A Fall Mantel of Blue and White and Charles Dickens

A Fall Mantel of blue and white and vintage Charles Dickens books was my plan for

“fall-fy-ing” the mantel this year.

I was thrilled when I found these books on one of my antiquing adventures this year

with my friend and day trip partner.  Our motto: No place is too far!

Fall Mantel 2015 - Housepitality Designs

This year my goal is to add touches of Fall with Fall colors and textures.

Of warm colors and surrounding myself with things that make me

and my home feel cozy.

Fall Mantel 2015 - Housepitality Designs

This room has ceilings of approximately 20 plus  feet at its peak.

The space above our mantel was quite large,

so the antique European wood and iron shutters fit the bill.

Fall Mantel 2015 - Housepitality Designs

I must show a bit of discretion when decorating the mantel,

trying not to create a mantelscape that is too busy,

fighting against the rather busy backdrop.

Fall Mantel 2015 - Housepitality Designs

The ginger jars by Ralph Lauren originally were in the French Country hutch

in the guest room. For the Fall season, they will live happily here,

and I love that I can see and enjoy them throughout the the day.

2015 Fall Mantel - Housepitality Designs

Not to mention how the blue and white go so well with pillows in the room.

I guess that is most likely because they are also by Ralph Lauren. 🙂

2015 Fall Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I also grabbed the pitcher from the guest room

and filled it with faux grasses and feathers.

Vintage Fall Vignette - Housepitality Designs

A peek at part of the vintage Fall vignette on the coffee table

facing the fireplace.

2015 Fall Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I decided to keep my beautiful round wooden monogrammed plaque

by Ava Berry Lane as the color tones went well with the Fall mantel.

2015 Fall Mantel - Housepitality Designs

2015 Fall Mantel - Housepitality Designs

The Fall mantel this year is truly a mantel

that was a result of shopping the house.

2015 Fall Mantel - Housepitality Designs

I am surprisingly pleased with the Fall mantel this year.

I usually have it dressed with the bounty of Fall, such as garlands of fall leaves

and a pumpkin here and there. And the best of all,

is that my hubby gave it the two thumbs up.

AND, today, I am thrilled to be partying with 32 fabulous bloggers.

It is a tour of the greatest of Fall Ideas.

Fall Ideas Tour

I am participating in the first day which is Fall Mantels.

Here is the lineup for today:


Postcards from the Ridge | All Things Heart and Home

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer | Domestically Speaking

Prodigal Pieces | Housepitality Designs

Mad In Crafts | My Creative Days

I am joining:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

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  1. Your mantel is gorgeous! Love the colors and textures!
    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country’s recent post…My New White Kitchen RevealMy Profile

  2. Loving this look Shirley! Gorgeous!
    Very glamorous with the Cobalt Blue.

  3. Your mantel is amazing, Shirley. The blue and white is really pretty!
    Stacey’s recent post…Fall Reading ListMy Profile

  4. Your mantle is stunning…I love the blue and white and that fantastic piece that is hanging front and center! ox
    Robin’s recent post…Fall Ideas Tour- Fall MantleMy Profile

  5. Your mantel looks fabulous dressed for fall. I love the textures and the shutters backdrop always steals the show.
    Kim’s recent post…Adding Fall with Nature in the Family RoomMy Profile

  6. Very pretty, Shirley! Your blue and white accents look fabulous with the faux grasses and feathers! I love the idea of shopping the house too.
    Betsy@coastal-colors’s recent post…The Evolution of a 1940’s Duplex & Garage ApartmentMy Profile

  7. Your mantel is gorgeous. I did the whole “shop your home” too! It is the best way to decorate and highlight different things that may be getting “lost” in other areas of the home. That shutters are AMAZING!!!
    Lindsay Eidahl’s recent post…Fall Mantel 2015My Profile

  8. It looks beautiful! and thank you for your sweet comment on my night table makeover too! Happy Monday!!!!!!!

    Anne@DesignDreams’s recent post…Night Stand Makeover – How to add Height & Style to a Night TableMy Profile

