Welcome Fall & My New Fireplace Mantle {Yay!!}

If you remembered my 'todo' list that I posted a couple of weeks back, then you'll remember that we were intending to make a mantle to cover our fireplace insert. A HUGE thank you to my husband and two of our friends for spending their whole Labor Day at our house making this thing. I have always dreamed of decorating a fireplace mantle, and now I can!! This was extremely low cost....just some food and a strip of moulding. {We had the wood already}. You might be thinking, you rent...so isn't that a waste of money? Naw...it's removable!!

We used 'reclaimed' wood to build the main body, along with some Olympic paint in Delicate White {primer & paint in one}...and yup, I forgot to get the 'during construction' photos....oops!

*Please excuse the quality of the photos. I can't find my camera anywhere :( So I used my iPhone for all these*

Let's just say I'm "in Love!!"
I enjoy the shelf being wide enough to be able to place my two little lamps with the burlap shades on it for extra light.

Grabbed items last night out of my seasonal bucket for some fall 'love'. I really like the burlap runner mixed with the grapevine garland that I forgot about in my tub!!

Some of my vintage silver pieces, along with my silver peacock bird my little sister brought back from Peru...I love it!

Think this sums it all up into one word for me this year. I definitely have TONS to be thankful for!!

Can you find my "h" I love initials!!

Birdie closeup

A different angle. Also gotta love my antique mirror my mom 'let me hang' on my wall!!

So here's a before shot of the wall {yeah..it's kinda embarrassing}


Hmmm...what's your favorite???

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  1. Your mantel is perfect and your new vignette is stunning. Love the birds, candles, lamps and the fall foliage. Perfect vignette. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for visiting our blog and leaving your comment. You mantle looks great. I love the burlap and the grapevine that wove throughout the display. So glad you have a mantle to decorate now!

  3. Wow the mantel looks great. I have not started decorating for fall yet I am trying to hold onto summer as long as I can. It is so fun to have a mantel so enjoy! Thanks for stopping by our blog.

  4. Hi Jessica, your mantel is great and I love all the wonderful elements you are showing. Great job.

    Thanks for following Bella Vista. I am following you right back. Come again, soon.

    Barb ♥

  5. Your mantle turned out wonderful, Jessica. What a great decorating spot :)

  6. I really love your new mantel. What a difference it makes. Now you'll be able to decorate it for Christmas in all it's glory!

  7. Gorgeous mantle! Guess we were both in the mood for some fall decorating :) Yours loks fabulous. I love burlap!

  8. Very pretty mantel full of layers. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  9. My favorite is, um, every single detail! I wish you'd posted interim steps so we could've gotten an idea of the magic involved. It's gorgeous! And you have an eye for composition - the mantlescape is elegant.

    I'm your newest follower! :)


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