My Fake Mantel

Yesterday I showed you all the awesome mantel I scored at the Pottery Barn outlet.  Now today, I will show you her all fancied up for Fall.  :)  I just want to kiss it!

Do you want to kiss it too?  Too bad! :)

I am SO in love with having a mantel to decorate.  And the best part is that I had everything already!  I just stole the things from the top of my dining room hutch.  All I bought new was the floral from Hobby Lobby and the big A initial.  When I bought the A, I was planning on spray painting it, but once I put it up I actually liked the gold with everything.  And those were the white urns I had on my hutch, so I just took off the lids to use as vases.

If you remember, that wall used to look like this…

I still like it, but love the mantel so much more.  And don’t worry, those pictures will be moved to other walls.

I couldn’t stop taking pictures, so now I will just show them all. :)

This was the perfect spot for my new Modern Bird art.  :)

Ahhh so whatcha think?  You have started decorating for Fall now right??  I started in August!  But I am SO glad I finally did get this.  Really was a great deal for $150.  And I am so excited to be able to decorate a mantel now! Woohoo!!

I am linking this post to Nester’s party, Hooked on Houses, and Southern Hospitality’s Fall parties. Go get your Fall stuff ready and link up too!  Also linking to Layla’s Favorite Posts party.

Sharing this post at The Inspired Room’s Fall Nesting Party.

And PS-since this was last years mantel, our home has changed a LOT since then, so check out the Our Home tab for more recent pics. :)



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  1. Pretty, pretty!

  2. Ahhh, so beautiful!!! Every single thing about it is gorgeous!!! I love it!


  3. Love love love love love it! Did I mention that I love it?

    I wasn’t sold when you showed the previous post, but now that it’s decorated, OMG I LOVE it.

    I liked the way your hall was before, but I love this so much more. The white mantle really stands out so much more and because it’s so big it seems to really fill the space well.

    Love it.

  4. Love that mantle! It’s going to be great for year round decorating. Your fall spread looks awesome.

  5. Love your mantel and all your fall touches!

    Have a wonderful day.

  6. oh my gosh, so fantel stands for fake mantel? not fall mantel? I love it even more now.

  7. So clever! That “fantel” looks like it belongs on that wall, and not above a fireplace!

  8. LOVE IT! Beautiful…everything fits so perfectly! Glad you’re so happy with your purchase :)

  9. It’s absolutely wonderful!!! Def worth waiting on new clothes a little while. ;-)

  10. Ummm yeah so I ‘m in love! I now am having visions of where I might be able to place a faux mantle :)

  11. Oh my gracious this is gorgeous! I love that PB mantle. I actually found an old piece of window trim from this old house of ours in the basement and have something like this in mind for it. Again…just gorgeous! Its my favorite thus far on nester’s Llinky.

  12. Wow! I LOVE how that turned out!! It looks just awesome with all your added touches! Perfect! :)

  13. This looks fantastic! It has so many more tones and textures now and really makes that wall stand out.

  14. BA.NAN.AS!! I LOVE, LOVE it!!

  15. So pretty! I need a fake mantel too! Just the right amount of stuff!

  16. Ohhh. I’ve wanted that mantle from PB since I saw it in the catalog. I am officially a really unattractive shade of green over here about it, since I live nowhere near a PB outlet… it’s sooooo faabulous! Love it, love it. LOVE it.

  17. So beautiful!! You did an amazing job!

  18. it is THE perfect place for your new artwork! so glad you went back and got that chunky piece!

  19. I LOVE IT! It’s so pretty! You dressed it up perfectly.

  20. This looks so great! I can’t even believe it. I love it! :)

  21. Love it! So creatively delicious!

  22. Oh it’s so pretty! Perfect size for that wall and the shutters look great up there!

  23. Woohoo, it looks beautiful. You are going to have so much fun changing this up throughout the year. I love how you decorated for fall, it looks awesome.

  24. It is perfect! I liked your photos, but seeing this there is so much better! It really fills the space much better. Gorgeous!! I need one! do you have anything directly opposite of the mantle? Hallways are always tricky for me!
    Again, great job and I love the fall decor :)

  25. Very cool! Love how you layered everything. Thanks for joining my party and sharing it with us! :)

  26. Love it!! What a great find! I’ve got a print coming from Megan over at Modern Bird and I can’t wait- yours is GORGEOUS!!

    xo- M

  27. That looks great! Makes me want to finally concede to fall and decorate for it!

    Great find on the PB mantle…that will always find a place in your home.

    xo, cassie

  28. I love , love , love the gold A on the mantle. Looks like I’ll be getting an M for ours

  29. That looks really nice Emily!! :) I love the A too! Gee….I wonder why! lol

  30. I love your blog so I gave you an Award today!!!!!!!!!

  31. I want to kiss it to, haha. Looks soooo good!

  32. So jealous you scored that mantel from the outlet, it looks great with your fall decor!

  33. i like modern bird on facebook, thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize!

  34. Oh my goodness! That is sooo pretty. If I ever win the lottery will you please come to NC and decorate my house? I’ll give you an unlimited budget and set you free at any store you wish! I love ALL of your decorations.

  35. It looks so pretty. I love it all.

  36. WOW! I love it and I am swooning too.

  37. Love your PB mantel!!! I felt the same exact way when I went to San Marcus and discovered the Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel outlets!!! Love it!!!!!!! I spent like 3 hours in PB alone :o) When I saw your first post about it I knew it was in San Marcus and I got a little excited I have to admit :o) Love your blog, your decor, and your ideas :o)
    Fellow Texan,
    my blog is brand new and I’ve only posted once but here it is if you’d like to follow I might be more inspired to come out of my shell and post:

  38. LOVE this! I too want a mantle…sigh…no fireplace mantle either! What a cool idea & I LOVE how you decorated for fall!

