Well, we finally decided that the TV was not going above the mantel in our new house. In our old house the giant black box was above the mantel, which meant decorating the mantel was out. (Not that I didn't try.)
When the TV is above the mantel, the main attraction of the room becomes...you guessed it, the TV.
I actually went back and forth about the TV placement decision for quite awhile...10 months to be exact. I asked many people and family members for their opinions. I even created a Pinterest board of pictures of living rooms with the television NOT above the mantel. Click here to see that.
The TV cabinet (yes, that was my final decision.) arrived a few weeks ago, and we just purchased a new TV to fit in it. (Cords are still everywhere, so the unit doesn't actually shut, yet.)
A neutral colored living room allows me to add pops of color in any shade. This month it's orange!
And with the TV out of the way, I can have a Halloween mantel, oooooh, how fun!
I found my old, cracked, stained glass black window and put a paper backing behind it. On top I hung this black feather wreath I've had for years. (they sell these at Target.)
A few tall candlesticks (all found at second hand stores,) gives the perfect Halloween touch.
Real mini pumpkins straight from the pumpkin patch and the polka dot orange and black ribbon add to the theme. (ribbon from Hobby Lobby.) More ribbon looped around to add to the Halloween colors.
Oh, I almost forgot. The black crow (from Michaels) is perched on a candle. My son thought the crow was 'epic'.
I always forget how much the kids appreciate the holiday decor...even as teenagers.
Apparently, you're never too old for Halloween? (Well, that's what the kids are saying...)