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    Fabulous Fall Decorating, Home Tours

    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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    Harvest Home Blog Hop Home Giveaway!

    Good morning everyone! Are you finished with your fall decorating? My friends and I have been busy preparing our homes to share with you this week on our Harvest Home Blog Hop! We hope you are excited and planning to visit each blog on the tour! As a special “thank you” for attending our open houses we are giving away a $75 Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls combo gift card as a “door prize!”  To be entered in the drawing, simply visit each home on the tour and leave a comment about something you enjoyed, and be sure to follow all bloggers on their blog or social media accounts.  The winner will be announced via email on Saturday, Sept. 23!

    $75 Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls Gift Card Giveaway!

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    Create and Craft

    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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    Let's Go Junkin'! The Best Antiques Shops, Vintage Fairs, & Flea Markets

    Let’s Go Junkin’: Vintage Marketplace Wilmington, NC

    Where to shop for Antiques In Wilmington, NC

    Hello and thanks for joining me on the junkin’ trail! This summer my family vacationed at beautiful Wrightsville Beach, NC and I had the opportunity to shop at Vintage Marketplace antiques shop in gorgeous Wilmington, NC. I was so impressed with the store that before I knew it I was snapping pictures to share with all of my vintage loving friends and followers and taking mental notes for a blog post. There was so much eye candy I knew it would be a real treat for all of you vintage junkers  out there!

    Vintage Marketplace Wilmington, NC

    I first spotted the shop on the way to dinner on our first evening of vacation. It was closed, but I could see lots of rusty garden decor and salvaged pieces outside so I knew I absolutely had to visit at some point on our trip! When my youngest son and husband went on a deep sea fishing tour, it was time for me to hit the Wilmington junkin’ trail. First stop— Vintage Marketplace!

    Vintage Marketplace Wilmington NC

    Upon arrival I couldn’t get out of the car fast enough to take a look at the gorgeous, chippy-rusty garden urns and architectural salvage outside the shop! I knew there must be some real treasures waiting inside. As soon as I stepped in I was delightfully overwhelmed by a vintage wonderland. The lighting and displays were absolutely stunning and set the little vintage butterflies in my stomach all a flutter! I was welcomed with smiles by lovely shop owner, Janie Perry, who opened the Vintage Marketplace four years ago. She designs many of the fun lighting displays all around the shop too!

    Janie Perry, Vintage Marketplace Owner

     I recently connected with Janie via email and asked her to share a little more about the shop:
    Vintage Marketplace will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary on Sept. 1st at our new location 5827 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC 28403.  We have all been together for over 4 1/2 years.  I have a wonderful group of amazingly talented vendors that have an awesome eye!  We offer custom built farm tables, hutches, benches, kitchen islands, signs, barn doors, frames and so much more.  We also offer custom painting for people who would like their furniture painted, upholstery and monogramming.  
    The shop is very diverse…we have a wonderful selection of vintage, antiques, shabby chic, primitive, mid century, hand made sterling silver jewelry, steam punk jewelry, crystal diffuser jewelry, beautiful clothes line and homemade biscotti and gourmet chocolates.
     We host “teas” for groups of 12 or more here at the shop.  It’s a wonderful full tea, with several varieties of tea, sweets and savories.  I have three facebook profiles for the shop…Vintage Marketplace (the entire shop), Vintage Marketplace Custom (features custom built pieces) and Vintage Marketplace Tea’s.”
    ~Janie Perry

    vintage bicycle antique store display with lights

     

    Gorgeous VIntage Marketplace booth displays Shabby Chic French Country Antiques Store

    I have been to some nice antiques shops but most of them were poorly lit. Vintage Marketplace is light, bright and airy! Janie explained that the building had previously been a lighting store, so the space lends itself to showcasing beautiful lighting and chandeliers of all kinds.

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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    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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    Junkin' Finds

    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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    Create and Craft

    Mermaid Garden and Seashell Bottles Beach Keepsakes

     

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    Do you love to decorate with momentos from family vacations? I am particularly fond of beach keepsakes and I am always trying to come up with new and creative ways to display my treasures of the sea.  Today I will be sharing the mermaid cove “garden” and decorative glass bottles I made using treasures from our trip to Wrightsville Beach, NC last month.

