A Harvest Home Tour: Filled With Vintage & Antiques

Today vintage lover Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home is hosting a Harvest Home Tour and I’m one of several participants.

Eight bloggers have opened the door to their homes to give you a peek at what’s going on inside as we prepare for the harvest season. I hope you enjoy yourself! 

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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.

Fall hydrangea with fall front door

My hydrangea bush tree is my pride and joy. This year it produced so many blossoms that I’ve been gifting bunches to my neighbors.

fall front door

Welcome to my home! I hope you enjoy your visit.

welcome rake

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…

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fall vignette in the foyer

In the foyer, I like to decorate my antique oak dresser seasonally. I often use my antique, leather-bound books in one display or another, because I love them.

Making its decorating debut is a recent DIY project:  a French-style lantern, with a berry wreath hung over its shoulders.

DIY sweater pumpkins

I made the sweater pumpkins a couple of years ago and still enjoy decorating with them.

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fall decorated living room

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.

fall mantel with gold pumpkins and staffordshire dogs

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.

dried hydrangea in ironstone

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.

side view of hydrangea

I don’t think you can come up with a more perfect combination than hydrangea and ironstone, do you?

living room french style chair with pumpkin pillows

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.

Take a peek to the left and notice the “statue” behind the alarm clocks. Find out  how I gave that horse a makeover HERE.

wicker basket with dried hydrangea

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 hydrangea-filled wicker basket, a recent find. [I’m coming across dried petals everywhere, so it may be finding a new home, soon!]

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kitchen gallery wall

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.

fall themed gallery wall

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.

blessings sign with ironstone

A little bit of orange and a sweet salutation.

little pumpkin in ironstone bowls

Ironstone makes the perfect backdrop for all kinds of holiday and seasonal decorating.

farm fresh crate

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


vintage rattan bottle

…and a trio of wicker wrapped bottles that I’ve been collecting for a few years now.

fall thermoses

Even the kitchen counter deserves some fall touches, like a dough bowl filled with fresh pears.

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fall thermoses

And a trio of thermoses in the perfect fall colors. If you’re unwilling to pay more than two dollars for a single thermos, it might take a while to find them, but oh, they are all the sweeter for waiting(!).

fall table with white pumpkins, apples, and quilt

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?

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bowl of apples with chalkboard in background

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 πŸ™‚

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  1. Your home looks lovely in all it’s autumn glory! I especially love your homemade sweater pumpkins. They are so adorable and adds such a nice touch to your room!

    1. a ten minute sewing project…just up my alley! It was a great year for hydrangias, the bushes here in Maine are just loaded…I have been tempted to knock on doors and ask for some cuttings. The deer at my old house (in the country) refused to let my hydrangias bloom. I found out the hard way that deer really love to eat hydrangias. They were just lovely to have around (they slept overnight in my yard in the winter) but my gardens here don’t miss them at all!

      1. I never knew deer liked hydrangea, interesting. That must be so neat to have them making a home in your yard! If you lived near by, I’d deliver you a bunch of my hydrangea πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Diana,
    Absolutely perfect! I love everything…the Ironstone collection, the chalkboards, wooden bowl (girl after my own heart) the beautiful Hydrangeas…everything is wonderful! This is a beautiful start to this tour!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Kathy–it means so much coming from you πŸ™‚ Looking forward to touring your beautiful home on Thursday–

  3. Thanks for welcoming us into your home. It’s lovely. I love the DIY clock in the living room. I too collect wicker wrapped bottles and I’m loving yours. I picked up a few ideas from your tour and I’m ready to move a few things around here.

  4. Your home looks so lovely all dressed up for fall, Diana! So many creative touches! And it was fun to see your pretty front entry, too!

  5. Where to even begin? There were so many wonderful ideas in your fall decor! I loved the many DIY projects! Those sweater pumpkins are the cutest! I love the quilt on your table! Thank you so much for opening your beautiful home and sharing your creativity!

  6. Hi Diana, oh I just love the “feel” of your home. It has such a vintage “welcome” vibe; the quilts, antiques, ironstone… all my favorite things! LOVE that breadboard demi-john display! perfect Fall decor!

  7. Diana I just knew your tour would be a showstopper! I am so happy to have gotten to see more of your home and I am amazed at all the beauty! I would love to see it all in person. You have a gift my friend! Gorgeous tour!!!! Love the books, the dogs, the rake, the gallery wall, the demijohns, (insert every photo here)! And the place mat pillows? Brilliant! Thank you so much for hopping along on the Harvest Home Blog Hop! I will be pinning many images and back to savor this post a little later today and probably again this week!

    1. You are such an encourager, Amber, and too, too kind with your compliments. Thank you again for including me in the hop and introducing me to so many new bloggers πŸ™‚ I’m SO looking forward to tomorrow’s tours and to your’s and Kathy’s on Thursday–

  8. Love your home Diana! Your hydrangeas work everywhere! I think its time to work on my mantle tonight! You’ve inspired me! πŸ™‚

    1. Ooh–that’s such a compliment, Jan, to be an inspiration for someone πŸ™‚ I’d love to see your mantel–are you part of my members-only Facebook group? You could post one there for all of us to see–

  9. Absolutely gorgeous Diane! Love your hydrangeas and your tablescape design! Just lovely! Thank you for the fall inspo.

  10. I loved seeing your home all decked out for fall; it has a very happy, serene feel to it. You can tell you love your collections just by seeing how artfully they are arranged/curated. Do hydrangeas bloom more heavily every other year? My lone bush does and THIS is the HEAVY year! Maybe we just had rain at the right time? This was a lovely break from unpacking yesterday GW treasures; have started my little pumpkins!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed my tour, Kathy πŸ™‚ “Happy” and “serene” are tremendous compliments–thank you so much. As far as my hydrangea go, I’ve not noticed changes every other year, but this year was especially heavy, for sure. Perhaps it was the rain?

