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.
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.
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.
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
Front Porches on Tuesday
Recipes on Wednesday
Mantles on Friday
Thank you so much for visiting today, and please come back again soon!
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