There is so much fall inspiration floating around blogland that I was encouraged to dress up my fireplace mantel for the cozy seasons ahead.
I have to admit that while I'm a huge fan of the fall season, I'm not especially fond of decorating my home in fall colors.
That was until...
I attended an auction earlier this week and purchased this pair of lovely large ginger jars.
I brought them home immediately placing them on the mantel of my chinoiserie fireplace hoping they'd provide the drama I was looking for.
Now I don't know about you but I've always found mantels (and bookshelves) very challenging to decorate.
I stood back to take them in while scanning my inventory to see what I could come up with to create a pleasing vignette.
First I grabbed a pierced compote and a large piece of coral and placed it in the center.
Then I remembered I had a stash of my favorite Chinese mushrooms which I then placed among the jars and coral centerpiece.
And finally I went outside to gather some pampas grass and placed it inside one of the ginger jars. I considered putting it in both jars but in the end decided that I liked the asymmetrical arrangement.
I spent a little more time trying to add a few other elements but realized that sometimes less is more and stopped.
I placed the matching firescreen in front and voila...
My autumn mantel was complete.