  39. Yes I DO want to kiss it. Lovely…you go girl!
    Welcome Fall!

  40. I LOVE it! I want one:) I love the change on that wall and your fall touches are beautiful!

  41. Oh, and I love the picture too…I better go enter:)

  42. You couldn’t stop taking pictures of it because of how amazing it looks!! Great steal, and awesome job on decorating! I love it!

  43. This is just what I need! We don’t have a fireplace and I would love to dress up a mantle. Now, if only PB would ship to Australia!

    Thanks for the ideas.

    Best wishes,

  44. Oh girl, I love me some faux mantels. You will have to check out mine. I felt the same way. SSSSOOOOOOO thrilled to have a mantel to decorate. Yours is fabulous by the way.

  45. We don’t have a fireplace in our new house and I really miss having a mantle to decorate for the different seasons! Your PB mantle was a wonderful score and they way you have it decorated is perfect for fall!

    Kat :)

  46. I didn’t even see the “before” picture yet, but I love what you did with it. I like this a lot better than the pictures only because the white of the mantel goes with the molding and makes that stand out more. I’d be excited over such a great find too!


  47. I love how you spiffied up the mantle- it looks so great with the accessories you chose. And I spotted that same “A” that I have too:)

  48. I LOVE the new version. I’ll have to check my PB outlet more often!

  49. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!

  50. I love this! What a find at the outlet! You did a wonderful job creating an elegant and fun fall mantel!


  51. Oh I love it & I love your Autumn decorating.
    I’ve just started decorating for Autumn but today did a blog post saying So Long Summer with some summery photos that I took of our garden! I can’t believe it is October already!!!

  52. Hi! I’m loving your fake mantel! Shhh…don’t tell her – she’s so pretty! I like how you’ve layered and filler her up! Looks wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,

  53. Love it! Just gorgeous!!!!

  54. Oh, that is so pretty!

  55. And I’m now following you on Twitter.

  56. Oh, I love this. I don’t have a “real” mantle and this makes the perfect substitute! I am jealous!

  57. FABulous!! I saw some shutters like that at the restore a couple weeks ago. Sent this link to my mom!


  58. Very cute! I love that mantle! Great job decorating it!

  59. This looks fantastic~ well done!

    If you have a moment, please stop by and enter my Fab Fall French Giveaway.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Ohmygosh … this is absolutely beautiful! I love how you layered it as well. Truly inspiring … thanks for sharing, *Becca* (Adventures in Decorating)

  61. I love your mantel. It looks lovely with the white and cream accents. Love the shutters as a backdrop!

  62. Love it! The shutters look great there too. It is a great way to add interest to that wall. I have a fake mantel above the couch in our living room.

  63. really love the decor above the mantel. you’re right. the gold “A” does look good on the mantel

  64. Found your blog through links. Love it!
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  65. What a fabulous piece!! I do not have a fireplace and mantel but use my antique upright grand piano just like a mantel. It is lots of fun to decorate :)


  66. This is seriously fantastic!

  67. This is beautiful! I have no fireplace, but honestly the mantel is my favorite part anyway! :) I’m sooo jealous! This is gorgeous, love what you did with the fall decor & letter A. Perfect!
    Check out my blog for some other fun thrifty autumn decor ideas! :)
    Heather ~

  68. Looks so good. Lucky you. Love your blog.

  69. Love your mantel/shelf. The accessories look perfect.

  70. Yes, I loved it too…and I did sneak in a kiss, so there:)!!~ Really it is a great find and looks fantastic.

  71. Emily, your new mantel is just gorgeous! I know you love it. Very pretty too with all your Fall festiveness. Love your Modern Bird print too. Just lovely!

  72. If it were mine I’d want to kiss it too!

  73. If it were mine I’d want to kiss it too!

  74. It’s just lovely. I, too, have a faux mantel–well, it really is a mantel but there is no fireplace. I hope you will check it out on my blog.

  75. It’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Fall Festival. I’m including a link in this week’s highlights. Feel free to grab an “I’m Featured” button! ;) LOVE It!

    Happy Fall!

  76. so pretty.. you’re going to have a blast decorating that!

  77. It look fabulous! Really. So much character and texture and you did a great job of accessorizing it (I like the little baskets with the words too – clever1)

  78. I absolutely LOVE the mantel and how you’ve accessorized it! The floating shelves were beautiful, too, but I think the mantel has a lot more personality and oomph! Great job. Happy new year!

  79. what a great mantle! And you don’t have the mess of the wood chips and ashes with not having a fireplace with it!

    You did a great job on finding just the right items to bring together such a sweet fall mantle!

    bee blessed

  80. It looks fantastic!
    I used to have those same tea light holders but mine got broken.

  81. Yes, I’d like to kiss it too! Fabulous new mantel, and the vignette is gorgeous! It was meant to be on that wall!

  82. I love it! What is the name of the paint on that wall? I really like it too!

  83. I really like the idea of a fake mantel. In my house there is a spot where there used to be a fireplace, but they had it removed, for some reason (it was in a bad location for a fireplace). They also removed the mantel. Now there is a fireplace sized cubby that looks out of place. I think a faux mantel might help with that.

  84. Very nice! Love the way the candles uplight the photos. And the abundance basket serves as a great reminder. Very pretty.

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