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Summer Festival Blog Hop: Vintage Summer Vignettes

Hello and welcome to the Summer Festival Blog Hop hosted by Kendra at Joy In Our Home! If you are coming over from My Creative Days or if you just happened to stop by, I am so glad you are here. This week is full of inspiring summer ideas by twenty-five bloggers, and today we are starting off the hop with vignettes. I love creating vintage vignettes, so I am really excited to be sharing my summer vignettes as part of the hop!


Summer is certainly a time to celebrate the beauty of the outdoors and relaxed living. I like to add decorative accents and vintage treasures and trinkets around my home which highlight my favorite aspects of summer—gardening, flowers, beach vacations and last but certainly not least…vintage junk hunting!

All around my home on bookshelves, mantels, the tops of antique furniture, tables and cabinets you will find vignettes styled with vintage treasures and found objects. Decorative accents and displays rotate and change to reflect the beauty of each season or as new thrifted treasures are added to my vintage junk hoards carefully curated collections.


My favorite way to style seasonal vignettes is to “shop” my own house instead of buying new items. I simply look around for things that might evoke a seasonal feeling or mood or that can be repurposed in some way to reflect the season.



My vignettes are likely to be tweaked and changed often as inspiration hits or I find a new vintage treasure. As I was getting this post together, I remembered this antique valentine with a lovely little scene by the seashore! Perfect for a vintage nautical summer vignette!



For summer I like to keep things light and bright using lots of neutral tones, natural, organic accents, sea glass teal bottles and plenty of flowers, fresh or faux. Several decorating books are always within reach for inspiring reading during relaxing summer afternoons.



Recently I changed things up on the antique mirrored shelf in the dining room by clearing off several vintage tarnished silverplate pieces, and trying out some glass bottles mixed in with my ironstone collection.




I adorned several bottles and vignettes with some of my favorite vintage style metal word tags which I will share throughout the post. “Simplify” seemed like the perfect tag for the simple and beautiful vignette of glass bottles filled with free Queen Anne’s Lace picked from the side of the road!




A small seashell cloche display with a “timeless” vintage watch face is a reminder to slow down and savor every second of summer! Now if only summer would slow down!


Little vintage style birds are always nesting around in vignettes during the summer.


Summer is the time to travel, explore and journey…whether you go on vacation, take a walk through your own garden while daydreaming, or get lost in a magical book adventure!



One of my favorite summer activities is weekend treasure hunting for vintage junk at yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores. Next to the shabby faux fireplace in the dining room I created a couple of summer vignettes using junkin’ finds from spring and summer. This fireplace area is getting a little makeover before fall, so be sure to check back then. I have considered adding an electric fireplace to make the dining room seem cozier. I am looking into the latest fireplace reviews at Fireplacelab to see if I can find a vintage style electric fireplace.


When you love vintage junk as much as I do, you can always find a spot to create a vintage vignette to display treasures! Here I used the seat of a $5 thrifted chair to hold a summery “basket vignette” filled with decorating and gardening books and dried summer flowers.






Since my china cabinets and shelves are filled to overflowing with vintage dishes, I had to think “outside the cabinet doors” for creative ways to display extra dishes.


Instead of a basket of flowers on the floor next to the chair, I have a basket of flowery dishes! I gave a plain yard sale basket a gray wash makeover and filled it full of my summery floral patterened dishes.





While I am showing you a few of the dining room vignettes, I just wanted to share that I finally found a place for my giant dough bowl in the corner of the dining room.  It has been in the kitchen eating up counter space since we moved here four years ago, but after adding the shiplap accent wall to the dining room and changing some furniture around, there was room to put it in the corner.  Not really a summer “vignette” for this post, but still a fun change to share!






In the living room I have more  garden and nautical themed vignettes all around. The smaller dough bowl on the antique buffet has been filled with “garden thyme” vignettes since late spring and I am still loving it for summer.


Growing, drying, and cooking with herbs is a passion of mine, so I always have a few herb vignettes on display.


Summer Dough Bowl ideas succulents herbs candles

I filled the dough bow with moss balls, faux succulents, herbs, antlers, candles and shabby-farmhousey-cottage junkin’ finds.





