Autumn Mantel Décor & Fall Vignettes with Chippmunk

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Fall is here! Hip Hip Hooray! I’m not exactly a summer gal (although I was born in June.) I prefer the cooler temperatures, the colorful landscape and jean weather! When the first cool day rolled into North Carolina, I was ready and waiting! But, my living room was still stuck on 4th of July (you know I’m a procrastinating decorator, right?!) I trudged up to the attic to pull down some fall décor. But, frankly, I wasn’t excited about putting the same stuff out again. I wanted a new look, something with bright colors and BLING!

That’s where my pals at Chippmunk.com come in. They gave me an advance to try out their site for scoping deals and coupon codes for your favorite online retailers. It took me less than 30 seconds to search for one of my favorite home decorating sites (ahem…Pottery Barn I’m talking about you!)

Chippmunk Savings Site

Up popped up a discount for $10 off when you sign up to receive emails from them. But, while browsing Chippmunk, I found loads of other stores that had special discounts like Williams-Sonoma, QVC, Fab, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and many more. It was amazing how many discounts and coupon codes were right there in one spot!

Because I’m a frugal gal, I decided to scour the SALE section of Pottery Barn first to pull some accessories that I could use for my decorating. Then I rounded out my selection with some Autumn décor and classic pieces that could be used no matter the season.

Pottery Barn order

My total was $151.49. I saved $43.51 (2 sale items, plus a $10 credit for a future order.) PLUS, FREE SHIPPING on my order!

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How would you like to win some cash to spend via Chippmunk?* Ummm, who wouldn’t?
Check out Chippmunk’s Expert Shopper contest:

How to Win:

1. Share a photo showcasing your great deal and you could be one of 5 winners of a $100 gift card to the Chippmunk store of your choice! Upload via Chippmunk or share on Instagram or Twitter with hashtags #ChippmunkExpertShopper and #FallDecor (please include both for us to find you).

2. Pin your favorite steals to Pinterest with the hashtag #FallDecor#ChippmunkExpertShopper and you could be one of 2 winners of a $50 gift card to the Chippmunk store of your choice!

If sharing via Instagram or Twitter, please include: Why your steal is so great, how much you saved and the best advice you would give to others shopping at the store you purchased it at.

*The uploaded steal prizes will be awarded as following:

  • One of those winners will be chosen by myself
  • One will be chosen at random
  • Three will be determined by “love it” clicks (your friends can vote once a day), indicating that they’re our community’s most loved steals.
  • And, the Pinterest prizes will be editorially chosen.

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And now, here’s your invitation to view my Fall mantel and living room vignettes. Come on in and cozy up near the hearth.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

I knew up front that I wanted to use an aqua and vermillion color scheme. I really love the bold contrast of colors.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

While patiently awaiting my Pottern Barn shipment, I spent an hour building a giant canvas with scrap 2″ x 2″ pieces of lumber and cheap fabric.

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The next day I created a giant abstract water painting. You’ll be thrilled to know that I’ll indulge you with a video tutorial so you can create your own!

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

When my order arrived, I integrated the Pottery Barn items (see if you can spot them) with several other objects that I already had. The two leaf branches I ordered weren’t enough on their own, so I grabbed a few bunches of dried leaves at the grocery store (check in the floral department.)

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

The brass medallions are vintage British horse bridal medallions. They are actually a gift from a friend upon her return from England. (The perks of dog sitting!)

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

On the hearth, I added more faux leaves and candles to further decorate the fireplace.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

I also popped some gourds and pumpkins onto the hearth.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Can you spot the fakes? (If you’re having trouble, good because I have a tutorial on how to fake a fake pumpkin.)

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

The fabric was a last minute purchase that I made at Pier 1 Imports. In hindsight, I wish I had thought ahead and ordered through Chippmunk.com (who has several discount codes for Pier 1!) It’s actually a curtain panel. The color coordinated perfectly with my painting on the mantel.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

The Pottery Barn lantern fit in nicely on the other side of the hearth and added some needed height to the arrangement (it is tall despite being the small sized lantern!) I added in my DIY PB inspired lantern for a collected look.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have a drafty fireplace? If so, you’ll want to subscribe to my email feed to get a tutorial delivered on how to build a reclaimed lumber fireplace insert.

No more drafty winter evenings and the insert is a beautiful backdrop instead of a big black hole.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

This tray was literally a quickie makeover using an old tray I had on hand. I’ll be sure to show you this transformation in the coming weeks.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl
Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Recognize these log pillar candles from the tutorial I gave you last Christmas?

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl
Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

This was one of my souvenirs I brought back from our vacation in England. A printing block. I thought it was for sari printing, but I was told it was for making an impression on furniture that would then be relief carved. It was dark black until I rubbed some gold Rub n’ Buff over the raised areas.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

The black bucket was a yard sale find that I spray painted with chalkboard paint and added a fun message that I designed.

Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Finally, I want to leave you with this little gift.  Feel free to download this Autumn inspired printable to use in your own home:

Chalkboard Autumn Free Printable - Autumn Mantel Décor and Vignettes | Pretty Handy Girl

Which was your favorite item or vignette? Are you on pins and needles waiting for a specific tutorial? Do tell.

Be sure to check out Chippmunk.com  if you decide to do a little Fall décor shopping of your own. It’s refreshing to have a few new items to liven up your seasonal décor. And if you do score some steals, share them in the Expert Shopper section to enter to win the giveaway!

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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post for  Chippmunk.com. I was compensated for my time and project materials. All opinions and words are my own. Chippmunk.com is a company that I was happy to partner with because they offer my readers savings (and I’m all about saving money.) Rest assured that I will not partner with brands that I don’t value or respect. 

Comments

  1. Stephanie Cleveland says:

    Did I miss the video tutorial for the watercolor, or is that coming soon? I NEED that one for my living room. Everything looks great!!

  2. I love the “cozy” pillow! Too cute and goes flawlessly with your fall theme! Can I ask if you DIY or bought the pillow? Thank you, I love following your blog :)

  3. Your room is gorgeous!! You have so many talents. Wanna share? :-)
    Janet

    • Janet, laughing here. Well, my blog is my way to try to share my talents with you and others. I hope you’ll stick around for some more tutorials so you can grab one of my talents ;-D.

  4. Beautiful & so festive Brittany…just like the colors in my house. Thanks for the great deals you posted too!

  5. OMG! Love the color combo…like autumn leaves against a clear blue autumn sky. A box store has large canvases on sale and I have some leftover latex interior paint in various shades of blue. I’m going to try to do somehting similar. I hope it turns out as pretty as yours.

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