Decorating Around the Television


This is officially my first fall mantel decor post.  For four of the five years that we have lived in our home, there was a black cable box sitting on the mantel, and it was like a thorn in my side.  Last year, we switched to another system, and the box disappeared.  What a great day that was!!!  However, since then I have just enjoyed the whiteness and nothingness of the mantel because I really didn’t know what to do with it.  You see, the television is still on the wall above the mantel, and I could not obstruct the view.  Mr. Right wouldn’t go for that.  Recently, though, after seeing a photo on a blog, I decided it was time to start decorating around the television.

Screen shot from Emily Henderson

I saw this arrangement on Emily Henderson’s blog, and it served as the inspiration for me to add some things to our mantel.  It wasn’t the colors or the items that inspired me, but it was the shape of the things she used.


 Fall mantel - The 2 Seasons

So, I pulled out some items in fall colors and came up with a decorated mantel that works around a television.


Fall mantel with a television - The 2 Seasons

 I added the blue and white as a neutral.  Go figure.  It works, though.



Fall mantel with a television - The 2 Seasons

I bought this oblong wooden bowl in Africa on our last trip.


Fall mantel with a television

I had this  cedar box when I was a little girl.


Fall mantel - The 2 Seasons

Now, I get it.  There’s a black television screen looking back at us, but this mantel decor is so much better than before, and I think Mr. Right will be able to see the news and sports without any obstructions.  By the way, he made it back to the USA from his six-week bicycle tour in Europe last Thursday, and we are glad he is home.


Take care.


  1. says

    Looks good! I have been toying with the idea of creating a gallery wall around our TV set, which you see a lot in blogs (+ in the Pottery Barn catalog!)

  2. Beth Lowe says

    I am glad your company is working on the ad issue. It has been bad, but I will get rid of these unwanted nuisances eventually.
    I love how nice your mantle looks. I have been thinking about adding photographs or some art to camouflage the big screen.