    Brocante upcycled bottles seashells in glass bottles repurposed salt shaker lids

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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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    EASY Mason Jar Makeover Using Chalk Paint

     

     

     

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    Summer is here and that means lots of DIY and craft projects around the yellow brick home! Today I will be sharing an easy mason jar makeover using chalk paint, which wasn’t even on “the list” of things to do, but it was so quick and fun and at least I got something accomplished! Gardens are in full bloom and it’s time to fill those quaint, old mason jars with beautiful blossoms. I recently found this large Atlas jar at a rummage sale for only $1.00, but no matter how much I scrubbed it would not come clean. Since I really wanted to use the jar for displaying some fresh hydrangeas from my yard, I decided to just paint right over the cloudy glass.

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    Interior Decor and Styling

    Trending: Original Unpainted Woodwork and Stained Trim

    trending woodwork stained trim

    Unpainted woodwork and stained trim is trending now!  Says who? We the decorators! In the last year I have noticed that the popularity of original, unpainted woodwork seems to be on the rise, and the bloggers who are showcasing their homes with original or stained trim are just on the verge of this huge trend. I have also noticed more and more homes with light, neutral walls and unpainted woodwork turning up in decor magazines after at least a decade of all white rooms.  As much as I love white, I find this stained woodwork trend very refreshing!

    wood ceiling coffered ceiling woodwork

    I consider myself a very lucky homeowner to have original woodwork. After years of living with all white decor and trim, it was a bit of a transition to decorate with stained trim and it took some getting used to. When we first put in an offer on our historic yellow brick home a few years ago, we loved many things about it— but the stained woodwork was not really one of them! We had originally planned to paint it once we moved in, but later decided that we just couldn’t erase 96 years of history with a few coats of paint. The darker woodwork was new decorating territory for me, so I headed to Pinterest for inspiration. It was there that I stumbled upon Finding Silver Pennies blog, and my passion for unpainted original woodwork (and a true love of our home) really began. 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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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    Extra! Extra! It’s A Harvest Home Blog Hop!

    Fall Home Tours Harvest Home Blog Hop

     

    Extra, extra, read all about it…it’s a Harvest Home Blog Hop, and you are cordially invited!

    I am sure you are busy getting your home all decorated for fall! My friends and I have been busy preparing a lovely blog hop for you too! The tour begins next week on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and will run through Thursday, Sept. 21.  Later this week I will be introducing you to all the bloggers and giving some details about an awesome fall home tour “DOOR PRIZE” that you can win when you tour all the homes!!!

    Gorgeous Fall Home Tour Fall Blog Hop hosted by Follow The Yellow Brick Home

     

    As you can see from this lovely collage we are going to have lots of beautiful inspiration on our Harvest Home Blog Hop. Be sure to check back later this week for more information on the tour and how you can win a great door prize just for visiting each home on the tour!

    Have a blessed Sunday!

    Amber

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    "Let's Dish It Out!" Weekly Coffee Social

    Let’s Dish It Out #1: Adams English Ironstone Empress

    Do you love collecting, learning, sharing, pinning and talking about all kinds of vintage dishes and china? Then “Let’s Dish It Out!” Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea and come on over for a weekly coffee social or (tea party if you prefer!)  This isn’t a linky party, so you don’t need a blog to participate. Instead it is just a simple way to connect with others who are passionate about vintage dishes and have the “dish gene!” I will share a new post about vintage dishes and you can join in the fun any time! Simply leave your thoughts in the comment section about the post I have shared, or share a link to your own blog, Instagram photo, Etsy shop if you sell dishes, or any other blog or website with great dishes! For even more fun, join my “Let’s Dish It Out” Pinterest GROUP BOARD and pin away! I will be blogging about my own collections or featuring another collector’s dishes, or maybe even an informational post about a certain line of vintage dishes. For a special treat I will be having a monthly guest blogger to dish it out right here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home! If you would like to be a guest blogger or have a fantastic dish collection to share, be sure to comment!

    Any style of vintage or antique dishes from every era are welcome for discussion! I collect all kinds of dishes, but ironstone is definitely my favorite so there will be plenty of ironstone showing up in this series. Each Wednesday I participate in the fabulous #ironstonewednesdays hashtag party on Instagram, so I figured why not just turn what I am sharing or inspired by into a post here? For today’s post I will be dishing out my Adams English Ironstone Empress collection! Read more

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