I created another “timeless” summer coastal vignette on top of the antique dresser by the staircase.


Sea shells collected from last summer’s beach vacation are displayed next to an antique magnifying glass, perfect for examining the beautiful specimens in detail.






The natural and nautical theme continues in the sitting area by the fireplace.  My antique trunk “coffee table”  vignette consists of a vintage ironstone platter filled with natural treasures next to a hurricane globe which houses a summery air plant terrarium on a stack of vintage ironstone saucers, scattered with small shells.




A display of driftwood, antlers, seashells and jute rope is a fun juxtaposition of textures and neutral colors.


In less than a week our family will be combing the beach for shells and listening to the sounds of the ocean!


Simple mantel styling reminds the family that we are almost “On Beach Time!”


The “breathe” tag just seemed perfect for a beachy vignette of vintage bottles and another air plant.


 Farmhouse kitchen summer decorating with lemons farmhouse lemon decor lemons as centerpiece

In the kitchen I haven’t really changed anything since I shared An Early Summer Tour Of My Old Kentucky Home.  I am still really enjoying the simple lemons themed tablescape and the bright yellow flowers and Rae Dunn potted herbs vignette in the breakfast nook corner.


Beautiful early summer home tour farmhouse kitchen with lemons farmhouse pillows black and white kitchen ideas





It is so fun to create seasonal vignettes with Rae Dunn pottery!





I was actually finished with all my summer vignettes for this post, but my husband surprised me with a Rae Dunn “travel” mug in anticipation for our beach vacation this week and I couldn’t resist putting one last whimsical vignette together.



As soon as I get finished with this post, it’s time to start packing! These vintage suitcases will be staying at home, but I may find another to add to the collection during our trip. There are tons of great vintage shops and antiques stores along the way!



Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my vintage summer vignettes!






Don’t forget the tour continues tomorrow with Cindy at Country Road 407. I can’t wait to see her summer porch! I hope the rest of your summer is full of sunshine, happy traveling, and relaxation!



Vignettes on Monday

Joy In Our Home | The Painted Hinge | Honey n Hydrangea

My Creative Days | Follow The Yellow Brick Home


Front Porches on Tuesday 

Country Road 407 | Chatfield Court | Starfish Cottage

Noting Grace | Sanctuary Home Decor


Recipes on Wednesday

Live Laugh Love | Love In My Oven | The Sugar Coated Cottage

Countryside Cravings | Chocolate With Grace


Tablescapes on Thursday Hood Creek Log Cabin | Making It In The Mountains | The Crowned Goat

Timeless Creations | 2 Bees in a Pod


Mantles on Friday

DIY Beautify | White Arrows HomeRepurpose and Upcycle

Lantern Lane Designs | The Latina Next Door


Thank you so much for visiting today, and please come back again soon!

Amber Signature copyright 2018 Amber Ferguson


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  • Reply Marty Oravetz

    Oh my word, so many fabulous vignettes, I love the way you mix different elements together and how you use different vessels to corral them so they don’t look over powering. Just a fabulous grouping of fun items that creates a perfect vignette.

    July 9, 2018 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    Is it wrong if I pin every one of these photos? Vignettes are honestly a challenge for me. I love the look of lots of stuff but just can’t seem to do it myself. I think I’ll study your photos and work on it. There’s so much beauty in your home to inspire us all!

    July 9, 2018 at 7:49 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Pin away my friend! I am so happy you feel inspired by my post. I am inspired by yours! Have a great weekend!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl

    So much inspiration. I had to look at all your pictures more than once! So much goodness in all of these summer vignettes. So pretty!

    July 9, 2018 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Amber, your vignettes are absolutely stunning! I love how you incorporated the seashells into the mix, and the hula girl bust made me chuckle! 🙂 I am always amazed with how you can take eclectic items and mix them together with stunning results! So happy to be on the blog hop with you this week! 🙂

    July 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    You have such beautiful treasures and I love how you combine them. Your whole home is so full of character. Beautiful!

    July 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Dara

    Such amazing vignettes! I love your thrifted pieces and the creative ways you displayed them!

