Remember this summer, how I pretended my piano was a mantel, and decorated it with a big ol’ faux vintage door on there was one that Mr. Magpie built for me?
Well, when we decided to turn the living room into a study, we created one little eeny-weeny problem.
(Dun dun DUUUUUUN…)
The piano has to be moved. To the family room. Which as you remember has a sheet of fabric thumb-tacked to the ceiling for a wall. So, no dice on the piano mantel.
But I’m spoiled now! I’ve had a mantel(ish thing). I can’t go back! So… I commandeered the glassed book cabinet in our bedroom. (I know what you’re thinking… WHAT glassed book cabinet??? The mysteries multiply! Heh. I promise I’ll explain soon.)
For now, I have a bookshelf cabinet mantel. Or cabinantel… Bookshantel… oh heck, it looks like this:
When I started, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to put on here. I had a few random ideas, but mostly I just knew I wanted something that would work for Fall and Halloween, and that I couldn’t spend any money, so everything had to be in my stash. Some things you may actually remember seeing before, and some you may not. But it’s all stuff I had laying around for one reason or another.
Did I mention that I just sort of decided to do this today, and I’m glad I went for it, because if I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have? This kind of decorating scares me. (Silly, right?) But there’s so much beautiful decor out there, and other than the mantel I did on the piano this summer, I have never done this type of decorating before. I didn’t think I could do it. But I really like what I came up with. I surprised myself!
Of course, since it’s raining here, and my bedroom has only one tiny window, I also fretted quite a bit about getting pictures. I ended up stretching myself there, too. I’ll share that coming up.
I also have lots more to share about how I put it all together, and what exactly is on there. (All that is in my post “How to Decorate (ahem.. Wing) a Fall and Halloween Mantel”) For now, I just wanted to say… HAPPY FALL!
What about you? Have you surprised yourself lately?
Linking up to:
Sunny Simple Life: Sunny Simple Sunday
You Are Talking Too Much: Meet Me Monday Linky Party
Mod Vintage Life: Mod Mix Monday
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DebbieDoo’s: Power of Pinterest Party (also at Fox Hollow Cottage).
The Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Monday
Cozy Little House: Tweak it Tuesday
Cottage and Vine: After Party
Home Stories A to Z: Tuts & Tips Link Party and Halloween Mantels Link Party 2012
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesday’s Treasures
Uncommon Designs: Uncommonly Yours
The Inspired Home: Fall Nesting Party: Mantels & Porches