Fall Mantel … We Gather Together

I did it….

…..I just completed the Fall Mantel.

Yesterday, I met my friend Frances who monogramed “We Gather Together” for me…

…..she monogramed it on burlap.

I took my $1.00 frame I purchased several months ago and framed the inscription.


I love that message of family and friends coming together for the holidays..

…..and every day for that matter.


I gathered fall florals and arranged them on the mantel using command hooks to keep them in place…


And could not forget the cute little squirrel that I received at our neighborhood “Tacky Gift Exchange”….

…..a party that we have after Christmas….to exchange tacky gifts that we had received.

Now, I do not consider “Sammy the Squirrel” tacky…was thrilled to get him!!


The plates are the Fresco Bird plates from Pottery Barn…a set of 4 different designs.




I added the pretty blue/green pumpkins and a faux pumpkin from Pottery Barn..

…..a giant iron acorn and mums from Trader Joe’s.



My hubby chuckles at the fact that I will take all this time to create the “mantelscape”….

…..only to take it down in two weeks to start my Christmas decorating….I start early…

……….it takes me that long!!


The pillow in the chair is Pottery Barn…love that it coordinates with the plates.



So, mantel completed…and moving on to decorate the front porch…


Hope you enjoyed my Fall Mantel and I thank you so much for visiting!!

Have a wonderful day!

I am joining the following great parties:

At the Picket Fence for Thanksgiving Traditions

Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Debbie-Doo’s for The Newbie and Newbie Graduates Party

Fox Hollow Cottage October’Fest of Fun

From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Jennifer Rizzo Fall Impromptu Linky Party

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

The Polohouse for Favorites on the First

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

The Inspired Room Nesting Party Fall Mantels and Front Porches

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  1. It’s just beautiful, Shirley. I love the greenery spilling over the sides. Great tip for using Command Hooks to hold everything in place. Pretty little vignette that I see a peek of on the coffee table too!

  2. Shirley, this is just gorgeous!! LOVE the bird plates and the plate holders are beautiful!!! Your friend did a beautiful job with the monogram. Your mantel is just wonderful…enjoy it!!!

  3. Love your fall mantle display!!! Husbands just don’t understand that these are things we enjoy doing.

  4. Your mantlescape is so pretty. You have some very special Fall decorations. The pillow sure does go so well with the plates, awesome, like you bought them together. I’m still so envious of your chippy blue wood/iron wall gate. It is so perfect for so many different styles/seasons of decorating. sure enjoyed looking at your mantlescape. Very talented gal.

  5. Love your mantlescape, especially with your new piece over the fireplace. It is really extraordinary. I can’t believe you will soon be thinking about Christmas. That means time has passed far too fast.

  6. Your mantel is just beautiful! I love the monogrammed saying, and your plate holders are really eye-catching. Love the berry swag, too. Oh, shoot, I love it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. So pretty Shirley! I love how your friend made that custom art work for you. Very nice!~

  8. creativehomeexpressions says

    Very pretty, Shirley! Your friend did a great job on that embroidery. I’ve kept my Fall decorating simple since I tend to do a lot more at Christmas. I guess I want a little simpleness before the crazy kicks in!

  9. Linda Miller says

    Your mantel looks lovely…simple and elegant. I love the plates and that they can be used throughout the fall season (not just Thanksgiving). Too bad your fall is cut short by Christmas decorating LOL!! The monogrammed saying is perfect. Good job as always.

  10. BEAUTIFUL Shirley!! I LOVE LOVE your monogramed sign!

  11. I think you’re going to start a new trend-monogrammed burlap! It’s all so beautiful, Shirley, that I pinned it!

  12. Your mantel is lush, Shirley. You brought together so many great elements.

  13. Shirley,
    I love your burlap sign. What a great friend you have! Everything looks so pretty!

  14. Shirley, Your mantel is beautiful! Those iron gates are so fabulous with the fall decor and I’m loving those Pottery Barn plates and pillow! I saw those mums at Trader Joe’s today and thought they were just beautiful…wishing I would have bought some now.

  15. Great looking Shirley. Love your fall on the mantel and your burlap piece is so pretty. I have enjoyed decorating for Fall this year, I think it’s because I have been so tired of the heat. That greenish pumpkin is superb too.

  16. Simply elegant! You have impeccable taste, Shirley. The Pottery Barn pillow is gorgeous. Trader Joes, huh? I have never been, but we do have one near us now. I just may have to wander in there this week. Can’t wait to see your porch.

  17. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! OK…as soon as my final fall class is over, I’m going to do something with my mantel. It will have to be Christmas-oriented since I’ll be starting up teaching Christmas classes in 2 weeks, but at least there will be something there!!!! Great inspiration!

