decided to play with a few options; and this one stole my heart!



After I did a bit of tweaking around the house, my color palette, for the upcoming Fall season, started to come together. I moved these turqouise fleur de lis pieces from the dining room to the mantel; and that sealed the deal!

(This is where I started playing around with all the shades of blue...lol!)

 This year, I've decided to mix various shades of blue with the rustic colors of fall. Wanting to embrace a 'rustic luxe' style, I had a vision of shimmery blue pumpkins on the mantel and found these little beauties, on sale, at Michaels. 


Since the pumpkins were metallic silver, it was the perfect base for the paint that I wanted to brush on top. I used "Dark Patina", in the Dazzling Metallics collection.  It is by DecorArt craft paints, purchased at Michaels.





Freshly painted and shimmery blue!

I added to the mix, two peacock candles (on sale at Hobby Lobby), on bronze candlesticks...


A couple of peacock feathered balls for 
color and texture (from Michaels)...


And peacock feather stems to my existing arrangement, spilling with artichokes and pomegranates.



I also added these "rustic luxe" pumpkins that I found at Hobby Lobby, and a few small accent pumpkins.



Here is the completed look!



Even with all of the pumpkins, the mantel doesn't "scream" Fall just yet. I think the blue calms everything down; but, it feels cozy and inviting, especially in the evenings. Votive candles add just enough additional shimmer and warmth, at night, without using the fireplace.

As we get closer to Fall, I will be back to show you the Fall accents for the rest of my home...and even a few small tweaks to my Fall mantel.

Well, that's it for today! I hope you have found some transitional inspiration for your Fall decor. 

Thanks so much for stopping by; and have a great day!

Linking to:
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Debbiedoo's Newbie With a Twist
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
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French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
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71 comments:

  1. So pretty!! I love the way it turned out! The blues look great mixed in with your decor. Cant wait to see the rest of your house and how you tweak this I am not sure it can get much better!

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  2. Its so pretty, Shenita! I just love rust mixed with turquoise. Great way to gently transition into Fall.

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  3. So pretty! Very lush and luxurious!

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  4. Your mantel is gorgeous and transitions well into fall with your different shades of blue. What a great color combination!

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  5. Beautiful! I love that color of blue you used on the pumpkins and candles are always, always a necessity IMHO. :)

    xo
    Pat

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  6. Just gorgeous, Shenita! I love the shades of blue! It looks so pretty with the flowers on your mantle. Gorgeous!

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  7. Amazing! I'm not giving up my beach decor for a few more weeks, maybe mid-September I'll start getting in the fall mood. I LOVE those blue pumpkins and of course anything peacock, must find some of those peacock feather balls. (on an aside - I think I found your measuring spoons and cups in the gift shop at Market Street in case you need a local source for gift giving)

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  8. I just LOVE thr peacock accents! That is beautiful and so unexpected but WORKS!! The whole mantle looks great. XO, Pinky

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  9. Note to self: Stop by Michael's as per source info from Shenita, pick up a bottle of Dark Patina, and prepare to dazzle my decor with her amazing pumpkin idea.

    Gorgeous colors, and the fall trend forecast is peacock colors. Great time of year for warming up our decors is right around the corner. I'm looking forward to cooler temps and seeing your updated mantel!

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  10. Oh goodness me Shenita, I'm loving your fallen mantel and all you did with your elements..you are talented and creative, my friend. Loving the peacock accents to it!
    FABBY

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  11. What a subtle way to bring in fall...brilliant!!! Your mantle is just gorgeous! I love your shimmery pumpkins, I may have to steal that idea! Hugs, Penny

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  12. Shenita....your mantel is always beautiful...love that you gave the pumpkin bling!!!..you certainly make the greatest arrangements!

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  13. Hi darling, love all your pop of color on the mantel. The small pumpkins are adorable.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  14. That is beautiful Shenita! I love the pop of turquoise and peacocks! Love the term rustic lux! The pumpkins look great- good job! I'm getting crazy though with everybody's excitement for fall decorating!! I'm holding out!!

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  15. What a wonderful job adding "Fall" to your mantel. I really like the metallic that you used on the pumpkins, really adds to them. Great new look for your space.
    Hard to even think about Fall here where I live, still having 90 degree temps but did notice a couple of leaves falling from the trees today.

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  16. Hi Shenita! I love the pops of blue you've added to the fall decor. It must be hard to think about fall with that TX heat you're getting, but this is so lovely!!
    ~Lu

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  17. I LOVE the blue mixed in with the fall colors! I saw this and thought of you!! http://tamiscribblesandswirls.blogspot.com/2012/08/fleur-de-lis-topiary.html

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  18. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Did I say, LOVE? Shenita, I adore your mantle it looks exquisite with the rich pops of blue. Can I copy you, really, you are making me want to do a complete re-do of my mantle. I also adore those pumpkins you found at Hobby Lobby. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, that's what you are! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! XOXO ~Liz

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  19. Looks great Shenita. I'm already thinking fall. It's not too early.

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  20. It looks just beautiful! Love all your pumpkins. So Cute!

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  21. Very pretty! I love the way you incorporated the turquoise blue color.

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  22. Your mantel decor is really beautiful! I love that added touch of blue mixed with the other colors. I think the peacock feathers in the back of the arrangment is my favorite part.

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  23. I think your mantel looks beautiful! I love the blue accents!

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  24. I love the colors you chose for fall. The mantle looks fabulous.

