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    Give Thanks Tablescape: Turkeys In The Straw Dining Room Tour

    Welcome! I am so grateful to be joining some wonderful bloggers today for the Give Thanks Tablescape Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Katherine over at Katherine’s Corner!   This year I have created a fun, yet elegant “Turkeys In The Straw” tablescape using vintage and natural treasures that I am really enjoying, especially since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My vintage turkey planters are also on display around the dining room so I will be sharing those as well. Come on in and gather around the table for a closer look!

     

    Elegant Cottage Style Thanksgiving Tablescape vintage

    Earlier this month I shared my kitchen tour as part of the Grateful Gatherings Blog Hop. The dining room is right off from the kitchen through an original, early 1920’s swinging butler door. Here is where our family and friends gather around our authentic 100+ year-old farm table to enjoy daily meals and special holiday get togethers. I have adorned the table with vintage turkeys, dishes, and other found objects that are lovely and dear to my heart.

    Creative holiday doughbowl display with vintage dishes and rustic elements

    Our farm table is a well loved and well used, especially during the holidays! It is usually kept clutter free, with only a seasonal centerpiece of some kind. When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas however, I always try to come up with something extra special. This year I created a “Turkeys In The Straw” centerpiece which I really love. I filled a wooden dough bowl full of craft straw, pine cones, antlers, feathers, dried roses, vintage turkeys, and a set of Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey tea cups and saucers.

    I always pull out my vintage Myott’s Bouquet dishes for Thanksgiving due to the lovely autumnal tones in the design.

    Antique and vintage postcards are tucked here and there around the dining room too. This beautiful Thanksgiving postcard is postmarked 1917, now 100 years old!

    VIntage Transferware Dishes Pomegranates place setting Tablescape Thanksgiving

    Ideas for vintage themed Thanksgiving tablescape vintage transferware

    I knew I wanted to use my Myotts Bouquet dishes, and I also knew I wanted to create a “turkeys in the straw” theme, but other than that I had no idea how this tablescape would end up. In my usual fashion, I just started grabbing things I already had on hand and everything just seemed to come together. I am always happiest with my decor when I create unique designs using things that are part of my own collections instead of buying new/retail decor. I did purchase a set of beautiful and elegant gold rimmed stemware specifically for this tablescape. I found them at…Dollar Tree! I was blown away when I saw the elegant white and gold rimmed china dishes and wine glasses at only $1.00 each. I am thinking about purchasing the plates too! If you are interested in any of the pieces in this collection you can purchase them here.

    Whenever I design or decorate any space, I hope to make my family, friends, and blog readers feel welcome and cozy when visiting or touring my home. Creating a welcoming ambiance and mood is very important to me. I decorate with my heart, and with intent to evoke a happy memory or to help create new ones associated with special occasions. Although I use mostly vintage and antique decor, I strive to make our home feel comfortable, livable, and relaxed…never stuffy or fragile.

    Elegant Thanksgiving tablescape elegant cottage farmhouse vintage style

    Candles are always a good idea, even when the sun is shining. Nothing seems to take an otherwise mundane day to “special ocassion” faster than lighting a few lovely candles. I use them often, because every day is a gift, worthy of celebrating!Beautfiul Thanksgiving Tablescape

    Although I am quite confident in my ability to create fun and interesting vintage vignettes, I have never considered myself to be a “tablescaper,” and I don’t really make a fuss over setting the table “properly.” I stick with my motto of decorating with things I love! I do challenge myself to try to top my previous year’s decor and to push my creative limits.

    I had originally intended to fill the dough bowl full of  an army of vintage turkey planters, but as I was decorating I kept finding other really cute places to put the planters all around the dining room. This left me with only a couple of vintage Gurley candles for the centerpiece.

    I was about to abandon the idea altogether of the “turkeys in the straw theme” but then I had a fun idea at the last minute to put my turkey dishes in the dough bowl along with the candles and I just love it!

    Vintage Thanksgiving centerpiece doughbowl filled with vintage dishes and candles for Thanksgiving

    I am dish collector and I love displaying my collections in unusual and creative ways so I am really enjoying this centerpiece!

    These little vintage Gurley candles are very desirable and therefore hard to find. It could also be that they have all melted in hot attics over the years. I used to have three but one succumbed to that fate.Vintage Thanksgiving centerpiece doughbowl filled with vintage dishes and candles for Thanksgiving

    I filled my doughbowl with lots of straw and began arranging the dishes in various directions so that each person seated will have a turkey or two to enjoy within eyesight. I filled in gaps with bleached pinecones, faux wheat, pheasant feathers, gold feathers, small pomegranates, deer antlers and dried roses.

    Beautiful Vintage Turkey planter shabby chic farmhouse dining room decorated for fall and Thanksgiving Johnson Brothers Turkey DIshesThese dried roses were the ones I had used fresh in my Early Fall Home Tour tablescape.

    Unique Thanksgiving Centerpiece using vintage elements Pomegranates antlers

    I absolutely love all the juxtaposition of color and textures in this centerpiece.

    On the first day I started working on this post I took a little break and went junkin’ to see if I could score maybe another turkey or two. I didn’t find any turkeys, but I did come across four brass candlesticks to use in my tablescape along with a couple others I already had. I put three in the middle and two on each side of the dough bowl.

