Junkin' Finds, Summer

    Favorite Thrifted Garden Finds in the Backyard Cottage Garden

    Summer is here and it’s time to hit the junkin’ trail for thrifted vintage treasures for the garden!

    Today I am excited to be  joining a few fabulous blogging friends for a monthly get together with a thrifted theme! It wasn’t hard for me to come up with a round up of my own several rusty, crusty, shabby vintage thrifted garden treasures I have collected over the years that give my garden extra vintage charm and unique style. You will find links to my friends’ amazing thrifted posts at the end of this post. Read more

    All About Home Link Party, Summer

    All About Home Link Party #149

    Hello and welcome to the 149th All About Home Link Party! Summer is (nearly) officially here and there are so many fun summer DIY projects, gardening, recipes and decorating ideas here at the party that I just want to try them all!  If you are having to stay inside to take a break from the heat, there are so many fun links to explore from the last few weeks’ AAH parties, and I know this week’s will be just as inspirational. We had a terrible heat spell last week, but the last two days have been very nice and cooler, so I have crammed as much “garden thyme” in as possible!  How is your summer going so far? Whatever you’ve been up to, I am sure glad you have stopped by to party with us again this week! Read more


    Nine Beautiful Summer Porch Ideas


    Summertime, and the livin’s easy! As a choir teacher, how could I resist “singing” such a fitting attention getter for today’s round up of nine fabulous summer porch ideas? Who doesn’t love easy summer living on a beautifully styled porch or patio? If you are looking for some serious inspo for styling your outdoor spaces, eight friends and I are sharing some of our favorite ideas today as part of a fun summer porch round-up! A special thank you goes out to Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse for organizing this fun get together.  Let’s start porch hopping over at Rachel’s beautiful home!


    1. Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse

    Rachel always decorates with the best rustic farmhouse and vintage finds indoors, so why would her summer porch be an exception? I would love to just “shop” her porch! Her use of baskets, galvanized goodies and geraniums along with chippy-shabby treasures makes me want to hit the junkin’ trail and local nursery to create similar looks for my back porch.  Aren’t those pink geraniums buckets just pure simple farmhouse summer perfection? For more of Rachel’s creative porch ideas as well as some useful tips for cleaning and maintaining a summer porch, check out her Five Summertime Summer Porch Tips.


    2. Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest

    Robyn shared an absolutely unbelievable before and after outdoor space in her post, Curb Appeal on a Budget. I love how she decorated the space with thrifted finds and kept the styling light and bright. Aren’t those lanterns just awesome? This looks like the perfect spot for enjoying some glorious Florida summer sunshine! That chippy swan can just float on upstream to my Kentucky porch any time!



    3. Karianne at Thistlewood Farm 

    Karianne is always inspiring with her amazing style both indoors and out! Just one look at her inviting summer porch makes you want to head on inside to check take in her gorgeously designed spaces. I am swooning over those urns topped with plant tuteurs, and that mirrored door creates a magical illusion of additional gardens to explore! For more creative ideas, check out Karianne’s Seven Simple Summer Outdoor Decorating Ideas.


    4. Wendy at WM Design House

    If you know anything about me, then you certainly know I love historic homes full of character and gorgeous decor with stories of their own. I would love to spend a sunny afternoon sipping tea on Wendy’s lovely 1897 front porch chatting all things home and garden, and imagining the stories her beautiful old home would tell. Head over to Wendy’s blog where she shares several ideas for summer porch decorating as well as some lovely sentiments in her post, Life is Better on the Porch: The Joys of Porch Life. 



    5. Kristin at White Arrows Home

    My friend Kristin never fails to inspire when she shares all the creative ways she seasonally decorates the porch of her dreamy North Woods Cabin. Her Summer Porch Decor in Blue and White  porch looks so refreshing and stylish! The color scheme is perfect for the porch of her cabin situated near a lake. I love all the ferns and flowers!


    6. Ann at Dabbling and Decorating

     If this was my backyard view, I would never want to leave! Ann has created the perfect outdoor space for enjoying her  picturesque Vermont landscape with family and friends by designing the perfect backyard patio with a conversation set and firepit. I love her furniture choices and the stone patio! After reading Ann’s post and looking at all of the gorgeous photos, I am ready to plan a trip to Vermont! 



    7. Mary at Life at Bellaterra

    Mary and her husband have created a magazine-worthy back terrace at their stunning 1910 Arizona home with a little creativity and elbow grease. After cleaning and DIY repairs, Mary styled the terrace perfectly with pops of green (my favorite color!) and lovely outdoor furniture and accessories. You’ll love the before and after!


    8. Stacy at Bricks and Blooms

    My friend Stacy is a gal after my own heart with her passion for gardening and thrifting for vintage finds!  Just take a look at the landscape and potted containers surrounding her new home! Stacy’s porch is perfect for relaxing and enjoying all of the gorgeous flowers. Recently she shared the coolest vintage find repurposed as a planter in her post, The Prettiest Thrift Flip Idea for the Front Porch. “Stroll” on over to see beautiful summer porch with a very unique planter!


