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I decided to put together a natural, quiet mantle
with faded , shabby and rustic elements
and some pretty mixed in.

A little burlap on top of the mantle for a rustic base.

Stacks of old worn and faded books...
a wire cloche with a beautiful vintage religious statue inside
and my Charles Faudree-esque brass dog bookends.

This darling vintage brass cherub holding up a little tiny clock was
a recent thrift purchase.

I just love the dainty bow details on the clock
and sweet look on this little guys face

A favorite white berry garland wreath adorning the mirror
& a galvanized metal bucket of dried hydrangeas
that moved from the armoire & found a home for now on the mantle.

(have you noticed it's kinda my favorite flowers to have
around the house?)

So, a little bit rustic

a little bit natural ...

and a little bit pretty!

Just a quick post today.
It's been kind of busy here so I haven't gotten much feathering done this week.

Every week I am so amazed and inspired by what you share at this party!!
Thank you for taking the time to come over, link up, share and visit the party-goers~
it is appreciated!!

Here are a few that stood out for me last week...
Nita at Mod Vintage Life shared this super sweet vintage inspired bathroom remodel.
You have to see that medicine cabinet and how she transformed it!
Lisa at Fern Creek shared these darling and charming frenchy pots!!
These are soo cute!
Tracie from My Petite Maison shared a trip to a completely gorgeous inspiring store!
Ohhh Love it!
Pamela over at From My Front Porch to Yours shared her kitchen island reveal!
What a beautiful transformation!!
Lindy at Cottage Hill shared this fantastic armoire that she made into a delightful sewing/craft cupboard!
This was beautiful already, but now- functional too!

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to share and visit participants at my party.
If you were featured, feel free to grab the Feathered Nest Friday
'I was Featured'
button on my sidebar.

Click to ENTER!!

Okay, let's get this weeks party going!
Share your decorating, flea finds, designs, etc.

Anything related to feathering your nest!

Link up an old post or a new post, doesn't matter-
just share what you would like to share this week!

I would LOVE it if you would become
if you aren't already~ Just click that little follow button on my sidebar under
'Fabulous French Cottage Friends'

Please, NO links to stores or sales.

PLEASE make sure you post a link or a button
to link back to my blog so that all the other party participants can be seen too...
it's a fun place for sharing and everyone likes to get visits!

Go visit the other party goers!
Show them some love.
Meet new friends and get some new inspiration for
Feathering your Nest!!
Vintage Inspiration Friday


  1. Your mantle looks sooooo pretty. Love the dried hydrangeas. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Courtney, I love the rustic look and layers of your mantel. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

  3. Thank you so much for the sweet feature and for hosting!!!

  4. Love all your elements on your mantel! Thanks for hosting :-)

  5. Beautiful Courtney! I do love those hydrangeas too, can't wait for mine to bloom again this year. Darling cherub, you may have just inspired my Valentine theme! Thank you for hosting such a fun event.
    Cheers, Andrea

  6. Hi Courtney!!

    Loving what you have done with your mantel! So stunning and pulled together in a cohesive flow, love it! The cherub is a sweet feature.
    Thank you for hosting another great party!


  7. Beautiful changes. Love the hydrangeas. Great color and texture going on, so pretty.

  8. Your mantle is not a little bit's a WHOLE lot pretty. Thanks for letting me join the party. So much fun. :)

  9. Courtney...You nailed the concept of rustic AND pretty because I don't always associate those two styles being cohesive...but this looks GREAT! You did a great job...and those bloggers that you featured are awesome. I know most of them and will check the others out! Thanks-Diana

  10. Hey lady! I absolutely love that little wire cloche! Why can't I ever find ones like that? Everything looks beautiful and I cracked up when I saw that we both featured Pamela's island makeover. Great minds! :-)

  11. Hi Courtney! Hope you don't mind a second entry. If it's a problem, please delete. Thanks for being a gracious hostess!

  12. Very Pretty my Dear friend as everything you do..Have a GREATweekend..our weather is going to be great here on my mountain top..maybe this cold I have will be gone and I can get outside..I haven't been out since Monday ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gloria

  13. I love all the natural elements you use with your interesting mix of both rustic and refined. What a great look you have going! Fun to be back. We saw some great stuff last week, huh! Thanks Courtney!

  14. I love your mantle. Such peaceful feel good arrangements on it. :)


  15. Pretty mantel, Courtney! I love that wonderful wreath! I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  16. Your mantel looks great with its rustic layers. Thanks for hosting each week. ~ Sarah

  17. I love rustic and pretty! Your mantel is gorgeous as always.

  18. Courtney, I really like your mantle! I am so unhappy with mine right now. Thanks for the inspiration! BTW I love hydrangeas too!

  19. Your decorating is so incrdibly beautiful and your eye for flowers, super!
    love your Feathered Nest Friday,


  20. Hi Courtney, I love your mantel. I really adore the dried hydrangeas in the tin...your rustic cottage look is very pretty! Thanks for hosting...and have a great weekend.

  21. There is just something magical about hydrangeas, growing in the garden, fresh cut or dried. I love it. Love the featured project of the armoire to sewing cabinet. What a great idea. Thanks for hosting a great party.