    Organic Cranberry-Pomegranate juice is always served for Thanksgiving at our house. The combination of cranberries and pomegranates is delightful to the taste buds and the eyes!

    I always use cranberries in my Thanksgiving decor. Most of the time they are on display in some little dish or container. This year I used pomegranates too and I love all the pops of red which are suggestive of the Christmas season that is rapidly approaching.

    Unique Ideas For Thanksgiving table decor Thanksgiving tablescape ideas

     

    Johnson Bros His Majesty Tea cup as Thanksgiving centerpiece in doughbowl

    Recently I got creative and used some cranberries to make a garland of my original design. In my previous post I shared how to make the beautiful, fresh cranberry, sage, and bay leaf garland seen below.

    Gorgeous Handmade Cranberry, Sage, and Bay Leaf Garland draped over a farmhouse chandelier

    Beautiful Cranberry, sage, and bay garland in a shabby chic dining room

    In the background you can get a glimpse of a few of my vintage turkeys that we will be taking a look at in just a bit.

    Simple and elegant handmade holiday garland cranberry, sage and bay leaf garland

    This year we are having a belated extended family Thanksgiving, so for now our table is just set for the four in our immediate family. This left two spaces on either end of the table for some amazing vintage pheasants. My husband found them last week at an estate sale and they were just the “wow” pieces I needed to finish my table design.

    Beautiful shabby chic farmhouse dining room Thanksgiving tablescape

    My vintage feathered friends, the turkeys and pheasants, share the table for the holiday season. Even after Thanksgiving, the pheasants and a few favorite turkeys will remain on display through the New Year, as both birds are traditionally associated with holiday feasts. Gorgeous vintage Pheasant in a shabby chic dining room farmhouse Thanksgiving tablescape

    Gorgeous vintage pheasant Thanksgiving Christmas Tablescape

    Beautiful Vintage Pheasant Thanksgiving Tablescape

    My vintage Native American chalkware statue is a like a stealth hunter, hiding just out of sight below the table, among some antique crocks filled with  dried hyndrangeas and preserved fall foliage. He must spy the tasty pheasants and turkeys all around the room! You can read more about this interesting statue here: Fantastic Fall Find: Vintage Native American Chalkware Statue.

    Beautiful late fall decorating ideas vintage crocks filled with hydrangeas and natural florals

     

    Antique Crocks filled with dried Hydrangeas late fall decor Thanksgiving ideas

    How to decorate a vintage crock for fall

    Two other vintage turkeys (planters)” in the straw” are hiding way up high on chippy candle sconces on each side of a faux fireplace that I created from a salvaged mantel and an antique buffet mirror.

    I am loving this vintage turkey planter collecting vintage turkey planters

     

    Vintage Thanksgiving postcard and turkey salt shaker whimsical holiday vignette

    A couple of other turkeys are on display above the faux fireplace. This orphaned salt shaker adds a bit of whimsy next to his mini-jar of wish bones. His Thanksgiving proclamation? Eat more ham!

    Beautifulvintageturkeyplanter

    This beautiful turkey sits proudly up high on the very top of the salvaged antique buffet mirror. He just matches a larger vintage turkey planter which is displayed across the dining room on the antique secretary.

    Gorgeous vintage Pheasant Thanksgiving tablescape

    Here you can see how the pheasants and turkeys all live in beautiful harmony in the dining room! Let’s take a closer look at some of the vintage treasures on the secretary in the background.

    Beautiful Vintage Turkey planter shabby chic farmhouse dining room decorated for fall and Thanksgiving pheasant feathers

    This beautiful vintage turkey planter is perched on a tall candle holder just beside the secretary. I love how his colors blend so beautifully with my favorite autumn drapes.

    Vintage Turkey Planter With Tarnished Silverplate

    I keep my collection of silverplate on this beautiful antique secretary. I think this vintage turkey planter repurposed as a tarnished silverplate utensil holder is my favorite turkey this year!

    Beautiful Thanksgiving Vignette Shabby Chic

    I recently discovered these pretty gold feathers which make very nice little accents in vignettes with old metals. They look so pretty for fall but they will also be nice to use in Christmas crafts. (Note: If you smell something burning…it is! I was taking pictures and couldn’t figure out where the burning smell was coming from. I followed my nose to a toasted rose! No harm done though. The rose just has a nice “patina” now!) As for following my nose, it’s time to finish up this post so I can get started on the aromatic Thanksgiving meal prep! Only two more days until we “gobble til we wobble!”

    I certainly hope this post finds you feeling inspired, and maybe just a wee bit hungry as you think of the upcoming tasty feast! In closing I will share this 100 year old Thanksgiving Greeting with you:

    How to set a lovely, vintage inspired tablescape for Thanksgiving

    The sweetest Thanksgiving tune 

    Is the dinner bell at noon

    When we all may use our spoon!

    So very true!

    Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape with pomegranates I saved this lovely photo for last! It was taken by my friend, Rebekah Williams. Rebekah was kind enough to help me capture some difficult shots while I am waiting (hopefully) for Santa to bring me a big girl blogger camera! Rebekah will be photographing my home for Christmas as well so I hope you will plan to visit the blog often during the holidays!

