Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Article Posted By: Adrianne Lentine

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

“When it comes to decorating, don’t ever be afraid to mess around with something you see in the store,” is some of the best decor advice you’ll ever hear. Adrianne Lentine said that, and as you’ll see, she puts the idea in practice with her Thanksgiving decorating ideas.

Adrianne authors the DIY and decor blog Dream Book Design. This fall mantel she styled for her family’s Thanksgiving celebration is part of our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge series– we send mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to some of our favorite DIY bloggers to see what great decorating ideas they generate.

Adrianne keeps her Thanksgiving decorations understated, with a lovely eclectic look to them. And, as we said, she knows how to make the decorations fit her style with just a little DIY know-how.

As if the fact that it is no longer 100 degrees here in Phoenix wasn’t enough to be excited about, fall is here and Thanksgiving is coming up! Every year we have a tradition to be the ones in our large family to host Thanksgiving dinner, and it usually ends up being at least 25 people. While the main focus of that day is the food, I happen to think the decor is just as important! It can make a room feel cozy and festive at the same time, if done right. While we live in a world that usually follows the motto ‘more is more’, I happen to err on the side of ‘less is more’ when it comes to holiday decorating.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Last year, my hot hubby Jeremy and I stayed up till 2 am the night before Thanksgiving in order to finish building our new DIY fireplace mantel and built-ins. We hosted the dinner in that room and we wanted it to be perfect. Best choice of timing? Probably not, but we do love a good deadline to make us work hard.

Since we just barely finished it in time, there wasn’t much decor going on. This year though? I have a mantel! And not only a mantel to decorate, but amazing shelving next to it that screams to be filled up with fun fall looks. Needless to say, I had a blast adding the fall feel to this room.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

The key to styling the shelves for this fall look was to keep them symmetrical enough, without being too similar. I loved mixing in live elements, like Home Depot’s fabulous succulents, along with vintage books and glasses.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

For this challenge, we were given a lot of classic fall decorations like pumpkins and owls. While I love a good metallic look that they all had, I was glad that I was able to easily spray paint some to a more natural tone to bring in warmth. The fun thing of spray painting these was that I was easily able to get three different colors for the pumpkins, all within a matter of five minutes (and 30 mosquito bites!).

When it comes to decorating, don’t ever be afraid to mess around with something you see in the store. Whether it be spray painting to change a color, or taking off some excess decorations to a piece, make it your own.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

These adorable wicker pumpkins from Home Depot were the perfect fit for my more rustic fall look. They were originally topped off with a lot of little decorations, and while I left some on, I was able to deconstruct them and use it elsewhere. The little toppers made for a perfect waterfall effect coming out of these rustic wooden crates. To me, that is a total win– achieving the look I wanted for the pumpkins, while enhancing another look with the leftovers!

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

The best thing about decorating in general is that you get to express yourself freely. I love keeping things light and airy, and I really love using uncommon items while doing that. Instead of using a classic vase or even the more ‘out-there’ option of a pitcher, to hold my branches on the mantel, I used a vintage trophy! The trophy added great height, held a perfect amount of decorative branches, and added a fun element of surprise! I also used old wooden bowls that I have thrifted over the years to create some warmth against the all white shelves.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

While not every mantel needs a traditional banner to make it perfect for the holidays, I tend to love a good DIY project to make one. This was super simple by cutting out cardboard letters, hot gluing fake leaves to add pops of color and texture, and using twine from Home Depot to string it.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

This holiday season I challenge you to not only create a space you love and are proud of, but also a space that makes you reflect on what really matters. I purposely made my banner the word Thankful, instead of a cute little fall or harvest one. I want to look at this space when I walk in my house every day and be reminded to simply Be Thankful.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go and kick my feet up and reflect on what I am thankful for this year. Our second son being born, seven years of an amazing marriage, and our friends and family are at the top of that list!

Thank you Home Depot for having me be apart of this Style Challenge, it was a blast!

Adrianne Lentine and her husband Jeremy have a passion for DIY and home renovation. They write about DIY projects, home improvement and even parenting on their blog Dream Book Design. They live in Phoenix, Arizona with their two baby boys Braylen and Winston.

The mystery box of fall decorations The Home Depot sent to Adrianne included these items (some no longer available):

  • Grapevine Twig Pumpkin (10 in.)
  • Grapevine Twig Pumpkin (8 in.)
  • Decorative Pumpkins and Gourds
  • Mercury Glass Owl

For more DIY Halloween and harvest ideas, see other articles in our Halloween Style Challenge series, and follow our Halloween Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween and fall.

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