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    Thursday Favorite Things Blog LInky Party

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday Favorite Things (TFT)! I am so excited to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of bloggers as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party! If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and be inspired each week, this is the place to be! If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me a comment with the number of your link up. I am looking forward to seeing what you have been up to! Before we get started here are a few of my recent posts: Read more

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    Seasons Greetings: Unique Wreaths, Swags, And Door Decor To Welcome Holiday Guests In Style

    Stylish and Unique Holiday Wreath Ideas Classy Christmas wreaths

    Season’s Greetings! Today I am sharing a few of the wreaths, swags and other types of door decor I have created this holiday season. I love making wreaths year round, but Christmas and winter wreaths are my favorites! This year I have been busy making several different styles of unique wreaths and swags that I have sold online through Instagram, Facebook, and my Etsy shop. In this post I will be showing you a few of my favorite and most popular styles.

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    Gorgeous custom horsehead wreath etsy

    Bobtail Nag is a beautiful horse head custom wreath which is gorgeous for Christmas but works well for winter too (especially for us Kentuckians!) with a simple mix of Douglas fir, scotch pine, and cedar. It is my most popular wreath style and it is truly stunning and unique. Read more

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    Home For Christmas Blogger’s Link Party

    Hello and welcome to the Home For Christmas Blogger’s Link Party! My co-host Debra from Common Ground and I are so glad you are joining us! From now through Dec. 26th you can link up your favorite Christmas posts and holiday home tours! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Later this week we will both be featuring some of our favorite posts from the party so be sure to check back again or subscribe by email so you don’t miss out on all the holiday fun and inspiration! Read more

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    Let’s Hear It For Mrs. Claus! The Unsung Christmas Heroine

    VIntage Mrs. Claus Collectible Ornaments

    Let’s hear it for Mrs. Claus (and Miss Claus, and Ms. Claus)! When it comes to Christmas let’s face it…Santa gets all the kudos, and cookies! We all know that Mrs. Claus is responsible behind the scenes for a successful Christmas each year, and she does a whole lot more than just bake cookies all day! She is a true unsung heroine of Christmas! After working on this post I have a whole new appreciation for Mrs. Claus, and I have decided that I simply must add more vintage Mrs. Clauses to my Christmas hoards collections!

    Adorable Kitschy Christmas vignettes Mrs. Claus

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    Sing We Now Of Christmas: Holiday Music Room Tour

    Beautiful 1920's home decorated for Christmas music room

    Sing we now of Christmas, sing we here noel! Yes indeed, here at our home you will hear singing all through the holiday season! For a music teacher, vintage Christmas collector, and home decor blogger it is certainly the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year! Today I will be sharing my music room for the It’s A Wonderful House Christmas home tours that I have joined with 19 other bloggers! If you have just come over from Slightly Coastal, I know you have already been treated to some amazing Christmas decor. A special thank you to Olivia at Reinvented Collection for hosting this tour and for all of the inspiration she provides on her beautiful blog too! I am also excited to be linking up this post for Jennifer Rizzo’s 2017 Holiday House Walk Link Party. There is truly so much inspiration in blog land right now. I hope you find this post inspiring too!

    Our holiday home is always busy and bustling with the sounds of the season! At Christmas time we have many guests and visitors who are greeted at the front door with a shabby wooden treble clef “wreath” that is on display year round. I simply change the seasonal floral and greenery picks for the seasons. This year I have created a simple, wintry welcome with boxwood, blue juniper and eucalyptus. Read more

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    Deck The Halls With A Festive Sheet Music Christmas Banner

    Hello everyone! Are you decking your halls with festive Christmas decor and handmade crafts? Today I am going to be showing you how to make a quick and easy, festive sheet music Christmas music banner using  just a few supplies from Target, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

    How To Make A Christmas Music Banner

    Just before Thanksgiving I found a canvas sheet music banner at the Target dollar spot and I knew I wanted to use it in my music room for Christmas. I don’t have a picture of the banner in the original package because like so many of my projects I jump right and excitedly get to work before realizing I have great content for a blog post, so I didn’t think to get a picture. Instead I am using a photo of a piece of the original banner on top of a red ticking stripe banner (also from Target) which was the same price ($3) and packaged the exact same way.

    Cute music banner and Christmas banner from Target

    I had originally planned to stencil on some letters, but I was crunched for time due to my music room tour for It’s A Wonderful House Holiday Home Tours blog hop. I had to come up with something quickly! I decided to use some little wooden letters from Hobby Lobby instead. The only problem was deciding which word or phrase to use. There were seven flag/pennants on the banner and no Christmas words or phrases would work: Joy? Peace? Merry? Deck The Hall?

    Wooden Craft Letters How To Make a Music Banner For Christmas

    Then I realized I could easily remove the two end flags, leaving five for “Fa La La La La,” which would be perfect for a music room!