  11. Diana, you do realize I realize this is pretty much the first glimpse we’ve gotten inside your home as part of a tour?? You’ve got a great assemblage of terrific finds – and the prices, oh my! Your gallery wall looks great, but it’s the cutting boards and demijohns that I’m crushing over. Very nice. Yes, lol, those hydrangeas can be pretty messy. πŸ™‚ Happy Fall to you!

    1. I know, Rita! I’ve always avoided it because I feel pretty insecure, but when Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick House invited me, I just decided to go for it. I know readers like to see what we bloggers are really like. Your kind comments are SO encouraging and coming from a true decorator/gardener/collector extraordinaire, mean a lot πŸ™‚ Happy Fall friend!

  12. Thank you so much for the fall tour. I like the quilt and apples in the wooden bowl centerpiece, and of course all the hydrangeas. You made it all sound easy so that even those of us with less creativity think “I may be able to do that!” And I really like your gallery wall!

    1. You’re so welcome, Shelley. I’ll tell you a secret: when I’m stumped for an idea, I always head over to Pinterest and copy someone else’s, LOL. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?!! And thanks so much for liking my gallery wall πŸ™‚

  13. You say in your post, “The family room doesn’t get much seasonal decorating since it’s where, as a family, we let down our hair and relax.” This makes me sad. It sounds as if the rest of the house is a showplace where everyone tiptoes around until they find this ONE place where they can feel at home. A home is for living – the entire home!

    1. Ha ha! Trust me, Ruth, my home is far from a “showplace” and no one tiptoes around it! What I should have said is that I was too lazy to add many fall touches to the family room, and there’s not a lot of space for that sort of thing anyway. It’s filled with a large leather sectional, a huge coffee table for putting up your feet, and a gigantor television. Every foot of our house is fair game for the teenagers and young adults who hang out in it. The furniture is nicked, the rugs stained (and even burned, lol, long story), and the walls have dings and fingerprints. We are just blessed that way πŸ™‚

  14. Lovely and inspiring, Diana. Thanks for opening your home. Pillows from placemats? Quilt as a tablecloth? Such great ideas (and chalkboards)! I need to get out of my textile rut (they’re all hanging on my walls!). “Change is our friend.”

    1. Yes, Patricia, it surely is, though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it at the time, LOL. My blog has helped me stay fresh and current in ways I probably wouldn’t have otherwise been. So glad you like my ideas πŸ˜‰

  15. I just love decorating for fall! There are so many styles to choose from!
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  16. Very warm and welcoming home, Diana! I’m especially drawn to your rustic breadboard display. I would love to see a whole room shot πŸ˜€ Thanks for inviting us into you home! Cynthia

  17. Love it all, Diana! You are brave — I don’t know if I have it in me to do a house tour! This year there’s not much fall decor going on as I am in the midst of trying to figure out how to just plain decorate the rooms that were renovated after the water damage (they’re finally done, thank God!) Who knows, maybe by Christmas lol So nice to see inside your lovely home (we have more than a few simiilarities :0) xo kathleen

    1. I was shakin’ in my boots, lol. I bet once your decorating is done you’ll want to do a tour after all that hard work!! I agree, we do have a lot of similarities–it makes for a good friendship πŸ™‚

  18. This year, I have added a few more hydrangeas to our farmhouse landscape. I just love them! Yours are terrific and I love the way you have used them in your home. I am hoping to have enough to be able to cut mine and use them next year. Thanks for your inspiration, you have one of my favorite blogs!

    1. It only took a few years for me to be able to cut a pretty large quantity from my bush without decimating it πŸ™‚ This year, I can’t seem to cut enough which seems crazy! I’m SO glad you like my blog!! That really blesses me, Dana–thank you for taking the time to drop a line–let’s stay in touch–

  19. Diane this is my first visit to your blog and I think you home is lovely. I especially like the bike filled with hydrangeas and the welcoming rake in the pretty orange. πŸ™‚ It looks like beautiful fall weather there in upstate NY. It’s still quite warm here in North East Florida but I am in a fall frame of mind. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  20. I’m seeing this blog entry for the first time and I’m so glad you linked it in your entey today! Your home is gorgeous! A vintage lovers dream! I just had to tell you! BTW your gallery wall is perfection! Have a great week Diana!

  21. Ty for inviting us in to your beautiful home! I love decorating wit natural like the beautiful hydrangeas ,grapevine and I love bittersweet for outside beauty. The idea of ones home having ‘good bones’ and needing just a splash of seasonal color appeals to my decorating sense. I especially like to use old antique or garage sale finds to brighten the seasonal mix. Bravo Diana!

  22. Absolutely love everything but I have to say the favorite is the hydrangeas. Do you happen to remember what variety it is? They grow beautifully here in the Pacific Northwest and I am looking for a new one and I love yours.

    1. Thanks Sue! I think the hydrangea are called “Limelight.” They are white in the summer and then turn green/pink in the fall. They are quite lovely and can be cut and dried in the green/pink stage. I sometimes sell them from my booth in bunches.

  23. Diana,
    Ty for the lovely tour of your beautiful home. I just loved all the vintage fall touches.
    The hydrangeas are also a big fave of mine. I love the bike and basket idea, think may have to steal that one. You are brave to go on this house tour-kudos to you and
    happy healthy fall. Hope the upcoming seasons are fruitful for you.

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