Thursday, July 12, 2018

Follow The Yellow Brick Home - Guest Post

I am sure you will all agree that blogger friends have to be the nicest people in all the world.  They are always the first to step in and help any way they can.   Since I am not able to do a ton of decorating or DIY at the moment because of back surgery, I am thrilled to have some friends share their talents with you all.  

Today we have Amber from Follow The Yellow Brick Home to share a special Guest Post with us.  Isn't that the neatest name for a blog.  She lives in a 1921 Yellow Brick home that she is transforming into the most amazing place.   Just look at the makeover she did on these stairs.  This just gives you a little idea of her amazing design and DIY talent.

Today Amber is sharing- -

Amber lives in Kentucky and loves all things vintage.  Her home is full of wonderful treasures that she has transformed.

You can see her 2018 Summer Home Tour here.

Hello everyone, my name is Amber - blogger @ Follow The Yellow Brick Home and I am so excited to be guest posting today at A Stroll Thru Life.  I have been inspired by Marty's beautiful blog for years, so it is such an honor to be here.  Today I am sharing some decorating ideas and inspiration for creating simple summer style.

Summer is flying by and we all want it to slow down! It's the season for relaxed, easy living and enjoying summer pleasures, so why stress about the decor? After the Fourth of July there are no major decorating summer holidays until Labor Day, so even our homes get a little "rest" from all the "over the top" holiday and seasonal decorating that seems to start in the fall and continues through spring. Nevertheless we still want our homes to be beautiful and inviting during the summer. The good news is that it is really easy to embrace simple summer style using gifts from nature and maybe a thrifted find or two.

After the Fourth of July I cleared away my festive red, white and blue tablescape and left a simple centerpiece of faux roses in a shabby urn on top of some beautiful antique ironstone platters. I recently found two gorgeous vintage brass candlesticks at a yard sale which I placed  on the table as well, and I am loving the simplicity of this tablescape for the rest of summer. With the exception of the linen runner from Home Goods, everything I used was purchased at a yard sale or thrift shop. Even the 100 + year old authentic farm table was a $10 yard sale find from a few years ago!

Of course fresh flowers are perfect for summer, but when you can find thifted faux roses for $3.00 that look beautiful and will last all summer, that is even simpler decor!

With the beautiful age and patina on the brass candlesticks, there was no need to rush out and find candles to fit right away. Simple decor!

Faux plants, greenery and trees can also add pops of lively summer color to any space.

Simple summer style can be functional as well as beautiful. Pretty market bags, totes and summer hats can double as summer decor when not in use.

Having hats and totes on display means you can grab and go off to the market for farm fresh produce or a day full of fun junk hunting!

After you have filled your tote to the brim with fresh produce or junkin' finds, you can come right home and incorporate your treasures in summer vignettes or tablescapes. Most fruit and veggies are meant to be stored at room temperature, so as long as your produce is fresh it should last a couple of days on display and you will be less likely to forget about it in the crisper drawer!

A stack of ironstone platters topped by a half-dozen fresh peaches looks simply beautiful, and tasty!
The only problem with this type of "decor" is that it often gets eaten up rather quickly!

Strawberries and blueberries are beautiful in summer vignettes.  Since they are not as likely to last  long without refrigeration, gobble them up right away and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of faux berries instead.

A bowl of fresh lemons always makes a bright and sunny summer centerpiece, and you can also enjoy them in fresh squeezed lemondade!

On Monday I shared some vintage summer vignettes for the Summer Festival Blog Hop. I decided to really "simplify" the vignettes on the antique mirrored shelf in the dining room. My husband picked some free Queen Anne's Lace from the road side for me, and I shopped my house for as many assorted glass jars as I could find to put them in. I love how the simple summer vignettes turned out!

Focusing on simple summer style allows you to use what you already have in creative ways instead of spending lots of money on new summer decor. I made my own little Queen Anne's Lace botanical print to add into the vignette by photocopying a picture from an old botanicals book and staining it with tea.

If you don't have an old flower or botanical print book there are plenty of printables online. Simple, easy and free!

