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Create A Fresh Fall Look with Neutrals

Neutral color and texture combine for a soft and cozy Fall look | #sponsored Tree Classic |

Hello Friends,

I have a question for you.

What do you love most about Fall?

Since Fall is my favorite time of year, it’s difficult for me to narrow what I love most to just one thing.  But if I have to choose, my favorite would have to be the weather.  

You see, I live in the Deep South where Spring blows in with storms and heavy pollen.  Summer follows with scorching heat and high humidity. But Fall, glorious, glorious Fall, is the perfect time of year. By September, the humidity disappears. And by October, the heat. What is left is absolutely perfect weather for BBQs and watching football games on the patio.

Create a clean, fresh look for Fall with neutral colors and texture | #sponsored Tree Classics |

This is my family’s version of tailgating.  Lots of food, fun, and fellowship conveniently located in our own backyard.

Creamy ceramic pumpkins and owls provide a nice balance of color | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comDisclosure: A wreath was provided by Tree Classics and the fireplace mantel was milled and installed by Outback Deck, Inc, in exchange for a review on this blog.  All backyard fun and opinions are 100% my own.

So naturally, we like to decorate the patio like it’s an outdoor room — because well — it is.

 Soft pillows stacked by a warm fire is cozy place to spend a chilly evening | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |


The summer to fall transition began in September with a combination of color and texture. Click here to see this tablescape by the fire.

Combine casual and formal elements for outdoor dining | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | #sponsored Tree Classics |

This included a think-outside-the-box metal wreath for the fireplace.

Think outside-the-box for unique fall wreaths | Metal and mirrors | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

As September moved into October, the space was ready for another transition. 


The first change was the addition of a rustic mantel to the fireplace by the good folks at Outback Deck, Inc.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have had the pros handle this. And I learned so much about the process, I decided to dedicate a full blog post to this project in the coming weeks.  

A new mantel for the outdoor fireplace | #sponsored Outback Decks, Inc. | The Chelsea Project |


The next change was the addition of a Fraser Fir Wreath from Tree Classics (click here for the website page).  This wreath is so lush and full, I felt it didn’t need anything except some extra color and texture.

So the wreath was layered on top of the metal and mirror wreath.  An unlikely union, to be sure, but when the two are combined, a new wreath is created that is completely original and rich with organic charm.

Layer neutral color and texture for an organic Fall wreath | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

A burlap strip and a shimmering bronze ribbon pull the look together.

A wide burlap strip and a shimmering bronze ribbon pull the look together | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

See how easy it is?  

You don’t have to be a master wreath maker in order to make this look.  

Just layer on the color and texture and then….do a quick change for Christmas.  

That’s what I plan to do.

A mirror in the center of the wreath adds sparkle | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

Notice how this combination creates a unique look by allowing the natural elements of the green wreath to take center stage.

A green wreath combines with traditional fall colors for a cohesive look | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

And to work in concert with the surroundings.

A green wreath over a metallic wreath combine with the surrounding colors | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

For a little extra sparkle, just fire up the wreath’s battery-operated LED lights.

An evergreen wreath will work with seasonal decor from Fall through Christmas | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

And then sit back and enjoy.

Neutral decor eases the outdoor room into Fall | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

A fall wreath that celebrates green…

A Fall wreath celebrates green with the surrounding color of the trees |

….during October.

Neutral colors combine with a green wreath in this cozy outdoor room | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

This is why I love fall weather — and my new green and metallic fall wreath.

An outdoor room decorated for mid-Fall | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

And now it’s your turn.  

What do you love most about Fall?  

While you think about it, a couple of things:

1.  Treat yourself to more decor ideas from these talented ladies …


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Wednesday – The Chelsea Project

Thursday – 11 Magnolia Lane

Friday – Southern Revivals

Saturday – Jennifer Lutz at Tree Classics

2.  Would you like to register for a chance to win gift cards?  

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3.  Remember to Pin this idea for later……

Create a Fresh Fall Look with Neutrals | #sponsored Tree Classics | The Chelsea Project |

And as always, thanks so much for stopping by… 


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  • Reply Carolann October 12, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I love the mantel Susie. And that wreath is so beautiful! Your backyard space looks perfect! I’m sure your family will enjoy many relaxing hours back there. Great job as always.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Carolann. Love having you stop by! You bless me with your kind words.

  • Reply Sue Purdy October 12, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Susie. That lovely fireplace looks so warm and inviting 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Sue! Come on over for some coffee and chit chat! XOXO

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul October 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Oh wow, that mantle turned out beautifully and I love the wreath over the mirror! You always have such a lovely way of putting things together and inspiring me to create those beautiful vignettes in my own home!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Toni! You are the best of the best!! XOXO

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista October 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Oh my, do I ever like your new custom fireplace mantel, Susie! I especially love your outdoor living space and how lucky you are to be able to enjoy it most of the year. Here we don’t get much of a Fall season. The leaves haven’t completely fallen yet and already we have snow. What I would do to be able to enjoy our outdoor space for more than 4 months of the year. Love the wreath on hanging in front of the mirror – I do this on our mirror hanging over our living room fireplace. Will definitely be back to enter the contest because my wreath doesn’t have lights nor is it as lush and full as yours.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Marie! I’d be thrilled to have you win!! XOXO

  • Reply 1915house October 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Your outdoor space is so warm and inviting!! Love how you created a unique wreath! Nicely done!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Sarah!! XOXO

  • Reply Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality October 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful outdoor space, Susie, I’m so envious of that fireplace!!! You made it all look gorgeous, thanks for playing along with me in this blog hop.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Rhoda! It was loads of fun! Thanks for including me.

  • Reply Kim @Hunt & Host October 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    This looking so stunning, everything is beautiful. Your crisp pictures make me want to jump on over!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Kim. You are so kind and encouraging. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Homeschool Base October 14, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Oh my goodness! That FIREPLACE!!!! So welcoming and cozy looking.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 14, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah!

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 October 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I love your outdoor space. I don’t think I would ever go in the house if I were you. It is a fabulous area.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Thanks so much Debra. During the Fall, I only go in for more coffee. LOL..

  • Reply Sue October 16, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Your outside fireplace design is so very different and charming and now with the new cedar mantel it is just so unique. Everything looks like a magazine layout for House Beautiful, but better.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Sue… Your kind words are so encouraging… Thanks so much.

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  • Reply debbie October 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I love the whole fireplace period, but the mantle is really awesome and such a presence. I love the wreath on the textured mirror too. You know how I feel about this spot in your back yard. It is gorgeous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks Debbie. You are so sweet. Appreciate you so much.

  • Reply Jann Newton October 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Susie, I love your wreath and your backyard! The fireplace is fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, Jann. We surely do love that fireplace, too! Firing up the grill for BBQ this weekend… Auburn and Louisville play tomorrow… as well as all of our other fav teams. Wish you could stop by!

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