    Katherine's Corner Give Thanks Tablescape Tour

    Thank you all for touring the dining room today! It was a lot of creating this tablescape and decorating the dining room with my vintage dishes and turkeys. Now it’s time to see all of the other beautiful tablescapes on the Give Thanks Tablescape Tour! For even more Thanksgiving tablescape ideas, visit all the blogs through the links at the end of this post. I know you will enjoy them!

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    Amber

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    Fresh Cranberry, Sage, And Bay Leaf Garland

    Well friends, here we are just one week away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season! I have been working on my Thanksgiving tablescape and adding lots of festive touches that will easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Last night I was thinking that I wanted to use cranberries and sage in my holiday decor, so I decided to make a beautiful, fresh and fragrant garland for my chandelier in the dining room.

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    Grateful Gatherings In The Kitchen

    Grateful Gatherings Simple Thanksgiving Decor

    Hello and welcome to the Grateful Gatherings blog hop! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to host this hop and to be inspired by 13 other talented bloggers who will be sharing their late fall and Thanksgiving decor over the next three days! If you are coming over from A Delightsome Life and Common Ground, welcome! If you missed Kathy and Debra’s amazing decor, simply follow the links at the end of this post. You will be glad you did!

    Thanksgiving Blog Hop

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Of course I am Christmas crazy too, but I think Thanksgiving is just so beautiful! It encompasses the last of Autumn’s splendor and the excitement of the holidays ahead, which makes it perfect in my opinion! Today I will be sharing some “Grateful Gatherings” of late fall and Thanksgiving decor in the kitchen, the heart of the home!

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    Fantastic Fall Find: Vintage Chalkware Native American Statue

    Stunning Vintage Native American Indian Chalkware Statue Vintage

    Happy November…my favorite month! Today I am sharing one of my fantastic fall finds—a vintage Native American Indian chalkware statue!  I will also be sharing a few other Native American items I use in my Thanksgiving decor and my sentiments on including references to Native Americans in Thanksgiving celebrations.

    Vintage Native American Chalkware Statue Thanksgiving Decor

    I was out junkin’ early last November and I spotted “the hunter” crouching down in the corner of a local thrift store. For a fleeting moment I thought he was sort of cool, but maybe a bit too kitschy…so I just kept on looking around and then went on to the next thrift shop. Well, you know how it goes with us vintage junkers! I got home and started thinking about how awesome the statute would be as a Thanksgiving decoration, and I just could not wait to go back the next morning to buy it! I am so glad I did. Now I think he is just amazing!

    Vintage Chalkware Indian

    Last Thanksgiving I styled him beside the staircase on the floor next to my Thanksgiving tree to create a vignette of a daily hunt in the forest. I also put him on the banister for some pictures.

    Thanksgiving home tour 2016

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    Hauntingly Beautiful Vignettes: Halloween Decorating Ideas Using Vintage Treasures

    Hello everyone! Are you enjoying the Hauntingly Beautiful Blog Hop so far?  I am certainly loving all the different ways my talented friends have incorporated magical Halloween decor in their homes. When you are finished reading this post you can treat yourself to even more Halloween eye candy by visiting all the other blogs on the hop too. They are all truly inspiring!

    In September I shared a full home tour for early fall and I am working on a late fall home tour for November, so instead of sharing my whole home today I am going to be highlighting some of the ways I use vintage treasures to create hauntingly beautiful vignettes. I woke up early this morning eager to start taking photos, but right away I noticed something very, very strange…

    Spooky and Elegant Halloween Decor

    The sun was shining! After a week of dreary gray skies, it was quite a paranormal day! I snapped a picture of the anomaly of sunshine streaming down the stairs. The effect was perfect for a Halloween post, wouldn’t you agree?

    Shabby Chic Dresser decorated for Halloween

    A few weeks ago we started working on our bedroom makeover and since we are going with a more traditional and masculine theme, I decided to move my shabby antique dresser down to the living room by the staircase. It was the perfect piece for a hard to decorate spot that I really hadn’t been satisfied with since we moved in three years ago. I have styled the top with old clocks, vintage frames, brass candlesticks and a few other little trinkets for my every day decor, so it was really easy to create a hauntingly beautiful vignette by simply adding a few Halloween-y touches.

     

     

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    A Merry Halloween: Porch Decor And More!

    Merry Halloween! That salutation sounds a little strange to us in modern times, but it was often used in Hallowe’en days of old. Antique postcards and vintage Halloween ephemera depict the sweetest and merry Halloween characters. Today I will be showing you how I keep my Halloween decor light and merry too!

    Vintage Halloween Postcard

    What constitutes a “Happy Halloween” or “Merry Halloween?” For some, Halloween is a time to embrace evil, dark, and sinister things. A few folks pull serious pranks and use the day as an excuse for mayhem instead of merriment. Others embrace even darker things which should not even be discussed  (Ephesians 5:11-13) For more on this subject see my post Halloween: Celebrate or Participate?

    For most people however, it’s all about the candy, fun costumes, and nostalgia! We vintage decorators have lots of fun with Halloween. I love how my friend Debra at Common Ground blog explained in a recent post that most of us don’t “celebrate” Halloween, but we do enjoy remembering fun traditions and collecting nostalgic treasures associated with happy memories.

