Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall Mantel Vignette: Pumpkins

Autumn is in full swing, isn't it?  Even though here in California it's still so hot-- but it's a Santa Ana condition, dry and windy and clear, typical for us at this time of year, and so much better than the hideously humid tropical systems that creep up on us from the Gulf of California like warm, moist, suffocating blankets.  

I can tell it's October, that most perfect of autumn months, because the light is different, more golden and mellow, the nights are cool, the sun is setting earlier and earlier, pumpkins and Halloween decor are everywhere....and, even though the liquidambars and crepe myrtles in my yard have yet to turn,  the sycamores and willows that I pass when I drive over the nearby mountains to my office are starting to turn a dirty yellow.  One good cold snap at night and everything will be brilliant yellow, orange and red (or as brilliant as fall color gets here in southern California).

This is a fairly short post-- short on words and photos-- because I'm still recovering from our recent trip to Utah to work like maniacs on our cabin, which was exhausting, exhausting, exhausting.  But I have been adding to my growing pumpkin collection, which is temporarily, but happily sitting on my fireplace mantle... which I thought I would share, along with some autumn-themed poetry that caught my eye....

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

-Henry David Thoreau

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Although I did get to see some pretty fall color on my drive home through is some aspen color in the mountains near our cabin.

"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand, shadowless like Silence, listening
To Silence."

-Thomas Hood

Thanks for visiting!


Linking to the following this week....
Roses of Inspiration Linkup at The Enchanting Rose
Bouquet of Talent at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest


  1. Very pretty. Your mantle is lovely with just the right touch of sophistication and warmth. And that dog at the bottom just melted my heart.

  2. I really love your mantel! You did such a great job transforming it and you make it beautiful with your decorations.

  3. Melissa,
    Love love love your fireplace, it is so beautiful.........and love the way you have accessorized it as well. Very classy indeed,
    and love the rooster and pig on the hearth. Great job.
    and the pic of Fall is gorgeous too.
    Blessings for a Wonderful Fall Season,

  4. Love the way you cropped, or perhaps originally framed, your final photo, leaving in the worn blacktop highway with the yellow stripe that matches the leaves. Just gorgeous. Would really love to see you using a different font for your blog copy, though. A nice serif would complement your lovely images.

  5. What a gorgeous mantel and fireplace surround. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it! Love your pretty fall decor too, So very elegant!
    XO Barbara

  6. What a gorgeous fireplace and mantel! Reminds me of the fireplace we had in the first house my father built. Your decor is wonderful and I love the rooster and pig on the hearth. Very charming! Thanks for sharing.

    Autumn blessings,

  7. Love your fireplace and mantel deocr (and your lovely assistant!) Thanks so much for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

    1. Thank you Amy! Dolly is always such a big help ;-)

  8. Melissa, so clean and stylish. I love it very much. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  9. I bet the scenery in Aspen is breath taking! I have a thing about mantles and I'm loving yours. I'm also admiring your fireplace. I'm stopping by from the link up, I hope your having a great day.

  10. Everything on that mantel looks gorgeous! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  11. Melissa, how could I NOT feature your stunning mantel at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Thankyou for sharing. I'm still swooning. Love, Mimi xxx