It’s that time of year to take down all of my summer beach decor and get in the mood for fall. For this fall mantle I wanted to keep things on the simple side. I have a habit of adding a lot of stuff at different layers and levels in order to create drama (examples HERE, HERE and HERE). Not this time.
I decided to go with neutrals and keep it clean and tidy. My family room is two-story and has a grand fireplace and mantle. This was by design, I wanted a huge space to decorate so this mantle fit the bill when we designed our home 8 years ago. It does create a problem sometimes since the space is sooo huge, it is easy to dwarf the decor. This layout started with this European mount elk skull and antlers. I found them on our local KSL classifieds (similar to Craigslist) for only $75! That is cheaper than a fake cow skull from Z Gallery that I’d been eyeing (found HERE). Realizing that it would be dwarfed on my large wall, I brought in an old pallet that’s been gaining “patina” in my side yard for the last year. I screwed an L bracket to the wall and then to the pallet to secure it in place and began layering.
First up was the skull. Then I took some old art work that my husband had in an office a few years back and replaced the art with photographs of Native American’s. I hung them symmetrical but slightly off the pallet for interest and to get the proportions that I was after. To fill up the hole below the skull I tried several different items, but alas books stacked (kind of repeating the frame and mat of the photos) hold an aged water pitcher.
Bonuses of using a pallet for your mantel:
- Only one screw into the wall. Everything else is nailed right into the pallet creating no “new” holes in your walls.
- No commitment. I love the whole pallet wall look, geeze I did almost the same thing in my guest bath, but I don’t necessarily want another permanent pallet wall.
- Adds texture and depth. I love how the light of the sconces plays off the different levels.
- Fills a huge space. There are many different sized pallets, so find one that fits your space.
- Adds a great “natural” woodsy feeling and is perfect for a neutral color pallet.
- Free! Keep your eyes out, I’ve found a lot of pallets for free on the side of the road or on Craigslist or KSL Classifieds.
To me, it doesn’t get much more Fall than antlers, Native Americans, and warm neutrals. Happy September to you too! (And a shout out to The Cavender Diary for the inspiration for the Native American photos)
Check out the mantle with the new family room layout and Shipping Crate coffee table: