If you live in a small home or apartment don't wait for the home of your dreams to enjoy the ambiance and decorating possibilities of a mantle. Architectural elements can add a sense of permanence to any house. Stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot carry a nice selection of mantles to help you get this feeling of warmth, coziness now.
Here is a picture of my friend's mantle. Friday evening she poured a glass of wine for each of us and we rooted around to see what we could find. I worked entirely with things she already owned. Not a penny was spent. Forgive the poor picture quality.......
We cleared the mantle, had some more wine and started again. This time I used shiny item and went for more of a pretty Halloween theme.
Here is a mantle that came into the store on Saturday. I played with it and came up with three different looks. Also using just what I had.
The first look is more organic and natural using mostly natural items. No glitz (not that I don't LOVE glitz). I made the banner in about 15 minutes.
For Autumn, you may want to incorporate typical Fall items, but be inspired to incorporate unique and new things this year. Don't be afraid to use large items (no tiny items allowed on a large fireplace mantle). Have fun and share your results with us. I always love seeing your creative ideas!