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We’re in an in-between time of year, when the warmth of summer and the crispness of fall blend together. The days are hot and the nights can be on the chilly side. For me, when I start feeling that chill in the air, I start thinking about fall decor.

But I’m not quite ready to put away all the summer fun just yet, so I like to ease into the seasonal transition a bit. And what better way to both celebrate summer and welcome fall than with a mantel that represents the transition from one season to another?


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I started with just a few pieces for this summer mantel styling: fresh gomphrena from the market, a mix of bottles and a few vintage books. Just a few sprigs of gomphrena in each bottle and a handful simply laid on the mantel was perfect and brought the right amount of oomph and charm.


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The first option for transitioning this mantel to autumn is to simply let the gomphrena dry in place and enjoy the result. It dries beautifully, while keeping its bright color.


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But if you’re looking for a bit more pizazz and some Autumn flair, why not replace the smaller blooms in the vases with dried flowers of your choice?


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These are a mix of hydrangeas, roses, cotton and peonies. It’s a non-traditional autumn color scheme, but if you’re in the mood for something more traditional consider using wheat or natural-colored dried hydrangeas.


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Then simply add a few more to the blooms that were laid on the mantel, tuck in a couple of those darling velvet pumpkins from HomeGoods and voila!

It’s a perfectly simple, easy and super fast summer-to-fall mantel. I am loving it.


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How do you decorate your mantel for different times of year? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments.

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage, where she shares lifestyle and design inspirations and the ongoing renovations of her 1940s cottage. Read more at French Country Cottage.

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