Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Mantle Makeover

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September is basically my favorite month, because this is when I start decorating for fall.  Typically, I like to get start on September 1.  My husband and I have three kids and we live in a small, modest house.  We also have a tv alcove over our fire place and, to be honest, it has been so hard to find inspiration to decorate a mantle like ours.  Most pictures on Pinterest are mantles that have a wall above them.  I'm happy to share how I have made over our mantle for this fall!

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I've come up with a formula of sorts over the years for what works in our home.  I like to call them my trifecta of decorating the mantle: height, color, and candles.  I keep the tall items on the sides, obviously to avoid obstructing the view of the tv.  To bring in pops of color, I bring in bright flowers for the season.  Our blanket basket is super colorful and stays on the hearth. To make our home smell warm and inviting, I always have a candle burning on the mantle.  It adds extra color and, to be honest, I hoard the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand fall fragrances in our linen closet year round.  I am not ashamed to light a fall candle in the middle of summer!  Come September, all bets are off and the candles come out.

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I stopped by Walmart to pick up some more candles, and I loved all the options available.  They have such a good selection of fragrances for the fall!  You can check out the Walmart assortment page here.  I'm super happy with the prices I paid, too.  My large tumbler was only $14.93, and the two small tumblers were $4.93!  I also picked up some of the votives (at the bottom of the post) since they were such a good deal at $1.43.

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Since our living room is the main gathering area, I like to keep a bin of books for the kids.  The books are rotated every season or holiday.  I recently put out the Halloween and autumnal books, and I'll purchase a couple new fall chapter books for the boys as well.

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It wouldn't be a fall mantle without a pumpkin!  I have a few pumpkins throughout the house.  I love the orange and yellow contrast of this one.

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The name of this candle couldn't be closer to perfect.  I like to incorporate a lot of different colors on the mantle, so the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand fit in perfectly.  I chose a red/tan/orange theme for the candles this year.

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Since we have kids in our home, we are super careful with our candles.  Everyone should be cautious, so it doesn't hurt to have a few reminders!  To ensure the flame on the candle doesn't get large, trim your wicks to 1/8 in.  Each time you burn your candle, allow the entire top layer to become a fragrant pool of liquid wax so you can maximize the fragrance.  Always burn your candles on a heat-resistant surface.  I have all of my candles on pedestals.  Not only is it cute, but it's also safer!  When your candle is down to a 1/2 inch of wax it is, sadly, time to let it go.

Additionally, I purchased this small candle lighter on the candle aisle at Walmart.  I love that it's small enough to tuck behind the candle.  That way, I don't have to hunt around for a match book and it's completely out of reach from the kids.  The cute color is just a bonus, I guess.  :)

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Now that I've shared our Fall mantle makeover with the new American Home by Yankee Candle® brand products at Walmart, I'd love to hear how you get your home ready for the Fall!

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