    Who recalls these fun vintage cupcake and cake toppers? They are back from the days when no one was allergic to gluten, dairy or peanuts! Homeroom moms could surprise the class with cupcakes topped with little black cats and funny happy Jack-0-Lantern men without fear of lawsuits! Those were the days! I scored a bag of these little treasures for a quarter at a yard sale a few years back and I just love them. I can still taste the gluten and dairy butter cream frosting now!

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    Historic 120-Year-Old Welch House Halloween Tour

    The Welch House 1900 Halloween Home Tour

    Welcome to the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Blog Hop! I am happy to be hosting this hop and to share some fun Halloween decorating ideas with my talented friends and readers. Today I have the very special honor of having my dear friend Larissa Jenkins as a special blog guest to kick off the hop (see full hop schedule at the end of this post). She will be introducing you to her beautiful historic home, the “Welch House.” Larissa has been the co-host of the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link party here on my blog and also the hashtag party on Instagram. She has amazing vintage style and loves to hunt for beautiful thrifted treasures for her dreamy abode. Her home is just perfect for Halloween! Get ready for some really beautiful Halloween decorating inspiration! Enjoy!

    Halloween Blog Hop

    Hello and welcome to my home! I am so very excited and honored to be  introducing the “Welch House” and sharing my Halloween Home Tour here today on Amber’s amazing blog! Thank you so much Amber for this opportunity! Let’s get started!

    I’ve always had a fondness for Halloween, but I must say it has definitely grown since my  Husband and I purchased our 120 year old home, The “Welch House” almost four years ago. Our home was built in 1900 and is very popular in our small town. The locals refer to it as the “Welch House” named after the prominent family that built the home. My husband and I are the third family to own the home. I have been asked many times by locals if there is a ballroom on the third floor. Many of them remember stories being told of dances taking place in our third floor during the First World War era. I do not know if that is true or not, but our attic is very large and could accommodate many people. I have also been told that long ago our home was featured in a book, which I am trying to track down. Many years ago Welch House was named one of the “Most Stately” Homes in our town and was given a plaque to commemorate this achievement. Sadly, while the other nominated homes still have their plaques displayed proudly in their foyers, ours was missing when we purchased the home. I hope to find it someday!

    Welch House is truly my dream home, and my greatest wish is to make her beautiful again!  The home creates a beautiful backdrop for holiday decor…especially Halloween decor. With its creaky floors, the beveled glass windows, and even the chandeliers, it all adds to an elegant but spooky atmosphere. I Love French and European decor so I try to incorporate those aspects into my Halloween decor as well.

    Halloween Foyer Decorating Ideas French Country antique furniture

    Historic Halloween Tour Creepy Butler

    When you first enter our home our butler, “Fred”, will be there to greet you. He is a favorite when guests visit.

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    Let’s Go Junkin’: The Country Living Fair Columbus, OH 2017 And A Special Interview With Rachel Hardage Barrett

    Let's Go Junkin: The Country Living Fair Highlights

    Hello dear junk loving hoarders and flea market foragers! Today I am thrilled to share a special post all about my dream day at the Country Living Fair  in Columbus, Ohio last month! Of course the Country Living Fair is any vintage junker’s dream, but it was a special interview with Country Living Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett that really made it a dream day for me. In early September I contacted Carrie Carlson, PR director at Country Living about possibly covering the fair for my “Let’s go Junkin’!” series here on the blog. Carrie set me up with a free early bird ticket to the Columbus event, and some photos and documents pertaining to the history and specifics of the fair to use in my blog post. She also set up a time for me to meet and interview Rachel! The perks of blogging!

    Follow The Yellow Brick Home Blogger Interview with Rachael Hardage Barrett Country Living Magazine

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    Let’s Go Junkin’: The Top 10 Booths At The Country Living Fair Columbus, Ohio 2017

    The top 10 booths at the Country Living Fair where to shop for vintage junk

    Welcome back to the Let’s Go Junkin‘ series! Last month I attended the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH and it was nothing short of amazing. In my previous post I shared all about my day at the fair and some fun highlights which included a special interview with Country Living Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett! It was such a interesting post to create with the fun interview and so many photos of amazing vintage junk…you won’t want to miss it!

    Follow The Yellow Brick Home Blogger Interview with Rachael Hardage Barrett Country Living Magazine

    There were 200 vendors at the fair this year! I came home with so many wonderful pictures that there were just too many for one post, so I decided to create an additional post to share my top ten personal favorite booths. Take a look!

    Farmhouse Frocks

    The Farmhouse Frocks booth display was my most favorite! A lovely chalkboard and old rusty bicycle parked on top of a shabby tent surrounded by autumn kale and heirloom pumpkins had me swooning!

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    A $10 Antique Farm Table Styled For Fall!

    $10 Find Antique Farm Table and Fall Tablescape

    Did I get your attention with, “A $10 Antique Farm Table?” Well Today I am going to share the true story of how my husband and I lucked into this authentic antique farm table for only ten little buckaroos at a yard sale on one glorious fall morning in 2013! I was looking at some older photos of my farm table for Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration, and I thought you might enjoy them too. Hopefully this post will give you yet another reason to want to decorate your home with yard sale finds and to start saving those extra quarters for junkin’ adventures! You just never know how lucky you may get! The farm table is truly our family’s best yard sale find so far… such a steal at only $10.00!

