Welcome everyone! Today is a very exciting day as I am joining 22 blogging friends to share how we are making seasonal decorative changes in our homes for the Transitioning From Summer To Fall Home Tours. I am so excited to be hosting, and I can’t wait to see what everyone shares. There are so many beautiful homes to tour, so let’s get this fun party started!
August is HOT in Eastern Kentucky! It’s certainly not quite sweater weather, but subtle signs of fall are starting to appear if you look closely in nature. Leaves are beginning to turn slightly yellow and gold, and the quintessential summer-to-fall sunflowers are in full bloom. For August I have kept my porch decor simple with the addition of a pretty vintage script sunflower pillow (cover) and some bright faux sunflowers. A few remaining ferns continue to add late summer color as well.
August and early September seem to be tricky times to decorate for most people, especially fall lovers who are excited to begin fall decorating, even though it is technically still summer. I decided to take cues from nature and use sunflowers indoors and out, along with a mix of summer greens and early autumn yellows and gold.
School started back in our area this week, and that means back-to-music lessons for my students too! I am so excited to see their smiling faces and to hear the sounds of music filling the house for another school year!
For the past few weeks I have been busy giving my music room a much needed makeover. I was so happy to score some vintage wingback chairs from a friend earlier this summer, as they really pulled the room together. Other than during lessons or if I just wanted to play music myself, no one really ever spent any time in the music room because there was no comfortable place to sit. The Queen Anne chairs are the perfect size and style for the room, and the wood matches beautifully with the original 97 year-old woodwork in the room, as well as the wood tones of the piano and organ.
The chairs had 1990’s burgandy upholstery, so I gave them a French Country makeover with chalk paint (post coming up this week!) and I love how they turned out. Chalk painted chairs aren’t really soft, but with the addition of some soft throw blankets and pillows they are quite comfy enough! I moved my ivory velvet pillows from the living room to the music room and added another sunflower pillow cover to an old pillow for a brand new look.
I could hardly believe that my friend was wanting to get rid of this gorgeous vintage alabaster lamp, but I gladly took it off her hands! I have been looking for the perfect lamp for the music room since we moved in almost five years ago, and I believe I found the one!
Late summer is always the time when I buckle down and find spots for all the treasures I found during summer junkin’ that have been in my
junk hoarding room craft room waiting for inspiration to strike. This week I created a little plate gallery wall above the piano with some mismatched plates from my stash (I used command strips).
I also found a spot for a gorgeous antique mirror beside the piano. The mirror had been waiting since June in the floor tucked in beside the piano until I could figure out where to put it. I honestly had nowhere to hang it or display it anywhere in the house, and I almost put it in my yard sale last weekend! I shudder!!! Finally I realized that I could just hang it by the piano behind the door, right above where it had been sitting all summer. Even though it is sort of an odd spot for a mirror, I love that I can enjoy it now. Our house is generally dark due to facing a forest across the street, so extra mirrors help to bounce light around too.
I have decorated the top of the piano with vintage vignettes in neutral and transitional seasonal colors. I created vintage transferware “planters” filled with succulents with both summer and fall colors of green, gold, coral, rose and burgandy.
It is time to once again to learn new music through the year! This book has the most fun “vintage” songs.
I love the cute verses in this primary back-to-school song. Sadly, many children today only want to play video games all summer long!
An apple for the teacher…I love this pretty, green glass apple that I received as a gift from a dear student. It is also a perfect decorative accent for “back-to-school” and apple harvest time.
All around my home I have filled small vintage bottles with dried roses, wheat, and lavender. Dried flowers are so perfect for late summer and fall as an ode to the fading beauty of summer gardens and the interesting textures of spent flowers in fall gardens.
In an effort to make the music room more “musical” and to reflect my love of all things vintage, I added vintage sheet music in different ways around the room. My love for Beethoven is noted in a handmade heart garland draped around his neck.
A couple of beautiful handmade sheet music roses (junkin’ finds from my summer beach vacation) have been added to the bouquet of silk roses in the center of the piano.
Extra rolls of vintage sheet music are on display in a basket vignette along with a beautiful vintage picture of a pretty girl in a gold dress. The picture has been stashed away since I found it at a thrift shop last winter. When I was cleaning out my craft room for the rummage sale, I came across the picture and realized her gold dress was perfectly “August” and I had to find a place to display her. Her dress actually gave me the inspiration to carry the gold and yellow sunflower theme into the music room.
I love the sunflower pillow covers! In addition to the porch and the music room, I used two others in the breakfast nook.
I really like this different look with all the gold and yellow in the room, especially with the copper ceiling tiles.
My original intent to embrace Boho mimimalism in my music room makeover was an epic fail…and I am 100% happy with that! Actually it wasn’t a total fail, as my inner artsy-vintage-boho girl definitely came out in my dress form vignette and some of my eclectic vintage displays.
A lightweight fall scarf and hat are perfect for a day of late summer or early fall junkin! Chances are I will be on the lookout for vintage jewelry or any other eclectic vintage junk that catches my eye. I buy whatever speaks to me, (for a bargain) and I surround myself with what I love! *Fun fact: This is the scarf I wore last year at the Country Living Fair when I interviewed Country Living Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Harding Barrett. You can read the interview here.
