Autumn Mantels + Link Party

September 25, 2012

When it comes to fall decorating, I have a predictable annual ritual.  I clip colorful stems of viburnum leaves from the backyard, pull out the amber glass collection from storage, and pose mini pumpkins all around the house.  As a result, the mantel tends to reflect my fall favorites. 

amber bottles on mantel centsational girl

amber bottles and mirror on mantel

That was the mantel yesterday morning when I photographed it.  Then I had two cups of coffee.  And as I sat there in the cozy space, amped up on caffeine, I got a hankering to mix it up again.   

As I’ve mentioned, I am fixated on marbled paper this year, so I decided after lunch to  take down the mirror and replace it with some framed golden marbled papers I ordered earlier this year. (Those are IKEA Ribba frames if you’re curious.)

Aaaaaand here’s the afternoon version of the mantel. 

framed marbled paper on mantel

marbled paper and amber bottles on mantel

autumn mantel and framed marbled paper

autumn living room mantel centsational girl

Here are the seasonal changes: I temporarily swapped my living room rug for the Surya rug that used to sit in the kid’s playroom and was hiding in a closet.  I brought down the slipcovered settee from our master bedroom for a few months to create a cozy seating area around the fireplace.  And I added a deep orange throw blanket and some embroidered DL Rhein pillows, both purchased from Joss & Main as autumn accents.


Not one hour had gone by and I discovered little Miss Coco had made herself a new nap zone in the space. 

coco on orange blanket

And if you’re wondering about this cute critter, I’ve been experimenting with textile design and Foxy is one of my projects, more to come on that topic soon.

fox pillow centsational girl


Are y’all excited that fall has arrived?  I am!  For me, fall decorating is all about filling the home with scents of the season and the simple pleasure of getting cozy by the fire.

candles and pumpkins in tray centsational girl


Time to link up YOUR seasonal mantels and vignettes, show your stuff!



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110 Responses to “Autumn Mantels + Link Party”

  1. Thanks for hosting, Kate! :) I adore your second mantel arrangement especially! :) xo

  2. debbiedoos says:

    Thanks for hosting! I can’t wait to see the other mantels all linked up. Yours is gorgeous and just the perfect touch!

  3. Your Mantel and Decorations are gorgeous, Kate! And your kitty is adorable, it looks a lot like ours.
    Thanks for hosting! Always a GREAT party!

  4. Kate, I want to come curl up in front of your fire! Your mantel looks beautiful, and your room looks so warm and inviting. I like the way the room is generally cool in tone and the warm pops of orange and gold really show up! Gorgeous.

    Thanks so much for hosting the party!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous mantel! Love the fox pillow too! Thanks for hosting!

  6. I love your elegant fall mantel. And the fox pillow adds just the right touch of whimsy! Beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

  7. So pretty! I love the touches of amber… it definitely brings in the warmth of the season. And my eyes kept straying to the fox pillow… love it. Thanks for hosting!

  8. Beautiful as always Kate! I love how simple yet elegant the small touches of fall work in that room. I’m loving those marble papers too! What an inexpensive and pretty way to make your own art! Thank you for hosting!

  9. Claire says:

    Stunning as always, Kate! That looks like such a cozy spot to spend the season with your family.

    Thank you so much for hosting! This was a huge inspiration to my fall decorating last year and I am so happy to have a blog this year which allows me to participate!

    Happy Fall!

  10. Hi Kate, thanks for hosting so much wonderful Fall Inspiration!

  11. Karen says:

    Your mantle is classy and beautiful and that room is drop dead gorgeous. Thanks so much for hosting, I look forward to seeing all of the beautiful inspiration.

  12. Your mantel looks great both ways! I love orange, so it’s perfect!! Miss Coco and Foxy are so cute!! Thanks for hosting,

  13. Oh man, I love hankerings! Especially when jacked up on coffee….that’s when I get the most done! You get better every year…your fall mantels are the best around. And I’m crazy for the foxy pillow…can’t wait to hear what you’ve got brewing! thanks for the party party!

  14. Love the ‘roaring’ fire!!! The fox pillow is really adorable.

    Also, I’m giggling over here because it was 11:06 EST when I linked up (6 minutes after your post went live) and I’m already #64!!!


  15. Your mantel looks wonderful! I love the touches of amber! The marbled papers are amazing and look beautiful on your mantel. You’ve given me a great idea how to change my mirror too! Thanks for hosting!

