Monday, October 1, 2012

Autumn Mantel in the Den

I have sixteen place settings of these pretty dishes and they are "Home Gallery- Fine China".

I wanted for a while now  to do my mantel for Fall at our den's fire place, but had zilch inspiration, until I started to spot some mantles in blog land and I really liked Susan's from BNOTP's last year's with ducks and books.  Therefore, I used my Mil's vintage cooking books from the 40's and 50's on one side and on the other side a couple of books that were mine from when I was single, like Portnoy's Complaint..remember that one?

 English vintage dog guarding the
 I arranged a tray for tea.
 The antique French bowl comes from hubby's great-grandparents, so it's easily one hundred years old. There's an engraving on them too and my Mil gave it to hubby as it has our initials too! We sure scored with this one!

 A vintage Turkish folding chair with fox heads in the arms.  The floor is marble and so is the chimney's green frame.

 We love to spend time in our den on the weekends, as it's when we watch movies, or just TV. I'm usually blogging here so I can be with Alejandro, but I also read my latest book, etc.
 You can see part of our counter bar at your left, as we have our den and living room quite together, so when we have more guest they can sit everywhere and mingle with everyone too.

 Vintage cooking books that belonged to my Mil, along with the two antique bronze, church candle holders that my Mil gave me many, many years ago. 
I arranged my Mil's antique French turquoise bowl with some fresh pumpkins and gourds, plus some faux leaves and flowers. Anyway, hope you liked it, as I am not good with vignettes..AT ALL!!

Thank you always, lovely friends for your wonderful and generous visits... they always make my day!

Thanks a lot to the fabulous ladies who hostess such fun and great parties each week.

Have a happy October, everyone!


Tea Cup Tuesday at,  Artfull Affirmations
Your Gonna Love it at,  Kathe with an E
Knick of Time Tuesday at,  Knick of Time
Tea Time Tuesday at,  Martha's Favorites
Favorites on the First at,  The polo House
Make it Pretty Monday at,  The Dedicated House
Table Top Tuesday at,  A Stroll Thru Life
Primp your Stuff Wednesday at,  PRIMP
Wow Us Wednesday at,  Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday at,  Ivy and Elephants
Let's Dish at,  Cuisine Kathleen
Open House Party at,  No Minimalist Here
I am participating at Tablescape Thursday 
Between Naps on the Porch
Friends Sharing Tea at,  Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
It's a Party at,  A Creative Princess
Vintage Inspiration Friday at,  Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at,  The Charm of Home
Thrifty Things Friday at,  The Thrifty Groove
Show and Tell Friday at,  The Picket Fence
Feayther Nest Friday at,  French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday at,  Honey at 2805
Fridays Unfolded at,  Stuff and Nonsense
Simple and Sweet Fridays at,  Rooted in Thyme


Norma2 said...

Justo que abro el ordenador aparece tu entrada , es entonces que me pongo a mirar las cosas lindas que muestras.
Ohhh! por allí creo ver el libro de Doña Petrona ¡que interesante que tengas uno! Recuerdo que mi mamá aprendió a cocinar con él, allá por 1950.. y yo después. En Argentina no hay una persona que no la recuerde, ella encendió mi gusto por la cocina. Siempre se dijo que sus recetas eran muy costosas porque usaba, por ej, 9 huevos o 300 gramos de mantequilla.Pero ¿sabés una cosa? Sus preparaciones son muy abundantes.
Aquí termino con un cariño para ti.

Savvy Seasons said...

What a beautiful and charming Den. I love the splash of Autumn colors, and your mantle looks so elegant. Well done, sweet friend! XO ~Liz

Beth said...

Your mantle is lovely. Autumn colors are so rich looking and add a real elegance to a room.

Terri said...

Hello Fabby,
Your new Autumn mantle looks lovely! The books were a great idea! I love putting old books on mine too. The French bowl is totally awesome! Oh my! What a gorgeous treasure!
Your den looks very pretty and comfortable. I can see why you love to hand out in there. Your tea looks wonderful all set out there.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Fabby, your den has such a cozy feel! You did a great job with your mantel. The antique french bowl is such a special treasure.

My Cozy Casita said...

Hola, querida Fabby que hermoso todos y helegante tu hogar es muy hermoso y muy helegante al igual tu me encanta tu den y tu mantle quedo esplendoroso.
espero todo siga bien con tu hija con el favor de Dios.
un fuerte abraso

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Fabby: I would love to visit your home. It looks amazing! Love the Autumn mantle, fit you perfect. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful Fabby! I love your antique aqua bowl. It looks perfect there with the orange gourds in it. You have some lovely treasures from your family. Have a wonderful week. Pamela

Cindy said...