While my decor is far from minimalist, I have made the commitment not to hoard vintage junk away and to clear the clutter from cabinets and storage. I have challenged myself to come up with creative ways to display my collections, and it’s always fun to use old things in new ways.
I can never find my guitar picks and sometimes my students need an extra one, so I have repurposed a vintage flower frog as a pick holder.
I recently found a gorgeous European bird tapestry pillow at Home Goods. The orange and copper colors are perfect for fall, but I will keep this pillow out all year.
This gorgeous orange vintage tray and cameo were junkin’ finds from this weekend, just in time for transitioning to fall.
The “Singer” sewing machine salvage piece on display on the antique organ is a $1 yard sale find from earlier this summer. As a choir director, vocal teacher and vintage collector, I just had to have it!
I am also loving my new French pillow from Home Goods. The charcoal gray is classic for year round, but can also be used to create a “moody” look later this fall. The pillow was just the style I was wanting for the Frenchy chair makeovers. I have really been reconnecting with my love of French decor lately. After several years of experimenting with different styles, I am returning to my true decor loves of French Country, French Farmhouse, and vintage romantic cottage looks which are also the best styles for our historic home.
In the living room once again I have used nature to inspire by adding yellow, neutral, brown and some green to transition from summer to fall in the decor. Although it is dark most of the day in our living room, when the natural light comes in in the afternoon it casts a golden glow during the late summer and fall, so I decided to “go with it” and use yellow as the main accent color.
An August decorative pallete inspired by nature…
I shopped my house and found my yellow and brown paisley pillows that I used in my late fall decor last year. I moved my macrame pillows from the couch to the linen wing chairs. Paired with the paisley pillows, this combination created a whole a new look for late summer and early fall.
I also found this gorgeous Magnolia Homes mustard yellow blanket at Home Goods. I love this mix of textiles for late summer and early fall.
I replaced the macrame pillows with this bird script pillow which has both summer and autumn colors, along with a DIY brown French stripe pillow I painted yesterday. There are still plenty of birds nesting around in late summer vignettes, so the bird pillow works well right now.
This is the first time I have shown our new curtains on the blog! We removed some old gas lights that were oddly spaced too far on each side of the fireplace, and that made space for hanging some pretty linen panels. I love the new look!
I have used simple mantel decor for the summer to fall transition. Blue green glass bottles from my summer vignettes remain, and I have added some pretty vintage brown transferware for a touch of fall color.
I styled the antique trunk (coffee table) with a vintage ironstone platter filled with natural treasures. A vintage estate sale garden squirrel serves himself!
This little squirrel is one I almost passed over because I didn’t need a three-legged, broken vintage, lawn squirrel….
I came home from the estate sale, and couldn’t stop thinking about the little guy! I went right back and adopted him for $3.oo. He makes a great early autumn decorative accent.
I was going to use some plain brown branches in my demijohn for early fall, but these faux branches with yellow leaves caught my eye at Hobby Lobby. I love them so much I will probably use them all autumn long.
I have kept the summer to fall transition extremely simple in the dining room. I moved the bouquet of ivory faux roses that I was using all summer as a centerpiece to the piano, and replaced them with an ironstone pitcher of faux taupe hydrangeas and fox tails.
I switched out my large blue transferware platter from summer and replaced it with my very favorite antique ironstone platter from the late 1800’s. The platter has a blue, green, gold, brown and rust leaf and floral motif which is perfect for this transitional time. This amazing platter is a treasured find from the Country Living Fair last year.
A French grains pillow has replaced a summery blue French stripe pillow on the chair next to the faux fireplace in the dining room. A vintage ironstone pitcher with a wheat motif holds a bundle of real wheat.
The antique mirrored buffet shelf above the faux fireplace has been simply styled for now, making space for the arrival of white mini-pumpkins and my collection of white pumpkin soup tureens.
Easy summer to fall decorations in the kitchen include a basket of faux red delicious apples and two more sunflower pillows on the breakfast nook bench. I have also brought out my farmhouse Harvest sign to signal the arrival of harvest time coming up soon.
I always like to incorporate a sweet vintage doll or two in fun seasonal vignettes. I thought this vintage Nancy Ann in her pretty yellow and black dress would make a bee-you-ti-ful late summer addition to my Rae Dunn cabinet.
A tobacco basket full of faux Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples looks good enough to eat! Soon they will be replaced with real apples picked fresh from the orchard or purchased at apple festivals and farmer’s markets next month. I can hardly wait for my favorite season to truly arrive!
For now it’s time to savor the last joys of summer and to gather ideas for upcoming autumn as the Transitioning From Summer To Fall Home Tours continue! Next up is talented Debra at Common Ground, she always has amazing seasonal decorating ideas! You can also find all of the links to each inspiring home tour via the link up at the end this post. Be sure to check them all out!
Thank you so much for visiting today dear friends! I hope you enjoy the rest of summer and have a blessed fall ahead! Enjoy the tours!
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