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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rustic Pallet Decor: The Autumn Mantel

No, I don't have a real mantel. Having a real fireplace is something I've missed in this home. This time of year when those chilly evenings arrive and we're snuggling under some extra blankets in our beds and on the sofa, I sure miss the warmth and cozy ambiance of a wood burning fireplace!

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.

I started by replacing the white mantel shelf with a more rustic piece of weathered wood that I've used here in the past. 

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, 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,
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 


  1. Oh my...everything looks wonderful! But the sweet bird with the acorn cap is the cutest thing ever!!

  2. That pallet is wonderful and I love the entire look!

  3. LOVE it!! That pallet is perfect with the pages...and that little birdy hat made me smile :)

  4. It's looking good! :) Do you know that in Suzhou, China the street workers have a special tool to pull down the dying leaves out of the trees? Aggghhh! We need some nature over here... so, I enjoy looking at your lovely place. I'll be emailing soon... Dina

  5. I love the pages from that bird book. Was it vintage? Now I will have to go on a hunt for one. I love birds and the little acorn cap on the bird is just too cute!

  6. So beautiful Jeanette!! I love the little acorn hat on the sparrow, so cute :) xo

  7. I love your faux mantel and all the bits you used.

    The pallet is a great idea and now I can't wait to see what you do for Christmas.

  8. I adore the acorn hat on the bird. I have to look for some acorns when I walk the doggies.

  9. I love anything pallet, so this is perfectly perfect :)

  10. I love the way you used a pallet to decorate for fall. All your seasonal details give a very warm and cozy feel.
    Mary Alice

  11. What a beautiful mantel this is. You are very creative. Love it.


  12. Love the mantel! The squirrels are so cute! No end to the ideas and uses for a pallet!

  13. Jeanette, I love the quote by Emerson. Your mantle is wonderful.! I am such a bird lover and those pages are super cool. Cute, cute squirrels and I love how you gave one bird a little cap. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I'm crazy about bird motifs and find this all just wonderful. You have captured everything that I feel about fall. It's so much more than pumpkins. I love the rustic beauty you have put together here!

  15. I'm crazy about bird motifs and find this all just wonderful. You have captured everything that I feel about fall. It's so much more than pumpkins. I love the rustic beauty you have put together here!

  16. I'm crazy about bird motifs and find this all just wonderful. You have captured everything that I feel about fall. It's so much more than pumpkins. I love the rustic beauty you have put together here!

  17. I just love this mantel--I have a soft spot for birds!

  18. Your mantel looks super cute and fall-ified! :) That whole mantel is really cool.

  19. What a cool idea - and I love the bird notes!

    I would love for you to share this at Empty Your Archive - we are linking up pallet ideas this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  20. Still love this Jeanette...I featured it on my facebook page today...
    Thanks for linking up to the Junkers Unite Link party...I pinned all 3 of your links to the board. LOVE your style :)

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