    Beautiful late fall tablescape heirloom pumpkins

    Back in 2013 “farmhouse style” was just starting to become popular. I have been incorporating  vintage country farmhouse elements in my cottage style decor for years, but I wasn’t really on the lookout for a farm table when we found it. I was actually just wanting a table to use for folding laundry in our basement. One day while my husband and I were out junkin’ we stumbled upon this gem at a yard sale. The top was covered with a cheap veneer and the legs were painted a dreadful shade of brown. Nevertheless it was sturdy and big, so it would serve me well in the laundry room. My husband looked it over before purchasing and he noticed that there were huge wooden planks under the veneer! Because of his background in antiques, he also recognized the age of the piece by the types of nails used and the fact that the solid oak planks had been sawed by hand. He gave me “the look” to remain calm, but it was hard not to do the happy dance right there in the seller’s yard! With an aloof expression I offered the seller ten bucks for the table…cha-ching! SCORE!

    genuine authentic antique farm table a $10 farm table

    Sometimes the hubby grumbles about is a little reluctant to work on furniture makeovers, but he was excited about this one! As soon as we got home from the yard sale, he unloaded the table and immediately ripped off the veneer, sanded down the original wood planks and stained the top. When it was completely dry he used a wax to give it a nice smooth finish (we later added a water-based sealer for a little more protection). The bottom part of the table had been painted an unsightly, flat brown paint so he mixed up some DIY chalk paint and painted it white. A little distressing, and voila…the perfect antique farm table! Well, almost. At some point someone had chopped the legs just a bit resulting in an odd height, but no problem… this junker always has a stash of junk with spare parts for “just in case” times such as this one. Four casters were added and we had a “brand new” antique farm table. Since we already had the paint, stain, wax and casters, the table really did only cost $10.00!  Similar tables sell anywhere from $200-$1500 and they are even more popular today. And this people, is why I am a proud junker!

    $10 antique farm table and fall tablescape

    Here it is right after it was finished back in 2013.  Oh how I wish I had a real camera back then! It turned out stunning and I remember that I had so much fun decorating it for fall for the very first time!

    musquee du provence pumpkin on a farm table

    I was eager to get started with the decorating,  so I shopped my house to style it up. I used a very old antique linen runner topped with a mix of a few faux gourds and real gourds. A beautiful Musquee Du Provence heirloom pumpkin took center stage, and some deer antlers and fall leaves were nice natural touches.

    tiger striped pumpkin on stacked plates fall tablescape ideas

    I had just found some awesome jute place mats at Home Goods for $2.99 each and they matched the Pottery Barn rug under the table perfectly ( the rug was also a yard sale STEAL at $20)! Then I simply set out my cream plates and saucers and put some pretty tiger striped pumpkins on top. I kept this arrangement for a few weeks until I was able to find some more interesting heirloom pumpkins.

    Gorgeous late fall tablescape on an antique farm table

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    Fall Garden Displays: Ideas For Combining Plants, Pumpkins And Vintage Treasures

    Fall is truly my favorite season, and also my favorite time in the garden as nature puts on one last spectacular show! Today I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for combining plants, pumpkins and vintage treasures to create unique fall garden displays. We will taking a look at some of my older fall gardens (2011-2016) for inspiration. I have a better camera now so my photography skills have certainly improved, but there are still some ideas worth sharing in these photos.  Here are some highlights from my fall gardens past.
    Fall Garden Autumn Gardens Mums and Herbs Rusty Vintage Garden Tool

    When it comes to creating beautiful fall displays, “mum’s the word!” Actually it’s no secret! Mums are the quintessential fall flower and they are perfect for adding pops of color anywhere in the landscape, on the porch or deck. One of my favorite combination groupings is yellow mums alongside whatever green herbs may still be thriving in my garden when fall arrives. Actually I am always incorporating herbs in my fall displays in some way. I must have herbs, always and always! I also like to use old garden tools in my displays too. This rusty green spade is an oldie, but goody!

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    A Harvest of Fall Home, Garden Vignettes

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    Welcome everyone! Are you as excited as I am about all the fall decorating inspiration that’s going on over here? Between home tours and special guests and link parties my mind is racing, but I love it! Today I am so happy to have Rita from Panoply here as a guest blogger to share some of her wonderful fall indoor and outdoor decorating ideas. You are in for a real treat!

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    The Classic Cottage: Fall Home Tour and Inspiring Fall Decorating Ideas From Instagram

    Hello dear readers! Have you been enjoying all the fall home tours lately? There are truly so many beautiful homes decorated for this glorious season, especially on Instagram! Today is a very special day here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home as I have invited my talented Instagram decorating friend, Laura @theclassiccottage to be my special guest blogger! She has amazing style and will be sharing her own home as well as some other beautiful Instagram accounts which have been inspiring her lately! Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and get ready to see some really beautiful photos. Take it away Laura!!!!