  16. So warm, cozy and inviting! I absolutely ADORE that Foxy pillow. Need! :)

    Thank you so very much for hosting the party.

    Happy Fall!

  17. Leanne says:

    I love your mantel and the cozy sitting area. THe fox pillow is adorable!

  18. Thanks so much for hosting this fall mantle party. Yours is gorgeous. I love the fox pillow and seeing Miss Coco curled up on the bright throw. Have a great week!

  19. that is amazing with that gold marbled paper. i’d love to grab some of those myself.

  20. Thanks so much for hosting this party Kate! I look forward to it every year! :)

  21. Jennifer says:

    Smart cat! I’d cozy up near that fireplace, too. I am so envious of those beautiful autumn leaves! It still feels like summer here.

  22. I love your mantel and the cute fox pillow. Thanks for hosting!

  23. Cristina says:

    So warm and inviting, I love your mantel! Thanks for hosting.

  24. Forgot to tell you I’m your newest facebook follower. :-)

  25. The marbled paper adds a fun modern touch to your cozy room ~ your kitten’s looking quite stylish on the new throw! Thanks for hosting, Kate!

  26. Thanks for hosting. I love fall and all the warm colors and tones. That fox pillow is ADORABLE! Can’t wait to hear more. BTW, it looks like my link duplicated (90 & 91) I can’t seem to delete it, so big apologies if you are seeing double.

  27. The marbled paper is so pretty! Love that fox too and can’t wait to hear the details. Thanks for the party!

  28. Ooh, that makes me want to build a fire! Love your space, especially that adorable fox pillow. Thanks for hosting a wonderful party!

  29. Courtney says:

    Beautiful~ I love the marbled paper. Thanks so much for hosting!

  30. Thanks for hosting this great party Kate!

  31. Darnetha says:

    This post makes me wish I had a mantel…oh well! I do love the marble paper and I am going to order some but I haven’t nailed a choice down as of yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. What a modern, elegant and yet cozy space you’ve created! Love the fox pillow, the marbled paper artwork and the simple touches of fall colors without being overwhelming. Your cat is adorable! :)

  33. Heather says:

    As always Kate, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Love the marbled paper. Love the gorgeous cuttings from nature. Love the simplicity. Thanks so much for hosting;) xo

  34. Thanks so much for the fab party! I’m exciting to be linking up!

    Your display is AMAZING. I have a slight obsession with gold these days, so this is all kinds of wonderful for me. Every room needs a touch of whimsy – that fox pillow is AMAZING!

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Thanks so much Michael and everyone!!!
      Hope you all enjoy the party and the creative inspiration everyone brings!

  35. melissa says:

    I LOVE your armchairs! Could you tell where they are from? Thank you

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Melissa, I scored those club chairs on Joss & Main last year, they are the Lenox Club Chair – if you do a search for them you’ll find several suppliers carry them!

  36. I’m laughing because I had a Saturday and Sunday version of our mantel. I went with option #2. I love both of yours but I am especially fond of your latest version. You do a great job of having enough without too much!! I always struggle with that.

    Thanks for hosting and I LOVE the whimsy that the fox pillow adds. :)

  37. KJ says:

    Looks really good. Foxy is cute (amazed that you painted that; your talent is limitless!), but he might be a little too cute for the rest of the elements. It’s still in the 90’s here; I just can’t do fall until October first; hopefully it will be a little bit cooler then.

  38. I do believe I would happily lounge in that room with either mantel display. Looks beautiful and cozy. Foxy the Pillow, however, is your scene-stealer. Love it. A little Egyptian touch, and she could be Foxy Cleopatra.

  39. Colleen says:

    That fox is adorable!

  40. I am loving the bursts of orange. “Foxy” is adorable.. especially in this setting!

  41. Thanks for letting us link up. I can already see there is a lot of decorating talent here, so I’ll enjoy looking around to get ideas for my mantel for next year. I love the mirror and how pretty your mantel is without being overdone.

  42. Kate, I love the 2nd version of your mantel display. What a great idea to use marbelized paper. You have my little wheels just a turning! I don’t know which is cuter, Miss Coco or Foxy!

  43. Carmel says:

    Beautiful as always! Love those marble papers! This whole room is so cozy and inviting!

  44. Your home always makes me feel so peaceful and calm. Can I come over?! :) But, seriously, such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

  45. what a wonderful autumn get together!! thank you so very much for hosting…I know it’s a lot of work! this has given me such a wonderful boost to help welcome fall to this cottage! happy happy fall to ya darlin!


