Fall Mantel: Old Books + Pumpkins

Hallelujah, it’s Friday! I’m not going to lie, this week kicked my butt. It’s just been one of those weeks, you know? Like I’ve had a million things I wanted to do, but not enough time or energy to get it all done despite copious amounts of coffee. I think my body is growing resistant to caffeine. Is that possible? I didn’t even work out, which I absolutely need to do in order to keep myself sane. It’s just been nuts. Right now we’re in the process of getting our house repainted. And while I’m really excited, it’s also a lot of work and coordination. Plus I have to pick a color, which is a wee bit stressful because it’s not like you can just repaint the house if you choose the wrong shade. I mean, it’s kind of a big deal. Stay tuned for more updates on that. Plus my husband has been working crazzzzzzzy hours, which always seems to make life feel more chaotic. And to top it all off–I have some exciting news! I’m currently transitioning out of my job so I can blog full-time and be home with my babies. It’s a huge change for me and our family. And it’s been such a hard decision because I really do enjoy my job, but the idea of being home with my sweet kiddos and doing what I love just feels like a dream come true. It’s what I’ve wanted for years and years. It’s all been really exciting and scary and emotional at the same time. But I know God has a plan and everything will work out, right?! Right. I’m just so thankful to have this opportunity and the amazing support I’ve had so far here on my blog. You guys are incredible. Anyway, I’ll get into that more later, because today is all about old books, white pumpkins, and a purdy little fall mantel.

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

I’ve been obsessed with old books for a long time now. In fact, I have a personal rule that I won’t pass up any worn-out books at thrift stores or yard sales. Well, unless they’re way overpriced which seems to be happening more and more. But snatch those babies up when you can get ’em cheap. They’re one of my all-time favorite things to collect.

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

I got these corn kernels from the pumpkin patch we visited a few weeks ago. The owner was nice enough to give me a huge bag (for free!) and I’ve really enjoyed decorating with them. Plus my kiddos love sprinkling them all over the house, so that’s been loads of fun.

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

You might recognize my fall sign, I shared the easy peasy tutorial for it last month. You can find it here.

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

Fall Decor Old Door with Sign

I had this sign hanging in our dining room for a while, but I’m currently loving it on this old door. Makes for the perfect backdrop, huh? I just love the inspiration in these words. I need to see this every single day. (Sign is from Vita Boutique)

Farmhouse Fall Decor
Vintage Farmhouse and Fall Decor

Let me tell you the quick story of this old vintage fan. I scored this baby for $12 at an auction last summer. Twelve bucks! I was a happy, happy girl. And the cool thing it is still works! Although it does seem a bit dangerous because of the giant metal blades and all the little people I have hanging out around here. I mean, the least thing I need is someone sticking their fingers in this fan when it’s going full speed. So it’s definitely all for looks right now.

Old Books + Pumpkins Fall Mantel

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

Old Books + Pumpkins: Fall Mantel

I gotta say, decorating this fireplace and mantel is waaaaaaaaay more fun now that it’s white. Every time I look at this I’m just so glad I finally got my butt in gear and painted that ’80s yellow brick. If you missed that project you can find it here. It always amazes me what a little paint can do. Well friends, I hope you liked this easy fall mantel. If you’re a fan of old books like I am, I’d encourage you to grab a stack of them and put them on your mantel. I like turning mine so the pages face out, but you can style them however your little heart desires. It’s the perfect vintage look and super easy. I’d love to hear what you think and definitely let me know if you have any questions. And as always, thanks sooooo much for dropping by today, you’re a fabulous human being!

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  1. 10.21.16
    Doreen Sulfaro said:

    Sarah, good luck in the transitioning of jobs. It’s wonderful you have the opportunity to do this. Continue to ride the wave as the time is yours. You only have the kiddies young once so cherish every single day. Best of luck, you will do great.

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you so much Doreen, I’m so excited and can’t wait to see what the future holds. So grateful for all the support you give me!

  2. 10.21.16
    Linda said:

    Interesting how you have the book pages facing out. I never saw that before and yet it works.

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      It’s my fave!

  3. 10.21.16

    Oh Sarah, how wonderful that you are going to be able to blog full time! That’s so great that you will be able to be home with your kiddos. I was able to stay home when my two girls were young and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks sweet Sandy, I’m very excited about this new journey. So great to hear you stayed home with your girls and don’t regret it. I can’t wait!

  4. 10.21.16
    Susanne said:

    Sarah your mantle is beautiful! And I love the cushion there, it looks so cozy…and yes to the white brick ???? Congrats on leaving your day job and being able to stay home with your kiddos!

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Right?! The white brick makes all the difference. Thanks so much for all your support Susanne!

  5. 10.21.16
    Shannon said:

    Congratulations on your new journey! What a dream come true! Your mantle looks beautiful… I too have a “thing” for old books.

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you sweet Shannon, I’m so excited for this new journey!

  6. 10.21.16
    Jessica said:

    That’s wonderful news!!! So happy for you. Love old books too!

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks my friend, I am so excited!

  7. 10.21.16
    Brenda said:

    Being home with your kiddos is invaluable, you will not regret it! Because of your encouragement I started a blog last week! I need to do a little more work on it, but at least I got started and am enjoying it. You can see it at http://www.myhomeysweethome.wordpress.com Love the books, I use them a lot too and will be showing some of the ways I decorate with them in the near future.

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      What?! That’s SO exciting Brenda, I’ll definitely be checking out your blog!!

  8. 10.21.16
    Lindsey said:

    Absolutely love your fall mantle, Sarah! The old books are such a unique touch. Also, congrats on your new journey!

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much Lindsey, I’m glad you like it. And thanks for the support! 🙂

  9. 10.21.16
    Laurie said:

    Yay momma! So exciting!! Wishing you all the best lady! Xoxo

    • 10.21.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks girl, I’m so excited!!

  10. 10.22.16
    Cathy said:

    That’s great you get to stay home with your babies! I did that and enjoyed every minute! Love your style. Thanks for the inspiration and God definitely has a plan!!????

    • 10.23.16
      Sarah said:

      Aww thank you Cathy, that really means so much to me. God definitely has a plan in all of this. Thank you for being here!

  11. 10.26.16

    I love the mantle! It looks great. Congrats on being able to pursue blogging full time! That is such a milestone and you should be so proud of yourself!

    • 10.27.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you so much Chelsea, I’m so excited for this new adventure!!

  12. 12.1.16
    Shani said:

    Hey Sarah! I absolutely adore your style and blog! Would you mind sharing where I might find be able to find old books like the ones you have?

    • 12.2.16
      Sarah said:

      Hi Shani! Thank you so much for your kind words! I actually find a lot of my old books at yard sales–plus they’re usually really cheap there. You can also find them at a lot of thrift stores or pawn shops too!