    9. Beinvenue Summer! Welcoming Summer with French Country Style 

    Lastly, I happy to welcome you to our 100 year-old yellow brick porch! When Rachel asked if I’d like to participate in today’s porch round up I was hesitant because I haven’t styled our summer porch just yet. This time of year in Kentucky we are just finishing up a month of our yearly “Pollenapocalypse” so I never attempt to style our porch until mid-June. However, we were welcome to use older posts, so I was excited to revisit my French Country summer porch from a couple of years ago. Check out the post to see how I decorated our one hundred year old porch with a nods to my love of gardening and French Country style: Beinvenue Summer! French Country and Garden Style Summer Porch Tour. 


    Summer Porch Tour French Country Cottage Garden Style Summer Porch Tour


    I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of nine summer porch ideas as much as I have. Be sure to check out each individual post for all the details and tons of amazing photos. Now that the worst of the pollen is over, I will be borrowing several of these ideas to use on my front porch and back patio. I will be sharing my outdoor spaces as soon as they are finished up.

    Have you styled your porch for summer already? I love hearing from you!

    Thanks for visiting today!


    Garden Thyme, Vintage Style

    Vintage Concrete Garden Statues

    Happy Sunday, and welcome to another Vintage Cottage Weekend full of vintage cottage garden vibes! 



    Yesterday my husband cleaned out the garage and I rediscovered this 1940’s concrete buck statute that I purchased from a junk-loving friend for only $5.00 last summer. He is going to get a makeover and find pride of place somewhere among  my flowers (Mr. Buck that is, not my husband!)


    This is my vintage “Doe” (a deer, a female deer,) that I keep as an indoor “pet” year  year round.


    When I go to flea markets or antique stores, I head straight to the vintage garden section. Often times it’s not my wallet that keeps me from purchasing vintage concrete garden junk; instead I just can’t lift any kind of concrete, and my husband despises moving urns and concrete pieces in and out of our garden because it’s a pain in the back!!!



    Just outside our mini-mudroom entry in the cottage garden is an old-world concrete garden lady placed in front of a found  antique chippy bird bath. She is actually the top of an vintage fountain with non-working base. 



    I think she looks so pretty nestled in my little cottage garden. 



    I often gather bouquets when I am pruning in the garden and place them near her to enjoy throughout the day. This purple herbs mini-bouquet I put together from “scraps” was one of my favorites.


    This little cherub had a rotting base but I was able to keep him for many years by tucking him down in planteres. Here he looked so cute inside a chippy old birdcage.


    Free Vintage Fountain Rescue and Refresh

    This sweet non-working vintage concrete fountain was rescued for free before my neighbor loaded it up for the landfil. I gave it a makeover and now it looks just right at home in my herbaceous border. 


    Just a few favorite more vintage concrete garden statues from Pinterest…

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    I love this mossy little lady nestled among the yellow flowers.


    The Hoard

    I would love to find a larger statue to put in the center of my herbaceous island bed in the middle of the backyard.


    Searching for vintage concrete garden statues brings up so many beautiful images of chippy shabby garden treasures used indoors and out. Today’s post is certainly just an “appetizer” of  a future post full of vintage and antique garden statues. I can never get enough of seeing them in gardens or among shabby vintage vignettes!



    Debra has shared several of her French vintage concrete garden treasures over the years. This amazing statue was part of her Vintage Botanical Valentine Entry. Swoon!



    Patriotic Porch

    Head over to Debra’s porch to see her vintage concrete garden bunny displayed with patriotic pride on her Patriotic Back Porch!

    I could probably dedicate a whole blog to the beauty of vintage gardens, with post upon post full of beautiful vintage concrete garden statues to swoon over. I am getting ready to resume my Pin Away Wednesday series for summer, so I will share more of these beauties when I do a round up of favorite images from  my ” Garden Thyme and Fleurs” or “Glorious Urns” Pinterest boards.


    Do you love vintage concrete garden statues, urns and birdbaths too? I love hearing from you! 

    Thanks for visiting!



    Interior Decor and Styling, Vintage Style

    How to Achieve the English Country Kitchen Look

    English Country Cottage Kitchens English Kitchen Style


    Quintessentially English, the humble country kitchen is a look many aspire to. Whether you dream of the classic English country farmhouse with stone flags, wooden beams, and Hunter wellies warming by the stove, an Edwardian terrace with ornate tiled flooring and high ceilings with intricate cornicing, or perhaps a modest new build with the pre-requisite French doors opening to an English garden, a perfect kitchen with English country vibes is a look that can be achieved in any property, old or new.*This post contains affiliate links and/or collaborative content. Read more