    Laura @theclassiccottage IG guest blogger Follow The Yellow Brick Home Fall Tours

    The Classic Cottage

    What’s not to love about fall?  Pumpkins, hayrides, hot apple cider, corn mazes, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course, beautiful, cozy fall décor are just a few of the fun and exciting things we enjoy during this season.  I have a confession to make.  I’ve been scanning some beautiful accounts on Instagram for some fall décor inspiration and I am amazed at what I’ve found!  It is always so much fun to see other’s creativity, interpretation and perspective on fall décor. 

    Beautiful falldecorating inspiration from Instagram

    I’ve observed traditional fall color palates, warm oranges, reds and yellows,  to neutral tones, blues, greens and whites.  Some have created an entirely new color scheme that is both rich and elegant using plum, greens and whites.  Let’s take a little tour of some beautiful homes decorated for the season.

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    Harvest Home Tour Early Fall 2017

    Welcome everyone to my “Harvest Home” early fall home tour! I am so thrilled you are visiting today! If you are coming over from A Delightsome Life and the previous tours on our Harvest Home Blog Hop, then I know you have already been inspired by a wonderful group of talented ladies and their beautiful homes. It has been such a pleasure to coordinate and host this blog hop! Now it’s time for me to finish up the tour by inviting you into my 1921 yellow brick home!

    Follow The Yellow Brick Home Beautiful Farmhouse Cottage fall decorating ideas front porch with white mums white pumpkin mums in a basket

    On this tour you will see how I decorate for early fall as I am still transitioning into the season, taking cues from nature. It has been 80 degrees lately and the leaves are only barely starting to change here in Eastern, KY, so it’s still a couple of weeks before I go all out on my fall colors and pumpkin extravaganza. I have decorated our front porch very simply to start off the season with a big basket of white mums sitting on a vintage chair by the front door. Last week I went a friend’s yard sale and she gifted me this big white pumpkin right out of her garden. I am really loving how the white mums and pumpkin look with the yellow bricks too!

    Beautiful white mums in French farmhouse basket pressed back vintage chair Early Fall Home Tour easy fall decorating ideas

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    DIY Shabby Vintage Burlap Pumpkins

    How to give inexpensive Dollar Tree Burlap Pumkins A Shabby Vintage Makeover With Chalk Paint and Vintage Embellishments Chalk Painted Pumpkins DIY

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    It’s almost the middle of September, and I am going fall crazy over here! Today I spent the day chalk painting pumpkins and in between drying times I have been decorating for the Harvest Home Blog Hop which begins next Tuesday! This coming Saturday I am going junkin’ at the Country Living Fair, which means I won’t be able to do any crafting or decorating that day, so I am really rushing to get things ready now! I wanted to use the burlap pumpkins in some vignettes for the tour, so I hustled and finished some today and I am so glad I did. Now I am excited to show you how you can make some DIY shabby vintage burlap pumpkins too! They turned out so pretty and even though I have tons of other things to do, I am heading back to Dollar Tree tomorrow to buy a few more. Just take a look at these beauties! I need a whole bucket full!

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    French Country Inspired Heirloom Pumpkins Display

    French Country Heirloom Pumpkins Display

    It’s pumpkin time…almost! I already have a large pumpkin growing in the garden, and Instagram and Pinterest are full of pictures of my beloved heirloom pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes! I am still holding out until September before the pumpkins start magically appearing all around our home, but I sure am busy getting ideas and making plans! I especially love French Country inspired fall decor both indoors and out, and I love to incorporate shabby French touches whenever possible. Each year I challenge myself to come up with new designs and color schemes for my outdoor displays, but I absolutely must include soft, muted-toned heirloom pumpkins along with magical mums and beautiful autumn kale!

    It is hard to pick a favorite, but I love the soft, peachy-coral color and shape of the Musquee De Provence pumpkin as pictured above in lovely Aix-en-Provence, France. I discovered them several years ago and now it just wouldn’t be fall around our home without several of these beauties!  Source: Pinterest Read more

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    Beautiful Antique and Vintage Summer Junkin’ Finds

    Did you do any junkin’ or pickin’ this summer?  It was a slow start for me with barely any scores in June, but as summer progressed things got hotter on the junkin’ trail! I think I  ended up with some pretty good  junkin’ finds. Here’s my summer junk loot haul. It’s a very eclectic mix, but I just buy what I love.

    Antique Ironstone Transferware Saucer Vintage Bird Dishes

    Tweet tweet! Vintage ironstone bird dishes are sweet! When it comes to junkin’ finds, I am all about vintage dishes, and I love to mix and match colors and patterns. I found all these pretties at several different yard sales. It’s always fun to see how junkin’ finds come together beautifully!

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    Garden Thyme

    Fresh Summer Herbs!

