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!
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!
The pumpkin is a fun way to greet our front door guests, which are mainly my weekly music students. I love to decorate the porch seasonally with kids in mind, because they really seem to appreciate it and often times notice all the small details.
The iron planter on top of the vintage Singer sewing machine is filled with faux boxwood, thyme and mini lights year round. I just add some seasonal floral picks for quick, easy updates. For September I kept some of my summer greenery since everything is mostly still green, and simply added some very realistic faux maple leaves. They look like they are just starting to change, almost as if I cut them from a tree in the forest across the street.
I don’t have a traditional fall wreath on my front door because I keep this shabby distressed wooden treble clef on display year round. It just fits on the oval glass and is perfect for a shabby-decorating music teacher’s home, wouldn’t you agree? I made it “wreath-like” by mounting it to some twiggy grapevine and boxwood. As the season progresses I will add in some bright orange bittersweet for fall color. Be sure to come back the first week of October for a full front porch and garden tour! But for now, come on inside!
Immediately upon entering our home is the handsome staircase which I have lined with “baby boo” pumpkins for the season. I especially love the stair runner that my husband hand painted with all the fall tones. If we turn to the left there is a set of French doors leading to my music room, but it is getting a total makeover and I am saving the reveal for my Halloween Home Tour. To the right we could walk straight in and tour the living room, but with all the glorious sunshine (which has been rare the last few days) I want to take you into the kitchen instead. But first let’s quickly head up to the top of the stairs so I can show you a couple of fun finds from late summer junkin’!
I really love my gallery wall of antique frames and mirrors up the staircase, and I wanted to continue the look and collection at the top of the stairs too.
When I found this buck at a thrift shop a couple of weeks ago, I knew just where to hang him.
I have had this beautiful late 1800’s frame for a while (my most favorite frame), but when we moved here three years ago I just couldn’t find a spot for it. Now it is just right for framing “Buck.” I love layering empty frames too, and this larger antique frame I just found at a yard sale was the perfect finishing touch!
I love how this vintage rustic display ties in with all the rest of the frames on the staircase but also with our natural surroundings, and it looks fall-ish too! We live on Forest Avenue, which is aptly named. This summer we have had a buck visit daily, which makes finding this buck head super cool! My buck is mad for plaid and is gearing up for fall with a neutral plaid scarf. “Buck” is just one of the many whimsical creatures and characters you will meet on today’s tour, as I have a bit of an “eclectic” decor style. Ready to see more? Let’s head on back down to the kitchen while the sun is still shining!
As you come downstairs you will see some of our living room which we will tour last.
You also pass this shabbilicious antique buffet where yet another deer named Doe (a deer, a female deer) is bedding down for fall in a thicket of lovely autumn branches, pumpkins, pine cones, acorns and cotton stems.
Now on to the kitchen!
This way to pumpkins, apples, mums and herbs!
Welcome to the heart of the home! Other than just a few Instagram photos, you are getting the first real look at the new banquette window seating area we installed in July which created the coziest little breakfast nook! This is definitely my favorite part of the house now!
I have had so much fun decorating this new space for September harvest time with apples, Indian corn, late summer herbs and veggies, and the first of the mini-pumpkins from our local market. Here on the table in our breakfast nook I have styled a round wooden tray (a repurposed side table top) with some of my favorite things!
All of my readers know I am crazy about herbs, fresh or faux, sauteed or displayed…obsessed! This year I wanted to do something different by combining my faux herbs with fall goodies. Decorating with herbs is really perfect for September because most herbs are still growing well and it’s time to really start harvesting them for savory fall meals.
I recently purchased two bundles of authentic French dried lavender from Lavender Fields and the aroma is absolutely heavenly! This bundle fits beautifully in my latest thrifted ironstone pitcher.
The back corner of our banquette window seat has a ledge which is fun to decorate too. I bought this pretty autumn kale last year and I really like displaying it for fall in an antique brown crock in this little country farmhouse vignette.
I bought several vintage seed packets on vacation which I shared here. I had intended to make a garland but I keep coming up with other creative ways to use them instead.
I knew the corn seed packet would be perfect for fall, so I shopped my kitchen and found these popcorn bowls which sparked the idea for this vignette. I had one random ear of corn from a natural fall bouquet from Hobby Lobby, which was all I really needed. The very old cast iron corn muffin pan was found at Court Days yearly antiques festival in Mt. Sterling, KY many years ago. I always put it on display in some way from August through Thanksgiving. I was going to fill the bowl with un-popped popcorn kernels, but I remembered that my son is notorious for eating most of the popcorn and leaving a bit of stale popcorn in the bottom of the bag and sticking it back in the drawer, so… this is “use what you have decorating” at it’s finest!
My vintage thyme packet was used to update a thrifted farmhouse style basket filled with faux thyme, and is now hanging on the door of my Rae Dunn cabinet. I added a couple of white mini pumpkins inside the cabinet for fall. Let’s see what’s up on top of the cabinet now too!