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  25. Gorgeous! I love the way you incorporated the blue and peacock into your fall vignette! I wouldn't have thought it would have worked, but it did, and VERY well! Love the bluish silver pumpkins, great touch to bring it all together! :)

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  26. Oh my word, your pumpkins are gorgeous. Love that idea of the patina. Hugs, Marty

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  27. Great job on the pumpkins, and I think your mantel is so elegant! :D I love the peacock feathers added to the fall mix. Most witches have them in their homes, so it makes your mantel look witchy!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  28. Hi Shenita! Oh, your mantel looks gorgeous! I love the touches of aqua you've used. Those little peacock balls are so pretty! That didn't sound right, did it? :)
    Any way, you just never disappoint as you are so amazing with your decorating skills and I love seeing your beautiful house.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  29. I like the touches of blue ~

    Stopped in from Southern Lovely's Show and Tell.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  30. Looks wonderful and a great way to set the tone indeed.

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  31. Wow...you did a beautiful job! Love everything about it! Hopped over from What's It Wednesday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

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  32. Shenita your mantel is gorgeous. I love the colors and textures.

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  33. Beautiful, Shenita !! I LOVE your splashes of turquoise ... the pumpkins are fabulous. And, the splash of peacock is stunning! I can't wait to see more of your Fall goodness !!

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  34. Your mantel is stunning :) Very festive!
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  35. wow, you know how to rock a mantel!!! one of my favorite color combos is turquoise and orange.You've really done a beautiful job bringing it all together. Those peacock candles are just amazing!!

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  36. Beautiful Shenita! I am beginning to feel inspired for the fall decor although I am still not ready to let go of the summer! I love the peacock feathers and splashes of blue in your arrangement! Have a great day!!!

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  37. Shenita,
    I am quite smitten with your mantle!!! The touches of aqua are stunning! Autumn is arriving throughout the interior and exterior design here On Crooked Creek. This Season, I'm sticking with the gold, bronze and silver hues! Perhaps later I'll add the oranges and reds...but it is a bit too early for such bold hues with all the brown from the drought!Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment and visit!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  38. Nice mantel! I like the painting of the orange pumpkins to the more muted color - a nice change.
    JoAnn

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  39. Very nice! Honestly, even with all the fall decor out, I am yet in the spirit for fall; maybe once(if) I finish what I am working on now and the weather cools. So, until that happens I will admire yours and others wonderful fall decor. :)

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  40. Hi Shenita, I think you are so right. This mantle is perfect for late summer and early fall. I love the glorious colors, especially the blue and metallics. You did a great look for the season. I love It!
    Hope you're having a great day.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  41. I can definitely go for blue pumpkins especially against peacock feathers. Just lovely decor for this time of year. Visiting from 2805, Olive

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  42. I cant believe we are already seeing fall in stores. I am still holding on to summer.I guess i am going to have to get on with things.... I love your mantel and everything you have done.

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  43. I just saw a Christmas display at the jewelry store! I guess it's time to get ready for fall, and I love what you have done!

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  44. So pretty Shenita - the shimmery blue pumpkins were a perfect touch. Yay for fall! Jane

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  45. Don't you just love decorating for fall! Your mantle looks great, Shenita!

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  46. Oh everything looks gorgeous! I have been trying to hold off adding Fall to my home but, I just can't wait anymore! LOL

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  47. Wow, your mantel is so beautiful! I am loving your adorable pumpkin. You did a fantastic job! :) HUGS

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  48. Oh, Shenita, your mantel looks lovely. I like the way you painted those pumpkins. I saw a lot of that pumpkin painting last year, but never got around to trying it. I'm doing it this year! I really like turquoise with all the fall colors -- oranges, golds & browns! I'm hoping to get my fall decor boxes from the garage storage into the guest room tomorrow morning before it heats up too much. At least from the guest room, I can "play" in the cool air-conditioning!

    CAS

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  49. Your fall decor is awesome! I love the mantle. You are right, it is a gorgeous transitional mantle.

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  50. Stopping back by to say thank you for sharing your lovely mantel at Potpourri Friday!

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  51. Hi Shenita, I knew that was your mantle from the pic at Seasonal Sundays! What a pretty focal point and I love the colors. I will look forward to the changes you make for Fall.

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  52. Love it Shenita, I am so glad you used some blue in your mantel. I have been thinking about my mantel and wanting to use some aqua in it and just couldn't convince myself that it might be ok and then I see your fabulous job on your mantel and am so happy you used some blue. I knew it was yours too when I saw it on Season Sundays. Your work is well known!!

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  53. Wow, beautiful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday hop xo

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  54. Shenita you have me so excited to start decorating for Fall. Love your pumpkins. Thanks for haring with the party.

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  55. Your mantle looks beautiful Shenita, the pops of blue are perfect.

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  56. Love the peacock feathers in the fallish mantel!

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  57. You have created an incredibly elegant fall mantel. It is just gorgeous, love the blues. Great job Shenita, thanks for sharing.

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  58. Love it, such an elegant mantel. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  59. I love it...The painted pumpkins & jeweled ones are a special touch! :)

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  60. Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  61. It really is perfect! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  62. I love the way you've mixed in the blues! I was thinking that I'd like to do the same with my fall decor this year. I have a collection of pumpkins that's been 27 years in the making--you can imagine how many of them are some shade of orange! A little variety would be a good thing. :)

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  63. Oh my goodness....everything you touch or do is awesome! Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time and wanted to let you know you have been featured for your Late Summer Tablescape http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/08/fall-features.html
    Tammy

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  64. Great use of color and texture. It looks like fall without having that cookie cutter look. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.
    pr

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  65. Shenita, you have such a gift.
    Your assemblage talents are so awesome.
    If you don't do this for a living, Shenita --- YOU SHOULD!

    So pretty.

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