  9. Just lovely Shirley! I think blue and white pieces go with about every season. And…what a pop with fall colors!
    Have a great week. Sheila
    Sheila’s recent post…Fall Decorating With A Chippy TrayMy Profile

  10. Absolutely Beautiful Shirley!! I can see we were thinking alike with our mantels this year:-)
    Love what you added to the hearth too!
    martina’s recent post…A little more “Fall”My Profile

  11. Linda miller says

    I like the blue and white pieces with a few fall accents placed throughout the room. This is the third year I have used teal with my fall decorating and I love it. With your antique shutters, I think restraint is key when decorating the mantel. They are the star.

  12. What a great find! Charles Dickens is one of my favorites. 🙂

    You know what a fan of those doors I am! Wonderful mantel display!

    KariAnne’s recent post…Hello Harp Design CompanyMy Profile

  13. It’s gorgeous, Shirley!!
    Pat@back porch musings’s recent post…Sunday SnippetsMy Profile

  14. Shirley of course I love the blue and white, along with your velvet pumpkins! ( I put my out as well)

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    Karena’s recent post…Painting Central Park by Roger F PasquierMy Profile

  15. Wow Shirley, your mantel is beautiful. I love those old shutters. And the books are the perfect touch. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge’s recent post…How to Decorate a Fall Mantel With Vintage and Found ItemsMy Profile

  16. It looks so grown-up & elegant. Love all the velvet pumpkins on the table in the foreground.
    Beautiful colors!!
    Shannon’s recent post…A Flutter of Fall Home DecoratingMy Profile

  17. Gorgeous! Love it all, the shutters, the blue and white….everything!
    Debbie Refresh Restyle’s recent post…Inspiration Monday 921 EditionMy Profile

  18. Oh my gosh Shirley, I am swooning over the fabulous antique European shutters!!! I’m also swooning over your collection of vintage Charles Dickens books. Your Fall Mantel display is put together so beautifully.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista’s recent post…The Fall Ideas Tour begins todayMy Profile

  19. Your mantel looks fabulous!!!! I love the blue and white porcelain pieces and the coordinating pillow. Stunning!!!
    Des’s recent post…Peaceful Sunday…….My Profile

  20. Hi Shirley, love those urns! I have plates and cups with saucers to match them! Sadly, no urns! Looks beautiful!

  21. Shirley, I am such a fan of blue/white, it makes everything fresh! I love your mantel! You have a great eye and everything is spot on! Blessings!
    Pam Richardson’s recent post…Bedroom Tour: Blessings In BloomMy Profile

  22. I think I’m in love with that architechtural piece!! wow. Love your blues and eclectic mix. Truly inspriational.
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces’s recent post…A Simple Fall Mantel Display in Neutral TonesMy Profile

  23. Beautiful, Shirley! I love the architectural piece that you have hanging over your fireplace.
    Paula@SweetPea’s recent post…September 2015 Stitch Fix Review (Fix #28)My Profile

  24. Love your mantel! The vintage elements and the blue and white decor are our faves. That Dickens find takes the cake though! Great job!
    Vicki and Jennifer Fenton’s recent post…Something To Talk About Link Party #35My Profile

  25. I love the blue and white, with the fall grasses and vintage books. Beautiful!
    Penny @ The Comforts of Home’s recent post…Working on a WreathMy Profile

  26. So pretty… love the blues and your velvet pumpkins!

  27. I love your mantle every time you decorate it, but you KNOW I am particularly fond of the blue and white on here!!!! Just stunning. Your home is exquisite in every season. I just got all cleaned up from my breakfast this morning so can now visit my favorite blogs. YOURS was first on my list! I also did my mantle and hearth post today:):)
    Pinky at designs by pinky’s recent post…Fall in the Living Room!!!My Profile

