October 1, 2015

Elegant Jewel Tone Mantel Ideas

I usually base my vignettes around flowers in my white inspired French elegant styled home, and my mantels change in a heartbeat depending upon what I find when I'm out shopping for the weekly groceries. This week I was inspired to go with jewel tones this year by something inherited. It's probably not what you might think, but it comes from nature and is very heavy, sparkly and really large! Any guesses?...

This week I started with this fabulous HUGE geode that was brought back by my in~laws when they were living in Brazil for a time for my father-in-law's job. It's an amethyst (which also happens to be my birthstone) and I'm fascinated with something like this that is natural and is mined from the depths of the earth. Normally it resides in my husband's home office, but I'm "allowed" to play with it:~)) It's large enough to use as a bowl and care needs to be taken in handling with some sharp edges...
The violet or purple inspired me for this early fall mantel. You just don't find many mantels decorated in rich jewel tone colors, or I should say showcased on the internet via Pinterest or blogs or Google searches...

Although I generally keep my decor light, I also am an artist first and so I love to play with color and texture! My take on decorating a mantel is to have fun with it, not to take it too formal or seriously and nothing that looks too contrived...
I've recently been partnering with Love Feast Shop (another Giveway coming soon:~) and have these incredible and rich looking silk velvet pumpkins, so I thought this would all pair up nicely...
And this week's flowers soaking up some water in the kitchen sink... 
I've been asked about my weekly flower budget several times and honestly I try and buy whatever is on sale or not too costly and then I recycle what I can afterwards for project. Above are a pair of my dried flower wreaths for a client, and this is something that you could easily do too. I have a DIY for you HERE...
At first I added some books and then decided to take them away because it looked too cluttered. I often get a tad carried away and then step back to look from the opposite side of the room. Then I edit the vignette, and I shared about my thinking on the process in THIS post...
I also decided to remove the geode and place it on a bench in the room. That was more for safety than looks, because the mantel is not anchored to the wall and that baby is really heavy!
Removing the geode allowed me to spread things out more and I'm enjoying the less is more simplicity here...
 A few pinecones and some blue votives to light up the mantel in the evening...
And some vintage sparkle with a couple of beaded light fixtures that I often use in place of bowls and pedestals... 

If you love elegant jewel tones and want to create something similar on a dime, here are a few TIPS:

1. Start in nature scouring for local pinecones and acorns. 
2. Pick up an inexpensive pot or two of mums in the garden section of your favorite Lowes or Home Depot in the rich shades of fall that are available right now. 
3. Use what you have plastic pumpkins (or buy now, they are all on sale) and simply paint them with some of the tones I've shared today. Time to play and see what you come up with!
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13 comments:

Richella Parham said...

How pretty! Different from any other Fall decor I've seen, but so pretty! Love all the flowers--and isn't that geode amazing?

Maria Gonzalez said...

It's beautiful…all of it! Those pumpkins are amazing.

Sondra Lyn said...

Oh, my goodness! You had me at amethyst!! Together with the jewel-toned pumpkins... sheer perfection.

Shingle Cottage said...

Oh my Janet so gorgeous! isn't it time you had a book out? i love amethyst and have several smaller pieces that were my sisters,she brought them back from Brazil too after working there as a microbiologist,she had some pieces cut and made into earrings too,they are really lovely xxx

MomHomeGuide.com said...

I love the jewel tones on your fall mantel. What a fun twist on fall!

Have a Daily said...

Simply gorgeous! Definitely not the colors that I normally associate with fall, but I love it!
hugs,
Jann

Vanessa said...

Hi, Janet
Gorgeous! Jewel tone mantel, what a great idea. I love it and with you living in South Florida it's perfect. I need to try to make one of your wreath as well. Beautiful.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Beautiful use of colors! I love jewel tones!

Http://whatmeeganmakes.com said...

The jewel tones are melting my heart. I think I need to incorporate some of these colors in my Fall decor, too. Love the wreath! So inspiring.

TheKimSix Fix said...

Those colors are gorgeous. I just love the atypical color combo. So refreshing!

MrsMajor Hoff said...

So pretty! I love the non traditional pops of color! Happy Fall!

Anne said...

Absolutely gorgeous Janet! I love the vibrate rich tones, and your beautiful flowers!

Atta Girl Amy said...

What I a gorgeous fall mantel. I love purple for fall; I can see why that geode inspired you. And those purple crushed velvet pumpkins -- so pretty.

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