Hi there! I’m so happy to be part of a the Harvest Home Blog Hop, hosted by the vintage-loving Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home (⇐click here for an intro & link to each blog in the hop). You may remember meeting her in my post about vintage, must-follow Instagram accounts–she was one of the ten I chose! Today through Thursday, eight bloggers are opening the doors to their homes to give you a peek at what’s going on inside as we prepare for the harvest season.
Today, I’m kicking off the fun, along with Debra from Common Ground and Jaclyn from Fancy Pants Mommy Co., with three more tours to come on Wednesday and two more on Thursday. If you visit each blog, leave a comment, and follow via email or social media, you’ll be eligible for a $75 Home Goods gift card! I’d love it if one of my readers were to win this awesome door prize 🙂 Shall we start the tour…
It’s early fall here in Upstate New York, so while the leaves on my maple have not turned their vibrant shades of orange yet, my hydrangea has transitioned from white to lovely pinks and greens. You’ll be seeing more of them throughout my home, starting here, tucked in the basket of my vintage bike.
bush tree is my pride and joy. This year it produced so many blossoms that I’ve been gifting bunches to my neighbors.
Welcome to my home! I hope you enjoy your visit.
I’ve decorated the front stoop with an old ladder I picked up in the spring for five dollars, along with this perfect-for-fall rake that I’ve held onto for almost a year–for just this purpose. Let’s step inside…
In the foyer, I like to decorate my antique oak dresser seasonally (or in between seasons with a hydrangea-filled ironstone bowl and pitcher). I seem to favor using my antique, leather-bound books in one display or another, because I love them. Making its decorating debut is a recent DIY project: my French-style lantern, with a berry wreath hung over its shoulders.
I made the sweater pumpkins a couple of years ago and still enjoy decorating with them.
Off of the foyer, you’ll walk into our living room, where I’ve painted over much of the dark wood, including my coffee table, and where I hope to replace or cover all of the tapestry, eventually. I went very simple with my mantel, using the ornate gold mirror as the focal point and choosing an off-white wreath, along with a few gold pumpkins to accessorize. The over-sized clock, to the right, is another DIY project from a few months ago. I’m not sure whether or not its found its forever home or not, though.
An American friend I made while living in England, gifted me the Staffordshire dogs. She knew that for years I had admired them, and when she found this pair at an auction, picked them up for me. They are a sweet remembrance.
Some of my precious hydrangea, looking handsome in a favorite ironstone tureen. I discovered the pillows with embroidered nests at a garage sale a couple of years ago for just two dollars a piece.
I don’t think you can come up with a more perfect combination than hydrangea and ironstone, do you?
I whipped up a pair of pumpkin pillows last week from thrifted place mats. I simply ripped open the seams on one end, stuffed them with fiberfill, and re-sewed the end. They’re the perfect accent for my French-style, painted chair.
The family room doesn’t get much seasonal decorating since it’s where, as a family, we let down our hair and relax. It’s our favorite hang out and too much decorating is inhibiting, LOL. I did grace the coffee table with a hydrange-filled wicker basket, a recent find. [I’m coming accross dried petals everywhere, so it may be finding a new home, soon!]
In the kitchen I styled a new gallery wall that I’m pretty thrilled about. Did you know that “throwing together” a gallery wall is not easy? It’s taken me four years of watching and learning from other more talented bloggers to finally “get it.” Or maybe it’s just me who thinks I’ve gotten it, LOL. Anyway, when I look at this wall, I am pleased.
I made the two chalkboards a few weeks ago, the one up top from an old pewter platter and the larger “hello fall” one from an antique frame I picked up at a recent garage sale for five dollars. Over in my ironstone corner cupboard, I’ve added just a few fall touches.
A little bit of orange and a little salutation.
Ironstone makes the perfect backdrop for all kinds of holiday and seasonal decorating.
I keep my bread boards stacked on top of an old glass-fronted, kitchen cupboard, and I enjoy switching out the accessories on display in front of them. Like, [more] hydrangea in my “Farm Fresh” crate…
…and a trio of wicker-covered bottles that I’ve been collecting for a few years now.
Even the kitchen counter deserves some fall touches. A dough bowl filled with fresh pears…
…along with another trio, this time of thermoses in the perfect fall colors. If you’re unwilling to pay more than two dollars for a thermos, it might take a while to find them, but oh, they are all the sweeter for the wait(!).
To finish off the tour, I’ve set a simple farmhouse table using this aged, but lovely, antique quilt (a five dollar score) and a large wooden bowl filled with apples. What could be easier?
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and blessed fall season. Enjoy autumn! Tromp through crunchy, fire-colored leaves, sip tart apple cider, and tell someone under a cornflower blue sky that you love them 🙂
To win the Home Goods gift card: Visit all eight blogs, leave a comment on each blog post, and follow each via email or some form of social media. A winner will be chosen by random number generator and will be notified via email on 9/23.
Debra, Common Ground
Jaclyn, Fancy Pants Mommy Co.
Jami, My Modern Farmhaus
Andi, The Simply Distressed
Kristin, White Arrows Home
Kathy, A Delightsome Life
Amber, Follow the Yellow Brick Home
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