Last year I created a backdrop and faux mantel for my little electric fireplace, and I've really enjoyed having that space for seasonal decor. Even if it's not 'real', I think having something that feels like a fireplace wall adds alot to this room, which has little in the way of architectural interest.
The last time I shared this area was in my Summer Living Room post.
This week I'm working on warming up this room a bit with more of a rustic, nature-inspired look-starting with the fireplace wall.
Months ago I picked up this half of a pallet from a curbside junk pile. I've actually had a million ideas for it, but it's just been sitting down in the basement waiting for a new life. I'm kinda thinking this might be my son's next headboard, but...one thing at a time!
Can I just take a moment to say how much my 16 year old loves it when her mom says, "Hey, can you come hold this pallet up on the wall for me?" She. loves. it. Don't let her tell you otherwise :)
Well, I knew I wanted to try it up there, but I didn't have a plan for what was going on it. I tried some words in chalk. Sorta kinda liked it, but....no.
I decided on a white-framed vintage mirror and some illustrations from a backyard birds book. Somehow, birds always seem to make their way into every vignette around here!
Above the pallet I placed a wreath I made with brown coffee filter flowers. I had envisioned it being much fuller, but I used up all the filters I had and didn't know when I'd get more, so there it is : )
I'll probably add some more to it at some point...
On the mantel shelf, a conglomeration of birdies and squirrels and other rustic, fall-ish feeling items.
How cute is this little guy?? My daughter gave him to me this weekend as a little Fall gift.
My 9 and 6 year olds came in the room at separate times while I was working on the mantel and told me how much they liked how this area looked. It was so sweet of them to notice and take a minute to tell me that!
I am really liking this warmer look, but in all honesty I'll probably be feeling the urge to simplify within a couple of weeks : )
That's one more little area Fall-ified over here as I move slowly along into my favorite season. I'll share the rest of the space with you all soon. I hope your week is filled with Autumn beauty!
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Joining the fun at these parties this week-
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
The Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Empty Your Archive at Mums Make Lists
Junkers Unite at Knick of Time