    How to make a festive music banner for Christmas

    Free Printable Deck The Hall Sheet Music

    Okay, before we proceed any further, the teacher in me cannot resist this “teachable moment” so it is time for your music history lesson. Did you know that the actual title of this familiar carol is “Deck The Hall,” and not “Deck The HallS?” Although the plural form of the word “hall” has become popular in the title over time, the original carol was a Welsh yuletide and New Year’s Eve carol, “Nos Galen” dating to the sixteenth century. Deck the hall refers to adorning the great hall of grand homes, such as an entrance or ballroom, and not the hallways of homes as we think of them in the modern sense. While you will often hear “Deck The Halls” on the radio and popular movies, most school, college and professional choral groups will perform the song using the original (and correct) title, Deck The Hall. So there’s your random information for the day! 

    And now for the rest of the story…

    The only other prep work for the banner was painting the letters and gluing them on. I really think the letters would look great painted black if the banner was being used all year round with a word like “Imagine” on all seven flags, or “Create” on six, etc., but since I was going to specifically be using it for Christmas I wanted it to have a little shine, with a touch of shabby-chic “patina.”

    Beautiful Music Note Banner Metallic Letters Christmas Crafts

    I really love Decoart AmericanaDECOR paints! You can find them at Michaels Stores or order them through Amazon as well. I started with some gold metallic paint and simply painted the letters with a sponge brush.

    Paint Wooden Letters with Gold Metallics Decor Art

     

    After they dried (just about 20 minutes) I dry brushed some Decoart Americana Decor Chalky finish paint in Everlasting. I loved how the letters looked, but when I held them up on the wall with the banner they really didn’t show up very well.

     

    Fa La La La La Christmas Music Banner

    Because the ceiling in the music room is copper metallic tile, I decided to dry brush some copper paint over top of the gold and white. This created a really pretty effect which is just right for Christmas.

    Traditional Christmas Tree Music themed Christmas

     

    How to make an adorable shabby chic music banner Christmas banner

    Americana Decor Metallics Decorart Copper

     

    The copper metallic just lightly brushed on over the other two colors really helped make the letters pop!  To finish the banner I simply glued the letters on the banner with hot glue and voila!

    Or, “Fa La!” I should say!

    Adorable Christmas music banner diy Target Dollar Spot

    Here you can see a bit of all three colors layered and I really like the “patina.”

     How To Make A Christmas Music Banner

    The banner is perfect for the spot where children will gather around in just a couple of weeks for my annual Christmas caroling party! I already had some pretty small needle pine and holly berry garland to hang above piano, but it looked too plain by itself. The addition of the music banner and a simple sheet music paper chain garland was just the look I was hoping for. I tied off each side with beautiful old-fashioned velvet ribbon in a gorgeous ivory color.

    Gorgeous Christmas Music Note Garland, Greenery and beautiful ivory velvet ribbon

    I was feeling so crafty that I also started out making a vintage sheet music paper chain for the Christmas tree, but soon realized it was going to take a while to make a long enough chain to go around our large tree!

    I am always looking for ways to incorporate simple decorations from Christmases of yesteryear so the paper chain garland was perfect. When I realized I wasn’t going to get enough made to do the whole tree in time for my blog tour, I had the idea to use the garland with the greenery and banner and I love how it all looks together. It is very easy to make a paper chain and I will share a little DIY tutorial in an upcoming post.

    DIY Music Note Banner Christmas Garland

    I absolutely love this banner, garland and greenery together! The only issue I had with the garland was the sides of the fabric unraveling a bit as you can see here. I didn’t really notice it until working on this post, so today I just went in and snipped off the strings. If you decide to make one of these banners using this particular fabric banner, be very careful removing the strings because the sides will unravel. You could also make this same style of banner using sheet music printed on card stock and cut into a flag or pennant shape and strung together with some twine through eyelets.

    Well, the music room is decked, but the rest of the “halls” look like a Christmas tornado has hit so I will be spending the next few days trying to finish up on my decor throughout the rest of my home. So far I am creating the shabby vintage Christmas look I love so much! (See my Pinterest Board Have Yourself A Shabby Vintage Christmas for more ideas.)

    While I am working on my own decorating I will be sharing two wonderful guest blog posts later this week that are sure to inspire so please plan to visit again soon! If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more of my music room, you can tour it here.

    There will also be a fun Home For Christmas link party December 13th-26th (live now!) hosted by Debra from Common Ground and I. If you are a blogger you can link up all of your holiday posts, or you can simply come and view all the posts for inspiration. Hope to see you there!

    Now I am off to deck the halls, or should I say,”Deck the Hall?” Ah, Potato-Potahto! Have a great week!

    Amber


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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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    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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    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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    It’s A Wonderful House Christmas Home Tours Highlights

    Gorgeous homes decorated for Christmas in various styles

     

    Hello dear readers! I can’t believe a whole week has passed since I posted my Holiday Music Room Tour as part of It’s A Wonderful House Christmas home tours with 20 bloggers! After taking the tour I was inspired to do a little “round up” featuring my favorite photos and highlights from the tour. If you didn’t get a chance to take the tour, all the links are still live so you can visit any time.

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