  28. Every time I see those shutters I go GAGA!! They are so perfect over your mantel. I would steal them if I could. The touches you added for Fall are perfect!
    kathy@petticoatjunktion’s recent post…5 Steps To Antique Painted FurnitureMy Profile

  29. It looks lovely, Shirley! I think the blue and white are the perfect color combination for fall. You’ve created such an inviting space!
    Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane’s recent post…Back to Basics: How to Apply a Vinyl DecalMy Profile

  30. Love love love your fall mantel Shirley. Just gorgeous. Love that you tied the blue and white into your decor.
    That room is so cozy and welcoming as your guest enter into your beautiful home.
    Happy New Week my friend.
    Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage’s recent post…Trying to Get My Fall Mojo OnMy Profile

  31. You can’t go wrong with blue and white for any season! 🙂 Your mantel is gorgeous… styled so well! And I love the monogrammed plaque on that pretty fence piece! Rhonda
    Rhonda’s recent post…New Oldie Find for the Lake House – Antique Railroad Cart Coffee TableMy Profile

  32. Ok first….the wood and iron shutters!!! LOVE.
    And I love your simple but oh so elegant Fall decor around it.
    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule’s recent post…Robin’s Egg Blue Beach Box Makeover (Budget Friendly Decor)My Profile

  33. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Shirley!! I absolutely love your RL ginger jars up there, and the vignette below is gorgeous, too. It all comes together to create such a wonderful Fall display.
    becca’s recent post…Kicking off Fall with Our 2015 Fall Mantel …My Profile

  34. such a fabulous unexpected pop of color for Fall. I love it! I really need to branch out, this is great inspiration!
    kim jones’s recent post…Simple Symmetrical Fall MantelMy Profile

  35. Your mantel is beautiful. It’s nice to break out of the mold and add some blue to the fall decor. Love those all vintage books too!
    SUsan’s recent post…Pumpkin Spice LatteMy Profile

  36. Hi Shirley, your Fall decor is beautiful and simplistic. Great texture and color. Love it all. Jo
    Joanne Boulter’s recent post…Fall Blogging LuncheonMy Profile

  37. The height of your mantel gives it so much drama! What a great look!

  38. Blue and white paired with vintage books equals perfection!!
    Jennifer @ Town and Country Living’s recent post…Charming Home Tour ~ Bless’er HouseMy Profile

  39. Great mantle, love the blue and white. You always do a beautiful on your decorating.
    Have a great week,

  40. Those shutters are amazing! And you have dressed your mantel to compliment them perfectly! Love everything, including your motto! 🙂
    Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer’s recent post…Neutral Fall MantelMy Profile

  41. Absolutely beautiful as always Shirley!

  42. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I love those RL urns on the mantle with the gate.

  43. Beautiful Shirley! I love the touch of blue the jars add with the back drop of your wonderful shutter!
    Mary’s recent post…Chalking it Up: Autumn, The Year’s Last, Loveliest Smile!My Profile

  44. Your mantel is gorgeous, and I am in love with those shutters!
    Cindy’s recent post…Perfect PumpkinsMy Profile

  45. The blue and white is unexpected and unique, you’ve made it work perfectly for a Southern fall, love all your special touches to tie it all together Shirley~
    Jenna’s recent post…Take-out Tuesday, Salami CarbonaraMy Profile

  46. The mantel looks fantastic Shirley, you always know how to showcase your home.
    Dawn’s recent post…Photographing Interiors….My New JobMy Profile

  47. Oh, Shirley, your mantel is absolutely beautiful! It is definitely relaxing and not too busy by any means. I love it all. hugs, mb
    Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline’s recent post…Gilded Chalkboard PumpkinMy Profile

  48. Gorgeous mantel… What a nice change with the blues…
    LorB’s recent post…Six Word Saturday: Leisure Stroll Through Atlanta Botanical GardensMy Profile

  49. Shirley, this is just gorgeous! I love the blue and white for fall. I used it in my kitchen this fall!
    Christy @ Our Southern Home’s recent post…Simple Burlap Wall ArtMy Profile

  50. wow just wow


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