Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Labor Day has come and gone, so that means fall is here, right? Well, not exactly, but it’s certainly okay to start transitioning our home decor from summer to fall. If you struggle with decorating between summer and fall then you’ve come to the right place! *This post contains affiliate links.
Today 29 bloggers are getting together to share all kinds of ideas for late summer and early fall decor. You can find links to each of the talented blogger’s posts at the end of this post. To get this hop started, let’s take a look at some transitional changes in my living room.
Sunflowers are the quintessential summer-to-fall flowers. I have been enjoying their cheery color in the kitchen and dining room over the last few weeks. Since I am not quite ready for all out fall color and tons of pumpkins, I decided to carry the sunflower theme into the living room as my first step toward transitioning to fall.The simple addition of a bouquet of sunflowers in an elegant Mediterranean style urn and some pretty sunflower pillow covers completely changed the look of the room in no time.
Since everything is still mostly green outside (and it’s my favorite color), I kept a lot of green in the room too. My everyday mantel styling with neutrals and a few of my favorite vintage thrifted finds will be easy to tweak with the addition of more fall treasures as the season progresses.
I changed up my late summer coffee table vignette by switching out hydrangeas in the urn for sunflowers. The addition of a few pheasant feathers easily gave the bouquet a more “fallish” look. I also added a large cloche with a few vintage thrifted finds that work for early fall.
My rescued three-legged-estate sale-chalkware-garden squirrel has found his way out of the basement and up onto the vintage trunk in search of a few scattered acorns.
Even though it’s still a little too early for my yearly pumpkin extravaganza, one tiny pumpkin made it’s way into the cloche display.
My early fall cloche contents: a couple of beautiful thifted antique books, thrifted antlers from the Country Living Fair, an old brown glass bottle, a tiny pumpkin and moss in my DIY French peat pot, two vintage butterpats, and a couple of my handmade velvet acorns. The wood pedestal under the cloche is also a Country Living Fair find.
I just found the late 1800’s copy of Homer’s Odyssey last week at an antiques shop. It is in excellent shape. I absolutely love it’s green and gold cover. Aren’t these little acorns just the cutest? They are so easy to make. Just cut a tiny scrap of velvet and hot glue it over top of a little faux acorn. Paint the top gold for a bit of fall glimmer.
It seems as if someone is wanting to add my little velvet acorns to his hoard! I am okay with that, just as long as he doesn’t follow the acorn trail that leads to some fresh juicy peaches on the dining room table!
Transitioning to Fall in the Dining Room
I was having trouble getting started with the transition to fall until I found some pretty flowers at a yard sale this weekend for only $2.00. The original bouquet was made up of gorgeous dark orange ranunculus, coral and peach coneflowers and yellowish/green wildflowers. It looked a little too dark as it was, so I ended up adding some sunflowers, eucalyptus, fall leaves and yellow berries to lighten it up a bit and to tie in the other colors I wanted to use for early fall.
I created a styled basket tray as a centerpiece for the dining room table with some of my favorite thrifted finds: a small vintage bust, a bargain Tuscan style vase filled with my yard sale flowers, a shabby candle holder with a mossy nest and chippy bird, a vintage brass candle stick and candle, various antlers, and scattered acorns.
A French style urn planter from Hobby Lobby is filled with a couple of pretty vintage dishes, juicy peaches, eucalyptus, and fresh rosemary from the garden.
I found some gorgeous placemats on clearance at At Home for only $3.00 for a set of four. The pattern reminds me of a vintage rug and I love the colors! Somehow everything I used on the table just came together. I have decided to create a tablescape using these elements for the upcoming Fall Tablescapes Blog Hop.
I also scored some beautiful mismatched plates and saucers last week at the Habitat Restore for pennies! I knew right away I wanted to use them for a late summer/early fall tablescape along with peaches. We always eat a lot of peaches from the farmer’s market this time of year, so I thought they would be a great alternative to the abundance of apples, pears and pumpkins that will be showing up later in my fall decor.
The various colors of peaches are perfect for early fall when you want a bit of orange without having to pull out the faux pumpkins (real pumpkins won’t hit most garden centers for a couple more weeks). I think the peaches look so pretty with my new vintage dishes. I found four dessert plates with the rust orange and flower pattern, and four saucers with the gold and floral pattern. I really, really, (really) want to find more of these dishes! I am on the hunt!
