One afternoon I was at Erin's house, admiring her home decor, when I spied a gem. Her mantle was so artfully decorated. It seemed so simple. Just put a few branches of autumnal inspired florals on your mantel and throw some gourds on top.
I had to do something similar. Erin told me to go to Michael's and not to forget the floral wire. Off I went, and bought a whole bunch of fake flowers, leaves, grasses. I got home, laid them on the mantel, turned to look at my husband's expression, and almost died laughing. I had bought wayyyyy too many and it looked like a mess. So, I jammed them all into a vase and left them there until Erin brought her kids over for a play date. I pointed at them, and said in an accusatory tone, "this is not working."
Erin kindly told me I had bought a few too many items, and that I needed to break some of them down and then tie them together with the floral wire. So I put aside some of the larger blooms and put them in a copper pot in my sun room:
And arranged the others on my mantel. I put some squash and pumpkins I have every intention of eating after Thanksgiving among the blooms and here's what I got. I am ridiculously proud of myself.
It is definitely more understated that Erin's, but that's my style. She's a little more modern, I'm a little more traditional. Opposites attract. Thanks for the inspiration, neighbor.