11/10/11

Chic & Rustic Autumn Mantel

Now that the crisp wind has finally hit and apple crisp is baking in my oven!  It is officially Autumn — I have the mantle to prove it!  If you’ve visited my blog before, you know that my girlie girl — little B and I totally love ALL things birds!
Little B’s been asking for a pet bird for quite some time, but cleaning the fish bowl and keeping the dog bowl full is my limit! Instead we accessorize!

A touch of feather, especially of the Peacock variety are interspersed throughout our home!  Wreath, Tablescape, and Mantel!  Afterall, filling your home with things that you love is what makes your home warm and inviting.

Beautiful iridescent peacock eye feathers is like eye candy!  I love the brilliant teals, emeralds and golds!  They’re just so whimsical!
This is a vase I found on Potterybarn clearance for $8ish several months ago.  I dressed it up by placing a dot of hot glue at the top and attaching jute string to the glue and then wrapping and then continuing with another loop around the vase.  I didn’t glue more then a row at a time because the glue dries so quickly.  I continued the jute until I felt the vase had the perfect amount of accent!  So Simple!
This little bird, was found long ago at a garage sale with a price tag of 25 cents.  He is one of my favorite pieces and is perhaps partially responsible for my slight obsession with birds!
As we were pulling out of the farm where we’d taken our pumpkin patch pictures last month, I begged and pleaded for my Photographer (my hubby) to turn around and pull over!  I had instantly fallen in love with the fence (pictured above) and HAD to take a picture of my three sweet B’s with it!!  Compliments my Autumn Whimsical-Nature themed mantle perfectly!
The mantles are actually from my neighbor’s house.  Her hubby is a hunter and as I watched my kids riding their bikes up and down the street the other day, I’m surprised that a car didn’t hit one of my kids because I could hardly keep my eyes off of the pile of antlers that my neighbor had left on his driveway near the garage where he’d been fiddling with them earlier.  Guess what’s #1 on my Christmas Wishlist!?!?  Yep, ANTLERS and the great thing is my Photographer (hubby) has a connection and I think I’m going to get some!!!

This boa was in the newly revamped fabric section at my local Walmart.  I was impressed, six feet of a thin-ish boa for a $1something!  My mind is twirling around all the possibilities for future uses, but for now, my dog is looking GREAT!

My home is ready for this chilly weather!!!

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Comments

  1. Lori says:

    Love your mantel! I would love to know more about the curtains that flank your fireplace…they’re gorgeous! Did you make them? If so, could you provide information about the name of the fabric? Thanks!

    • Those are IKEA curtains…sadly they aren’t offered anymore. 🙁 XO, Aimee

  2. Found you via the Mantel party. Your mantel turned out wonderful. Love the peacock feathers and the white brick is just beautiful. Happy Fall!

  3. debbiedoos says:

    Beautiful Mantel Aimee. I love the peacock feathers! Truly an expect the unexpected on that one…which I love.

  4. Gen says:

    LOVE your winter mantle! I am totally bringing antlers into my decor! My hubby will be pleased! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m your newest follower. Gen
    http://www.cabinfeveredgem@blogspot.com

  5. fromgentogen says:

    I love all the feathers — and what an easy way to really make the vase pop with the jute string. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Blessings, Becky
    http://www.fromgentogen.com

  6. Artsy VaVa says:

    I love your mantel! Thanks for sharing!

  7. lauren says:

    I’m so loving your pretty, clean blog! And the vase is my fave part of the mantle, too 🙂 I’ve become a follower – would love for you to follow me too – @ summitstreetjoy.com

  8. ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life says:

    Your mantel looks beautiful. I love the feathers.

    Dee

  9. Andrea @Oasis Accents says:

    What a beautiful, neutral and natural display. Of course I love the peacock feathers! Your little ones look adorable as well. Thanks again for sharing at Sunday’s Best =)

  10. Jen says:

    Uh…so this is totally gorgeous. Love the jute wrapped vase, love the peacock feathers, love the antlers, and the frames…love it all! I’d be thrilled for you to come by the Head to Head Showdown link party, going on right now at http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com to share this great project! I hope to see you there!

    ~Jen

  11. Mindie Hilton says:

    Beautiful. Feathers are so popular now. I just ordered some feahters like those, but I am going to shorten them and turn them into earrings for my shop. I would love for you to join my anythhing goes linky, fri-mon, come strut your stuff.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

  12. Cranberry Morning says:

    The vase with the jute is such a clever idea! Love that look. 🙂