    Fresh summer herbs…yum! One of my greatest joys is being able to grow, harvest, and enjoy herbs straight from the garden. My herbs are doing very well this year! I have already savored them fresh sprinkled on a big, juicy tomato and in a garden salad. I have also made pesto with dried herbs mixed with olive oil. So tasty! Read more

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    How To “Faux” Herbs Indoors

    It’s early spring, and that means that gardening time is fast approaching! Already my oregano, thyme, and lemon balm are making appearances in the herb garden right outside my kitchen door. Herbs are one of my deep passions, and I use them in all their forms. Whether growing them, drying them for use in recipes or decor, or using them holistically in herbal medicines, diffusing oils, or organic beauty and homemade green cleaning products, herbs bring me so much joy! I have a green thumb, and the fragrance of fresh herbs is one of my favorite scents on earth. So why am I using faux herbs in my kitchen instead of growing my own?Gorgeous Faux Herbs A.C. Moore

    Wait…did you realize those weren’t real???? Shhh….don’t tell…

    For years I grew many varieties of herbs both indoors and out, but over time I developed lots of crazy allergies to all kinds of things, including mold spores on foliage and in soil. I also found that all sorts of critters like fruit flies and fungus gnats seemed to always find their way into my beautiful potted rosemary and oregano on my kitchen counter. Combined with the allergies, it just wasn’t worth it to me to keep them indoors anymore.  Recently I made a trip to A.C. Moore to get some ideas for spring wreaths, and I was amazed when I happened upon these adorable little faux herbs in jars, terra cotta pots, and plants in burlap bags. I knew I could style them to fool the eye with the addition of some vintage gardening and farmhouse accessories. Read more

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    Farewell Fall Link Party!

    Fall Blog Party Link Up

    Hello and welcome to the Farewell Fall Link Party! Join me in celebrating all the beauty of fall one last time before winter sets in! I am absolutely passionate about fall and can’t believe how fast it flew by. As usual there were so many fun fall crafts, activities, gardening and decor ideas I wanted to try but just didn’t get around to it. I was also so busy with my own blog and some home renovation projects that I missed many of your wonderful posts, so I can’t wait to see them all here! It is my hope that this party will be a fantastic resource for all us to refer back to for fall inspiration next year!

    Amber Lyon Ferguson Blogger Country Living Fair

    This week I shared an original fresh cranberry, sage, and bay leaf garland I designed. I had been wanting to make a fresh garland for Thanksgiving so a few days ago I decided to put everything else on hold and just do it! I am so happy with how it turned out. Of course this garland is also perfect for Christmas too! You will see more of this lovely garland in my Thanksgiving Dining room tour which will be my “farewell fall” post of 2018.

    Now it’s time for you to link up all of your fall posts!

    How to play:

    1. You may link up any fall themed posts: Home decor, crafts, recipes, gardening, etc. (Please save Halloween posts for the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Link Party next year).
    2. Feel free to share old or new content. I love fall so link up as many as you like!
    3. By joining this party, you give permission for me to share on any social media and blogs.
    4. I would love if you would follow through email subscription or your favorite form of social media.

    Please include a courtesy link (the URL) to this party in your blog posts so that your visitors know where to join the party too!

    Have fun and be social! Comment on 2-3 other blogs!

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    •Insert it at the end of your blog post with text, Farewell Fall Link Party.

    Farewell Fall!

     


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    Target Introduces Hearth And Hand: Fixer Upper Style Holiday Must-Haves

    Target Introduces the Hearth & Hand Line with Magnolia

    Welcome! This weekend I happened to stop by Target to pick up a few Christmas gifts and I had a chance to take a look at the new Hearth & Hand With Magnolia line that everyone is talking about over on Instagram and in the decor world. I really liked some of the new products and wanted to share them with you today. If you are a Fixer Upper enthusiast, here are some “must-haves” that I think you will love!  (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.)

     

    Hearth And Hand Plaid Coir Doormat

    If you are unfamiliar with the new line, here is the description from the Target website:

    Beautiful Tablescape Hearth And Hand Line at Target

    There are so many new products in the collection throughout several categories including Kitchen and Dining, Holiday, Furniture, Party Supplies, Toys, Accessories and Furniture.

    Black and white Grain stripe kitchen towel Magnolia Hearth & Hand TargetWith Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to check out all the kitchen and cooking items first. Although I decorate primarily through vintage and thrifted finds, I like to incorporate a few new (vintage/farmhouse style) accent pieces to my home to keep things fresh and updated. This year I added black decorative accents to my kitchen so I was excited to see all the black in the Hearth And Hand line. I love French touches in my decor, so this French Grain Stripe Kitchen Towel  is perfect for blending a bit of modern farmhouse with French farmhouse. It is actually cream and black which is just what I need for my kitchen. Of course you can never have too many dish towels on hand for all the holiday cooking! I am definitely going to be purchasing at least one of these at only $3.99!Gorgeous French Grainstripe black and ivory dishtowels Hearth and Hand Target

    Okay, so maybe I will have to buy two of them! Loving the green/ ivory striped kitchen towel too.

    Green is actually my favorite color, and plaid is my favorite textile pattern (next to grain stripe) so I was excited to see all the black and green plaid products in the new Hearth And Hand line! Aren’t these Woven Plaid Placemats so classic and affordable at only $4.99 each? They are definitely holiday must-haves!

    Hearth & Home Chip and Joanna Gaines Target Plaid Placemats

    The placemats will work for more traditional and vintage cottage decor or of course modern Farmhouse house and Fixer Upper style as seen below.

    Joanna Gaines Christmas Table Target Style

     

    This Fabric Ribbon Plaid Gross Grain green/black is just amazing too! How beautiful it would be to have a Christmas tree in a dining room decked with this ribbon right next to a farm table with those awesome place mats!

    Magnolia Hearth And Hand Green And Black Plaid Ribbon

    There are several new throw pillows in the Hearth & Hand line. The Green Plaid Throw Pillow is my favorite.

