During the autumn season, the left side of my mantle held an arrangement of books propped against a tall bronze-look vase with dried hydrangeas from the yard. On the other end a couple of candle holders holding candles which were my mother's, believe it or not! These candles must be 35 years old! I'll never forget buying them for my mother's new den that was added to their existing home. I found them a few years back and I'm so glad I didn't toss them since I think they compliment my room so well now. In the center is an assortment of items from nature in an antique wooden dough bowl.
Transforming the mantle to suit the season was a quick change. The vase on the left stayed, but hydrangeas went to the floor. The Santa standing by the fireplace is from Big Lots. I stained him to give him an old look. Notice, I don't have decor on my tables? When you have a toddler running around, you learn not to set things out. :) I'll have to settle for decorating out of his reach this year.
The wooden bowl in the center of the mantle was replaced with a bronze reindeer and sleigh along with various garlands.