Hi Fabby,
Your den looks marvellous with the mantle done up so beautifully. I adore the French antique bowl with the gourds and flowers in it.
I was so happy at a chance to see the floor, as I am always amazed at your marble floor, it is so very, very beautiful! Your den looks very warm and cozy.
Hugs, Cindy

Sarah said...

Beautiful room, Fabby. Looks like a comfortable, inviting place to spend time. Love the gorgeous compote.......Sarah

Shannon@A Cozy Place Called Home said...

Fabby, your den is a beautifully decorated room and looks like a comfortable place to spend time. You did a nice job decorating the mantle for fall. How special it is that you have the lovely bowl from relatives of your husband. It must have meant a lot to you to have received such a piece of family history. Have a great week!----- Shannon

Elna said...

Lovely autumn colors and I just realized I must by a pumpkin *smile*.


xinex said...

You really have a beautiful house, Fabby. I say that again and again. Love your mantel. I love the green marble and how you decorated it. I love that French bowl and I love the chair in front of the fireplace. Aaah! What's not to love in this room?....Christine

Priscilla said...

Boy did you tell a whopper - "Anyway, hope you liked it, as I am not good with vignettes..AT ALL!!" Really? I think you made a beautiful one.
I is so much fun taking our inspiration rom blogs and Pinterest and making them our own.

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Fabby,
Thanks for this lovely tea while sharing some more of your treasures in your gorgeous home!
I loved the way you decorated the mantle piece ... and that acqua fruit bowl is a precious beauty!
Have a great week!

Linda M. said...

Hello Fabby, Your den looks very inviting so cozy and filled with lots of interesting pretty things. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Fabby,
You have a wonderful den and I like your cozy tea for two! The aqua fruit dish on your mantel is gorgeous and a real keepsake! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


Zaa said...

Greetings Fabby...

Your decorating is fabulous... and the den looks so inviting with it's festive Autumn garb...I find that books are great for that seasonal mood swing.

Your " French Bowl ' shares an elegant ambiance with the gourds and little autumn pumpkins.. Everything is very LOVELY.. ENjoy your day , Dear Lady...hugs

Wendy said...

Looks great! Love the color variations and all of the textures you've got going on!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Fabby,

You have such a classy home with so many interesting and highly valuable objects all over the place. Each with a unique story to tell. That is the true character of a home. Enjoy your cozy setting together!

Melanie said...

Your den is lovely, what a wonderful place to spend time with family and friends!

Jann Olson said...

Oh Fabby, that French bowl is such a gorgeous color. You scored indeed! Everything looks so warm and cozy for Fall. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Micupoftea~ said...

Visiting from Kathe With an E~ Oh, how inviting! LOVE the antique bowl. What a treasure. The autumn details just pop in the cozy room :)

Laura said...

It looks so cozy Fabby. That french antique bowl is gorgeous. You definitely scored on that one. Beautiful job as usual! Have a great week!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is gorgeous Fabby! I love every bit of it. Those dishes are beautiful too.

Tea in Texas said...

Beautiful Den! I love your mantle arrangement for fall with all the pumpkins. The antique french bowl is gorgeous and the initials make it so personal. You teaset is pretty on the den table and you are so fortunate to have 16 place settings. Thanks for sharing the photos of your home!


Bernideen said...

What a beautiful home you have and I love it that you came and linked at Friends Sharing Tea!

kitty said...

What a wonderful, warm, inviting home you have Fabby! You know how to add such special touches. How's your dear daughter feeling?

Babs said...

Your den is lovely and so inviting. LOVE your antique French bowl. The color is gorgeous.

Shelia said...

Hi pretty Fabby! Oh, I love what you've done with your mantel - it's beautiful! I love your vintage bowl - it's absolutely gorgeous! That little dog on the hearth is so cute too. You always have the prettiest posts. Thanks for popping in to see me and it is good to be home!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marlis said...

Fabby, your house is so beautiful. It must be such a blessing to be able to decorate it with the seasons. Your mantel turned out so pretty. I love that you put the rustic pumpkins in the highly elegant super antique bowl. Lucky you have it. It's so pretty. Love the dishes for the setting on the table.. You certainly have a beautiful style. xo marlis

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Fabby, Your room is so interesting and welcoming! Love the old books and the blue dish--fabulous! I haven't done my mantel yet either! Still thinking summer here, and it was warm again today. I could definitely sit in your room and get lost in a good book. Linda

Ann said...

