This neutral fall mantel decor celebrates the simple beauty as warm summer nights fade into fall.
I have a confession: I really struggled with this fall mantel last week.
Was it hard to create? Nope. Was it complicated? Not at all. Did it take a long time? Not even.
But with the recent aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (not to mention the past month of 100+ degree weather in these parts), I struggled to get into the mood. I struggled to think about decorating and beauty and seasonal celebrations when people I know have six feet of water in their homes.
So I walked outside with my daughter to get her swimsuit (because everyone needs to put on a tutu swimsuit at 9am, right?), and I realized we had the most beautiful morning I had seen in a long time. The sky was crystal clear, the temperature was at least 15 degrees cooler than it has been, and a hummingbird flew past.
And the irony of it all is that the beautiful morning was likely due to the weather changes brought on by the hurricane…
And that’s when I started thinking about the beauty that comes from adversity. While so many of my loved ones are mourning, they are also telling me daily of new stories of the grit, perseverance, sacrifice, kindness, and hard work of fellow Houstonians.
It’s humbling to be the one who is continuing with the “regular” pace of life when so many of my loved ones have been forced to put their lives on hold. But at the same time, I’ve been reminded that we ought to see the beauty in the hard things in life. And continue to pursue beauty alongside our challenges…
So with that in mind, I decided to make this fall mantel a certain kind of beauty. Not the luscious, elegant, complicated beauty (though that can certainly be beautiful), but the kind of beauty that involves my daughter helping me pot our little pumpkin succulents as we enjoy the gorgeous weather… and then letting her “take pictures” with her play camera alongside me (remember said swimsuit?). 😉
And the kind of beauty that involves rather beat up red leaves – beat up because they were tossed about by those same hurricane winds.
And the kind of beauty that welcomes simplicity and reminds us of all the really important things in life.
I hope that kind of beauty speaks to you today as it does to me.
Update: Many of you have asked me about those beautiful candlesticks. You can find them and a few other items in our family room through the affiliate links below.
For more fall mantel inspiration, visit the other bloggers sharing today. Special thanks to Taryn Whiteaker for organizing!