Changing up throw pillows for the seasons is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your home a whole new look. Blue is a perfect accent color for summer, reminiscent of sunny, blue skies, refreshing swimming pools, and azure coastal waters.

You can purchase new throw pillows, but using throw pillow covers to change the look of your pillows seasonally is even simpler and often much cheaper. I made my blue grain stripe pillow cover for summer for less than five dollars using a muslin pillow cover from Hobby Lobby (reg $4.99 with 50% off), some inexpensive blue acrylic paint, and a sponge brush. I simply taped off a stripe pattern with painter's tape and stenciled the stripes. To incorporate more nautical style for summer, there are some really cute starfish,sail boat, whale and anchor stencils you could also use to make your own summer throw pillow covers.

If you love reading, why not display a colorful collection of your favorite books on a coffee table or console for summer? When books are close at hand you will be more likely to sit down and unwind while gaining some gardening or decorating inspiration, or you can enjoy getting lost in your favorite story. Create an easy summer vignette by stacking an urn full of summery vintage croquet balls or a French wire basket full of moss ball spheres on top of the books.

In addition to flowers, seashells are beautiful gifts of nature to use as decorative accessories during the summer months. Whether you display a couple of large shells on the mantel or artfully arrange a grouping of small shells in glass containers here and there, seashells certainly add summer vibes to any room. This summer I filled an antique ironstone platter full of natural and nautical treasures to enjoy on the antique trunk in the living room.

In a few days we will be off to the beach, and I will be collecting more seashells to use in some late summer vignettes. I will also be hitting lots of antiques and thrift stores on vacation, so I can't wait!

I would like to thank Marty once again for having me as a guest on her beautiful and inspiring blog! If you enjoyed this post I would love to invite you over to Follow The Yellow Brick Home to take a look around. I am always sharing ideas for creating a beautiful home with a chic and stylish look using inexpensive thrifted finds and vintage treasures. For more summer decorating ideas, be sure to check out An Early Summer Tour Of My Home Kentucky Home. 

Please join me in sending prayers and best wishes to Marty for a speedy recovery! Have a fun and relaxing summer everyone!

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  1. Good morning Marty and Amber!

    Great guest feature today. Amber is always inspiring to me with her beautiful vignettes and vintage finds mixed in.

  2. Thank you so much Marty for allowing me to guest post here! I truly hope your readers are inspired!

  3. What a pretty home! Thank you for sharing Marty & Amber! Marty, I missed your announcement about back surgery. I hope everyday shows signs of recovery. One day at a time! xo laura

  4. Hi Marty,
    Hope you are feeling better. Thanks for having Amber guest host. I am heading over to her blog now. Great inspiration and what a lovely home.

  5. Marty, Love Amber's decor style and it was fun to see it on your blog today. I'm hoping you're starting to feel better.

  6. Hi Marty and Amber. I hope you are recovering well Marty. Amber’s home is always beautiful and creative. She inspires with her creative use of vintage finds!

  7. Love seeing two of my favorite blogs together! Amber, this post is beautiful and full of inspiration! Marty, I hope you continue to feel better and better each day, full of more and more energy and strength! ~ Kristin

  8. Amber, you did Marty proud today. But, you didn't say anything about the beautiful ceiling !
    Marty, hopefully you are getting better every day.

    1. Hi Mryna! I have been getting a lot of requests to see more of my ceiling and painted staircase, so I will be working on some posts about them with more info. When we bought the house the ceiling was already wood, but it has smaller trim and a lighter, orangey stain. My husband, (bless his neck) darkened the entire ceiling with General Finishes Java Gel stain which you can put over old stain without stripping. Then he built the beams and "beefed up" the existing trim. Be sure to check back over at my blog often for upcoming posts with more details. Thanks!

  9. Good morning Marty! Thanks for sharing this post over at TFT! I just realized I forgot to put the code for linking up in, but it's on there now if you want to share any other of your guest posts from this week. I hope you have a great day!

  10. What a beautiful and inspiring post! Thank you for the introduction xx Maria

  11. Amber is always so inspiring! I love everything she does!!

  12. The is an amazing and inspirational article. Thanks so much for sharing.