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.
Set of Four Vintage Sunflower Pillow Covers (affiliate link)
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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Loved seeing the beautiful pictures of your home. My home has the original dark wood on some ceilings and window frames and on the French doors. I don’t see that too often in “blog land”.August 21, 2018 at 8:11 am
Everyone paints the woodwork in old homes and makes them modern, instead of embracing the original character. Thanks for sharing.
Your music room totally puts a song in my heart! I adore the sweet robin pillow and I totally would have gone back for the 3 legged squirrel too. 🙂 A truly beautiful tour. Thank you so very much for organzing it.August 21, 2018 at 8:15 am
Oh your home is wonderful, Amber! I could spend all day looking at your treasures! I especially love the succulent planters and I’m so glad you rescued the three-legged squirrel…cutest squirrel ever.August 21, 2018 at 8:51 am
And I want to thank you for the wonderful job and hard work you put into this fun tour, too, Amber!!August 21, 2018 at 8:53 am
Amber, it’s always a pleasure to visit your lovely home. I love your music room and your pretty transferware! Thank you for organizing the tour! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store AddictionAugust 21, 2018 at 8:53 am
Your home is so lovingly filled with wonderful treasures and it is so inviting. I love seeing all of your beautiful antiques and how you display them in your home. The new chairs are wonderful and the music room looks like such an inviting space. Thanks so much for arranging all the tours, I am delighted to be joining in.August 21, 2018 at 9:26 am
Every time I get a glimpse into your home and life, it makes me smile. Everything is always so welcoming and today is no different. Love all of your vintage goodies and fall inspiration.August 21, 2018 at 9:59 am
You have obviously been hard at work getting your home ready for fall with all of your lovely touches of fall decor. What a great summer of finds and hand-me-downs you have had, all adding lovely touches to your home for fall. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely get-together of bloggers, I am getting motivated to take on the rest of my house for transitioning to fall!August 21, 2018 at 11:14 am
Oh Amber, your home is absolutely gorgeous! All of your vignettes are so pretty, and I am swooning over all the gorgeous woodwork in your home. Your new Queen Anne chairs are the perfect addition to your music room! Thanks so much for hosting the tour! Enjoy your week, sweet friend!!!August 21, 2018 at 11:25 am
Wow Amber, I am totally in love with your touches of fall! You have so many gorgeous pillows. I haven’t pulled mine out yet. I love the singer piece. What a score and your pieces of musical additions in your music room are just perfect! Love the garland draped on Beethoven! And your suitcases and mannequin had me drooling! You certainly have the knack and I love everything that you do!August 21, 2018 at 11:56 am
I enjoyed your home tour so much and pinned a few things too. Beautiful!!August 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm
oh amber! so fun as always. I hope your students fully appreciate all the details they get to enjoy, I loved seeing all the changes for the season you’ve done so far. can’t wait to see what else you have to come. xo- maryjoAugust 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm
Thank you so much! You know, I often decorate with kids and teens in mind. They seem to appreciate all the small treasures and details adults often miss, especially little magic holiday touches. To be honest, sometimes the students get a little distracted and I have to tell them all about what things are, like vintage flower frogs, how antique organs and record players work, and why there is a basket of old door knobs in the corner for no reason! We do have such fun during lessons!August 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Amber, there’s so much beauty and inspiration in your posts! Like I’ve told you it’s still summer here but your posts remind me that cooler, cozier times are ahead. Pinning like crazy!August 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm
I love your beautiful music room. As a professional musician, I am in AWE of your neat piano!!! Mine looks like a tornado ripped through! It’s motto is work, work, work. I have Thanksgiving and Christmas music strewn everywhere as I work on choral arrangements for both holidays……August 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm
All of your goodies are amazing, but I am also in love with the squirrel and the brown transferware.
Blessings to you ♫,
I have taken personality tests and consistently score 90% right brain creative… the 10% that doesn’t make me 100% is always the question about having a messy environment, as most right brainers are a bit messy. I am extremely scatter brained however, can never find my keys or phone, as my mind is going 24/7 but I can’t stand messes in my home. I think it is because I see my home, collections and decor as art and decorating is another artistic outlet. The rooms are a canvas, all the vignettes and collections are like a living painting I create so that is why it stays clean. My car on the other hand is always a total disaster, and when I taught public school music and community musicals, there is where you would find all the choir folders and spilled sheet music strewn all over the back seat floor and trunk!August 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm
Thanks so much for visiting today, come back again soon!
I just visited your blog for the 1st time and I am so happy I did! It is lovely and your home is lovely. You’ve embraced your own road! You are not afraid of color, but you never overload the eye. I will be visiting regularly.August 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm
Thank you so much! You know, I often decorate with kids and teens in mind. They seem to appreciate all the small treasures and details adults often miss, especially little magic holiday touches. To be honest, sometimes the students get a little distracted and I have to tell them all about what things are, like vintage flower frogs, how antique organs and record players work, and why there is a basket of old door knobs in the corner for no reason! We do have such fun during lessons!August 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm
I thoroughly enjoy all your musical fall touches. Of course, I also love your touches of French Country. Glad to know there is someone else in love with French Country… Thank you for hosting the transition from summer to fall home tour and giving us a peek into so many lovely homes with early fall decor.
