If you’re a regular reader here at Raising Arrows, you probably realize I am married to a very manly man who likes to hunt and fish and be outdoors. You also know I have several dead animals hanging on my wall to prove this fact.
Oh, and did I mention the boys in the household far outnumber the girls?
So, while I do adore pretty things, I have learned over the years that pretty doesn’t always have to be feminine and in fact, you can create beautiful things in your home that can easily compliment and honor your husband’s tastes as well.
That’s how this Fall mantel came about. I was perusing Pinterest, when I came across a pin of a mantel with deer sheds (antlers) displayed on it. I immediately thought of all the deer sheds in my basement that are supposed to someday become a lamp (or some such thing), but for now have been collecting dust in a box.
I rescued a few of them and brought them upstairs to be the highlight of our mantel.
A little interjected note here: This mantel is not your typical mantel. It consists of 3 jutted-out pieces of stone at an angle across the face of the fireplace. A cohesive display is not an easy task.
This year, I decided to purchase new strings of leaves from our local discount store. These are a very simple way to decorate for Fall and can be added to just about anything and end up looking good!
I added these in amongst the antlers on two of the pieces of stone and then put together a center focal point from a rustic wreath I’ve had for years.
To tie everything together, I added a few baskets from my basket collection, as well as more leaf garland and a little burlap pumpkin that makes me smile.
I was so excited to show Ty when he came home and his reaction did not disappoint! He loved it!
I’m writing this one down on my Decorating Pages of my Holiday Planner, so I don’t forget!