    Gorgeous green, black and plaid gold pillow by Joanna Gaines Hearth and Hand Target

     

    Beautiful Fixer Upper Style Pillows And Garland Magnolia Target

    Here are a few more really cute pillows too.  The Merry Christmas Embroidered Throw Pillow is simple and adorable! I also am loving the cottage farmhouse style Lamb Ear and White Berry Garland shown here. The garland is from the Magnolia Forever Green Decor Collection which is really awesome! Whether decking the hall or gracing the table, it adds a touch of farmhouse Christmas greenery as a beautiful alternative to traditional pine.

    Gorgeous fixer upper wreath lambs ear Joanna Gaines

    This pretty Artificial Lamb Ear/White Berry Wreath can easily transition through all the seasons with the addition of some floral accent picks, but I love it especially for Christmas. So simple and elegant!

    Many of the elements in the new Hearth and Hand line are so classic!

    Gorgeous green and gold Christmas Ornaments By Joanna Gaines at Target

    So far I have shared quite a few Hearth & Hand items on the holiday must-haves list. For me, extra ornaments are absolute holiday must-haves! I always use a lot of green bulbs in various shades in my Christmas decor, so I think this Solid/Herringbone Ornament Set in green might end up among the hoards! When it comes to ornaments,  the more, the merrier Christmas… am I right?
    Magnolia Homes Joanna Gaines Target Hearth & Home

    I had originally intended to create this post mainly to introduce the new line, but it seems like I am racking up quite a little wish list of my own here! This adorable Mailbox Letters To Santa Ornament reminded me that I better hurry up and send off my Magnolia Hearth And Home wish list because Christmas will be here before we know it!

    Adorable Letters to Santa ornament Target Joanna Gaines Magnolia

    Just like that it will be time to hang the stockings by the chimney with care! Although I have a more shabby-vintage, traditional, and French/European Christmas decor style, many of these “Fixer Upper Style” products can still work in my home for Christmas. This fun Plaid Pom Holiday Stocking may not be hung by the chimney, but I think it would look super cute in my farmhouse-cottage style kitchen where I use a lot of vintage red and white Christmas decorations.

    Cuter Retro red plaid pom stocking Target Magnolia Hearth and Home

    To close this little round up of my Magnolia “Hearth And Hand Fixer Upper Style Holiday Must-Haves,” I will end with my absolute favorite product in the line, a beautiful Fixer Upper style Wooden Doll House!

    Gorgeous Doll house By Chip and Joanna Gaines at Target Magnolia Doll House

    A Special Opportunity To Help A Child In Need :

    When it comes to Christmas, I am a little girl at heart! I just love this sweet doll house! Do I need it? No! I already have two vintage doll houses! However, some special child would be so happy to wake up to find this amazing dollhouse on Christmas morning! Almost every year I see “dollhouse” on the Giving Tree wanted list. While preparing this post I came up with the idea to take donations via Paypal to raise money to purchase this doll house for one needy child in our local school district!

    The cost of the dollhouse is $129.99, and if just a few of my bloggy friends or readers would like to contribute that would be amazing! I am shooting for 10 friends to donate $10.00 and I will take care of the rest! If you are interested in pitching in, just email me or leave a comment below or you can donate today through PayPal at the end of this post.

    Once the doll house has been purchased and delivered to the school ( I will personally contribute some new dolls and furniture) each contributor will receive an email notification from the local school district’s family resource center confirming that they have received the dollhouse and that it will be delivered to a child in need. This is just an idea I had while preparing this post, so I decided to follow my heart and go with it!Beautiful Dollhouse by Joanna Gaines for Target Hearth and Home Hearth & Home

    Well I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the new Magnolia Hearth And Hand line at Target! Although I do not consider myself to be a big fan of Fixer Upper style, there are some really nice products in this new line that I would definitely be able to work into my home. I am actually heading back to Target in few days to pick up some of those kitchen towels which will be so handy for preparing and cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner. With that in mind, I am off to Pinterest to get some recipe inspiration!

    If you are still looking for Thanksgiving recipes,  you can also check out the Grateful Gatherings Blog Hop in case you missed it. Several recipes were shared on the amazing hop which you can find starting with my Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour, and following the hop links listed at the end of my post which will take you on to the other fabulous posts!

    Hearth And Hand Target Shiplap entry black lanterns

    So have any of you checked out the Magnolia Hearth & Hand line already? What do you think? Let’s talk Christmas decor and more!

    If you would like to donate to the dollhouse giveway, you can pay here:

    Thanks for visiting today. Happy Target shopping!

    Amber

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    Christian Living

    Psalm 103: Finding Comfort In God’s Covenant Promises For Healing And Deliverance

    Happy Sunday during the season of gratitude and Thanksgiving! Today the Lord impressed upon my heart to share Psalm 103. I have several friends and family dealing with chronic health issues, and having dealt with them myself, I have found this Psalm to be a very powerful balm for the anxiety and nervousness that comes from illness, and not knowing where to turn for help when doctors have no answers. Psalm 103 reminds us of many of the benefits that come along with being a child of the one true God—Yaweh, Jehovah. Because he is a covenant God, we can be assured he will keep his promises to those who are in covenant agreement with him. First of all, what is a covenant?

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