JudithAugust 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm
I just found your bog today! I love your style and the way you handle color not being afraid of using it or holding back. I will be visiting your site regularly. I just started my blog today. I am excited about what the future holds.August 21, 2018 at 8:31 pm
Amber, I can’t imagine that you or I could have even one little gene of “minimalism”!!!! LOVE the dress form and vintage jewelry. And wow you’re wonderful pieces of Brown Transferware, it’s all just beautiful! I have an alabaster lamp that I’ve needed to have redone for years… yours is just gorgeous. I could spend hours at your house looking through all your wonderful vintage goodies! Thanks so much for hosting this fun get-together!August 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm
Your home looks absolutely beautiful! I know both your students and their moms love to admire your decor when they come for lessons.August 22, 2018 at 7:32 am
I loved getting a tour of your beautiful, historic home, Amber! So many fun places for you to decorate! I’ve got a ‘Singer’ sign hanging by my piano too! I’m envious of your junky necklace stash;)August 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Amber, I don’t even know where to begin! I wish I took piano from you when I was little. I might have stuck with it! What a gorgeous room for your students. I love your collections and how you group them. What a find on those wing back chairs! Beautiful!! Thanks for opening your home to us. XO ChristyAugust 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm
Amber,August 22, 2018 at 9:35 pm
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I loved seeing all the Fall touches that you have added to your beautiful home! I especially loved seeing your Music Room as you know that is a favorite of mine! I will be stopping by the others who participated in the Blog Hop. I will be decorating for Fall after labor Day which is not all that far away…
I am so glad we met, Amber. You are a girl after my heart when it comes to vintage. “I shopped my house” is just perfect, and your house/home looks like a shop, styled beautifully. You have outdone yourself in this transition to fall. Your students (and their parents!) must love entering and getting submersed in all this vintage glory. So many things, but the standouts for me today are those chairs (and I can never quite grasp the concept of a chair fabric that’s been painted, but you sure make it look good), the plate arrangement, and those picks in the flower frog (brilliant). Thank you so much, Amber, for hosting this tour. I’m only halfway through it, and it really is amazing, whether it’s Eastern KY, Western WV, middle FL, NJ, desert AZ, mountains of UT, or deep in the south of TX….they’re all truly inspirational!August 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm
Amber, I love your vintage style. The music room makes my heart sing. I used to have an antique pump organ and I sold it years ago. Your details are beautiful!August 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm
Amber, your tour is so elegant, just lightly hinting at the Fall season to come. I love all your gorgeous details and those sunflower pillows are amazing! Thanks for hosting another awesome blog hop!August 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm
Amber, I am so inspired by your early fall touches!! I love the way your pillows changed this up so easily. That Grain sack one is so awesome with your wheat!! I also love the succulents in all your china and the stack of luggage! So many wonderful vintage touches! Your music room is amazing and I love all the sheet music DIYs!! And your yard squirrel! What a find!! It’s all so wonderful my friend!!August 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm
Amber, I love all of your vintage details in your fall decor. Everything looks so elegant and beautiful. I had no idea you played the guitar! I took lessons once and tried to learn but it was a total fail. 😉 Thank you so much for inviting me along on this fall tour!August 24, 2018 at 3:31 pm
So sorry Heather, somehow I just saw this! Thank you so much! I just shared my Vintage Cottage Style Early Fall Home Tour and I think you will like it too. It is on my home page.
Happy fall friend!September 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Oh I just LOVE those beautiful sunflower accents! I love sunflowers; in fact I used to have a whole sunflower themed kitchen.August 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm
Amber your home looks beautiful ! I absolutely love your subtle touches of Fall and I love that you use wheat…It’s one of my favorite fall decor items! You are a gift and I am blessed by your friendship. Thanks for hosting such a lovely tour and for including me!August 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm
Thanks for sharing your beautiful fall accents at Vintage Charm!August 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm
Your home is looking lovely for late summer. I really like the sunflower pillows. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.August 27, 2018 at 10:19 am
I really love the wheat and sunflowers. #InspireMeLinkAugust 27, 2018 at 10:22 pm
I loved seeing all your beautiful pictures. I think sunflowers are such a great transition to fall! Thanks for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link up!August 30, 2018 at 8:33 pm
Thank yo Jen! Thanks for hosting each week!September 16, 2018 at 9:52 pm
Hi Amber, I love the sunflower pillows, they add so much and perfect for fall!!September 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm
I wanted to thank you for participating in the #OMHGFF each week and this week your post is being featured on Oh my Heartsie Girl and was shared on Pinterest and Instagram!!! Congratulations!!! Hope you’ll stop by again!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Thank you so much Karren for the features and for hosting. Have a great week!September 2, 2018 at 10:43 am
This is fabulous. It looks perfect for the transition months. I love that squirrel too and would have snapped him up too. The guitar picks in the flower frog is genius. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch. Come see your feature.September 4, 2018 at 9:11 am
You have a lovely home, Amber! I love all the sheet music you used—how perfect for your music room!September 6, 2018 at 3:47 pm
The most beautifully styled fall home I have ever seen! I don’t know where to look first, every little piece and detail is stunning and breathtaking. Your music room is the ideal example of vintage chic with all the creative aspects, pillows, the gorgeous roses made of music sheets – it all feels like stepping into an enchanted music wonderland. Yellow and golden nuances in your living room are also magical. I’ve written all these and still think that I haven’t described half of the beauty of your home. Thank you for sharing this, you’re such an inspiration! 🙂September 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm
Love this article! I am so inspired by your work. Thanks a lot for sharing the great article.September 29, 2018 at 1:56 am
It’s fun to see an oldie post but goody! Had to go check out the sunflower pillow slips as they’d be fun for fall. 🙂
Happy heading towards fall,August 14, 2020 at 11:26 pm
Amber, I love using sunflowers for transitioning from summer to fall, and you’ve shared some lovely vignettess. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!August 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm
This was one of my favorite blog hops! Thanks so much for sharing it at Farmhouse Friday!August 20, 2020 at 3:08 pm