My Picket Fence Fall Mantel…literally!

Wouldn’t it be so neat if I decided to pay homage to our blog by decorating my mantel for fall with a “Picket Fence” theme?

Decorating a mantel for fall using a picket fence from

I would be feeling so sentimental about our “little blog that could” that I would run all around town trying to find an old section of a picket fence to put on my mantel.

And when I couldn’t find one, I would decide to build one out of sheer determination to celebrate my love for At the Picket Fence.

Double grapevine wreath on a picket fence for simple fall mantel decorating

I would purchase all of the pickets and the back boards and set up shop in my garage where I would put together my own little picket fence and be so proud of myself and be thinking in the back of my mind that if this whole blog thing doesn’t work out I could always start a new career as a picket fence builder!

Can’t you just imagine me gently placing that picket fence on my mantel and adding a large over-sized grapevine wreath and then a smaller one inside of it?

Use an unadorned grapevine wreath for simple fall decorating

And then I would search high and low for real pumpkins and then when I finally found them I would place a trio right in front of the picket fence.

Trio of pumpkins on fall mantel from

Wouldn’t it be such a special moment when I got it all done and I stood back to look at my Picket Fence Fall Mantel and marveled at my cleverness for decorating based on the name of our blog? And I would write a blog post all about how this fall mantel was created with a ‘pun intended’.

That would be pretty amazing, huh?

Fall foliage in an urn for simple fall decorating from

But, is that what happened?


Oh sure, I searched high and low for a picket fence before finally building one myself and setting up my Picket Fence Fall Mantel and found just the right trio of pumpkins to place in front of it.

And yes I stood back and admired how it turned out and patted myself on the back for making my own picket fence.

But never ONCE did it occur to me that my Picket Fence Fall Mantel had anything at all to do with our At the Picket Fence blog.

Not when I had it all decorated.

Not when I walked past it every day for two weeks.

Not until my parents came to visit and my mom said, “Oh I just love your mantel all decorated for fall! I think it might be my favorite one you’ve ever done and how clever of you to decorate it with a picket fence to reflect your blog!

Oh….ummmmm….yeah….that’s right.

Our blog is called At the Picket Fence and I made a Picket Fence for my mantel.

Fall family room and mantel decorating from

Yep. That was totally intentional!

Because, I’m clever like that! 😉

Be sure to come back tomorrow when I show you how you can make your own Picket Fence Wall Art!

I’m so excited that this post is part of the awesome Autumn Abounds Fall Blog Hop, Linky Party and Giveaway.

Autumn Abounds graphic

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up tomorrow when Heather from Setting for Four shares her Glam Fall Mantel.

glam fall mantel

Here are the fabulous projects we’ve seen so far:

Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage shared her Thrifty Junky and Free Fall Mantel

Heather from At the Picket Fence (you might know her!) shared her House Numbers Pumpkin Topiary

Jennifer from the Jennifer Rizzo Design Company shared How to Paint a Pumpkin Art Canvas.

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia shared her Rustic Fall Mantel.

Maryann from Domestically Speaking shared her Autumn Apple Poppers

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road shared a Welcome Autumn Breakfast.

And here’s what’s coming up in the next two weeks:

Thursday, Sept. 19 Mary Beth @
Friday, Sept. 20 Becca @
Monday, Sept. 23 Kristen @
Tuesday, Sept. 24 Angelina @
Wednesday, Sept. 25 Courtney @
Thursday, Sept. 26 Debbie @
Friday, Sept. 27 Kim @

AND on September 30th it’s YOUR turn to share your Autumn inspiration with us and enter for a chance to win this $1,000 Prize Package! Woo hoo!

autumn abounds prize graphic

Thanks so much for joining me and my totally intentional Picket Fence Fall Mantel!


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  1. says

    You crack me up, Vanessa! I love your post AND your picket fence Fall mantel that, appropriately, became dedicated to your blog name, even though it wasn’t?!?! LOL :) The layering is beautiful … genius mounting two wreaths to your very impressive handcrafted picket fence! The splashes of orange are fabulous, and I’m jealous you found the perfect pumpkins! Happy Fall, sweet friend!
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  1. […] A Picket Fence Mantel from At The Picket Fence. This mantel is all about layers: A trio of white and orange striped pumpkins pose in all their harvest glory in front of a DIY distressed picket fence. Two grapevine wreaths create natural texture and a vase of foliage adds a pop of autumn orange to this beautiful mantel. […]

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