    July 10, 2018 at 12:01 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Dara!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Paula

    Beautiful! I love seeing the pretty vignettes that you create for each season.

    July 10, 2018 at 8:14 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Paula!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Kristi

    SO much lovely Summer inspiration! Everything feels so sunny and I just love the character of each space!

    July 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Kristi! I loved your tablescape and so many of your beautiful posts!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Love all your vintage touches Amber, especially that basket of dishes!!

    July 10, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Cindy! Have a great weekend!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:11 am
  • Reply CoCo

    I’m so excited to be on this blog hop with you Amber! I love, love, love all of your summer inspired vignettes. They are fabulous. I can’t believe you’ve found so many goodies. We need to go shopping together. I love them all! Sending you big hugs for a happy summer, CoCo

    July 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I would love to go shopping with blog friends! Thanks so much for you kind comments. I loved your post, can’t wait to see more from your beautiful blog!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Nancy Davies

    Love this post. Full of so many wonderful ideas!!

    July 10, 2018 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Cindy@countyroad407

    My word I think I stared at each beautiful -perfectly styled vignette for like 2 minutes each! I loved every single one. You are very talented in that area. Actually your entire home is precious! Pinned and dreaming!

    July 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Cindy!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Kathi

    You have such a beautiful home full of treasure and love.

    July 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Kathi! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Kristy Seibert

    Amber- I just love all of your pretty summer vignettes and fun vintage style! Fun blog hopping with you this week…

    July 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Kristy!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod

    Amber – your photography and vignettes are a feast for the eyes. Love all of your vintage decor and treasures. Truly beautiful home and you have a way with styling. So happy to be on this hop with you. Enjoy your vacation!

    July 12, 2018 at 11:01 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I enjoyed your post and blog very much! Have a great summer!

      July 13, 2018 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Oh your home is filled with wonderful vintage goodness! I love it all! That large mirrored shelf is beautiful. We have one just like it we were gonna paint white and distress! Now I know that will look amazing when finished!

    July 12, 2018 at 9:54 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh great! I would love to see it when you do a makeover if you decide to do a post! Thanks for visiting, come back soon!

      July 13, 2018 at 7:59 am
  • Reply

    Love the herb dough bowl display, Amber! And I see why you wore yourself out this week; what a lot of work! So fun to see your beautiful home all decorated for summer!

    July 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    I love your beautiful vignettes, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    July 15, 2018 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, your vignettes are always some of my favorites! Love the basket of floral plates. I spied a birdie one that I have a few pieces that match. 🙂 I love anything garden themed and my eyes went right to that vintage garden book with the rose on it. I hope you are having a wonderful time on your beach vacation! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    July 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Sherry

    Love that herb display on the buffett! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    July 16, 2018 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    How precious are these. I love the postcard! I’ll have to pull out some seashells soon. We’re headed to a beach wedding in August. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

    July 16, 2018 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh I hope you have a wonderful time on your beach trip!

      July 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Kendra |

    Love all of your beautiful vignettes, Amber! The vintage and collected pieces make them truly special! Thanks so much for joining me this week- wonderful to have you!!

    July 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Kendra I am so grateful that you included me on this tour! I hope to join you again in the future. Thanks for being a great host. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

      July 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Hi Amber, you will be a feature at SYC today.

    July 19, 2018 at 8:45 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Jann!

      July 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Oh Amber…. your summer home is beautiful. I took a slow meander through your rooms, soaking up all the vintage gorgeousness in every vignette. What a delight!!
    Thank you for sharing your summer tour at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too. I can tell you, I had a hard time picking which image to include…. I wanted to post them all 🙂

    July 20, 2018 at 2:11 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Kerryanne! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much for faithfully hosting your beautiful party each week too. Have a happy summer!

      July 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply molina

    Your summer house give me idea for changing my house in just a different way, like yours.
    Really i enjoy your blog, and awesome your house. Thanks for your beautiful post here Amber…….

    July 21, 2018 at 8:35 am
  • Reply maryjo materazo

    i love all your vignettes. no surprise there! you inspire me. xo- maryjo

    July 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm
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