  22. More hydrangea seem to have a never-ending supply of the things!!! Lucky you!

    Thank you for hosting today.


  23. Love your mantle. You obviously have so much fun decorating and rearranging all of your vignettes! I must tell you ... I love those dog bookends! They depict either a greyhound or a whippet (which I own) so I have a small collection of similiar type dogs. Beautiful ... gorgeous! Congrats. on the success of Feathered Nest Friday. Although I don't always partipate, I do always spend a few hours over the weekend visiting everyone else. I've found some fabulous new blogs to visit by doing so! It's so much fun! Have a great weekend. xox

  24. So lovely mantel:-)
    Thanks for hosting, hugs Biljana

  25. Hi Courtney! Your mantle is amazing! Thank you so much for hosting, I enjoy partying with you!:)

  26. Wow, your mantel is gorgeous! I love the rustic, natural, and elegant look you've created to pieces.

  27. Loving the new mantel Courtney is is beautiful! I need to work on mine today. It is still naked from the holidays. Thank for the feature! I am honored to grab a button!:) Have a wonderful weekend!

  28. Hey Courtney! I am lovin' your mantel! I still haven't done anything with mine since Christmas! Between you and Vanessa, I am inspired! I better get with it! XOXO, Christie

  29. You have such a pretty cottage. Thanks for hosting such an inspiring party!

    Susan and Bentley

  30. Hi Courtney,

    What a lovely post.Your mantel is beautiful and perfectly decorated. The colors and hues that were chosen are perfect and go great for this season. Thanks for hosting this party and have a wonderful weekend.

  31. LOVE your mantle Courtney!!! I think it is perfect, and you have made me want some hydrangeas in a bad bad way! Linking up this week, so thanks for having me!

  32. ...there is just something really romantic about hydrangeas and anywhere you put them, it adds instant charm and romance:)
    ~ soooo adore the pear chicken wire cloche too!
    It's my first Friday here and it's almost as lovely as your mantle!!
    xo, Rosemary

  33. Such a pretty, soft and cozy mantel. Love it... gotta use this as inspiration after my Valentine mantel comes down. Thanks for hosting!

  34. 32 Comments! You popular girl! How do you keep up?! Hey, I totally dig your mantel. Completely dreamy Hydrangea Heaven. Your post is good, not simple at all!
    Enjoy your weekend Ms. C.

    xo Jeanne.

  35. What pretty neutrals! Hydrangeas are beautiful to display at any time of the year. :-)
    ~ Sue

  36. Hi Courtney, LOVE your gorgeous mantle. Love the natural and rustic elements! Your dried hydrangeas are gorgeous! Thanks so much for coming to the party. I love having you here and thanks for the shout out you do.
    hugs and love,

  37. Your mantel looks so beautiful. I love all the dried flowers, and the wire cloche.


  38. I love what you did with the mantle! I have a few dried florals here and there. Maybe I'll try putting them together to create a pretty piece. Thanks for the idea! Blessings.. Polly

  39. I am your newest follower - I posted my link #83 the victorian chair. looking forward to reading more!

  40. Thank you so much for featuring my Frenchie pots!! Happy week-end!

  41. Thanks for featuring me! I love this linky party. I don't think I have anything for this week though...poo!

  42. I love your mantle! I have never thought about putting burlap on the bottom like that, love that! I also loved your hydrangeas those r my favorite flowers too! I wish I had more dried ones!

  43. Gorgeous mantle decor, love the unusual clock!

  44. Your mantle is so pretty. Now I really need to do something with mine. Thanks for dropping by my blog. It's always good to know someone else has a thing for chairs too:)

  45. Oh what a beautiful vignette! I love the colors. Today I have shared the Vintage Bohemian Bling that I scored over the past Holiday weekend... my Nest is feathered deeply with such Found Treasures! *wink* Sometimes I think I might need a BIGGER NEST?!?!?!?!? *LOL*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  46. I just love how you decorated your mantle, Courtney. So adorable and very inspiring....Christine

  47. Beautiful mantel Courtney, I especially like the wire cloche. Where are those when I'm looking for them?
    I'm a little late for the party....thank you so much for hosting. I'm going to have a look around;-)

  48. Thank you for visiting my blog! I am so happy to have found your lovely blog and I am your newest follower. I also linked up my galvanized bucket to your party.

    I love your faded, shabby mantle display! It is beautiful!

  49. Thank you for letting me join your party and the sweet comments on my chandelier!

  50. Hi Courtney~

    Your mantel is simply beautiful! I love everything about it. I love the galvanized tub and the hydrangeas, too. They are lovely. :)

    I love your blog! I stopped by a couple of nights ago, but got interrupted before I could leave a comment! That happens sometimes around here. ;) I am a happy follower of your blog now!

    I hope you have a wonderful night, and that you're having a fun weekend. :)

    belle & sparrow @ {beautiful nest}

  51. Hi Courtney, Your mantel is beautiful! I also love dried hydrangeas and yours look so pretty in the metal tub. The natural and rustic elements together are wonderful.

  52. Bonjour Courtney ~ Fabulous rustic displays. I am drooling over your wire cloche and stand. I had my hands on one at the Flea over the Summer and thought it too rusty. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of me kicking myself hard! thanks for hosting such a fun party. Dee