  46. Emily says:

    I love how you can change a few pieces and colors in your living room and it looks like a whole new space. You have a talent! Love it.

  47. Beautiful work you do! Man, everytime I see your decor I’m like, how does she get it looking so good! Very simple and elegant. I think the little critter is my favorite. I love the colors and the throw looks great with it. Your little kitty critter is pretty cute to :) I just linked up our sofa table mantel. Thank you for hosting the party!

  48. LOVE the fox pillow…and the fire. How inviting. Thanks for hosting!!!

  49. Love your mantel both ways…what a beautiful space you have! The pops of orange through the accessories are really gorgeous and the fox pillow is so fun! Linking up…thanks for hosting!

  50. cassie says:

    thank you for hosting- i am in love with the foxy pillow- looking forward to the details!

  51. Thanks for hosting Kate! Your mantle is beautiful as always! Love the fox ;) Kristin

  52. vel says:

    your mantel is beautiful as always kate! so love your marble art work!

  53. Shannon Fox says:

    Thanks bunches for hosting. I think everyone was looking forward to this party! I know I was :)
    Your mantel looks beautiful but I’ll tell you, I am in love with that Foxy little pillow. I definitely need one to come live at Fox Hollow with me!! Shannon

  54. Marissa says:

    Your mantel is beautiful both ways! The Foxy pillow really caught my eye!

    There are so many entries, and each one looks fabulous! I have a feeling I’ll be here for hours looking at all the pretty Autumn mantels :)

  55. Debra says:

    Thank you for hosting, Kate. Your mantel looks fabulous! I love that Foxy pillow. :)

  56. Becca says:

    Your mantel looks amazing both ways … love the amber touches! And, thank you so much for hosting such a fun, inspiring gathering! *Becca*

  57. Verena says:

    You decorated your living room so beautifully and very tasteful!
    I love it!


  58. I love the amber glass accents! Such a simple mantel and yet so much warmth. Thanks for hosting the annual gathering :)

  59. Kelley P says:

    Slightly unrelated question. I’m curious what you think about those two nailhead chairs you have in the living room? Are you happy with them? I always contemplate purchasing them when I see them on Joss and Main but was worried about the quality. Thanks.

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Kelley, those chairs were a Joss & Main purchase, they are the Lenox Club Chairs. They’re very firm and I removed the back cushion, but the scale and formality is perfect for our space.

  60. Em says:

    Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the roaring fire you have going on in your fireplace, too. Nice touch! I’m super jealous that it’s cool enough where you live to have a fire! The marble prints look great up there, too! :)

  61. Diane says:

    Amazing how beautiful everyone’s mantels are, and yet, so many different variations and interruptations of Fall. I didn’t see a link button to put on my page. Am I just blind?

  62. Love the simplicity in your decor. Great accent color to add to your space too! I’ll get lost in Fall when I sit and look at all the lovely sharing.

  63. Your room is the perfect mix of fall. I just love the bright airy feeling. If I were to choose…I think I still prefer the first rendition. Seriously, that mirror steals the show every time. :D Thanks for hosting today’s party!!!
    Happy Fall!

  64. Sarah says:

    Looks beautiful as always, Kate. Love the framed prints, they also look like trees.

    Foxy’s cute, and I love his colour, too! The whole vignette has a warm, airy feel.

    Keep up the great work, I’m a big fan.

  65. Allison says:

    It’s really gorgeous Kate. I’d love to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea in front of that fire. There is something so cozy and sweet about a cat napping in a chair. Miss Coco is a doll. I love your fox pillow!! A touch of whimsy is wonderful in your lovely elegant living room. Beautiful job.

  66. Natalie says:

    Gorgeous colour scheme, love the grey walls with the white accents and then all the autumn colour.

    How often do you have to replace the viburnum stems?


    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hey Natalie, those viburnum stems last for weeks! I’ve got them all around the house right now…

  67. Mindy says:

    The mantel looks great both ways. I do love pops of Amber.

    Quick question…where did you buy the mirror. I looove it.

  68. How beautiful! I love what you have done with the amber glass. And that fox pillow is literally the cutest thing ever.

  69. I’m a little tardy to the party … but thank you so much for hosting!!! Love your fall set up … and the kitty. :)

  70. Love the mantels and all the decor. Thanks for the link party!

  71. I absolutely love your mantle and love your marbled paper up there. I also love that your furniture can be so interchangable! Thanks for hosting the link party, Kate!