It just isn’t September without apples! Here I have created a farmhouse kitchen vignette with old ironstone mixing bowls, a cute garden themed crate full of faux crab apples, cutting boards, an old rolling pin and some wonderful vintage recipe cards (yard sale treasures). Most all of the vignettes I create and the treasures I use in them have some kind of special story or memory. My late step-father, Frank, loved to eat apples straight from our apple tree. He absolutely hated the apple mint which my mom grew along the hillside and I adore ( it’s an herb, after all), and we would sort of jokingly fuss back and forth about it.
I have a lot of very special memories of Frank, but Thanksgiving was always very special. He loved fried apples, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and all the seasonal desserts, so this vintage allspice tin and apple cake vignette is a perfect little fall remembrance of him.
All around my kitchen you will find farmhouse vignettes. I bought several little white and orange pumpkins this year and I have been adding them here and there. No matter where I put them they always seem to look perfect. That may just be because I love them so much!
Here you are getting to see our kitchen corner makeover fully decked for early fall! I am absolutely loving this space! I have filled the area with so many fun things. Rae Dunn, lots of ironstone, farmhouse kitchen treasures, two huge architectural corbels, and another thrifted critter basking in the sunlight..
Meet “Shabby Tabby!” I rescued her from the thrift store just last week. The rest of the family thinks she is “Creepy Tabby” but I love her! Now she is my pampered princess with her very own Rae Dunn “meow” bowl.
Are you beginning to see my eclectic decorating style? I have struggled for years to categorize it, and the best description I can come up with is “junky-chic,” because most of what I collect really is junk, but I work to display it in chic, classy and elegant ways too.
An example of my own junk market style… a vintage bicycle basket filled with decorating books and magazines, a vintage Coca-Cola tin, some seasonal Rae Dunn and a mini-pumpkin. Fun fun! As we continue the tour throughout my home you will see even more of a mix of decor styles. I always buy what I love and what speaks to me regardless of the style or how silly the trinket may seem..and I make it work!
Many of those treasures are in the dining room. Here is a little peak in through the wavy glass of a 96 year old French door.
It “feels” like fall in here now!
Come on in and look around! We could have entered through the butler door off the kitchen, but I wanted to bring you through the original French doors, my favorite feature of our home. To the left you can see a little of my very shabby-chic wall where I used a chippy, white salvaged mantel and a salvaged antique fireplace cover to create a faux fireplace. In front is a beautiful, antique leaded glass window which was also salvaged from a church in Buffalo, New York. My mirrored “mantel” top is actually part of an old mirrored buffet. I love how these pieces work together and add even more character to this old house. We will take a closer look at all the treasures in a bit.
In this photo I had not yet designed the home tour tablescape which you are about to see, but I still wanted to show you how pretty these white pumpkins look on the antique ironstone platter I found at the Country Living Fair Saturday. I also really like this shot across the table of the shabby mantel we are getting ready to look at in more detail.
This faux fireplace area and wall is so full of fun it could be a post all on it’s own, and I just may go back and write one after this tour. The shelves are packed with some of my favorite treasures and trinkets, ironstone, tarnished silverplate, transferware in fall colors, pumpkin tureens, and my own artistic touches of brocante style and whimsy. Take a closer look!
And I love her….
Well hello, Dolly! You’re looking swell, Dolly! Nice to meet you. I’m a junker too!
*A note to the reader: Although I bundled up my fake deer head for fall with a scarf, “rescued” a fake cat just so I could have a reason to buy a Rae Dunn cat bowl, AND talk to my vintage doll heads…I really am not a crazy junk lady. Well, maybe just a little!!!!! Eccentric, quirky and imaginative, well, I can’t deny that!
I love putting this vintage transferware cup and saucer on display for fall. I paid a quarter for the set! Oh, and a dime for the saucer and tea cup stand!
How I love the details on vintage silverware, the patina of this old ironstone pitcher and the brown transferware platter behind it! I feel a song coming on!
(To be sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things”):
Cotton and silverplate and transferware dishes…doll heads so shabby with jars full of wishes… Ironstone pitchers and pumpkin tureens…these are a few of my favorite things!
Are you having fun yet? I am!
Now let’s take a look at our farm table. Before you see my festive blog hop tablescape, I want to share the simple way I have had the table decorated for September, which is simply a line of white mini- pumpkins down the center. I have a lot of treasures and trinkets around the dining room, so less is really more when it comes the table. I think the pumpkins against the bare wood has a simple, organic elegance.
I normally like to keep our antique farm table free of clutter. We use it daily, so even when I do an ornate centerpiece, I really don’t “set the table” unless we are having dinner guests or it’s a holiday. I also really love the beauty of the 100+ year old wood, and I like to leave as much of the aged planks showing as possible. Today however, I wanted to create something extra beautiful to share with all of my tour guests, and I was still able to incorporate these pumpkins I love so much!
The tablescape for my “open house” came together quite easily. I used the fall colors in my draperies as inspiration.
I love the autumnal tones in the beautiful draperies which hang in the dining room from August-Thanksgiving, and I wanted the colors of my tablescape to coordinate with the fabric.
Every year I decorate with my Myott’s Bouquet dishes for fall. The pattern matches so beautifully with the curtains. Instead of using these teacups on my table I came up with a different way of displaying them close to the fabric.
