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A Simple Fall Mantel Display in Neutral Tones

There is so much inspiration for creating a lovely fall vignette in your home by just looking at nature. Achieving that look doesn’t have to break the bank. Your fall mantel can be a budget-friendly display by utilizing natural elements, metals, and reclaimed or found items.

Join me and a fantastic group of bloggers as we take you on a Fall Ideas Tour beginning today with mantels, and lasting all week long. Get ready to be inspired! (Links to tour for each day of the week below)
2015 Fall Ideas Tour from September 21-24 - Come join the fun!

When looking to create my fall mantlescape for this season, I wanted to stray from my typical fall orange-yellow-red color scheme, like I did for this display a couple of years ago. I craved a simple palette that would help me transition into the seasons yet to come.

It all started with this pile of scrap wood pieces that came from our master bedroom remodel that we revealed this past spring.

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When we took down our shelves in our bedroom, I didn’t want to reuse the corbels that were there because they were bulky and took up too much space. So I replaced them with iron brackets instead. Since nothing goes to waste around here, we ended up using those wood corbels for building our window boxes we added this spring as well.  When building the boxes, the original corbels had too large of a profile, so we trimmed them down and left us with that pile above. (Didn’t my hubby do good?)

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I have saved them in a box for over a year, becasuse…well…they were cool looking and I knew I could come up with some good use for them other than our burn pile. There were several ideas that came to mind, but then inspiration struck and here’s what I came up with…

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I whipped out my favorite tool accessory, my Kreg Jig (I love that thing!), and joined those pieces together, then gave them a washed appearance with stain and paint. This would be my focal point of my mantel. I had hoped to achieve the look of a salvaged architectural piece.

What do you think?

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

With a few gourds, dried botanicals, and some thrifted finds, it all came together in a simple, neutral palette.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’re not familiar with that furry guy, that’s my shadow (aka. Teddy). He appears along with our cat, Lily, on social media every now and then. ♥

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The soft tones suit my decor and can be changed up with splash of color once Thanksgiving rolls around. My linen chair, a curbside barrel, and some fresh hydrangea all pair nicely for a welcoming spot.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

While up above my DIY cotton branches stuffed into a flea market pitcher, and thrifted milk glass urn with a mossy orb create a nice juxtaposition.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The metal serving trays, I believe, are from a highschool shop class project, complete with hand carved names and dates, also found while thrifting. Then there’s my Maybelle (heifer head). She is wearing a cow bell from my mother’s childhood.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I have a thing for making my own beeswax candles and this tapered set was one of my first attempts at making this style. They’re rustic (that’s what we’ll call them) and go well in that candelabra I scored for a buck.

Down below, white pumpkins, a gathering of grasses from my landscaping in an old vinegar jug, and a barn roof panel from a set I found on Craigslist that will soon be my family room ceiling. No need to hide them until then, right?

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It all blends together, but in a mis-matched way… the way I like it.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Funny how it all started with a pile of scrap wood, isn’t it? I shopped my home for most of these things and you can too. Take a walk through your space and look at your decor in a different light. You never know what will speak to you. And by all means, utilize nature. So many wonderful aspects of creation can be implemented to add texture and color without spending a dime. Have fun with it!

Do pin and share to inspire others too. ♥

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

More fall decor from your truly and don’t forget to stop by each day to continue on The Fall Ideas Tour!

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Getting junky with it an kickin' off the fall season with some repurposed pumpkins. They'll make you ready to dig into your stash! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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55 replies on “A Simple Fall Mantel Display in Neutral Tones”

Oh yes! I make candles all the time and pretty much anything else we use like lip balm, salves, herbal rubs, etc. I can’t get enough of beeswax and it’s glorious properties. Thank you for the love!

I think that this is the first time that I’ve seen your fireplace and mantel. It looks so pretty decorated for fall. Did you make the mantel? We are in the process of making a similar mantel now using a beam from a demolished carriage house on the farm where my grandfather grew up. It’s been in my mom’s barn for 40 years just waiting to be used.

Yes, we made the mantel from an old barn beam and have a DIY tutorial on a floating mantel if you should need one. 😉 I think the story that your beam will tell will last for generations…fun!

I love everything you do and this mantel is no exception! It is such a great mix of wonderful things. Then there is the mantel itself…gorgeous!!! all the way down to the perfectly posed doggie 🙂

OH, so pretty! As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of vignettes and mis-matching, you’ve done a wonderful job showing how to use your amazing finds in such a beautiful way! I could totally shop your house girl, LOVE!!!! Oh and that mantel, I feel a little heart flutter when I look at that, the texture and the patina = perfection!

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