What a gorgeous mantle in a beautiful room.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Flabby, Everything is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pretty Fall decor at the Open House party.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a beautiful family piece to use for the center of your mantle! Just gorgeous filled with the gourds. Your room is so warm and beautiful.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely fall mantle...perfect for the season!!! I like the books, and you know I love the French bowl!
Have a great weekend!

xinex said...

I disagree that you are not good in creating vignettes, Fabby. You are just being too humble. Love thousand your china set is exquisite. 16 place settings is a lot! Enjoy your time with family!...Christine

Alycia Nichols said...

Whaddya mean you're not good with vignettes??!?!!! You just scored with this mantel arrangement, sister!!! Very nice! I love that antique turquoise bowl!!!!!!! The color of it against the orange is fabulous!!!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a wonderful place to sit and have tea, so warm and relaxing. Love your fireplace mantel all decorated for fall. Beautiful french bowl!

Crystal Grandeur said...

Very Pretty mantel setting your home...i can feel the

podso said...

Your den appears to be so cozy and a relaxing place to be. The mantle is festive and autumn like --it looks great my friend! Hope you are having a good week!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Fabby,
You've created a beautiful fall mantle. The antique French bowl full of fall bounty is stunning! The turquoise color is a lovely unexpected pop of color. I love your den, it's a lovely decorated room with so much attention to detail. Thanks for sharing it with us.

The French Hutch

The Tablescaper said...

Your mantel is lovely. Perfect for Fall.

- The Tablescaper

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Of course I love your mantel Fabby, I love that aqua bowl in the center, gorgeous. I am a dog figurine collector, and the little pumpkin in the fancy folding chair is too cute.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Your den mantel looks fantastically fall, Fabby! I love the antique turquoise footed bowl in the center of the arrangement, as well as the vintage Turkish seat--these are really unique and just gorgeous. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog the other day and leaving an encouraging comment on my Greek Eggplant Moussaka post--I am so glad you enjoyed it! I need to go out to the garden and pick some eggplant to make some more soon :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Fabby your mantle looks beautiful and that paneled wall is gorgeous!!

Suzy said...

Your mantle and whole den is so beautiful Fabby. Very elegant and inviting. I can see how Susan's mantle was an inspiration to you.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

That is a lovely French heirloom you are showcasing on your mantel. I love seeing people use their family things. Your room is lovely dressed for fall.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Hi Fabby,

Your room is so warm and inviting. Love that you've used family heirloom pieces on your mantel...beautiful!

Diann said...

Everything looks beautiful Fabby. All the wonderful Fall touches are so lovely! Thank you for sharing at TTF and have a great weekend!

CAS said...

Wow, the French bowl is fabulous! It looks stunning all filled with your lovely pumpkins and gourds!

Danice said...

Wow, what a gorgeous mantel and whole house! Excellent decorations. Love your furniture also. Our fireplace also has the green marble framing. I found you at Ivory and Elephants' Link Party, which I also joined. Now following your blog.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

really pretty, Fabby, that beautiful blue antique elongated bowl is just wonderful! love all the pumpkins and gourds inside!

Crystal Grandeur said...

So sweet of you Fabby to sit late night and comment for people.Happy to know your daughter has become alright and left for her you can relax little bit before jumping into your usual work.thank sujatha....i love your home...:)):):)

Johanna said...

Hi Fabby,
your mantle decoration turned out beautiful. I love the wonderful soft aqua bowl with the pumplins. And the cina is to die for. Thank you for sharing, my dear.
Best greetings, Johanna

The Tablescaper said...

Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

bj said...

O, Fabby...your mantel is just beautiful. You have such lovely things and you really know how to use them.
Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my RICE post. :) Very sweet.
xo bj

Jojo said...

I'm in love with the beautiful French dish from your MIL and the Turkish chair too! Such a cozy room and the mantle turned out perfect.

Thanks for unlocking the site!

Marigene said...

Very pretty fall mantel...the bowl is gorgeous.

Isabelle Thornton said...

Pretty! Thanks for linking!

Debbie said...

Just simply beautiful to me, Fabby! I love anything fall anyway, but the way you did this looks fallish and elegant at the same time. Not always easy, but you pulled it off!

Kathe said...

Not good at vignettes? My dear Fabby yes you are! Your vignettes are beautiful. Should any of your children/ grandchildren not want that beautiful blue bowl just let me know lol! I would love to watch my tv shows in your warm welcoming home dear friend :-)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a stunning room!

I love the richness of all the wood!!



Kathleen said...

Your tea in the den looks lovely. Very pretty dishes!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful mantel on Simple & Sweet Fridays. What a beautiful fall theme and all your lovely things to go with it.