  18. Looks like we were both busy decorating our mantels this weekend. I love your monogrammed burlap and the sentiment! Such a beautiful mantel, and it looks great with your recent find of those shutters! Can you bring this to the SBC for the Fall Decor contest setup? ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. It looks beautiful Shirley and what a great idea for the embroidery!

  20. Love those bluish pumpkins and you’ve certainly gathered everything together in just the right way!

  21. Very cozy, Shirley! Great idea to use the command hooks… I’m filing that one away. ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo Heidi

  22. Beautiful Shirley! I adore your PB plates and pillow and your not-so-tacky squirrel too! Your monogrammed burlap frame is wonderful~ I wish I had a friend/monogrammer on call! When I had my shoppe we had a gal that we all kept busy with LOTS of projects. Enjoy your fall decor for the next two weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Shirley, your Fall mantel looks absolutely gorgeous! I love all the beautiful touches. I have the same pillow from PB. The colors are so pretty.

  24. This turned out great. I love the plates and those plate holders are great! The coffee table looks pretty with the pumpkins. Your monogrammed frame is so pretty that song will be in my head all day.


  25. It turned out great! The burlap is perfect with your shutters.

  26. Shirley, your Fall mantel looks wonderful! I love the burlap monogram saying framed! Your pheasant plates are fabulous! I love it all!

  27. Love your plates and that acorn! It all looks beautiful!

  28. Now this is one fall mantel Beautiful would love if you would come by and Share it at One More Time…http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/share-it-one-more-time-linky-party-and.html
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  29. Sandra White says

    Absolutely gorgeous mantel. I cannot wait to see what you do with your porch. Love those plates. Saw them this weekend at Pottery Barn Outlet in Ga. Now I wish that I had purchased them. Where did you find those wonderful plate holders? Beautiful as always!

  30. I finally completed and posted my mantel last week! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yours is gorgeous! The plate holders are so unique and I love the plates! Job well done!!!

  31. Love your mantel and the ‘tacky’ squirrel! ;o) I have some ‘tacky’ bunnies I use @ Easter. I thought I started decorating early, but mid-October, you’ve got me beat! Love the PB plates and pillow cover, too!

  32. Beautiful fall mantel. The squirrel is a cute addition, not tacky in the least. In fact, I saw a beautiful window display in a Dallas store that featured squirrels like your little guy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. I adore your fall decorating! Everything came together, I especially love the burlap monogram!

  34. Great job, Shirley. It all looks lovely, and I love your new needlework piece. Gathering together brings thoughts of fellowship and fun.

  35. I’m finally back from my trip to France, Shirley, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to get caught up. I love your fall mantle and the monogrammed sentiment is awesome.

  36. Shirley,

    It’s just stunning! I love all the little touches … and those Pottery Barn plates and pumpkins and pillow is just fabulous!



    • A tacky gift exchange–now that really sounds like fun! Could be dangerous though, if the news gets out to the original gifter! Love your tacky squirrel. He’s perfect for your beautiful mantel. I wish that Thanksgiving could be celebrated at the beginning of November so we would have much more time for enjoying the Christmas decor. It’s my favorite holiday and the time is so short. Love those plate holders, too. Linda

  37. It’s beautiful Shirley! The squirrel is too cute and I love the pb plates. Reminds me that I have a coupon I haven’t used. I love your white mantel. Told hubby that for Christmas I just want my woodwork painted white. It was tan when we bought the home. I am so ready for some white!

  38. LOVE it Shirley!!!
    Where did you get that fabulous gate? OMG.

    Love Sammy and the plates and pillow, etc etc etc.
    Soooo pretty!

    You can enjoy this until Thanksgiving, right? Almost two months!?
    I love the framed embroidered saying too… just perfect.



  39. MariaElena says

    Oh, Shirley, it is gorgeous! Your mantle looks so elegant and your living room so beautiful and festive! Very, very pretty!

  40. Love your mantel ! Looks amazing !

  41. Looks great! I LOVE the burlap picture!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Shirley loving all your fall touches in your living room! It is all so beautiful. Thanx for coming toparty at my place.

  43. I DO love your Fall mantyle! I adore those plate holders!!! The plates and matching pillow are perfect. XOXO

  44. Just stunning! Amazing plate holder.

    – The Tablescaper

  45. Love that burlap monogram! Gorgeous!

  46. Your mantel looks beautiful, Shirley! Love the addition of the framed monogram.
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  47. Oh how grand and striking! I love a large mantle like yours, you have done it up so nice!

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  48. just beautiful. love those wonderful bird plates!
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  49. I LOVE the monogrammed burlap, Shirley … perfect focal point to your gorgeous Fall mantel! Your mums and pumpkins scattered below are beautiful! Love your bird plates, too! Happy Fall, friend!
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  50. We love what you have done. Please come share it with us at http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com Craft Frenzy Friday! The party starts Thursday to 7pm cst. I won’t be a party without you!

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