Summer is over. Really like in there is no denying it. It is Fall. Time to say goodbye to sea stars and shells, to breezy colors and unlimited amounts of fresh flowers from my garden.
Time to bring in the pinecones and pumpkins, to fill my house with candle light and the smell of hot chocolate, to embrace the orange in my living room and compliment it with warm browns and beiges.
I am working on it and I’ll show you the first real piece of Fall decorating Monday night in preparation of The Lettered Cottage Fall Mantel Party. But first I want to say goodbye for the last time to my summer mantel.
This was the first version I did back in May. Lush pink peonies, roses and some other purple flowers, all from my backyard. I think I did at least two other versions close to this (I can’t help it I love pink and purple flowers so my garden is full of them).
This one I showed you in June. Just some New Dawn Roses and yellow Alchemilla. It was hot here back then, and this simple, almost white mantel really cooled the house down.
The real summer version, with lots of shells, coral and sea stars I showed you after the summer break in September. I think it was one of my favorite reincarnations. I kept the flowers simple so the natural colors of the shells could shine.
I had this one up for weeks, I only changed the flowers from time to time.
I have also made a couple of ‘summer mantels’, that where already nudging towards Fall. With brighter colors and less summer decorations.
This one I coordinated with a tablescape I did for a diner party. That worked really well.
You see, matching flowers on the table and in the background on my mantel.
And this next one was just about the last one I did (and photographed). Gerbera’s again, but this time in wild, strong and bold colors. The colors of Fall.
This pallet wood project has served me well. It was so easy to change up and gave me an instant different look every time. I love doing projects like that, where you can use your creation more than once in different versions (so be prepared to see my twig wreath again this Fall ). It gives me an opportunity to change my decorations according to my mood, play stylist and not having to do a major crafting session in the process.
For more awesome, and probably a lot more challenging, pallet wood projects, visit FunkyJunk Interiors for the special Saturday Night Special, it is all about pallet wood this week.
PS I did a different watermark on the two new pictures in this post. Smack in the middle but more transparent. Which version do you like best and find least obtrusive?
PS 2 Do you hate or love these frequent reoccurrences of projects here on my blog? Does it bore you or inspire you? Honest answers appreciated.
PS 3 To answer some questions I had about this project: Yes it is quite heavy, you have to lean this one on something sturdy; I found the bottle clips in the hardware section, they are often used to hang broomsticks; I disassembled the pallet, painted it and then put it back together without the beams that give it height; I used nails to put it back together and simple white latex wall paint to paint it white. Hope I didn’t forget any questions.