  72. Lizette says:

    Wow! Your living room is beautiful! Also, I will always, always love that mirror! Thank you for hosting!

  73. Gorgeous! Love all the colours. Love the marble paper, too.

  74. Jenny says:

    Hi Kate – what a lovely, inviting mantle you’ve made!

    Can you please tell me where you got the mirror that you took down? I always seem to notice it and am deeeeeeply in love with it.

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Jenny, thanks!
      The mirror is the Casbah from Lamps Plus that I spray painted white, sadly they don’t carry it anymore :(

  75. Kate, I love all the changes you’ve made and that picture of Miss Coco says it all…cozy and perfect for winter!

  76. I love your mantle and all the great ideas, thanks for hosting!! HUGS!

  77. Alana says:

    I love your fall mantel! I have pinned it for inspiration :)

  78. Mallory says:

    :O I am in LOVE with Foxy! Too cute!! And that room looks so lovely!!

  79. Your living room is so beautiful. Fall is my favourite season and I think I need your living room for myself. :P Also, our kitties look identical ! Such a cute picture of her cuddling up.

  80. Kate I love the mantel. I adore your mirror very much, but I would have to say I can’t decide which way I love your mantel more. Gorgeous both ways. I love Foxy. Can’t wait to hear all about it. :) I love Fall. We have been having gorgeous 70 degree weather here in NY and now today it’s going to be like 77 degrees. What the heck? But over night it’s nice and cool. Love that. Wish I had a mantel and a fireplace to decorate, but we don’t. I’ll just have to drool over everyone else’s. :)

  81. Oh my- what a grand collection of fireplace mantels from the party! I just saw the link at BNOTP….I totally missed out on this one!
    I love your new look on the fireplace- and I liked the other look too! That’s a great idea with the framed marble papers!

  82. JP says:

    Beautiful photos of your beautiful fall mantle. Thank you for hosting a beautiful party…gotta go catch up!

  83. laurie says:

    I came over from Between Naps on the Porch. Your mantel looks so pretty, and I love “Foxy”. I’m going to link up my Fall mantel. Thanks for hosting. laurie

  84. angie says:

    I love what you did to your fireplace mantle, Kate. Looks simply amazing.
    I love fall. Simply Centsational……Hugs

  85. Kiani says:

    Beautiful Kate. Would you mind letting me know where you got your coffee table from? I love it! Thanks!

  86. how2home says:

    Wow! Everyone’s project is spectacular!

  87. Kate,
    Thanks for hosting this party. Fall and spring are my two favorite times of the year. Fall always gives me a spring in my step and more energy.

  88. Marie says:

    Your mantle is Gorgeous! It can’t get much prettier or perfect for Fall.

  89. Helen says:

    Hi Kate, I’m now following you on FB page and with my personal page. Love mantles/mantels and this is such a great party. WooHoo, I’m number 378. Thanks for hosting all of us, Helen

  90. Natasha says:

    Hi Kate,

    I just LOVE your blog!!!!!!!

    Where is the white tray on the table from?

  91. Jeannie-JB says:

    Your home is so beautiful and so are the mantles and vignettes in your linky party. Have to run and get something put together so I can participate!

  92. Hi Kate, I am a brand new blogger and wanted to thank you for hosting this link party. This was my first posting to a link party and you have made it very easy to “link-up”.

  93. Linda says:

    Your mantel is lovely. I know what you mean, I can’t leave my mantel alone. I keep changing it. Thanks for hosting.

  94. Sonja says:

    Love the yellow vases and fall colored leaves! Super cute.

  95. Bonnie says:

    I love the little fox pillow you chose for your couch!

  96. Ann Riivers says:

    I collect old frames and love the way they are used on the mantel.

  97. I love this party for a completely different reason – I am not looking at how the mantels are decorated, I am looking at how the mantels are made! We are in the finishing stage of our new home and figuring out what the finished fireplace is going to look like is still in the back of my mind. This provides oodles of inspiration! Perfect timing – thanks! :)

  98. Catherine says:

    Whoa, check out all those gorgeous mantels –Officially inspired!

  99. Ashley says:

    I am in love with your foxy pillow. Please tell us you are going to be selling the fabric on spoonflower or something!

  100. Casey says:

    You have some absolutely gorgeous pictures!!! Thank you for sharing!

  101. Susan says:

    I LOVE the white mirror…..where did you get it?

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Susan, the mirror was purchased from Lamps Plus years ago, but sadly it’s not available anymore.

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