In lieu of a traditional painting on an easel or a wreath for fall dining room decor, I have repurposed a vintage coat stand as an “easel” for my “art,” (a layered display of vintage frames framing a pair of vintage Myott’s Bouquet teacups tied up with crocheted ribbon, dried roses, and a small grapevine wreath).
In keeping with early fall I have adorned the table with Gala apples, white pumpkins, bleached pine cones, antlers and just a few maple leaves. Candles are flickering in tarnished brass candlesticks and mercury glass votive holders. I added some fresh orangy-peach and white roses just for the tour. My simple farmhouse “pumpkins in a row” evolved into this more “Romantic Homes” style tablescape. It turned out so well that I am going to do a full DIY detailed post on how to create this look.
Well, it looks like Shabby Tabby has found her way into the dining room! I guess she figured she would get more blog attention sitting by those antique theater chairs. I don’t care where she roams as long as she stays off my beautiful table!
She seems to be curiously peering into the living room. Are you curious to see more? Let’s hurry on in while the autumn sunlight is pouring in.
This is our quiet and cozy living room where we read or just relax. The t.v. is in the family room but we get plenty of entertainment watching the wildlife through the big picture windows. Our home is decorated in neutrals so adding pops of fall color is easy and lovely!
This is the view from my comfy spot on the couch. I decorate our coffee table year round with neutral junk and rustic elements. Antlers and sheds are always on display. The more, the merrier! It is really easy to add seasonal touches to neutral and natural decor. A few pumpkins, a cozy fall candle and some fall stems… voila! Insta-fall!
I was so happy to find some tiger striped pumpkins this year after having gone three years without them. They look so pretty mixed in with the white pumpkins and antlers in my tobacco basket.
For fun you can play the “spot the differences” game if you visit my tour more than once. I often change things around right in a photo shoot depending on the lighting.
As you have already clearly seen, I am no minimalist when it comes to decorating. I do however disdain clutter! Other than my craft room, I really don’t have anything piled around. All of my collections are curated and arranged with love and care on shelves or in cabinets, curios and bookcases.
The antique bookcase you see in the background belonged to my great, great grandfather and it is my favorite piece of furniture. The picture of Secretariat (the triple crown racing legend) in the lower right corner was another great find from my friend’s yard sale last weekend. Instead of hanging it on the wall, I arranged it in an apple basket with some old trophies, a plaid throw and some velvet pumpkins…perfect for a Kentucky fall!
No old Kentucky home is complete without a horse! I have always loved horses. The only year Santa let me down was the year I asked for a pony. Of course that was also the year I had a crush on Michael Jackson and also thought a pet monkey would be a cool Christmas gift since MJ had one. I didn’t get that either. I did get a pretty sweet Barbie house and a Michael Jackson purse, so I soon forgot my disappointment. But I digress…
Back to the bookshelf… my prized David is looking dapper for autumn sporting his Burberry patterned plaid scarf and curly locks…
Don’t let his furrowed brow fool you…he gets way too much attention to be grouchy! My husband jokingly refers to him as “your other man!” I once wrote a blog post on my old blog all about how David came to live with us. It is a really fun post and I am going to “reblog” the post here to share with all my new readers soon.
The top of the bookcase is also styled with my brocante, chippy and rusty found-vintage treasures in neutral colors, to which I just add some seasonal accents like my DIY shabby vintage burlap pumpkins.
The mantel is decorated in similar manner with rustic neutrals and vintage finds.
Oh wow! I just noticed the day is flying by, and so is the month! It’s officially fall! Happy Harvest!
Now it’s almost time for my husband to get home from work and relax here in his recliner with his favorite Sherlock Holmes book.
This actually is what he is currently reading in the evenings, while he sits in this little English styled corner which was inspired by our trip to England years ago.
His chair is English style and mine is French! I love how these velvet pumpkins add a bit of “oo la la” fall to the chair! It sits beside an old trunk and stack of vintage suitcases, an ode to our family’s love of travel. Speaking of travel, let’s head on back to the dining room for a cup of hot tea and a pumpkin muffin (gluten free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free, of course) before we say goodbye to our Harvest Home Blog Hop of 2017!
As we end our tour I will leave you with this lovely sentiment from Geoffery Beene in the latest issue of The Cottage Journal:
Luxury need not have a price—comfort itself is a luxury.
Light some candles and make yourself a cup of hot tea or coffee and savor every minute of lovely Autumn my friends!
Thank you all so much for sharing this wonderful Harvest Home Blog Hop with all of us this year! We certainly have had a wonderful time!
I would also like to thank my friend Rebekah Williams for some of the lovely photography in this post!
To show our appreciation to our followers we are having a drawing for a door prize to honor all of our guests this week! CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!
Be sure to leave a comment on each blog post on the tour and follow all of the bloggers either on their blogs or social media to be eligible to win a $75 Home Goods/TJMaxx/Marshalls combo card! We will announce the winner via email on Saturday . You can find all the details here. If you missed any of the tours so far, you still have time to go back and visit. Just follow the links below.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Thursday Sept. 21
Harvest ye pumpkins while ye may, and have a blessed and grateful autumn!