Orange and Turquoise Fall Mantel

While many of my fellow bloggers are sporting more neutral colors in their fall decor, I found myself needing to take a different direction. Don't get me wrong, I love the natural color palette and so many of you do it beautifully. But, as I started working on tweaking my mantel, I thought it needed a punch of color...besides just the pumpkins and leaves. So, I put together this Orange and Turquoise Fall Mantel using some of my sweater creations and a few extra up-cycles and yard sale finds.
If you remember, this is how my early fall mantel started ~ inspired by my sweater crafts. It was sweet, but didn't really feel like a full-out fall mantel. This is where the tweaking began.
On the left side, you'll find my Orange Sweater Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin sitting on top of a book with some fall picks and a lovely turquoise insulator I found at a yard sale last year. I'm also using my black candlesticks (yard sale find) as well as some pretty turquoise candles I found on clearance at Target for a little over a dollar.

Moving to the center, you'll see these "FALL" blocks. I did a little makeover on my "HOME" blocks from my In Between Mantel. Not to worry...I didn't cover up the word "home", I just turned the blocks around and worked a little magic. (This was Moni's suggestion. Mother knows best, right?)

I simply flipped the blocks around and used some Mod Podge to adhere the chippy turquoise wood-look scrapbook paper. I printed the letters on cardstock, cut them out and stuck them to the scrapbook paper with double-sided tape.  I then finished off the blocks with some "Hodgepodge Hardware" from my Stampin'Up! days. I love how these turned out!

Below the "fall" blocks, I hung a Dollar Tree garland adorned with book page leaves.

The right side of the mantel has another candlestick, my little woodland squirrel (Hobby Lobby) nestled in a pile of leaves, another insulator, and my Orange Sweater Pumpkin Vase raised up on a pedestal with a fall pick providing another seasonal punch of color.

Now, this mantel says "fall" to me. As I was putting it together, calling my mom for her opinion and tweaking some more, she told me I was a "do maker". "What's that?" I asked. "You're always 'making do' with what you have." I had to laugh. She is exactly right. I love the challenge of using things I already have in a different way to create a completely new look. To see last year's mantel, click here. So, what do you think?  Do you like the extra punches of color or do you decorate with a more neutral color scheme? Are you also a "do maker"?

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29 comments:

  1. Love that you're making do with what you have! Me, too. I shop my house to put together what I have. I love your color combination.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  2. Your Fall Mantel looks so pretty! And the "fall" blocks and garland turned out beautiful! Love the color combo!
    xx

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  3. Love this look!! Now I'm inspired to get out my fall decor and update some things! These colors will go great in my house - thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. I was just in a store trying on an orange coloured sweater when the sales clerk suggested I try a turquoise scarf with it. At the time, I had a hard time adjusting to the colour combo but now am seeing more and more of it - like your gorgeous fall mantel! Love how you've combined these colours. I need to take a lesson from you and be a do-maker! Its much more challenging to use what you have - and good for the budget!

    DD

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  5. I think you are an expert "do maker"! Your mantel looks fantastic! I love how you added the book page leaves to the dollar store garland...very smart.

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  6. So pretty! Love the turquoise color with the pumpkins.

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  7. I love the turquoise splashed in with the fall. Such a beautiful combination!

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  8. Oh, aren't you just so clever! I really like the addition of the turquoise -- turquoise and orange is so pretty together! I just adore all the wonderful things you've done with the orange sweater -- I'll bet there is not a single orange sweater to be found at any GW store now.....lol!

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  9. This is just exactly what I need! I've been looking for ways to incorporate the turquoise color in my living room into a fall theme. Thanks!!!!

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  10. I am in love with this! Looks fabulous and I LOVE the sweater textures. Pinning now! (from Wow Me Wed :))

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  11. Love the blocks!!!

    Shelly from MinettesMaze

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  12. I LOVE the touches of turquoise. My favorite!! Great job:)

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  13. What a great fall mantel! I love the color combination and the blocks are perfect! Stopping by from HOme Sweet Home .

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  14. Beautiful! I love turquoise in every season. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  15. Very cute! Great idea adding the turquoise!

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  16. It's gorgeous! Love the turquoise! TFS

    Pam
    @ www.pjstreasures.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm another one who needed to brighten up my fall decorations with turquoise/blue ~ as I actually don't care for orange at all!
    So for me, it's beige, blue and grey mosses this year!

    Nice job!!

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  18. Orange and turquoise are two of my favorite colors, but I've never thought of putting them together. They look beautiful on your mantel! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organize 31.

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  19. Really cute fall mantel. Michele @ Neat Little Nest

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  20. Beautiful mantel!! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-31.html

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  21. I love the pop of turquoise on your Fall blocks!

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  22. I love your mantel! Gorgeous, Nici!

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  23. Love this, Nici, and I'm featuring on my fb page and as one of my top 3 favorites at Home{work} Wednesday. Thanks for linking up!

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  24. Beautiful mantel and unique fall color combo! I also have a blog. I collect insulators like the ones you used. Would you mind if I featured this post in one of my posts?

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  25. Beautiful and unique fall color combo! I myself am a blogger and am a collector of glass insulators like the ones pictured above. Would it be alright if I attached this post and one of your pictures to a post on my blog?

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  26. I love how you put your mantel together - all of those very unique touches are amazing...and I do love the color palette!

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  27. I really love the turquoise and pumpkin-orange color scheme, so when I saw this on the Party Junk board, I had to come over. Looks great. You know, since you're using the old glass insulators, this would be great on my link party, We Call It Olde Link-Up, every Tuesday. Hope to see you there next week. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  28. I love the colors of your mantel! Great color combination. Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

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