Pumpkins aren’t in season just yet, but mums have arrived! I also scored two little urns this weekend at a yard sale for a quarter each that were perfect for small pots of mums. They are similar in shape and style to the larger urn in the centerpiece. I have said it before a thousand times, but it never ceases to amaze me how yard sale and thrifted finds end up coming together so perfectly with things I already have, like they were just meant to be!
I filled the pots with mums wrapped in burlap and placed one on each end of the table. So easy and cute!
I really love all of this early fall color mixed in among my overall creamy neutral pallette. Bits of teal, green, and yellow added to the vignettes helps to keep things from seeming too dark and heavy for early September when the temperatures are still in the 90’s most days.
I am so pleased with how effortlessly and inexpensively things came together. Everything pictured is a thrifted, yard sale, or bargain find, including everything you see in the background vignette which we are about to take a look at in more detail.
Earlier this summer I moved the vintage chest of drawers from the living room to the dining room. It was definitely a great decorating choice, as it gives me the perfect sunny spot for styling seasonal vignettes.
I tweaked my French Inspired Vignette with Fresh Eucalyptus that I just shared a few days ago to create a late summer/early fall “Back To School Time” vintage vignette.
I dried the eucalyptus and placed it in my DIY Gray Washed French Farmhouse basket with wheat and pheasant feathers. Love it!
By Labor Day all the children are back to school! I am always inspired to create little late summer and vintage “Back to School Time” vignettes this time of year.
This charming red lunch pail is probably one of my top 10 favorite vintage treasures of all time. It belonged to my grandmother, so it is very special to me. She told me that she used to carry a sandwich and an apple in that little lunch pail to school every day back in the 1930’s.
She is 88 years-old, and now she finds it so amusing that I decorate with her old “junk!” I also like to decorate with this pail for Christmas. I open it up and cram it full of small vintage Shiny Bright ornaments and tarnished tinsel.
An apple for the teacher, old books, vintage spectacles, and dried flowers from summer gardens long since faded but not forgotten all evoke vintage late summer and early fall dreams to me.
I splurged when I paid $15 for this lovely oval antique frame at an estate sale this summer. With all those beautiful details, I think it was well worth it.
What’s the best part about the end of summer and back to school? Why, music class of course! I adore this school music book. I have often used songs from old music books like these in my elementary music teaching curriculum.
September is all about the apple harvest! Let’s sing a new song to celebrate:
“In The Orchard”
(If you can’t read the music that’s okay! You can still chant the rhythm. I have typed out the words just how the rhythm flows. Simply read it with a little waltzing- lilt!)
One-Two-Three -Skip -with -me
How -we -fly-you-and-I-
I hope this post has put a little song of early fall in your heart! Before we move on with the rest of the hop, I just had to share my new-to-me vintage French market basket on wheels! Doesn’t it look darling filled with mums and the little vintage spindle chalkboard sign I threw together at the last minute? I know I am going to have so much fun styling this basket in so many ways!
A junkin’ friend of mine offered the basket to me for a steal and I adore it! I will be sharing more photos of this basket in my Early Fall Home Tour post next Wednesday as part of the Fall Home Tours hosted by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. I hope you will stop back by for the tour!
Oh this photo reminds me that I still need to share a post all about the antique table cloth that I found this summer. I don’t like to cover the rustic wood planks on our 100+ year-old farm table so I am displaying the tablecloth on the seat of our antique church pew. The tablecloth is exquisite!
Okay…one last photo…I couldn’t resist the pumpkins! I ended up getting my early fall farmhouse fix by adding a few pumpkins to an old white basket under my antique china cabinet. The neutral colored pumpkins are subtle enough to blend right in with the rest of my decor as the transition to fall continues over the next couple of weeks. I am looking forward to fully embracing all the joys of my favorite season!
Now it’s time to finally enjoy one of those yummy peaches that have been tempting me all through the photo shoot and to check out all of the beautiful summer to fall transitional decorating inspiration on the hop! Next up is Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. You will love how her early fall family room makeover. Don’t forget to check out the other posts via the link up at the end of this post or more great decorating ideas.
Thanks so much for visiting today!
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