Sunday, October 23, 2011

An Autumn Mantel



Our living room is not decorated using
overly feminine pieces
because a man lives here, too.



This season calls for a more rustic theme
that can be enjoyed by both a man
and a woman. I do have candles, a dried
floral and tree cones, for a nod to
the softer side, but nothing too flowery.


The soft muted colors of nature are soothing
and draws one closer to see the variety of 
patterns and textures ~ in the stone of the fireplace, 
the cones and the feathers.
 I use things that we collect from nature
 and that we both appreciate.

A pheasant feather arrangement gives the feel
of a floral arrangement for me but is masculine in
appeal for him.

Outdoorsy pear scented candle and a creamy
greenish colored dried hydrangea are feminine
 yet not overpoweringly 'sweet'.

We both enjoy the wildness of the game birds
for their beauty and grace..

a shed antler that signifies the strength and cunning of
God's creatures and recollections of
'the thrill of the hunt' for him.

Beautiful old books are welcomed by both he and I.

Our Autumn mantel is a harmonious balance
of the wild outdoors and its natural beauty
that we can both enjoy together.

Joining The House In The Roses
for
~*~
"I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine"
Solomon's Song 6:3

13 comments:

LDH said...

A very cozy area, indeed! :)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi there! First time visiting your blog! Just saw your post on the House in the Roses. What a great way to merge masculine and feminine! LOVE IT! The pheasant feathers are just divine!! Very nice!

Nadine said...

Lovely autumn decorating! I like the feathers!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Allison of A Farmgirl's View said...

Beautiful! Great inspiration for the rest of us :) Thanks for the pictures.
-Allison

Heather said...

Beautiful I love it!! The feathers are so pretty! Thanks for sharing ~Love Heather

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Lady Farmer,

A very nice autumnal vignette you've created! I, too, love the pheasant feathers, they make a lovely bouquet.

How nice of you to decorate for you both; my middle brother is the one who has decorated his home, all in deer heads and cowboys, whilst my poor sister-in-law only has her dresser to put her Precious Moments figurines on! :)

Love,

Marqueta

Camille said...

So beautiful Raeann! What WOULD your hubby say if he could see what I *inflict* upon my men!?? LOL! Flowers on the couches no less!! Your husband must feel very loved! I think you are a sweetie. :)

Blessings,
Camille

Thistle Cove Farm said...

This is lovely and how beautifully you've blended the masculine and feminine. The pheasant feathers are really beautiful.

Mrs Georgina said...

Your mantel has such a warm comfy woodsy look about it. I love it! And what interesting feathers!

Jennifer said...

Those feathers are so dramatic - I love them there!

ArtyMarti said...

Just dropped by to visit, and am so impressed with your mantel. It is perfect for fall. Come visit me.

Kelli said...

So beautiful and I especially love your fireplace stonework! Thank you for stopping by for a visit and the congratulations about Victoria. I'm glad to hear you are still enjoying the acorns. :0)

Happy November!
~Kelli

Little Susie Home Maker said...

I think it look great! I really like the feathers in the vase. It is a nice take on a flower arrangement. Your husband must be so happy that you decorate for his taste as well. I love it!
Hugs,
Susie