My Simple And Cozy Fall Mantel And Fireplace Decor

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Adding fall touches to your everyday decor items is a simple idea for decorating your fireplace and mantel. This look would be easy to recreate in your own home!

Decorating a fireplace mantel and hearth for fall doesn’t have to be expensive or hard at all!

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Before I go any further, let me say that I’m delighted to be participating in the 2021 Harvest Home Tour hosted by Kristi from French Creek Cottage today. There is an amazing group of 30 talented bloggers sharing fall outdoor spaces, entryways and foyers, fireplaces, tablescapes, living rooms, recipes and crafts all in one day! Links to everyone’s posts are down below.

If you’re decorating on a budget (like I always am) or are striving for a simplified yet cozy look, the best advice that I can give you is to shop your house and use what you already own. If you’ll do that, you’ll create a look with so much more charm than if you were to go out to a store and purchase everything new!

Then all it takes is just adding a few fall touches such as leafy stems, pine cones and a few pumpkins (but not too many!)

gray arm chair and side table beside white fireplace with fall decor on the mantel and hearthPin

In my case, the only new purchase that I made for my fall fireplace this year is the foliage gracing the top of the lidded basket on the hearth. Even though I’ve pared my seasonal decor down quite a bit from days gone by, it looked just a little too lonely without a little something to top it off.

I’ve worked really hard at using restraint in my seasonal decorating lately and let me tell you, it doesn’t come easy for me! One thing you’ll never be able to do is to call me a minimalist. LOL
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In fact, I wrote a whole blog post recently about how to tastefully decorate your home for fall. You can check it out by clicking HERE.
gray arm chairs, lamps and side tables beside white fireplace with fall decor on the mantel and hearthPin
I always want my seasonal decor to be cohesive, so I made sure to carry the same color palette throughout the other areas of my home that I also decorated for the season. You can see my fall entry HERE and my fall breakfast room and open shelves HERE.
Even though I want to simplify my look, I feel that it’s important that my rooms feel cozy and inviting. For me, there’s a fine line between keeping things cozy versus paring down so much that I wind up with a too- sparse look, which then looks cold and uninviting to me.
There are a couple of tricks that I used on my fireplace to create coziness without using too many things to decorate with.
  • The coziness comes not from the amount of decor, but from the texture of the decor.
  • Using warm, not bright and not all neutral colors definitely adds to the cozy factor.
  • Using large accessories makes a more simplified statement and helps to fill the space so that I don’t wind up with a too-sparse look.
For example, the large urn on the mantel is overflowing with faux leafy stems. The combination of the oversized urn along with the fullness of the stems helps to fill the space on my mantel and the warm color of the leaves says fall without being in your face bright orange.
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And yes, I said no bright colors, but my orange is a deep rusty orange.
The large, chunky candlesticks that I used on the opposite side of the mantel have much more presence and fill the space so much better than if I had used smaller, thin ones.
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white mantel with round mirror above and fall decorationsPin
One of my most loved finds is a huge and heavy copper pot that I found on a shopping excursion last year. My photo doesn’t do it justice!
I filled it full of extra large pine cones that I’ve had for probably close to 10 years. I didn’t have quite enough to completely fill the pot, so I tucked a thick woven throw blanket down in the bottom and then added the pine cones on top. You’d never know the blanket is even there.
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Let’s just all pretend that isn’t 95° outside with 5000% humidity and that the roaring fire really is necessary. M’kay?
gray arm chairs, lamps and side tables beside white fireplace with fall decor on the mantel and hearthPin
I’m thrilled to be joining in today as 30 talented bloggers bring you the best of all things home! Please continue along this inspiring Harvest Home tour, and visit the other participants in each of the following categories.

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  1. Susy,
    Your mantel is so lovely. I especially loved the copper piece with the pinecones. Lovely! So happy to be on the tour with you today.

  2. Teresa Y George says:

    Looks lovely! I, too, struggle with restraint. Living in S FL, the only fall I can have is FauxFall, and I have amassed waaaaayyy too many pumpkins over time to make up for the lack of real fall. I think it’s time I let some of it go. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Sonya Peel says:

    I love this pared down look. Would you, by chance, remember where you found those lovely knitted rust colored throw pillows?

  4. Your fall home is so beautiful and inviting. The colours are lovely!

  5. I love a minimal look, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to actually follow through with it! I start with the idea of simple, but I just keep adding. This is absolutely beautiful though! So happy to be on the tour with you.

  6. Your fall mantel is lovely! All the colors work beautifully with the rest of your room. Beautiful!

  7. Your Fall decor is so beautiful, cozy, and inviting, Suzy! I love the warm color tones you used in your styling. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Suzy, you always have the best seasonal mantels and this year is no exception. The color from the leaves just makes the entire space PERFECT! So happy to be on the tour with you. Happy Harvest Season! xoxo, Kristi

  9. That copper pot with the pine cones is wow, wow, wow!!! I’m in love!! The whole space is so inviting and calm, Suzy–I adore it all! xo, Kristi

  10. I don’t know how you do it, but your styling is always fresh and inviting. Your fall mantel is so pretty and I love the big copper pot with pinecones on the hearth!

  11. I have to say that huge copper pot is making my heart pitter-pat! This space is so welcoming and cozy!

  12. Suzy, everything looks so wonderful!! I have a crush on your mirror…and that copper kettle (what a great find!!!). Is the green striped throw blanket over your chair the one from Hearth&Hand??

  13. Love all of your warm colors and textures. The copper kettle is perfect for fall and you’ve styled everything so perfectly!

  14. Just discovered your site, absolutely love your style. You make your rooms look so inviting. May I ask where you purchased the mirror above fireplace, been struggling for something different over mine. Thank you!

    1. I found the mirror about 3 years ago at At Home. You might want to check your store if you have one near you.

  15. I love your use of warm colors in the perfect amount! What a copy spot love it 🙂

  16. That copper pot is stunning; beautiful with the pinecones. Love the clean look you created, still with a very cozy vibe. Hope you get some cooler weather to enjoy that fireplace!

  17. So so lovely Suzy, I adore everything! I hear you when you say simplifying is an art form, one that doesn’t come completely natural to me. 😉

  18. I love the little pops of fall! The pumpkins, pillows and that copper kettle of pine cones are fabulous.