a pastel autumn mantel

happy halloween!

I thought I’d shy away from the more traditional, spooky décor post this year and show you how I’ve been styling our mantelpiece lately.  I’m totally loving all the little squashes and munchkin pumpkins that are everywhere at the moment, and I think that choosing an alternative colour (aside from the bright orange associated with the season!) allows you to just continue this décor theme for another few weeks.  We’re calling it Autumnal guys! 😉

Rather than go overboard, I just picked up two at my local M&S.  The perfect pastel green ghost pumpkin and the sweetest little Harlequin squash too.  I love the colour combination and, paired with some of my dried Hydrangea and some Cabbage roses and ivy, It has all the seasonal feels whilst still fitting with my colour palette…




a few more tips for mantel styling…

  • Group things together in similar colourways.  I’ve picked up on the green and cream shades here and teamed them with glass accessories on a white background.  The use of different glass jars adds texture without being too busy!
  • Work with height.  I generally like to either keep everything the same height and quite uniform, or else have it all a bit more eclectic and haphazard.  On a long stretch like a mantelpiece either works so well!
  • Mix seasonal with the everyday.  I’m already planning my Christmas mantel and am thinking of eucalyptus in tin jugs mixed with new season bulbs in mossy terracotta pots.  Lots of my pieces have been collected over years and I use them regularly, mixed in with fresh flowers and foliage.  You only need three or four stems of something seasonal to update your look and it’s eclectic and so very personal to you.


Some other ideas for Winter Living on my Pinterest board here!

Hope tonight brings you more treats than tricks! 🙂

Emma x


  1. October 31, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Fab styling, Emma! It looks perfectly seasonal yet still restful and calm. I’m not the greatest fan of orange at the best of times; I find it far too stimulating. Funnily enough, it’s my 12yo’s favourite colour so when we redesign her bedroom next year ready for the impending teenage years I’m hoping we can have flashes of orange as an accessory colour – I don’t fancy being greeted with neon satsuma walls every time I come up the stairs! Then again, though, you have to let them have a bit of control, don’t you? Self-expression and all that? Sigh. It’s a bit too much for this type-A mama to cope with!
    Anyway, looking forward to seeing how you style your house for Christmas. I tend to go for a more natural, rustic vibe and I sense you’ll be similar!
    Happy Halloween to you and your family. We had the grand sum of 0 trick-or-treaters, much to the children’s disappointment. Living in the sticks is either a blessing or a curse, depending on how you feel about people coming to your door! More sweets for me to eat though 😉
    Carly xo
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  2. November 3, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Oh hope you had a great halloween. Love the light pumpkins. I had the grey one too. So beautiful. Wish the uk had more white pumpkins like we do in America so pretty. Roll on Christmas next. Your house is stunning at Christmas I remember your tree when we came to visit.

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