MilSpouse Pin-worthy Projects: Quick & Easy Styled Fall Mantel

With fall holidays looking a bit different this year, we're turning to some of our Military Spouse friends for inspiration to make celebrations at home extra special. We hope you enjoy this first post in this 3-part blog series!

We're excited to introduce you to designer, artist and Air Force spouse Kyle Westcott - she and her family are stationed near us here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska! We met Kyle when our booths were next to each other at a Little Fish Workshop Makers Market. Since then, we've been obsessed with following Kyle on Instagram as she transforms a formerly abandoned house in Anchorage into the most incredible, beautiful home. 

Dig her style? We have good news - she offers in-home and e-design services! She also is the designer at one of our all-time favorite Anchorage shops, The Nordic Home! She'll help you hand-pick furniture and home goods that normally can't be shipped to Alaska... and The Nordic Home team will ship those items here! Be sure to check out Kyle's original artwork and jewelry at too - she is multi-talented!

Super Quick and Easy Styled Fall Mantel
Guest Author: Kyle Westcott


Creating a Fall Mantel doesn't have to mean busting out 14 pumpkins and a hay bail. Instead, changing out a few items, and adding more seasonal colors can be a quick way to easily update your home and add an Autumn vibe.


  1. Start with a blank space.


  1. Add something large and dominant as the main focal point. I found this fantastic bird print at The Nordic Home in Anchorage, Alaska (as well as the other items), the soft oranges and greys are a perfect fit for fall.


  1. These amber glass vases and couple books add interest to the side.



  1. Typically, I like to add a couple of greenery sprigs for height, but in this case, I used a couple branches (from my yard) instead. They're more muted and seasonally fitting.



  1. Balance the other side out with a grey planter that brings out the greys of the art print, a little dark greenery here to fill out the pot.


  1. Finish the look off with a tall black candlestick, this balances the other side of the mantel and adds some great contrast.


Just a reminder, nothing here is overtly "fall." By just using warm seasonal colors and tones, you can create an autumn vibe that you don't have to rush to take down. This look and technique lasts through the winter!

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