Hydrangea filled baskets for a fall mantel

Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

And a happy fall to you! Is it fall yet? I’m not entirely sure. It’s still super muggy out here and coats aren’t needed quite yet. But that hasn’t stopped me from playing around with hydrangea filled baskets for a fall mantel.

Oh hello there Skye! Thank you for sitting still for a quick moment!

Harvesting hydrangeas off a bush via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

It was harvest time for the hydrangea bush. I like to bring them inside is when the petals turn ever so slightly crispy. I’ve written about how to dry hydrangeas HERE if you’d like a few more tips.

Fall hydrangeas are the colours of the rainbow!  via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

Fall hydrangeas are gorgeous! They turn into a rainbow of colours. This bush was completely blue a short month ago.

rustic baskets

I couldn’t resist putting all those amazing rustic baskets to work from my junker brother’s garage sale! Most decorating inspiration hits when new stuff is brought home… love putting it to work right away. I think that officially gives me free license to shop daily, wouldn’t you say? You know… for the good of the blog?

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Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

The baskets were positioned in a tumbled over effect. The light plays really neat off the woven textures. Even though the mantel decorating is pretty subdued, it’s still light enough to be fun and interesting.

Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

Or am I off my rocker again? Wouldn’t be the first time…

Tuxedo cat Lake, so handsome and ready to bring in fall! - via Funky Junk Interiors

Hey Lake! Can you hold still while a get a few good kitty cat shots? (it’s a rare moment then they aren’t running in blur motion) Ohhhh… isn’t that boy so very handsome?! Mooches! Smile…

Decorating tuxedo cats mayhem - via Funky Junk Interiors

Oh good grief.  Would you two leave the props alone? I’m not done with the shoot yet! No no no, that is NOT a tree…

“AHEM… we are TWEAKING.”

OHHHH sorry. Carry on then…

Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

While they wrestle with… everything, we can just enjoy a quiet moment here.

Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

Waaaay up high.

Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

No kitties can get to these hydrangeas quietly nestled on top of a mantel.

Hydrangea filled rustic baskets for a fall mantel - with cats. via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

I don’t think…

Other hydrangea posts:

How to make a hydrangea wreath in 5 minutes

Outrageous dried hydrangea filled dresser (you’ve been warned)

How to harvest and dry hydrangeas

Creating an old world stone fireplace without destruction

 

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  1. Gorgeous!!! LOVE the baskets/tumbling effect and LOVE the hydrangeas…. and especially LOVE the inclusion of Skye and Lake!! (Don’t count on them not getting to the hydrangeas on the mantel).

    I need to read your ‘how to dry hydrangeas’ instructions. If I cut mine and put them out for display/decoration, they seem to just turn brown. Tho’ they’re really pretty as they do the turning, once brown they are, of course, too dull.

    Thanks for the beautiful photos and incentive to start fall decorating.

  2. Thanks, Donna! Terrific idea for using and displaying baskets! I went back to your older posts on hydrangeas and definitely learned a few new things! Your little “tuxedo kitties” are too cute!

    • Donna, I love the first picture. The basket and hydrangeas look fabulous on your stone fireplace – really love the fireplace. Keep blogging – it is my daily go-to place. You are a wonderful writer with great photos. Mardy

  3. Okay – those are gorgeous! And the flowers aren’t bad either!
    I think my mother has a whole hedge of hydrangea at her house. . . I may have to go over and get some for a mantel decoration. . . i don’t have a whole bunch of baskets. . . hmmm. . . i’ll think of something!

  4. Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers in the world, and what you have done with your mantel is outstanding. Just Beautiful, love them with the baskets. And your two cats are pretty sweet too!!

  5. Just LOVE the kitties, mantel, baskets and the Hydrangeas (my favorite flower….along with daisies!!)…..just beautiful! I have two varieties….the pink ones that then go green and a dark mauve (unless I remember to do the acid and then it’s blues and purples) and the white ones that go a soft green to a light brown when drying. They’re wonderful to decorate with! My cats LOVE them and always find a way to get where they are….

  6. Beautiful hydrangeas, the colors are gorgeous!, in wonderful baskets on your beautiful fireplace mantel with a lovely view of the “Lake” and the “Skye”, how could it get any better? Does your brother want those baskets back now seeing how beautiful they look on your mantel? Those are great pictures for your book ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh Donna, your mantel is beautiful! I love the way the hydrangea colors look with the texture of the baskets! I am glad you saved all those great baskets from the garage sale, too.

    Love your blog, always so inspiring and interesting…..

    Thanks,
    Tammy

  8. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite, think I’ve done like three hydrangea posts this summer already!Great idea putting the baskets on their sides, love the look!

  9. Dear inspiration , Please ,Pretty ,please, will you let your brother adopt me. I love old baskets, you fell into a Great look. I cut my neighbors flowers today and can’t stop thinking of yours into those baskets.I’ll have to hit the thrift shops. Thanks for making others drool…Please send me your brothers answer soon! Have a wonderful day.

  10. I love the hydrangeas and the simplicity of your mantle. It’s funny though, that as I write this, I’m actually taking a break from REMOVING two hydrangeas that have got out of control in my yard.

    Happy Fall!