Monday, September 3, 2012

Fall Mantle and Entryway Reveal

Welcome to my new entryway, all decked out in Fall decor.  There is so much to share info and picture wise that I have decided to split it up into three posts.  This first post will detail the inspiration behind the entryway makeover. 

This entryway was definitely inspired by a trip to Ruidoso we took last month for our 10th anniversary.  A boutique clothing store called Tucker Brown in Ruidoso really made my heart flutter. I have been dying to share this photo ever since!

SQUEEEEEAK! I just love the vintage book pages turned pennants.  And that birdhouse!!! I wanted to move in to his store.  This is just a peak of Mr. Brown's creativity.  Ever since then, I was obsessed with how to bring this feel to a place in my home.  I also wanted to bring in feathers and antlers if possible.

The need for a mudroom station in my entryway made the perfect opportunity to recreate a Tucker Brown look at home.

First, I created the wreath which was the perfect blend of my rosette wreath and Jaime's wreath from CraftyHappyScrappy.  Her use of vintage pages and feathers was EXACTLY the practical way to do Tucker Brown style in my entryway.

I created a mantle by hanging a shelf above this repurposed TV console.  Directly below the shelf is a cute set of hooks for hanging jackets, purses, and umbrellas.

If you want to make a wreath like this one, here is the fall wreath tutorial.  To create the background, I used pages from my old copy of The Grapes of Wrath.  I'll post how I arranged them and hung them up tomorrow.

  You can download this free fall printable for your own mantle.  As usual, I'd love to see your pics of how you used it.  Y'all are so creative!

I stuck some pheasant feathers in a metal vase I had in another room.  I took a few books and candles and arranged and rearranged it all until it made this triangle shape.  Triangles bring visual organization and interest to an arrangement.  That goes the same for staging objects and posing people for photographs, FYI.  The other side is also a triangle that points to the focal point of the wreath.  That's the graphic artist coming out in me!

The storage bench was repurposed from a TV console we aren't using anymore.  The top shelf will be used as a home for library books.  The two cabinets on the side will house the kids' backpacks and lunchboxes.  This will free up space for the hooks to be used for my purse and our jackets.  

The chevron storage basket will be the new home for chargers- iPhone, iPad, camera, kids handheld games, etc.

I used leftover fabric from the wreath to make a no-sew, pumpkin shaped pillow.  

The birdhouse was a simple project.  I picked it up at our local superstore in the craft department and stained it with a dark walnut wood stain.

Stay tuned for more fall projects! Have a great day!

Linking up to Tatertots & Jello, Too Much Time On My Hands, Uncommon Designs, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Nest, The 36th AVENUE, Homestories A2Z, Whipperberry, Thrifty Decor Chick.


  1. Looks fabulous! I will be decorating for fall this week, I just know it!

  2. I love how you used the book pages!! Looks so funky :)

    1. Thanks, Andrea. I'm totally thinking I should use some in my bedroom makeover!

  3. I just shared it on my FB page! Thank you so much for linking up to my party!

  4. LOve it! And I grew up spending my summers in Ruidoso. My grandparents lived there in the summer and we would watch my grandpa's horses run. He was a race horse trainer. Love the wreath and book pages.
    New follower!
    I would love to have you as a guest judge on my blog. Come over!
    email me if you are interested!

    1. Oh!!!! What sweet memories! There is nothing like riding a horse there! We were able to go for a ride at Grindstone Stables and were overwhelmed by the beauty and fun. We live on flat land, so it was my husband's first experience to be in a mountain environment.

      I am very much interested in being a guest judge on your blog. I sent you an email! Thanks so much!

  5. I love it! The book pages look great and so does the wreath. I also like how you explained about the triangle shapes in your arrangement. Makes sense!

    1. Thanks for these sweet words!I'm glad it was helpful!

  6. Beja what a great fall mantle! Thanks for stopping by Lizzie Jane Baby and saying Hi! And congrats to you on being featured at the 36th Avenue too! :)

    1. Thanks, Lizziejane. I love that I can peak at it often from over my computer screen. It makes me glad I picked a high traffic area for making a focal point.


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